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A day at the farm

Today was exhausting. In a mostly good way.

It didn’t start out great. K and I were loading the boys into the car when I realized I couldn’t find my bag. 

Guess what was in that bag?

Yep, my keys and my cell phone.

Hubby was working and I don’t know my mother-in-law’s number off the top of my head. I was so pissed at myself. Luckily we had everything else we needed, so we played in the backyard for a bit. Then I decided I would try to break in to the house. I succeeded. Yay! But also scary. If I can break in, then someone else could too. I am very glad Sawyer is here. He is an excellent watch dog and doesn’t like anyone on his turf.

After that fiasco we were finally on the road. We were on our way to visiting the Wise Family Farm. The drive there was uneventful. We got the boys out of the car, this involved waking Peanut up. He fallen asleep about 10 minutes prior to us arriving. He wasn’t pleased, but I tossed him into the Ergo and up to the ticket window we went.

They don’t take credit cards, we had no cash. . . . *sigh* Back into the car. Again, not a happy Peanut. We drove around and found an ATM and then drove some more and found a gas station. Then we drove some more and ended up back at the farm.

Yay! It was finally time to have some fun.

We started our visit with checking out the baby cow (yes, I know it is called calf). Peanut was happily mooing at him and Munchkin was hiding behind me. I realized I forgot the camera in the car. I can’t go anywhere without the camera. It is like a permanent accessory now. Munchkin decided that he now wanted his hat, he had refused to wear it when I offered. I told him to stay with K while I went to the car, but he was not having it. So I had to drag him with me to the car. He kept telling me he didn’t want to go fast. We made it to the car. Got camera, got hat, and made it back inside the farm.

Things started looking up for Munchkin when we discovered the little playground. I mean who can resist slides, tire swings, and a fake cow to milk? ;p

It really was a great place. We played for a while and then watched the tractor pulling the wagons full of people. The boys lit up every time they saw it. They just love anything with wheels. We ate some food, listened to live music, checked out the animals again, and walked through the mazes. They have a couple of different mazes. There is a small corn maze, a sunflower maze and a large corn maze. We did the two smaller ones. Munchkin got to lead the way in the small corn maze and we played chase games in the sunflower maze. The large corn maze would have been a bit much for us.

We finally had our turn on the tractor. The boys were thrilled. I think it was probably the highlight of their day. The tractor ride brought us to the pumpkin patch and we got to pick our own pumpkins. K and I had a good time walking through the pumpkin patch, but Peanut kept getting tripped up on the vines and Munchkin was thirsty.

Munchkin got to use a port-a-potty for the first time. He was very confused by the fact that we didn’t need to flush the toilet.

Before we left we picked some cotton, zinnias, and sunflowers. They let you take home a bouquet of flowers. I thought that was cool. Some of those sunflower heads were humongous!

And now for some pictures 🙂

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Playing with photo editing

I have been playing around with the online photo editing program Pixlr Editor. It is pretty cool and easy to use. My favorite thing to do is to do a color splash in a black and white photo. Is that the right terminology for that? Oh well, either way it is fun. Here are some samples of my recent editing adventures.

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Missing : Sleep loving child

This week has been seriously rough.

Peanut, who previously has loved sleep, is now fighting it horribly. . .

He is having a very hard time settling down to sleep at night. He breastfeeds and then cries and thrashes around and then breastfeeds some more and then cries and thrashes, and, well, you get the picture. This can go on for 10 minutes or it can go on for an hour.

I guess it just depends on how crazy his day was.

Being a toddler is hard work. I understand this. I do. Really.

Toddlers are working on finding words to communicate. They have hundreds of things to climb on. Lots of running to do. Millions of bugs to discover. Cars, dinosaurs, stuffed animals and blocks galore. Pages, tables, and walls to color. Chickens , cats, dogs, and goats to chase. Leaves, flowers, and dirt to taste. Food to toss everywhere, but your mouth. After all, they already filled up on flora and dirt 😉 A big brother to follow around and imitate. Then survive attacks by said big brother. And of course make sure the adults think you are too cute to get mad at.

See? Very busy. It can be hard to wind down from all that.

So, anyway. Once he finally gets to sleep, he will sleep for 3 – 4 hours. Then the fun really begins.

Near the end of this 3 or 4 hour stretch is usually when I want to crawl in bed and go to sleep. In “normal” land, I would crawl in give him the boob and we would both pass out until morning (give or take a boob session or two). Alas, we are not in “normal” land anymore. We are now in “Let’s deprive Mama of all sleep” land. Way more fun here. . . .

In this new land, we wake up at midnight and thrash around, and whine, and play with the stuffed animals, and pop on and off of my breast a million times. This goes on for hours. We end up only getting a few hours of broken sleep. Not enough to be super productive during the day. I only end up being somewhat productive. I got diapers washed today. Yay! Go me! Oh, and I got instructions on how to use the ride on mower.

I hope my sleep loving toddler returns to me soon. I am not sure how many more nights of not sleeping I can take before I crack. So if you happen to see him, can you please send him back home?

How is sleep going in your land?

I miss this ❤

Sunflowers

My sunflowers are like the bug super highway. There are whole ecosystems on the undersides of the leaves. The bees are at the flowers pretty much non-stop and the ants are all over them as well. I make sure to use cation when touching the flowers. It has been a joy watching them grow. One of them (I only planted a few) is taller than I am!  I love taking pictures of them.

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