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Oak Leaf Dairy Farm Visit – Baby Goat Cuddle Therapy Should Be A Thing

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A few weeks ago a friend posted a photo on Facebook of her daughter surrounded by baby goats. I clicked the picture, which was geo-tagged, which led to a place name, which I then typed into Facebook and their page popped up. (Technology, man!) It turns out the place with the baby goats is called Oak Leaf Dairy and it’s only 20 minutes from my house. So after ballet class on Saturday I forced my family into their coats and put the directions into my phone and said “WE’RE GOING TO SEE GOATS EVERYONE IN THE CAR.”

I have about a 20% success rate with Family Fun Days. 80% of the time I am slightly-to-very disappointed because the Family Fun I had pictured never materialises. The kids are hungry, the weather is bad, my husband doesn’t think “wandering” or “browsing” count as fun activities at all. The more kids we add the more often I am stressed instead of relaxed and the picture perfect day trips I image for our family ends with everyone just needing a nap and a break from each other. It’s something I struggle with a lot – I WANT to be a family that loves to do lots of things together but most of the time we do better just watching a movie. That’s not much of a photo-worthy occasion.

BUT. Sometimes. Sometimes everyone remembers that they actually like each other and we have an awesome time.

The goats were an awesome time. Oak Leaf Dairy gets an A+ for Family Fun.

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Since it was snowing/raining we didn’t get to walk around the farm for the full tour, but we spent more than an hour in the baby goat shed just cuddling and petting baby goats. You can hold the goats. You HAVE to hold the goats, because they will literally leap into your lap. They also nibble your clothes and hair and phone and shoes but they have baby goat teeth and it doesn’t hurt. There were tiny babies literally born THAT morning in a separate quiet pen but the children could climb in and out of the other stalls (if they WANTED to be covered in goats) or hang out in the main room if they wanted a little more space. There were a few other people there and they were all as overwhelmed with the adorableness as we were – one of them FaceTimed her sister to show her how much fun the kids were having playing with the goats. Even my husband, who rolls his eyes at everything, loved the baby goats. BABY GOATS ARE THE BEST.

I would like to recommend baby goat therapy be added to Ways To Avoid Hating Everything.

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After we got in our baby goat time – even Lincoln liked petting the baby goats – we stopped at the cheese room to try out some samples: aged cheddar, cheddar curds, 4 kinds of chevre, feta, and caramel sauce. They also sell soap, but we couldn’t eat that so we didn’t buy any. We DID buy an obscene amount of everything else and then stopped for bread and ice cream on the way home so we would have cheese and caramel mouth-delivery devices.

It was an excellent Family Fun Day and we are going back as soon as possible.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

I am suffering from a severe case of OMFG WHY ISN’T IT WARMER OUTSIDE YET. It’s making me hate everything.

Sunday:

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We bought a children’s museum membership basically JUST for this thing

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Caroline says this hat is totally her style

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Evan takes checkers very seriously

Monday:

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I bought a new rug

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Go away Mommy

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LASHES

Tuesday:

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Baby in a cage with a sister to entertain him = I can get stuff done

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Meeting the fishes

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Caroline said he needed to be more stylish

Wednesday:

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I had to put the baby in a stroller, so I put a wrap over him.

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Giant boxes are the best part of childhood

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Possibly regretting the demo he just did in the dining room because now he HAS to build that bench I asked for (stay tuned…)

Thursday:

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Reading her horse book to her horses

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Attitude for days

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Officially the cutest Tula

Friday:

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THERE IS A SKUNK IN THIS PICTURE

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She wanted to participate in our babywearing meetup

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It snows for TWO DAYS

Saturday:

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Helping with the bench

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Pizza picnic

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Then THIS happened and decided I needed more babies immediately

I am seriously having a hard time caring about anything right now because I’m so done with winter. If I could open the front door and let the kids play on the porch I would be SO READY to do some spring cleaning but since it’s 28 degrees out I just want to go take a nap. And I don’t want to cook anything. Or go anywhere. Or talk to anyone. Or blog about anything.

