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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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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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Happenings around the homestead.

One of the strangest things I discovered when we moved to Mississippi was crayfish wandering around the yard. It wasn’t something I had ever seen before. Hubby and I thought it was hilarious. We still do. Except for the giant holes and chimneys they leave around the yard.

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Crayfish chimney. This is a really short one.

Last night Hubby was walking around the yard hunting for them. He likes to play with them. You know, poke them with sticks and make them fight with him. 😉 This one was one of the bigger ones, probably about four or five inches long.

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Crayfish

 Lily likes to try and dig the crayfish up. She actually got one the other day. She thought it was a tasty snack.

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Lily searching for crayfish

 We also have mushrooms galore after all the rain too. These white ones have been popping up and growing to massive sizes

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Big white mushrooms

 Then there are these little brown ones. They are growing up in the middle of the lespedeza.

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Little brown mushrooms

My calendula are continuing to bloom and attract pollinators to the garden.

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Calendula with a bee and ?

  

And so are my sunflowers.

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Pretty sunflower with a giant bee

I have a new sunflower opening up this morning.

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New sunflower opening this morning

The girlies are happy to have the sun out.

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Willow and Hazel hanging out, happy for no more rain.

Eggs from the Reds this morning and the loaf of bread I baked last night.

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Yay for fresh bread and eggs!

Still waiting on Buffy and Rocky to start laying. If they haven’t all ready started. . . .I keep checking around, but haven’t seen any.

The chickens have started sleeping in the shed with goats. I can’t get the back doors on their coop closed. The wood has swelled considerably from all the rain.

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Free-range chickens

 We had a fun filled puddle jumping day on Saturday. We have an issue with flooding in our yard. We are trying to figure out the best course of action to fix this, but until then, we will continue to have fun running through the giant puddles. It is Munchkin and Peanut’s favorite activity. 🙂

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Love the expression on Munchkin’s face

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Peanut is concentrating really hard on not falling