Day 2 of Christmas Vacation was stuffed with activity. It started with the usual routine of feeding all the animals after breakfast. Then, we walked the land & took in the morning air. Next, Jamie (my father-in-law) & I drove to take pics at an old cemetery situated on some of their nephews’ hunting camp land. Afterward, we returned back to the house to spend time with some of my wife’s favorite people in the world, the Brown family. The Browns drove up from Dothan, AL to hang out for the day. We ate a huge lunch, enjoyed friendship, & exchanged gifts. They have been a wonderful influence in Joy’s life as they would invite her on their family vacation during her teen years & spend weeks during the summer at their home (I am hoping to send her & the boys down there next summer as a gift to her!). We finished up the day by playing with the children & spending some time catching up. It was a great day!
Here is a pic of my in-laws’ home from the front fence line.
The family gathered after lunch.
Knox was given a Troy University Trojans t-shirt for Christmas from the Browns; I think he likes it!
Papa, Brennan, & Anna Beth (my niece).
Roger Brown (my wife’s adopted grandfather) & Knox.
Melissa (I could literally spend hours with her listening to her talk… Southern to the bone!) & Phillip.
Julie Brown (one of the most influential people in my wife’s life) & Knox. The Brown girls: Jacy & Janie. Jacy is a freshman at Troy University & Janie, a freshman, who recently got her driver’s permit. Watch out everyone! (j/k!)
Brennan & Anna Beth. Brennan has become quite the fan of his cousin.
Nana & Charlie (my nephew).
I’m pretty sure that swinging is one of Anna Beth’s favorite things to do.
Charlie… or as Brennan says, “Cha-leee!”
The sisters & their crew. From L to R: Anna Beth, Hope (Joy’s sis), Charlie, Joy, Brennan, & Knox. They are sitting on the steps of the playhouse that Jamie built.
One of the more recent additions to the Baldwin Farm, the greenhouse.
How cool is it that there is a paddle boat in the pond?!
This is the little mill house that Jamie bought in Opelika from Pepperrell Mill & had transported to the farm. The family lived there for several months while building the current house. Ben, Hope & their kids (Joy’s sister & her husband) have moved into the house as they are planning on building on the land across the street.
Here is Starr, the pony.
And Sally the dog.
And Ellen, the kitten.
Here are some pics from the old cemetery Jamie & visited.
The hunting camp located in the middle of nowhere!
I love this picture!!
Alright… that should definitely document Day 2… whew!!! Until tomorrow!