Saturday, October 21, 2017

Back to the farm......


It must be Autumn as we made our fourth annual trip to the farm with Little Buddy today.  I have to say this is one of my favorite days of the year.  It is just so much fun.  We get there plenty early so this little one does not have to wait in many lines.  The first thing we always do is ride a pony.  Little Buddy looks so big on this little pony.  He is growing don't you think?


Riding on Thomas the Train is always next.  We got in three rides before there was a line.  He road on each of the cars, first the caboose with Dad, then the green and yellow cars with Mom.  It drives in a circle around the farm where you can see a camel, cow, giant tortoises, a zorse and donkeys, some turkeys, a giant pig named Elizabeth and even a few lemurs.  Little Buddy is not one to notice the animals too much, he would rather look at the gates or the wheels on the train.  I think it is hard for him to visually focus on something when we are moving by it, even if we aren't going that fast.


Look at those freckles, I could eat him up!


This first time Little Buddy came to the farm he was three and not quite ready for the cow train.  Every time we came after that it was not working, well today it was.  The wonderful man who drove the train told us to hop on the cow train and he would take us out after one more train trip.  He was such a wonderful guy.  Little Buddy was a bit nervous about the ride but he did just fine.  He even picked up both hands and put them up in the air for a short bit.  


He had his first taste of roasted marshmallow, not to sure he liked it.


There was a big playground where he had a short ride on a swing and played in this big wooden playhouse.  Swings are hard because they are unstable and frankly unpredictable, but Little Buddy is much less fearful of them now that he is six!



There did not seem to be as many animals this year.  I usually see a few alpacas, and more than three sheep, but there was this friendly donkey.  Maybe it was because it is so hot out today, the animals were kept in cooler places.  I think some on the animals have been moved onto new homes.  This is a type of refuge where they rescue many animals and give them a safe place to live.  The festival is over three weekends.  They raise money during the festival to assist their program of children on the spectrum working with animals.  It is a wonderful place with so many kind people helping out.


Little Buddy even got to pet a ferret.  We had so much fun we just might go back next weekend.

40 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

Looks like so much fun, what a cute donkey.

Susanne said...

Your little guy is so fortunate to be taken to the farm for a fourth trip. I'm sure everytime he goes he notices something he didn't really notice the trip before. He is learning and growing more confident each time he gets to go. I think I would like the pony ride and train ride too. He knows the most fun stuff. Yes, he is growing, I'm amazed, and he is getting cuter as well. What the heck is it about freckles that make a child so stinking cute anyways!
Susanne XOXO

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

I read that last bit as "Little Buddy even got a pet ferret" 😂😂 He certainly is growing up, love the photo of him on the cow train 💕
Jillx

Becky L. said...

What a fun day for you and Buddy and dad. At Buddy's age he's got favorite things to like. I'm sure he enjoys going there and thankful he's growing up in many ways. Here in OR where I live it's windy and rainy. Megan and I stayed within a building while it was bad. But it's all good...fall and fun. And a warm dry house! Hugs!

Joyful said...

I'm so glad you have this wonderful place to go and have fun with little Buddy. He is definitely growing and each time you visit the place he will grow and grow in awareness and in confidence. I love the look on his face after tasting the marshmallow. Priceless!

Teresa Kasner said...

You two are wonderful parents.. taking your little guy to places where he'll have fun. It looks like he liked the playhouse a lot.. maybe your sons and husband could build him one in the backyard! We just braved the rain and wind to go out to lunch.. lol. Now we're back for the rest of the day.. watching CNN and seeing the past 5 presidents raising money for the hurricane victims. Good thing we have those guys working for us.. 45 has turned his back on PR, too busy attacking a black woman I guess. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

wenhkc said...

Each year, Little Buddy will get more and more confident with the rides, the animals, the food! Glad he and you had a fun day. I'm jealous he got to pet a ferret! It's my dream pet, but they're not allowed to be kept where I live.

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday; I'll bet he had a wonderful time.
He sure is getting grown up!

Debby said...

Looks like a fun time. Maybe not the marshmallow. I love the fall trips for the kids.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Memories and growth and more memories. Great times. Hugs.
Joy

Pradeepa said...

What fun you all had! Little Buddy has grown up a lot.

Jodiebodie said...

It's great that you get to go every year. It is familiar but different which is good for learning. I'm glad that you were all able to have a fun outing together and lots of support from kind people at the farm make it so much easier. What a happy day. :-)

Chris said...

