Friday, June 18, 2010

family at the farm

My sister and her husband are coming up to visiting from Pennsylvania for the weekend. I can't wait to see them, and show them the farm. Katie's my older sister, at 30 she's just three years older. My brother John is 26, only 361 days younger than me. Growing up so close in age, we were all pretty tight. But there is always something a little screwy about that middle kid, and I was no exception to the rule. I never played with dolls, just stuffed animals. I never stayed put, I was always wandering off and getting lost. When Santa came to the Palmerton elementary with a reindeer I reached for its harness and almost got my hand bit off. I was a handful. Girl scout leaders complained about me running into the woods...

My sister, however, was always more grounded and level. I looked up to her, and I've missed being a part of her life. Ever since college I've lived all over America, but in my wandering around never was able to hang out for much couch time. No BBQ's and lazy afternoons with her two cats and their golden retriever, Lindsay. So this weekend we'll be doing a lot of relaxing and hanging around the farm. Maybe some light gardening but most of the time will be R & R.

I'll be in touch though. I have some ideas I want to share... big ones.


Blogger Misha said...

I am the middle of 3 girls. My older siser is 35, I'm 32 and the youngest is 30. There is something strange about us middle kids; other than just being the peacekeeper for the the other 2 siblings.

You never lose your love for your siblings despite how far apart you are.

I'm new to CAF. You have no idea how inspiring your blog is to me. Thank you for your brutal honesty and sincerity in your posts.

Enjoy your time with your sister. I'm jealous.

June 18, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I am a middle too. My brother and I are the same age for 6 days. He always got mad because my birthday was first and he was older. I think he's finally figured it out. But I still think that's so neat to be the came age. My sister is 4 1/2 years younger. She always says 5 years but I always stress the 4 1/2. Anyway, I liked being the middle child.

I hope you and your sister have a fabulous time and don't do too much. Have fun!

Gibson is growing up too fast already. He'll be herding sheep before too long. I know he will be the best sheep dog.

I lost one turkey baby because I forgot to turn on the light a few nights ago. It was so sad. I keep it on all the time now. They are so stinkin' cute! Just thought I'd let ya know. The rest are doing fine.

June 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I'm not a middle child, but I recently heard my brother agog at his 4-yr old's obsession with baby dolls. "I don't remember you playing with dolls," he said to me. "You played with horses a lot..." He probably wasn't around when I was having hour-long conversations with the chickens. ;)

Enjoy your hanging time...I assume Lindsay is coming along? Though I do hate it when you leave us with these cliffhangers: "I have some ideas...big ones."

June 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger m said...

We have two boys and are thinking of having a third child. My MIL actually told us not to because she didn't want our youngest to have 'a middle child syndrome'! I can see how birth order plays into some stuff, but our youngest is a character regardless where he'll end up falling on the birth order--it'll just be easier to point to the middle child reasoning if another one comes along.

Have a fabulous time with your sister. I miss mine like mad. Nothing like some good sibling bonding to make life feel light.

June 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger Green Homesteader said...

I agree with the middle child thing and the third child thing (which I'm a third child). I'm glad you are getting to spend time with your sister. It's important and you guys will reconnect in ways you can't imagine. Have fun. Myra

June 18, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

ha! I'm the third of eight!

I'm with Flartus on the 'big ideas' cliffhanger. Why, oh why, do you do this to us?

Enjoy your time with your sibs....that time is all too fleeting...then come back and spill it for us.

June 19, 2010 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

You don't have to be the middle child to be different.I am the oldest of two and I have had "Barnheart" my whole life. I always wanted to be a farmer. Finally, at 60+years, I have 20 laying hens, roos for the freezer, 4 turkey poults, Silver Fox rabbits, 3 German Shepherds,2 ME Coon cats and a good size garden. I don't have an official barn but I've got somewhat of a farm. My brother on the other hand, is quite happy in suburbia where you put it on the curb and it disappears.

June 19, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Miss M.J. Ma'am said...

Have fun! It's good to have family around, especially if you get along!!
Wow, Gibson is really growing!

June 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an oldest child, and pretty much fit the description to a T. Hope you have a good time with you family.

June 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Robbie Knight said...

Have an awesome time!

June 19, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I'm the oldest child of five...very tough position to be in! I think all the birth orders have a plus and a minus.

I hope you enjoyed your family this weekend. I see mine almost every day - I haven't figured out yet if that is good or bad??!! :)

June 21, 2010 at 9:28 AM  

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