When we lived in San Francisco, our “lawn” in the front yard was the size of a closet, a small one at that. The backyard didn’t have a lawn, thank goodness, because there was no direct way to go from front yard to back yard without going up stairs, into the house and down a looong, dangerous set of stars that we’d call the walk of death.

Our previous house had a larger lawn, but mowing it meant you were on constant alligator watch and maintaining the lawn meant 3 hours of pushing a mower in the hot sun. It was big enough to take a chunk of our weekend away but too small to justify a ride-on mower. So, we hired a crew to come weekly to do their thing. Back then, we were so busy that both of us were working on the weekends as well, and any free time was dedicated to the kids.

Here, on the farm with Scott decided it was time to take back the duty and do it right – and teach the kids how to help him. I’m no use doing lawn work – grass doesn’t thrill me (but wild flowers, fruit trees and a massive garden do!) it’s pretty to look at but wow does it take up so much water, energy to maintain. I’d rather just look at OPL (other people’s lawns)!!! Since we don’t work on the weekends anymore, I reluctantly agreed.

For the past couple of weeks, Scott has been doing homework and getting the low-down on ride-on mowers from our good buddy who owns a landscaping service, Mike, who’s so generously came to rescue our lawn.

Since we’ve moved in, it’s been raining every single day, just 30 minutes, but combined with hot-happy-sunshine, the lawn was literally up to my armpits. We know Mike from Tae Kwon Do – he and Scott travel to go to tournaments together and as a black belt, he’s been mentoring Scott as they compete.

I heart Mike. Such a good guy for saving us from having to carry a sythe just to go get the mail.

After scouring Craigslist for mowers, we found a local family-run company and owner,Β Lonnie, who convinced my husband to go with a smaller but more powerful mower. And then delivered it the same day.

It’s shiny, new, red.

It’s got a bad-ass sounding name.

For a mower that almost cost as much as car, I was expecting a little more than this in the engine:

Maybe some bling – we definitely need to bedazzle the sides or something.

Me, not impressed yet. I’d rather get RID of the lawn. I would rather him buy a tractor and one of those things you tow in back with rotating teeth thingy (yes, that’s exactly how much I know about farming – LOL)

That is, until I jumped on and took it for a spin.

Holy blade cutting! It’s FAST and nimble! You could do wheelies with this thing!

Now it was time to teach the kids.

Nathan first:

WAIT! Where you going????

Come back here!

Right this minute!

Mail delivery, Madam!

After a couple of runs with Scott, Andrew wanted to go on his own. I made him promise that he’d do the lawn every week.

He agreed. My baby isn’t even tall enough for his feet to touch!

Uh oh. Maybe a bad idea. In fact, the only other time he’s driven a vehicle by himself is at Disney’s kiddie bumper car rides.

That’s when it hit me.




No words are needed for how he felt after this little joyride…..

It took me 13 minutes before I could breathe normally again and to reel back in my freaking, thumping heart.

And we ended the lesson with VERY. STERN. RULES. and lots of “yes, sir’s” from the kids signaling that they understood the responsibility and danger of this machine.

As for me, I’m still searching Craigslist for “rotating teeth thingy.”

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Comments 21

  1. Christienne

    Love this Jaden!

    Years ago (OK too many to count) when I was a kid and we lived on just 1 acre (a lot for Long Island homes) my mom bought a ride on mower for my brothers. That first summer day my dad sent my brothers out to cut the lawn with a push mower – my mom was convinced she needed to get a ride on mower to help the boys! We had one that pulled a cart attachment which helped haul firewood to the house. And it also had a plow attachment which we definitely needed to rid our very large driveway of snow in the winter!!

    There is nothing like cruising around as a kid, on the family ride on mower! The BigDog is much more machine than we had!

    But I’m sure the boys will love it the same way my brothers loved ours!

    Good luck!

    PS: Am I the only one hoping for a bigger font on your posts?! Maybe it’s just my old tired eyes!

  2. Kim Beaulieu

    I want a big dog! That is one seriously sleek machine. And I must add you were rocking it those boots Jaden. I wonder if I dangle a big dog for hubby if he`d give in to the farm thing. I`d love my own place to keep the horse instead of paying somebody else to board here for us. Then I could get more horses, maybe some chickens, perhaps a pig. Ah, maybe that`s why he doesn`t want the farm. Thanks for the comment yesterday. I always get excited when you stop by.

  3. ijules

    So happy for you all with your new Big boy toys!! We have a big dog motorcycle, I rather it be a mower!! John Deere running through my veins though…… Congrats on the new heazy, may you never run out of grass to mow. ;D
    Your SRQ Stalker

  4. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

    Heck, that thing is like a turbo powered go cart. Even I would mow the yard in 100 degree heat if it meant I got to take it for a spin!

    Oh, and I love that you are wearing your red boots in that one pic!

  5. Teresa

    I love your red boots, they match your mower. Love your new place, I know you are loving it.

  6. Sally

    Jaden, I love the VERY.STERN. MOMENT. The look on their faces! You seem so happy in your new home, which makes me happy! And boys, they will have their toys. My “baby” is WWOOFing on a farm/cattle ranch this summer driving machinery I’ve never heard of and herding cattle by running alongside them with a whip while the grown-up farmer drives them with a pick-up truck. So many things boys will do that you don’t really want to know about. Hope NYC is/was great! XXOO Sally

  7. Kitty

    Good looking mower. Trying to figure out the make and model and I see Big Dog. We are looking for a mower with a ROPS because our property is several acres and the front part is on a hill/incline. I was pleased to see that you purchased one w/this feature because the daughter of my brothers neighbor was tragically killed in a lawn mower rollover accident. I will never use a riding mower that doesn’t have the Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS)

  8. marla

    Girl this looks like so much fun!! The BIG DOG is rad. Can’t wait to see you perfect your wheelies. The farm is stunning πŸ™‚ xxoo

  9. Kim in MD

    What fun! That is one cool mower, and your boots match! Too cute!

    Jaden-that rotating teeth thingy is called a rotary tiller, in case you haven’t googled it yet! My in-laws have a farm, and have several tractors and tillers. Have fun! πŸ™‚

  10. Chris

    Jaden, I thought you were talking about a bush hog on the back of a tractor with the rotating brush thingy. Rototiller works, although you would be doing some serious reseeding if you use that. However, I bet you could rent any other attachments you might need form the local farmer co-op if you decide to go with the tractor at a later time.
    Chris in Music City

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