I have to say Sean and I are very lucky that we both have pretty awesome families. They are the kind who would go out of their way to help you, and do pretty much anything you need. This weekend we were finally able to help out my mom, instead of the other way around, which is seems like is always the case. I can't tell you how many times my mom has dropped what she was doing and come running to help us out, including taking care of our whole family who had the stomach flu while I was having a baby. Yeah, she's amazing.
So anyway, this weekend we went over and did some yard work for her. I say "we", but I didn't really do a whole lot. I was more of a kid wrangler, butt-wiper, lunch maker, but hey, I was there in spirit. We (there I go again) raked my moms yard, which is big and has lots of trees, therefore lots of leaves, and my brother cut down 4 trees and cut them up for firewood and then everyone helped load up the trailers. We'll have to spend another weekend on a date with a log splitter to actually get the wood down to fireplace size, but cutting down the trees was a huge accomplishment.
When the kids weren't eating, or needing their butts wiped, they were actually pretty good helpers, especially the older three. At 6 and 5 they can use a rake decently, and were very helping in carrying logs to the trailer and picking up sticks for kindling. Their favorite activities of course, were jumping in leaf piles and climbing around on the trees right after they were cut down before the guys could cut them into pieces. All in all a great weekend with my family and I love that we helped my mom out.
(I wish I had pictures to share, but I'm a dork and forgot my camera. My sister-in-law had hers though, so maybe she'll share a couple of her pics.)