Summer memories... fireflies, catching butterflies, swimming, running through fields and forests... these are the things I hope to give to my grandchildren - long lasting memories of adventures on the farm.
We are in the midst of Grammie Camp - a few special days with Mackenzie here on the farm. The rest of her family will join her on Friday, but for these few days, she is the center of activity. And boy, have we been active!
On Tuesday, Amanda flew in from Colorado, after being gone for the whole last year. She's always been such an integral part of the farm, so we were curious to see what the animals' reactions would be after not seeing her for the past year.
MaryAnn and Ginger were overjoyed when they saw her. There was no doubt about it... there was recognition and joy! First, MaryAnn came running over to the fence to say hello in her very enthusiastic way. She spent quite a long time "talking" to Amanda.
Ginger was out in the front pasture. Upon seeing Amanda, she came running over and flopped down on her side.
Just to be clear, Ginger never does this for anyone else - but, Amanda has always been her special person. So, yes, definitely there was recognition - immediately!
After Hubbs picked Amanda up at the airport, he stopped by and picked up Mackenzie as well - and the fun began.
We picked and ate raw sugar peas from the garden...
and worked together to catch a rogue chicklet...
who, on second thought, really did not want to be all by herself out in the big wide world!
I showed Mackenzie something that I used to do as a child... to gently pull apart a honeysuckle blossom to reveal the one tiny drop of sweet nectar inside...
We shared the Dragon Tree Trail with Aunt Amanda... Mackenzie fearlessly leading the way.
Yesterday, we introduced her to life on our river with her first Kayaking trip.