February is the time of the year in New England, as the temperatures rise above freezing during the day and dip below freezing at night, that we trudge through the snow to tap those maple trees, beginning the long, labor of love that turns fresh maple sap into sweet, sticky maple syrup.
I know I’ve written about this maple syruping adventure before . . . but this year is different, because we have this little guy on board to experience it all . . .
Joshua was in the “thick” of things, so to speak, taking it all in, as he watched his grandpa, great-grandpa, great-uncle, uncles, and second-cousins scurry around the woods, drilling holes, tapping in quills, hanging buckets, and installing pipelines.
Uncle Nate even took time for a game of “Peek-a-Boo” with Joshua, between the maple trees.
“Josh, do you want to help?”
Grandpa splices tubing for the pipeline . . .
Cousin Steve works from the crook of a tree . . .
Uncle Jon taps in quills and adds covers . . .
Joshua has Mommy lift the lid to check to see if the sap is dripping . . .
He even took a “Gator” ride with Mommy and Grandpa.
Even Grandpa takes a break for Joshua’s favorite game of the moment: “Peek-a-Boo!” It’s amazing what babies will encourage even the most serious adults to do to make them laugh!
Josh takes a break from all the hard work with a rest on the quad with Uncle Jon, Uncle Nate, and Mommy.
Of course, Duke was supervising the whole process . . .
. . . as was Jake . . .
And this is the little guy that made it so much more fun!
I’m thinking there’s some pancakes and sweet maple syrup in his future . . .