I found this quote on Pinterest and knew I had to use it for this post. My kids spend every free minute they have outside with their Dad. I love it!
Last summer we decided to remodel our barn. This barn was built in 1975 by Justin’s Grandpa. I have been told that when he built this barn he said, “I will buy window and heat. If I have any money leftover I will buy milking equipment.” Thank goodness he had enough money for both! Imagine how many conversations have happened in this barn.
In fact, Justin remembers a particular day when he and his sisters were misbehaving. I guess his Mom was tired of trying to fix the problem and sent all three of them to the barn to “visit” their Dad. He doesn’t remember what was said in that barn. All he remembers is that they behaved when they went home!
This barn has been remodeled a few times throughout the years. Until this remodel all of the changes have been internal, leaving all the exterior walls in place. The part you see on the left is called the parlor. It is where the cows actually stand while the milk is extracted. The part of the building in the middle, with the lowest roof line is where the milk storage tank and some milking equipment are located. The part on the far right is a little building we added a few years ago to house more milk storage.
700 cows are milked in this barn twice each day. The barn operates 24 hours per day. After the remodel is complete each cow will be milked three times daily. Milking a cow more often is more comfortable for her. If you have ever nursed a baby, you will know what I am talking about.
The trenches in front of the barn are being dug as a footing for part of the new structure.
My boys thrive on projects like this! They get right in the middle of everything and help as much as possible. Busy boys make good boys. Days like this are my favorite. Who knows what stories will be told in this barn over the next few years. Only if walls could talk!
We actually are hoping to complete our barn remodel tomorrow. The project is a typical project that took twice as long, and cost twice as much as estimated. We are so happy to have this project off of our plates and on to new ones. For the next few weeks I will be bringing you a peek at the transformation.
I just had to show you this boy getting ready to jump across that big trench. I love the look on his face as he decides. To jump, or not to jump?
Okay, I think I can do it! But I am getting a little scared!
Ahhh! He made it! Everything is better on the other side!