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Out at the farm

We’ve been more busy than usual lately and while that means that I have much more to blog about, it also means I have less time to blog.  I used to be able to hammer out a blog post in 3.2 seconds flat but something happened to the writer in me and I am no longer able to do that for some reason.  I still love to write. I long to write. I just can’t seem to fit it in but where there is a will there is a way or some such nonsense, right?

We went to a friend’s farm on Saturday.  They weren’t in town but Kait was farm sitting and there were a ton of baby animals that Maggie just had to see.

She couldn’t even be bothered to stop for a picture because COWS! so I barely got this picture of Lucy and her.  She wasn’t able to hold still enough for more than that.

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Until we were getting ready to leave and she became very upset and made many statements about her feelings.

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“I just want to stay here with Kaity.”
“I just want to stay here and pet the cows.”
“I just want to stay here for a really, really long time.”

Turns out that all the mamas had put their babies down for their afternoon naps.  The sow was very protective over her piglets and you don’t mess with a mother pig. The calves were sleeping too and a couple of the mama cows made it quite clear that we’d better not wake their babies.  I experience this feeling every single day so I understood.

Kait said she was taking a picture of a different cow and this gal just walked up behind her and nudged her shoulder for a selfie.

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And she got some pictures of the babies while we weren’t there.

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The 1-year-old was clearly annoyed by his younger brothers’ antics.

And the piglets.  Kait said she sat on a fence at a safe distance because that’s a big angry pig right there.

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Hopefully, I’ll be able to take the younger kids back out there this week for a better look.

One particular cow took a liking to Rabbit.

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She kept trying to rub her face on him and wrap herself around him. He told her he was a married man but it seems she took that as a challenge. It was quite humorous.

Joe met a Lady.
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Lady is a dog.  She’s a Great Pyrenees and she is so sweet and much larger than she looks in this picture.

Super friendly cow again.

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And Gabe with Lanie.  He was holding her most of the time so I could take pictures.

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She was super smiley until we took her over to see the animals. Then she just stared and stared at everything and everyone.

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Before we hiked it out to the animals I got a bunch of pictures of her being super happy and adorable in her new Carters duds.

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I’ll write about my new love for Carters and Oshkosh in another post because what they are doing in the T21 community really deserves some extra attention.

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She’s growing and learning and achieving milestones and I’m so proud of her.
And just like her typical counterparts she’s curious and wants what she wants…

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And often what she wants is to put leaves in her mouth so she is actively learning the word no.

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I had a picture of everybody walking out to the pasture but it disappeared and that is disappointing to me.

Can you tell I have a better camera? I appropriated one of Kait’s Nikons and now if I snap enough pictures I can usually get a few decent photos. That’s the type of photographer I am.  Just point and shoot and shoot and shoot.

And hope for the best.

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Our number 2. Joe.

When he was little, maybe 5, Joe wanted more than anything to be a superhero.  He switched between Superman and Spiderman and when he started to jump off things to see if he could fly or swing from a web, I decided it was time for a conversation. When I told him he couldn’t actually become a superhero, it was just pretend, he broke down in tears and told me that he thought he already was one.  Realizing that I had just broken his heart with that news made me unbelievably sad but he quickly moved on to believing he was actually Link and everything I said to him suddenly made sense.

(picture of Joe dressed as link to be added as soon as I locate it because it is awesome.)

Joe is 18 now and while he has not given up on his dreams of being a superhero, he has certainly reevaluated what that dream will look like in the real world and is working on a criminal psychology degree so he can help put the bad guys away and save the streets of Pensacola from madness and mayhem.

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He also has this huge heart and a compassion that most people don’t get to see.  I wish I could predict the next time he was going to sit on the side of the street with a homeless man so I could get a picture without him knowing. He brings them food, breaks bread with them, and gets their stories. He sees their needs, individually, and does what he can to provide.

And he loves his siblings.

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He’s a very serious person but that doesn’t stop him from playing with the littles just about every day. He asks them questions and gets silly with them.

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He encourages them.

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And cares deeply for them.

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He invests time with the older siblings because relationships are important to him.

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They are important to him.

