It was a hot day here at the Family Farm, so we do what we do when it's hot: head down to the creek.
While the creek has long been a favorite for the kiddos (and also for the parents and grandparents who love to see happy kiddos), it doesn't exactly have any big thrills for the adults. Shallow water in most places make it tricky to do much in the way of swimming if you happen to be over 5' tall.
But then my mom got an idea.
My mom gets lots of ideas. Ideas and projects spring from her mind like unicorns and fairy dust spring from Sydney's.
My mom thought the creek needed a zip line.
I should tell you that we already have one zip line that flies across the frog ponds. Having been on it multiple times, I can tell you it's quite entertaining if you enjoy that sort of thing. But one zip line wasn't enough. So now thanks to the hard work efforts of my parents and my sister (as well as a few helpful zipping volunteers like my husband, my little cousin, and the neighboring college kid) we have two.
Because of a few logistics--like falling into shallow water--it's not safe for small kids. I don't think it's particularly safe for anyone, but no one listens to me when it comes to danger and excitement. I'm just one of those fuddy duddy sorts who fears people will break their necks if they go on a dangerous contraption. Fortunately, no one is encouraging my children or anyone else's small children to go on the zip line. Common sense prevails.
My husband, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of person who the zip line was designed for.
There it is. Very zippy looking.
And with a 1-2-3...
My camera really doesn't do the moment justice, but hopefully you can use your imagination to see that this is a rather fun Big Kid toy. One that just so happens to be perfect for hot sunny days.
And maybe someday when I'm grown up and less pregnant I'll think about going on the zip line too.
Or maybe I'll just watch this guy.
That actually seems like a lot more fun to me.