Yesterday sure was a treat.
We scored discount tickets on LivingSocial for a Sheep Shearing Fest at a Farm Center about an hour north of us!
It was 'J's first time seeing farm animals up close, & man did he get a kick out of it. Some of my fam met up with us there at 10am & we marched right into the Milking Shed to see some cows in action. Not gonna lie... was a little disappointed when I didn't see 'Milk Maids' hunched over an old wooden stool, teet in hand....apparently thats not how things are done now. At least not there.
But we got to get up close & personal with some "ladies" & their little babies too!
Then we ventured into the Sheep Barn & got to see some piggies takin' a snooze, not too exciting, but 'J' was still squealing with delight.
There was a bunch of little lambs walking about in the pen & one tiny little fella walked right up to 'J' for him to pet him! I'm pretty sure 'J' thought it was a dog though, lol. Still, a neat sight to see.
I can't tell you how many times we heard "BAAAA! BAAA!" & "moOOooO" ...& that wasn't coming from the livestock...
'A' snuggled right up in the carrier & slept through most of the adventure. It was nice to be able to focus on 'J' & all the new sights he was taking in :)
Hubby was a little nervous when I mall walked to the Chicken Coop. It is common knowledge around here that I want chickens.
In my backyard.
Our city recently passed the Ordinance once again allowing residents to raise chickens on their (tiny) property. Personally I think it would not only be fun & educational for the kids, but we would get eggs! Win, Win! As soon as I opened my mouth he looked right at me and said, "No. Just no. Not gonna happen". One day...one day he'll see the light. That, or he'll just come home to find some chickens walking around the backyard...it could go either way folks.
Then it was on to the Main Event, the Sheep Shearing!! We watched as this guy clipped & flipped & wrestled a years worth of wool off each one. The kids couldn't take their eyes off of it! Then we all got to feel the fresh wool & ask questions like "how many sweaters can you get from that?", "Does your back hurt?", etc.
All in all, we had a great morning/afternoon & can't wait to go back. I would love to make it a yearly thing.
Just cause you live in the city doesn't mean you can't 'farm it up' every once in a while :)