On our fiber farm the sheep are usually the first animals to be shorn. This year, however, we were on our road trip to Florida and couldn't shear them in March and April. The next opening in June proved to be difficult as the sheep were not cooperative and we couldn't round them up. The next available sheering was late in Summer and we were placed on standby. The Shearer called right as Nick left for work (of course!) and it was up to the kids and I to coral the sheep and prepare them for shearing.
Fortunately Nick was able to cancel his meeting and come home. As you can see it takes a lot of muscle to get the sheep out the door and to the shearing station.
Charlotte and Remington were inside the shed prepping the next sheep.
Harrison, who is a bit afraid of the massive sheep's power, enjoyed his perch on the gator!
The CVM sheep are folded in several different positions in order to get all the wool off.
Erik and Madeline were tasked with collecting the fiber.
Being a shearer is back breaking work.
Once the shearing was over it was time to get ready for the All Comer's Track and Field Meet. Erik promptly changed and was dressed for the occasion!
The events were split up by ages (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and ages 11 & up) There was the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 yard dash. For the young children the adults run behind them, encouraging them to run to the finish line.
Do you see who was waiting at the finish line?
Kisses, hugs and high-5's were given by Remington and Erik! Harrison has the best big brothers!
Madeline doing the 50 yard dash.
While Erik was excited, Remington seemed a bit worried. Being great in the water doesn't necessarily translate into being fast on land. Erik was giving Remington a lot of tips!
And they're off!
Erik quickly gets out front!
A second place finish!
The 100 yard dash was a bit more daunting but Erik took third!
Next up was the long jump.
Erik was laser focused!
The children had a wonderful time.
With the afternoon spent shearing and the early evening spent at the track and field event there was no time to cook dinner. Everyone agreed that it was a great night for pizza and games!
Madeline loves this exchange program. While she isn't old enough for her own adventure she loves having new sisters and brothers!
The toy train running on a track around Broadway Pizza.
Once home everyone showered, put on pajamas and then decided on a game of reverse charades.
The kids LOVE when the parents play. Personally I think they laugh more at us than with us but it was all in good fun!
This stumped the French kids. Cow tipping? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_tipping