Thursday, August 20, 2009


A couple weekends ago, we (and the Bolton fam) loaded up the cars and drove 14 hours to Hamilton, Illinois.

We were going to visit Ben's paternal grandparents and his extended family.

This is Grandma A.J. (Picture taken at our wedding last year.)
She's everything you'd think of when you picture an idyllic grandmother.
She bakes the most amazing cinnamon rolls and pies.

And this is Grandpa Bob with Ben and JB.

He's awesome, too. And funny.

This is the view from their back door.
They live on a beautiful farm surrounded by corn fields.
Walking around the property, you'd see barns, grain bins, the old hog buildings, old tractors and trucks, cats, a garden...
It's fantastic!

I found it entertaining to watch my nephew, Zion, poke this cat with a stick.

The main event of the weekend is Threshers.
"What the heck is that?", you may ask.
Well, I guess a long time ago the community would rent a thresher and they'd all come together to help each other thresh their wheat.
It was a community event.

This is Ben and I in front of the threshing machine.
Long after that process faded, everyone still gets together to eat, check out each other's tractors and old farming equipment, and watch the tractor pulls and horse pulls.

This is Ben and I (and our peers) at the horse pull.
There seemed to be an entire generation of people absent...ours.

JB, Ben, and Jim in front of Grandpa's tractor.

We saw some interesting fashion trends in Hamilton.
Like this one.

Even the teenage girls were sporting the cut t-shirt look.
(Weren't we sly with the picture taking?)

We also played cards, read our books, ate ice cream, and visited with family.
All in all, it was a great trip!
It was fun to hear and see the history of the Boltons.

I'm off to take a pair of scissors to Ben's t-shirts!
He'll look like that tractor driver in no time!


Mandy said...

that is awesome! I SO want to visit a farm like that :)

Mandy said...

thanks for the ARE you??

wanna email me??