There is no doubt in my mind that kids and farms are a match made in heaven.
And there is nothing that pleases me more than to watch my precious Littles as they roam our acreage with nothing more than their imaginations!
We had Mackenzie and Easton with us Thursday evening through Saturday evening. Because we missed our summer vacation at the beach with our family last summer because of Covid, I had wanted to plan some special day trips with the Littles this summer.
Friday we took them to a wonderful little amusement park, not-too-far from us.
It is the perfect family destination - a cool, woodsy setting- not crowded, and rides payed for with tickets that never expire (we still had some tickets left from when Tyler was little.).
Without paying an admission fee, there is no need to stay all day to get one's money's worth.
With children of a younger age, an entire day at an amusement park is overwhelming and exhausting... often resulting in someone having a melt-down by day's end.
So, spending just a couple hours riding some rides ends up being the perfect day. We all had a blast, and none of us was worn out by the day!
In fact - we spent the evening playing outside in the mud (it had rained quite hard during the latter part of the afternoon.) It is no surprise that the two of them had to be hosed down before I could take them into the house for tubbies.
Saturday we gave the kids the option of going on another adventure- to a cave, or a reptile zoo with a dinosaur exhibit (Easton loves dinosaurs right now), or staying home and playing on the farm.
Can you guess which option they both picked?
Yes... that's right... staying home on the farm was the most desirable choice -
which made my Grammie heart happy.
We picked blueberries to share for lunch
and followed berry picking with a picnic in the picnic pavilion.
Meanwhile, Hubbs practiced a little cat meditation with Yogi Griz.
At one point, Mackenzie remarked that "we never watch TV here on the farm...we're always too busy playing." Another comment that made my Grammie heart smile.
The day was filled with the simplest of adventures... something that I fear our children, these days, don't get enough of.
Having the ability to run free and play out in the fresh air with friends is what childhood is all about (in my humble opinion.)
It's a good reminder even for myself that it's the little things in life that mean the most. Staying home and enjoying simple pleasures brings me much joy.
Sunday I did just that. The dogs and I walked the edge of the woods picking raspberries...
and I made berry jam.
I baked zucchini bread with chocolate chips and nuts....
did the laundry, and worked on a knitting project. Sunday was cloudy and cool. Birdsongs filled the air all day long, as pollinators floated from blossom to blossom.
A perfect summer day to top off a wonderful summer weekend with the Littles.
I can think of no better weekend than that.