Sunday, October 16, 2016

A trip to the farm............

It is that time of year again where there are things to do to celebrate Fall, even though it is still pretty warm out here.  This means visiting the near by farm for their annual fundraiser, they work with children with Autism year round.  It is one of Little Buddy's favorite places to visit.  This is the third year in a row we have attended.  We get there as early as we can so he has more room to walk around with his walker, and to have a little less wait in line for the activities.


We always start with a pony ride.  Little Buddy loves it once he relaxes a bit.  I would love to give him therapy on a horse, it helps loosen up the pelvis and the tight muscles that want to keep his legs together.  There is not much time for that in our schedule but I hope to do it soon, it would be so good for him. 


There were lots of sheep and pigs in the barn.  There were even bunnies that dig holes in the ground to keep cool.  Little Buddy tried to give the sheep a kiss through the pen. 


The absolute highlight of the trip is a ride on Thomas the Train!  Oh my, could life get anymore exciting?  


Dad took him on Thomas twice and I took him on one time before the line got very long.  There are only three little cars so you have a long wait if you don't get on right away.  Here he is waving at all of you!


We saw lots of animals, a camel, llamas, a giant turtle, and cows.  We also saw two beautiful white wolf dogs and this Zorse, a zebra/horse!  Do you remember her from last year?


We only saw one alpaca, Princess Petunia.


Little Buddy has waited an entire year to go on the cow train.  You have to have good sitting stability and trunk control to ride on this ride as it is very bumpy and there are no parents allowed.  Last year he was not that far along so we have been talking about it and decided he could do it when he was five.  Well wouldn't you know the ride was not working this year.  But Little B got to sit in the cars which was the next best thing to taking a ride on it.  He wants to go back as soon as the cow train is fixed.


He also got to sit on the tractor that pulls the cow train!  Little Buddy had the best time.  But I have to tell you I am exhausted!  Carrying this very heavy, 35 pound boy around when he could not use his walker is tiring!  Next week he goes to another farm and then in early November he visits the farm we were at today for a field trip with his school.  Dad will be attending with him, hopefully that cow train will be fixed by then.

I have had a very busy week so have been out of touch as far as blogging goes.  I am trying to catch up, hope you are all well.

Have a great week.

33 comments:

Vera said...

What a wonderful farm. Hope the cow train is working next time!

busybusybeejay said...

What a great day out.Those kind of days are so exhausting.

CJ said...

What a fantastic day out. I well remember the Thomas the Tank Engine years and how much excitement a ride on the train involved. Pony riding is a great activity isn't it, I hope you manage to fit some more in one day. Wishing you and yours a good week Meredith. CJ xx

mamasmercantile said...

What a great day out, all those activities and animals must be a little boys dream. I can certainly see why you would be exhausted but such fun none the less.

Maureen said...

That looked like so much fun! I'm glad all of you had a good time.

Horses are just so wonderful for all kinds of therapy. There was an article in the local paper about doing horse therapy for those with PTSD.

Maureen

Una said...

Great photos and you had beautiful weather for it.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a perfect day! LB is a lucky guy.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Little Buddy looks so happy! What a fun time for him but oh your aching back! Hugs!

Caffeine Girl said...

Life does not get better than riding in a Thomas train.
Those pictures of LB in vehicles brings back so many memories of my own boy. He adored vehicles. Once we visited a fire station -- and he was too overwhelmed to get on the truck, even though the firefighters were encouraging him!
Don't push yourself, Mere. Be as kind to yourself as you are to others.

Mac n' Janet said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day, he looks so happy. I love the zorse.

Jennifer Hays said...

That looks like a perfect day to me. I am so glad Little Buddy has the chance to do this every year. He will always remember the fun he had.

kristieinbc said...

Such an awesome experience! It must be exhausting to carry Little Buddy around when he gets tired, but worth it for the wonderful memories you are creating. I think you have trained him as to what is truly important in life if the animal he chose to try and kiss was a sheep. He clearly knows where yarn comes from. :-)

Nance said...

It's so great when kids can interact with animals. It really gets them outside themselves and makes for such a great day. Tiring, but great.

Araignee said...

My Grand would go crazy over that Thomas train. Little Buddy looks like he had a blast!

Pradeepa said...

What a fun day for Little Buddy, but of course it would have been very tiring for you. Zorse! That's something new to me.

Teresa Kasner said...

I'm so glad you had help with the fun times today.. your little guy is getting heavy! He looks so happy riding the pony and seeing the animals and trains and all. He's a very lucky boy to have you both. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That certainly looks like a most wonderful day at the farm! :) And much more to look forward to future visits. Have a great week!

Babajeza said...

Happy fall, and happy exploring! Gardening is on my schedule today, before the bad fall weather kicks in .... Hugs, Regula

Blondie's Journal said...

That little guy is joyous! What he's doing now is wonderful and what he'll do in the future will be amazing!

Jane x

Gracie Saylor said...

I do remember the beautiful Zorse and the good time you had last year. Princess Petunia is especially beautiful clipped as she is, too, and I am glad Little Buddy has loving appreciation for sheep :) Cheering you on to get the rest and help you need to have a good week. xxxxx

Betsy said...

What a wonderful day! Little Buddy's face says it all!!!!! Oh I wish he and Piper could ride Thomas the train together. I think they would be fast friends because she loves it too. I love the photo of him trying to kiss th sheep. And his face riding the horse. Oh well. This whole post made me smile. Take care of yourself too my friend.
Blessings,
Betsy

Jo said...

What a fabulous day out, it certainly looks as though Little Buddy had a wonderful time. I've never seen a zorse before, how unusual. I hope Little Buddy get to ride on the cow train the next time he goes.

kathy b said...

FUn fun post. LIl BUddy has the best family!! A zorse? What? HOpe your busy week has a few calm moments just for yOU!

Claudia said...

Love the expression on his face in the cow train. "What the heck? It's broken??"

I love my nephew.

Jo said...

Hi Meredith, hope you are well I am just catching up with your last few posts and enjoying seeing buddy on the rides. He certainly is getting stronger. We have been enjoying sunsets too but mostly in the mornings. Have a good week. Jo x

AnnieOBTextiles said...

A great day out! It is so good to see the joy on Little Buddy's face as it is impossible not to smile with him. I hope the cow train is working next time, although he will no doubt still have lots of fun.

Melanie said...

It looks like Little Buddy had a blast at the farm! He looks so happy on the train (in the pic where he's with his daddy and waving). Great news that he had the trunk control to sit in the cow train - sure hope it's working next time he goes!

Becky L. said...

How fun for Buddy to be enjoying the farm and the animals. Glad dad was in the pictures too! He's just a dear looking boy and thankful he's doing well. Too bad there weren't a few wagons around to use for children as that would help alot. Happy week my friend and take care! ;.} Becky

Karen said...

Such an exciting day for LB. I always loved taking my kids to the farm to see all the different animals. I got as big a kick out of it as they did.

Sue Silva said...

Looks like so much fun! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. It's nice to hear from you again!

Dee said...

Little Buddy is doing SO well sitting up straight and tall! I think he would like you to get him one of those John Deere tractors!!! LOL

Then I could come and play with HIS toys!

linda said...

What a great day out you can see that Little Buddy had so much fun. :) xx

Jo said...

I was thinking of you when I wrote my weaving post. I thought you would be impressed! Have a good weekend. Jo x