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Mud and Funerals

So I started my summer job this week.

It’s really kind of funny that the job I have taken for the summer is one that requires me to wake up *earlier* than my regular job. I have to get up at 5:00 am, and then drive 30 minutes out to a farm house in the middle of nowhere. It’s a miracle I have gone there 3 times now and have yet to crash simply because I *can not* function in the morning. Typically.  Strangely enough, I’ve come to really enjoy my early morning drive on mostly hard-packed dirt roads. It’s peaceful.  I love it.  (And I’ve yet to pass out and crash! Yay me!)

It realy hasn’t been too bad. I’m working as a nanny for a family who lives in this really awesome 100+ year old farmhouse. They also have an amazing amount of land, most of which is not currently being farmed so is just filled with wild flowers/plants/weeds. Beautiful. They also have two horses that greet and follow me down the drive to the house. I love it!! Then there are the kids. They are some of the easiest kids I’ve ever worked with. Oh my goodness, I love these children.

Anyways. So I get one day off a week.  It’s going ot officially become my Adventure Day, as I fully intend to enjoy my first summer in CO even though I’m working. Well, it just so happens that my oldest sister and her family were going to be attending a funeral three hours from us, and that the funeral was going to take place on my day off.

Yep, we crashed the funeral. Kind of. We didn’t go to the actual service, but we were there for the rest of the day. Which included a drive out to where the family land/ farm/ cemetery is, and a drive through the land surrounding. Oh! And we also drove out to the place where the corners of three states met. We didn’t stop and stand on three states as we planned to, because we didn’t want to get stuck. In mud.

Apparently? It’s really cool to have maybe 1 paved road in an entire town. Okay, so I know that they probably couldn’t afford to pave *all* the roads in that county because we were in the middle of the plains and that is a *lot* of farm land to cover. But, we would have appreciated some concrete. Though our little drive would have been less exciting. And that’s what us Fawcett’s do, we keep things exciting.

So, my sister’s father-in-law was in charge of the little sight-seeing adventure. When we were finished trying to decifer hundred year old head stones, he decided to take us out to “the breaks”. Literally? There are random mini-canyons and breaks in the earth in the middle of Kansas’ sprawling farm plains. They are completely random and really awesome. The roads out to the breaks were dirt (of course) and it had just been raining/storming. We should have thought about that more. Chad, Jess, and I were the last car in the little caravan, and as typical, we were way behind the others. We came down this little hill and stumbled upon a beautiful shot of a series of breaks. My brother, being the photographer he is, slowed down to stop and take a shot. Well… we slowed down alright. Actually, we sunk down. Into the mud. On one side of the car. My brother did his best to try to get us out… but it wasn’t happening. We were stuck.

bummer.

We decided we needed some way for the wheels to get traction. As we were in the middle of farmland, the best opton we had was to pull out fence posts from the never-ending woodpost-and-barbed-wire fence that run the entire length of the western half of the state. Hopefully, the posts we pulled up weren’t needed. Regardless, they didn’t work. By this time, my brother-in-law noticed we were no longer in the caravan, and he, his dad, and his brother came looking for us. They found us taking off our socks and shoes and rolling up our pant legs. They were troopers and joined in. Not going to lie, I really loved walking aroung in the mud. But I also helped. Actually, I was told that it was my helping (the angle I was pushing from) that finally got the car unstuck. YAY! It was a beautiful little bonding moment. And so funny! We were all laughing the whole time. Chad got pictures of our feet instead of the breaks. Good stuff.

The rest of the day was a little awkward, as we mingled at the post-funeral meal and talked with people we didn’t know… but it was all worth it to see my sister and her family. And to get stuck in some mud on some dirt road in the middle of nowhere Kansas. 

So adventure #1 for my summer, I guess?

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  1. Amy
    27/05/2011 at 4:59 am

    That little trip turned out to be one we will all remember a long time! I’m glad you guys came and were willing to crash and endure any possible awkwardness. It was so good to see you!

  2. 28/05/2011 at 2:43 am

    it was awesome to see you,too!! And it was al ot of fun, for sure! :P

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