Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch and The Family Tree!

We took Robbie to Maple Springs Farm in Dallas, NC, week before last, for our yearly visit to the pumpkin patch with our church family.
Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

 Cutest little Piggie I've ever seen!
My favorite picture from the evening!

We've taken a picture by this old scarecrow every year!
Last Thursday, Robbie and I decided that we would take a walk in the woods when we got home.  We walked to the creek where my pappaw gave me the worst whipping I remember.  I was about 9 years old and we were taking a walk to the creek when I smarted off to him.  I saw him rip a hickory limb off of the tree and watched in terror as he was heading my way.  He was the kind of man that rarely had to discipline us, but when he did, it was so bad that he didn't mean for you to forget it.  So, as I began to run from him, I wasn't paying attention to the big pile of cow poop that was right in front of me and I ended up stepping in it.  When I did, my flip flops allowed me to hit the ground, thus ending up with cow poop literally from head to toe.  I ran as fast as I could to get to the creek to wash it all off and the water was only about 4 inches deep.  As I lay there making "snow angels" in the creek, my pappaw met me there with his hickory and boy did I get it!  It was horrible and I kept thinking, "Isn't having cow poop from head to toe punishment enough?!"
ANYWAY----one time way back in 1983, we all took a walk to the creek.  My Pappaw thought it was a good idea to pull out his pocketknife and carve our initials in that tree.  They're still there in the tree and my brother and sister have added their spouses to the tree too.  Guess me and Big Daddy will have to carve out a spot for us on that tree since we've been married longer than my brother and his wife, and my sister and her husband.
The CRAZY part of the whole carving initials on the tree thing is that my pappaw's initials are GONE.  His were right underneath mine, but something like some kind of tree funky fungus ate the bark off where his initials were....I know, RIGHT??!! are a few pictures of our walk in the woods last week.
Hopefully I'm back on schedule with blogging.  I've been one Busy Big Mama lately!
The Family Tree
Full Shot of the tree--or as much as I could get!
 My sister and her husband's initials--they were engaged when they did the carving but have been married 6 years now.
 My brother and his wife's initials.  They too were engaged when this was carved.
These are my nephew, Nickalas' initials.
 My initials and where Pappaw's are gone now.
 My sweet boy in front of our tree!
 Walking out of the busy world and into these woods does something for your spirit and makes you smile!
 The famous creek--where I really met up with cow poop, a hickory, and my Pappaw's temper!
 On the way out of the woods, back up the hill.

I hope y'all have a wonderful day today.  I'm making potato soup, cooked cabbage, and cornbread for supper!  It's a nasty rainy day, and that meal just soothes me thinking about it!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

What a wonderful, wonderful story! I can just picture all that in my mind. It got me to thinking about things from my childhood, too. Memories....such sweet, sweet memories...they mean the world to me! Thanks for sharing yours!