In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

4-H Results

    On Tuesday we couldn't wait to get back to the fairgrounds to find out the results of Spencer's leathercraft display and interview. And we were glad that we hustled back. He received two blue ribbons, one for completing his project and one for first place in his class. He received a champion for his class and reserve grand champion. This means he has qualified to go to the Colorado State Fair. This also means that we are all very excited for and proud of Spencer. All of his hard work paid off.
So proud
He was so enthralled by the tractors
    The kids and I spent part of the day at the fairgrounds hanging out with our 4-H buddies and watching the rabbit and poultry shows. We headed home mid-afternoon for a siesta while we waited for Hubby to come home. After taking care of all of the animals, we went back to the fairgrounds for the antique tractor pull.The best way to describe this is that each tractor takes a turn pulling a load that gets increasingly heavier as they move down the track. The tractor that pulls the highest percentage of their own weight is the winner. So if you have a tractor that weighs four thousand pounds and it can pull four thousand pounds, it wins. Most of the tractors pulled about seventy-five percent on average. It was a very fun event to watch and Thane especially enjoyed himself. After the tractor pull, we went down to see the tractors, and Hubby just happened to know one of the men who participated. Turns out that Hubby had been at his home the day before for work. This gentleman allowed the children to sit on his tractor. I didn't think we would ever get them down. 
Thane trying to take pictures.


  1. Woohoo! Congrats Spenser and good luck at State!

  2. Spencer way to go. and that girl in the back ground looks a little old to have a pacifier...

  3. nice job Spencer! we are so proud of you!

  4. So proud of Spencer & so glad you all had such a great time! :)

  5. Congrats to Spencer! I love this close up of Thane, his eyes are just concentrated.