What a super day and what a wonderful place! He’s growing up so much ! Your two are such great parents, it will be fun as he grows up to look back at all these fun pictures. Good thing we never age , hey??!? Riding trains, eating treats and petting cute animals, sounds like fun!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Oh what a fun day!

Babajeza said...

This looks like a lot of fun. :-) Enjoy the weekend! Regula

handmade by amalia said...

This does look like a lot of fun and a different kind of experience for Little Buddy.
Amalia
xo

linda said...

You can see he’s having so much fun bless him and yes I can see he’s definitely growing. Have a great Sunday. 😊xx

Anita said...

Hey hang on......how did Buddy grow so tall? When did that happen? lol....I can't believe it. Im glad you got there early so you didn't have to wait in those long lines.The farm looks like a groovy place to be and such fun for all. xx

Araignee said...

Now who doesn't need a ride on a cow train? Looks like fun!

Jo said...

It sounds like a wonderful place and somewhere that Little Buddy thoroughly enjoys going. I think the animals would be my favourite thing about the place but then again, a cow train, what's not to love?

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Little Buddy is getting so big! What a fun place and I'm loving that cow train!

Jo said...

I can't believe a year has gone by since you last went! Great memories for your family. Jo x

kathy b said...

OHHHHHHH LIL B!!! On the pony!!!!! I wonder if it feels good to him and someday he'll want to do therapeutic riding! ???
Thanks for the very fun photos. I love to see him with his dad too

The Well Fed Wheel said...

He is one lucky little boy and I love his marshmellow face. I make that same face when I eat them. LOL

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like my kind of place, what a wonderful place to visit. He certainly is growing up fast and is a real cutie with those adorable freckles.

Claudia said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely photos and narrative of Buddy's adventures! Definitely you need to go back next weekend :) PS I'm sure roasted marshmallows will be a fall favorite before long.

CJ said...

Lovely to see Little Buddy back at the farm, and how great that they rescue animals there. I'm glad he had a good time, he will have many happy memories of it I think. I used to love going to animal adventure places with mine when they were little. In fact the youngest would still happily go I know especially if there were animals. CJ xx

Delighted Hands said...

what an excellent way to spend a saturday! Looks just perfect and a nice way to mark the growth of such a sweet guy!

Karen said...

I'm so grateful for places like this. It's such a great opportunity for kids (of all ages) to enjoy all of those beautiful animals. So fun to see LB enjoying himself so much!

Una said...

Yes, Buddy is definitely growing. I thought that even before you mentioned it....and I would say he definitely doesn't like roasted marshmallow!!

Caffeine Girl said...

He does look big! What a lovely event for the kids. I wish more places would do this!

Mrs. Micawber said...

When did LB's legs get so long? Gosh, he's growing fast!

What a fun place to visit. Anything with trains and animals is a winner in my book. (And I'm with LB on the roasted marshmallows.)
:)

Betsy said...

I always love seeing LB at the farm. He looks so happy, riding with Dad on the train and on the cow train too. Oh the memories you're making with him! And it's all for a great cause too...a win/win event! I hope you can go back next weekend.
Blessings,
Betsy

elns said...

I see he's shaved! LOL

So I too thought that maybe he just looks so grown because of that first photo with the little pony, but no Mere. He looks so much older now. It's a little heart breaking because I'm the biggest piece of sensitive snot these days. Is it he hair cut? Anyways his freckles are adorable and I'm so glad you all had such a wonderful time together. Always wishing you and the family happy times.

Lorrie said...

He is so CUTE! Those freckles! And how he is growing! Visiting the farm sounds like a great success.

édis said...

Your boy has grown a lot.

Sigrid Swinnen said...

What a wonderful day! Must be so good to your heart to see Little B grow and enjoy all this. The picture with the freckles and your sentence underneath it made me smile :-)
Ps: I'm in love with that donkey... those eyes!! :-)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Nice to see that he's gotten over some of his fears and is able to enjoy the farm. Definitely sounds like a place to enjoy some lovely family time.

Lee said...

WOW.what a lovely place and so much for Buddy to see and do.Great photo's of him and yes those freckles are so darn cute.Lovin those animals.Hope you are all ok.Sending Huge Huggles from UK.xxxx

Gracie Saylor said...

So great you got to go to the farm again, and that you all enjoyed it! Thanks for the neat photos and narrative. I think I agree with Little Buddy's opinion of the taste of marshmallows :) xx