Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stocking Up

On the eve of the first day of fall I can no longer deny summer's end. Sure the fading daylight, crisp evenings, football games, and plethora of pumpkins, mums, and apples in every store help to ease me into the fall season. But if that wasn't enough we had our own tradition to drive home the end of summer. This weekend our whole family split, chopped, stacked, and organized all the wood we will need for the coming cold. 

Ben manned the wood splitter and helped Todd split the larger pieces of firewood into more burnable sizes. When all the large pieces were properly sized they made kindling.

Joey's job was supplying Todd with the wood to split and also loading up the wheel barrel full of wood that was just split and taking it to Tommy to neatly stack. 

Tommy did a wonderful job of making a neat stack. After a while the pile was so high that Joey had to add to his job description to include stacking as well.  Soon the pile was over both of their heads and I had to help out with the upper level.
Grace had the job of neatly stacking the kindling in the garage. Now we have plenty of kindling that will be nice and dry and easy to access when the cold weather comes a calling.
Everyone was really working together. It was amazing how efficiently the job was done. There is no way Todd and I could have finished the task in such a timely manner without the help of all the kids. They did so well and it was actually fun.
And really, look at all that wood! I don't think we will have any problem staying warm this year.

Yes, summer may now officially be over, but there is so much to look forward to in fall. Pumpkin farms, apple pie, caramel apple candles, pumpkin spiced coffee, Halloween parties and trick or treating, changing leaves, fall decorations, and of course bonfires with the family.

Okay. I'm ready. I'm ready to fall for FALL.


Bijoux said...

That was a lot of work!! We have a gas fireplace in this house, so no more firewood for us. Now we stack wood in the back as privacy barriers!

betty said...

Wow lots of wood! Great that everyone worked together on this project and it got completed in a timely manner!


Peruby said...

They say back in the old days people would have more kids to help with all the work. That makes sense.

Wood chippers scare the bejezus out of me.

Kat said...

Peruby- Yes! That makes total sense. My husband's mother comes from a farming family and she is one of 13 children.

And don't worry, it isn't a wood chipper it is a wood splitter. Not as scary. ;)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Wood crew! What a joyful post to put us in the mood for Fall! If only we had some cooler weather here in So Cal to go with all of the Fall decorations (and Christmas) out in the stores ... It's still HOT!

Wisconsin Girl said...

Love having the kids help with all of those types of jobs. We hope it helps them appreciate what it takes to keep things "running!" My son wisely said once, "It sure takes a lot of work to be a mom and dad..." Isn't that the truth?!?!? But so worthwhile! Enjoy the start of fall!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Beautiful family. Looks like a good days work where everyone knows they are a valuable asset to the family. That their participation makes it work. Glad they get to wear their shorts for longer before the cold weather comes in.

Elaine Alguire said...

Team work is the best! Now if only I as close enough to come and sit by the fire with you and enjoy a cup of cocoa and some conversation. :)

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