The whole family is excited to be celebrating Veterans Day weekend on the road and out of the house. Typically, I wouldn’t include our non-farm stories on the blog – but Farmer Crossley’s past experience in the military is a pretty significant underpinning of our lives. Plus, our Veteran friends in Oklahoma have an outdoor wonderland of their own that was the initial inspiration for buying our land.
We left the farm on Veterans Day and drove to Okemah, Oklahoma, to catch up with Aaron’s Veteran friend, Kyle, at his family’s cabin. We chilled in the yard, wandered around the pond, threw hatchets, played on the swingset and changed diapers. It was a lovely break for the kids at the halfway point of our journey (more on that later).
What’s better – it was the best stop ever for Aaron to see Kyle. Really. These guys catch up a couple of times a year face-to-face but talk regularly on the phone. In fact, our wedding was the last time I personally saw Kyle and his family. That was legitimately two houses and two kids ago. Ridiculous.
So imagine the excitement when, on our way home, we stopped at the cabin again and enjoy fried catfish, a small ton of green beans and some seriously amazing weather with Kyle’s whole family – Stephanie, Ryan and Ava. Sure, it made for a late drive home. But holy cow, what awesome friends. They are amazingly kind, so welcoming and made us feel right at home.
I absolutely cannot way to have them up to the farm for more camping and chaos.