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Joe takes advice very seriously and while he doesn’t always agree with his father and me, he considers what we say and holds our opinions in the highest regard. He meets with our pastor on a regular basis to ask questions and gain a better understanding of The Word. He wants to do life right and is constantly working to create good habits, meet goals, and learn more.

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I am so proud of the son he is and the man he is becoming.

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And I cannot wait to see what his future has in store for him.

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So many questions were answered for me.

And here we have a conversation between my second oldest and my second youngest.

Lucy (3): Joe, I need a herring so I can go cut down a tree in the backyard.

Joe (16): I don’t know what a herring looks like.  You’ll have to draw one for me.

Lucy: Well, I could draw it on paper if I had some chopsticks but we don’t have any chopsticks so you will have to get me some and then I can draw a herring for you.

Lucy’s (eyes suddenly very big):  OOOORRRRR   I could draw the herring with a crayon or a pencil!

She ran away and returned with a sheet of white paper and an orange crayon and then drew something that doesn’t resemble anything that exists anywhere.

Lucy: Wait, that doesn’t look like anything. Hmmm… I’ll fix it.

She added some eyes.

Lucy:  There. Now it’s a scary ghost.

Lucy:  Joe, I can’t draw a herring.  I need help.

Joe took the crayon and drew a simple picture of a fish.

Lucy:   That doesn’t really look like a herring.  It needs legs.

Joe drew some legs on it.

Lucy (laughing): Jooooeeee, that doesn’t look like a herring, it looks like a guy. He needs wings.

Joe:….

Lucy: Wait, noooo not wings.  I was thinking of an astronaut.  It needs wheels.

So, without further ado I give you a herring that can chop down a tree.

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You’re welcome.

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We turned our heat on for the first time this season on Saturday.  Then we turned the air back on on Sunday. Then Monday evening I switched it from cool to heat because I knew we were supposed to freeze up overnight.

Florida is freaking confused, people.

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of cold weather killing the power, which is actually no sound at all. We sleep with a fan on in our room because Rabbit and I both sleep best with a little white noise and the sound of the fan turning off is what brought me out of my slumber. No electricity is fine with me as mornings around here are not usually filled with things that require power.

Except that it was 24 degrees outside and I needed heat and coffee and both of those things require electricity.

I texted Rabbit at work to lament and he suggested I start a fire in the fire pit and make coffee the old fashioned way.  I asked him if he actually meant for me to go outside and told him that wouldn’t be happening because I’ve seen The Day After Tomorrow and I know what can happen.

It all turned out okay in the end because the electricity came back on after an hour or so and the heat kicked on and I was able to enjoy not one, but two cups of hot coffee and they were delicious.  Three hours later we got a recorded call from housing explaining that our power was down and they were working on getting it restored but didn’t know how long it would take.

Good job on the timeliness of that one, Balfour Beatty.

After the boys finished their school work Kait walked them all down to the beach where they found, and I quote, A portal to Antarctica.  They never made it the last twenty yards to the beach because this little area filled with ice was everything they could have ever asked for from a freakishly cold winter-like day in supposed-to-be-warm-all-the-time Florida.

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We don’t keep a lot of winter gear around for obvious reasons.  We have some hoodies and knit gloves and hats but we really aren’t well equipped for that once in a blue moon icy day we get here in Florida. The kids complained about the cold all while choosing to be outside in it at the same time.

Kait got some excellent pictures telling a pretty cool story about how the ice formed on some palms and some grassy plants. Doesn’t the middle one look like an ice berry?  She said that should couldn’t fit her hand around many of those icy growths.

Today it’s warmed up to the low 50’s – still too cold by this southern girl’s standards.  By the weekend we should be back up into the 70’s again and you know I’m happy about that.

Maybe we’ll be able to hit the beach sometime next week.

Yeah.

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There is no way Joe is old enough to drive.

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He’s not super comfortable behind the wheel but he absolutely loves to drive.  And apparently he has trouble looking right while turning left.  Hopefully that’s not a permanent issue  because that could certainly throw a damper on his driving future and believe me that’s the last thing I’d like to throw.  I don’t want to throw anything at all really, but we take driving awful seriously up in these parts.

 

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Kait went with him on his first drive.  She sat in the back seat where she rode without speaking, though she was not necessarily silent.

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I think the fact that she’s wearing a helmet speaks volumes.

 

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