He even ate some wheat in your honor yesterday! We were waiting for everyone to come back from eating lunch to move to another field, and so Jon and I were just waiting. Jon took a handful of wheat and goes, "This is for you Uncle Tom! Hurry back to Kansas!" It was so sweet. I also ate some wheat and it was good and crunchy.
So... wheat harvest. Ready for some pictures of the mighty Wiebe farm operators?
In order to get out to the field, I hitched a ride in the truck that was unloading wheat at Uncle Gordon's. That day, it just happened to be Casey who was driving.
We had to wait for the thousands of pounds of wheat to be unloaded.
And stored in the bins.
After it finished unloading, we headed back out to the field.
We had both combines going -- Casey was driving one (the new one), and then either Jon or Uncle Doug was driving the other one. But Uncle Doug said he preferred to drive truck, and Jon said he preferred driving the combine cause, "I'm a big guy. I like big machines." :)
Kristen's Ben was driving grain cart
The wheat was BEAUTIFUL! Really thick. View from inside the combine whilst riding with Jon!
At one point, we were full, and the grain cart hadn't arrived to the field yet, so we had to drive back to go unload directly into a truck. And guess what? Jon let me drive!!! He said, "hey Melissa, want to drive?" And before I had time to think about my answer, he was standing up and switching places with me, and I was in the bouncy driver's seat!
That's right! I drove a combine! Granted, I didn't actually combine any wheat, but I drove that massive machine! It was fuuuuun.
Justin's kiddos were out there with us a lot too, and loved playing in the wheat!
There was lots going on in the field (right by Justin's):
Robert was raking
Justin was baling.
And Jason was picking up the bales.
The first day, I rode with Jason for several hours, picking up bales all over the field. It was so much fun. Of course, good ol' country music playing on the radio!
We were there really late, and got to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the field. And even cooler was to see all of the combines and tractors with their lights on working in the field. As Jason said, "isn't that nice? All these machines working out here at the same time in the dark?" I thought it was harder to spot the bales all over the field!
I had to sneak this picture of him, as he promptly refused to let me take any others. After he'd put a full load of bales on the trailer, he'd hook it up the tractor and we'd take them to the edge of the field.
Doesn't it look like so much fun? Hard working people, these Wiebe's. Dad, we sure missed you! Mom, you too of course! And in fact Mom, I took a picture of your brother for you:
I rode with him in the combine for a while and he was asking me about French and told me to tell him a phrase in French slang. So I did. And then he said, "what does that mean"? And I said, "it means, I dig it". And he goes, "ok". And that was the end of that. Ha! It was funny.
When we moved fields, they took the header off of one combine, but not the other. Ben made this cool header trailer and it works pretty slick to detach the header on there. I rode with Jon as we went down first street (with the combine and header still attached) and I said, "wow, we're really taking up the whole road. Nobody will be able to pass us!" And Jon goes, "that's right melissa! People will pass me, when I say they can pass me!" But he always got over nicely for everyone.
Danae, we passed your husband!! :)
And then we got .60" of rain! That was a blessing!