The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation
2Samuel 22:47

26 October 2010

The Swing

One of the sweetest memories we have of Granpa's recent visit is a giant rope swing he and the boys engineered, built and played on.

We carved a new path down to the beautiful tree line that surrounds our property.

It is such a colorful, peaceful path this time of year.

The first stage of construction required a lot of muscle and a few power tools. So thankful for all the man power this home can put out!

The work crew had to remove half of an entire tree which had broken off during one of our summer storms and could have been very dangerous had it fallen when one of the kids was swinging.

This is the point in time forever remembered as Ryland learning and using the term widowmaker. It has a very, very funny ring coming from the mouth of a four-year old.

"Mom, we had to take down the widowmaker. We used all our muscles to take out the widowmaker. Look, Mom, another widowmaker! Widowmaker, widowmaker, widowmaker. . ."

The site of The Swing. Is this not a dream land for an adventurous little man?

"Langston, do you know what a widowmaker is?"

Our cat, Bo, who thinks he is a dog. He's the greatest.

One very cool swing done - and now, the boys had many days to try it out with Granpa. And they disappeared for a few days, only reappearing at meal times.

Thanks, Granpa Bill. The boys would like you to know that despite frequent use and sharing it with our neighbors and 50-mph winds these days, it is still holding strong. And we can't wait for you to come back and spend more days having adventures in the woods with us!

The Swing
Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

{Langston especially loved Granpa's pretend roller coaster clicking and instructions to "Release the boy!"}

A new bridge and fort were constructed over the brook.

All this work wears a guy out!

Beautiful hues of fall in the woods.

So much fun!

Thanks, Granpa Bill! We are ready for the next adventure!

{Time out for a silly song with Granpa Bill!}


  1. Oh What great pictures!! Grampa Bill, it is such fun to see you with you adorable grandsons. I just wish Great grandpa could see them and have the time with them like you have. Grandpa's and grandsons go hand in hand. Hollie, you did a great presentation with nature, boys, Kitty and the great out doors.
    Love you all~Gramma

  2. Great pictures, and it looks like so much fun! I love the ones of Langston. (-: He's a cutie! (-;

  3. "Widowmaker" - ha! I love it! :)

    And your cat who thinks he's a dog - I don't think our dog is even smart enough to think anything!!!

    What a great swing - so much fun for your boys!!!

  4. That was soooo much fun pulling the widowmaker down and then installing the swing/trapeze bar !Then singing do-wa diddy-diddy dum diddy-do and Langston would finish the verse,while chewing tropical fruit gum.I can see it in his mug on one of the photos.
    I knew it was a good swing when the boys would say," Don't push anymore ,this is way high!!"
    I can hardly wait for my next trip,how about May? Love Dad/GranpaBill