Our farm this weekend was once again the stage for annual Kuehner Fun Day that we host every year. And if I say that it turned out great, that is such an understatement!
Now to explain why I think this day is so cool is because Daryl’s family chooses to not get together at Christmas and has this one day when everyone tries to make it so they can catch up with each other’s lives and also so their kids get to know their cousins. And it’s the one day during the year that everyone can get out the lawn chairs, sit in the sunshine (hopefully) and just let the kids run!
This year I also had cleaned out the old milk house with the intention if it rained, the little kids would have a place to hide out. I have put up a tent the past couple of years, and for some reason it would blow over or just be so terribly hot in there that it wasn’t always the most fun. So I’m thinking that this will work out better. I’ve got a huge area rug along with some chairs and benches ready if they need a place to hide.
So with the playhouse done and the farm looking just plain awesome (I’m a little biased I must say) it was time for the party to begin. The day was planned for a pot luck dinner and then games and stuff after it. We had more than enough food to eat and we counted 44 of the family was able to make it this year. We had the Roadhouse set up for the day and we had more than enough room for everyone.
As the day went on, we also had games and contests ready for the afternoon. The games were egg toss, gunny sack races, water ballon toss – that turned into an all out water ballon free for all (big hit with the kids!), guess the soybeans in the jar contest, Polish frisbee, bags, bocce ball, and lawn darts. We laughed when the day was over because we were also talking about how much the trampoline gets used on this day and we think the first kid got on it around 12:30 after dinner and the last kid got off around 11:30 after the fireworks. Needless to say it was a big hit! You’ve never seen a whole farm get used as much as when we have the family over. From the hammock in the yard to the swing on the front porch to hanging out by the cow yard fence to see if No Ears is hungry for apples, you’ll see kids everywhere. And I loved it! I think it’s what keeps your place alive. Now it doesn’t have to be a farm or anything like that, but it’s always nice to see a bunch of kids running around in your yard isn’t it?
So after the games were over it was time for the annual hay ride. Daryl had everything ready and soon the wagon was filed and they were off. This works out so good for me because it’s when I can get supper lined up. They are usually gone around 30 minutes and that’s just about how long it takes to reset the tables and get out more silver ware. This years supper was lasagna and garlic toast along with warm ups from dinner. It seems like you can’t go wrong warming up brats, burgers, and hot dogs can you?
To finish off the day everyone enjoys time sitting around the camp fire until it gets dark and then here comes the fireworks! At the end of the day every one is ready to hit the sack and I’m always amazed that the kids are still going strong. I think it’s one of those times when if the kids stop they know that they will fall asleep so they just keep going!
I’m pleased how everything turned out and I think one of Daryl’s brothers said it the best when I was talking to him. We were standing by the house and he was talking about how much he appreciated that we get together every year. As we were standing there talking we could see a bunch of kids running after each other and he looked at me and said ‘Yup, it’s just perfect’. Now that kind of sums it all up doesn’t it? The sun was shining and the kids were running around laughing and having a good time. I agree – it was just perfect.