Mom was an mechanical engineer. Dad was a search and rescue helicopter pilot. An accident while elk hunting left him unable to fly and resulted in the family leaving the service a few years sooner than expected. Not really wanting to sit in an office all day or start over in pursuit of a "normal" career, they decided to do the sensible thing and buy a farm, with no experience whatsoever. The kids are along for the ride. As of this writing, we've been here for about 3 years and have learned a lot along the way. We've had some successes, but also many failures. However, if things don't always turn out as planned, they are almost always interesting.