The kids and I are all playing hooky tomorrow because half day + appointments + cranky baby = too much of a mess to handle. I’m hoping it resets everyone’s attitude because we ALL need it.

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

So, Linc learned to scoot this week. More than lunging, more than wiggling, real one-knee up monkey scooting which makes him fully mobile. For good measure he can also pull up to his knees on the couch, chairs, the cat, the dog, and anything else he can reach. He’ll be on his feet within a month and probably walking by 9 months, just like his jerk brother and sister. WHAT GOOD IS WEARING HIM ALL THE TIME if it doesn’t slow him down at all!? I didn’t WANT him to be mobile!

Sunday:

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This is a friend’s house, but I’m pretty sure we NEED that chair

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OH BROTHERS

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That’s right buddy, keep giving the tools the side-eye

Monday:

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DECOY BABY

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Big kid wanted to ride in the cart

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Feeding babies real food is GROSS

Tuesday:

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Vicious baby nail left that scratch on his own face

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Fairly successful back wrap job

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Sure, that seems like a good idea

Wednesday:

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Sleepy baby in Target is my favorite baby

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IT’S A HEATWAVE GET OUT THE KIDDIE POOL

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Poor, poor choices

Thursday:

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We really need to find a solution to her face hair

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I’m not even going to bother to put those away

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DIY teething necklace: a ring sling ring on St. Patrick’s Day beads

Friday:

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Someone is smug about getting to use the iPad

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Old Man Lincoln hits the casino

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Food the size of my HEAD = the best kind of food

Saturday:

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Naps at 8 am aren’t a great sign

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This is why sponsored pins are a BAD IDEA. This are all results of “DIY BOOKCASE”.

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She won’t stop stealing my heels

We were supposed to go out of town this weekend but our plans changed and we were left with two completely free days. We spent one doing literally nothing and one day having a family adventure. Both were nice but exhausting. I think having a 7 month old means I’m exhausted no matter what we do these days. I actually have dreams where I dream about being asleep.

In fact, I need to go to sleep right now so I can get 3 hours before Linc wakes up to eat. Being a mobile jerk baby takes a lot of energy.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

I completely forgot to do this yesterday. I wasn’t too busy or anything, I just totally forgot. That might be the first time in 227 weeks.

Sunday:

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You can only tell this is the “before” because my roots are greasy. The after is the same, just cleaner.

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Luckily I have a full time hair dresser at home

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Taking a picture of my back is hard

Monday:

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Friends

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Shamrock Shake aka I SURVIVED FEBRUARY GIVE ME ALL THE SHAKES

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Old school Duck Tales is excellent dancing music

Tuesday:

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Still an arms up baby

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MEAT I WANT MEAT

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I dunno lady, the hat AND the rainbow might be too much

Wednesday:

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She needed a friend to wait for the bus with her

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My Tula accessories are ridiculously cute

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Can you tell by his legs I wear him a lot?

Thursday:

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Hopefully the LAST time I wake up to this until next winter

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Lap Nap

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NO YOU CAN’T COME BACK IN. GO PLAY IN THE SNOW.

Friday:

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Caroline talked her baby friend into playing “Take pictures of me because I am so cute”

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Sweaty baby head looks VERY GINGERY

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Wine and a heating pad for my horrible sinus pain. Neither helped.

Saturday:

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You can tell the weather is warming up because she moved from sleeping right next to the electric heater to the sunshine spot

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Caroline wants to take off her coat (it was like, 34 degrees)

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Birthday party crazy

I think I am allergic to March, because everything is still so frozen and snow-covered there’s no way this crazy sinus pain is related to actual allergies. There’s no pollen yet! Nothing is blooming! Why do my eyeballs feel like they’re going to burst out of my head?!

I gave in and took a Sudafed (the non-meth-making kind) and it helped a lot, but it also hurts my milk supply so I can’t make it a regular thing. Although I suppose I could just chug water and eat a ton of cookies and say the calories are “for the baby”. That sounds like it might help with the sinus pain too.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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