Oh, the excitement of Green Meadows Farm! I took the kiddos there the other day, and they had so much fun! Green Meadows is a place where the kids can actually touch and hold all the animals, and they even have pony rides, hayrides and a train ride! I think I love that place more than the kids do, actually. But they really had fun too, despite the fact that it was extremely hot (of course, I live in Florida, so when am I going to get used to that? Oh, that’s right, never.) and despite the fact that we spent a good chunk of our time there in the restroom. Which was surprisingly clean for a farm.
They actually allow the kids to hold a baby chick, and a baby duck! Lily wanted to hold them so bad but she was a little rough.. She did give her duck a kiss though. It was so cute that I didn’t even worry about the duck germs. (Yet.)
Does it get any sweeter than this?
Cameron is very gently with animals…
And, the pony ride! It was all too short, though. Cameron got to ride ‘Applejack’! Unfortunately he was the only one I got a picture of on the pony ride. Lily happily took off on a pony with an attendant since we had more kids than adults, and I swear she didn’t even look back. So if you want to kidnap my daughter, just bring a pony..otherwise you are screwed.
I was a little nervous that Cameron was going to be nervous- but nope, he loved it too!
They got to chase some goats and ducks around in the pen…
This place is full of old tractors and fire trucks that the kids can climb on and play in.. they were in heaven!
And, then, there was the duck pen. I really should have known it was all going too smoothly. They actually encourage you to try to catch the ducks and pet them (poor things), and Lily was happy to participate. My friend A had Ben (aka “the easy kid”), and I was trying to keep track of Lily and Cameron, but it was in an enclosed pen so I let Lily run free of me.. big mistake. The video below is not that exciting, other than I actually caught a flash of what ended up being a major wipeout, without realizing it. I was focusing on Cameron at the time and I heard another guy go “Ohhh!” (As in, “oh! that’s gotta suck!”) When I heard it I just knew it had to be in reference to one of my kids.. Lily had slipped and fallen in the “wet” area of the pen.. it was mostly dry in there but she managed to find the slippery spot.When she stood up, she looked like she tried to steal second base; her legs and butt were just covered in… what I am going to say was mud. But it wasn’t.
Off to the restrooms, where I proceeded to give her a lower-body bath in the ladies room sink while my poor friend was trying to entertain the boys outside. It was a good chance to get them all to use the potty, (which they did, quite successfully), but we ended up missing the hayride portion of our tour which made me a little sad. Not that I like hay, or riding in the backs of trucks, but I know the kids would have loved that. Ah well, next time.
Here’s a video, you can see Lily running around… about 3 seconds from the end, you see her head kind of disappear behind the lady we were talking to- that was the duck mud wipeout.
I had been promising the kids ice cream for days- they are obsessed with it. At dinner, I’ll ask Ben to take a bite of his dinner, and he’ll look at me with his palms up and say “How ’bout ice cream?” Sigh.