August 20, 2014

Dairy farm

First, thank you all so much for the kind words on yesterday's post. I am SO impressed with so many of you that shared things you're able to do now that you couldn't previously. Those things should be on Motivational Monday! Please feel free to send me a picture if you want to share them.  I was really nervous to post yesterday, as I am anytime I write about something personal like that, but I'm glad I did. Ironically, the scale was down three pounds this morning! haha

This morning, I emailed Eli's school to ask if we could come check out his classroom, because we're going to be gone during the school's open house. Eli was mad at me because I hadn't put in a teacher request for him, and he didn't get the teacher he really wanted. I was bummed, because I really liked the teacher he wanted as well, so when we got to the school, I talked with the principal about switching him. She was so nice, and said that it would work out fine--so now Eli has the teacher we'd hoped (I know her because Noah had her in preschool and in third grade). 

Tomorrow, I'm going to take Noah to the middle school to check out his classroom as well. I cannot believe he's going to the middle school! It's seems like he was just starting kindergarten yesterday. He's nervous about the new building, so I want him to be able to find his way around before we go on vacation. Our flight lands in Cleveland at 7:00 the night before the kids start school--and Cleveland is a little over two hours away from home. Usually, the kids start school the Wednesday after Labor Day, but this year, it's Tuesday, which surprised me. I'll just (hopefully) have them sleep on the drive home from Cleveland. 

Jerry was off work today, so we decided to go to a local dairy farm this afternoon. We usually go once or twice each summer. They have a bunch of animals you can pet and feed, and they have fresh ice cream that they make there. 

It's kind of strange, but I'd only had ice cream once since starting the intuitive eating at the beginning of this month. Ice cream is my very favorite food, but whenever I ask myself what I truly want to eat, I'm surprised that ice cream is never the answer. Today, though, ice cream sounded perfect, so I figured I might as well have really good ice cream at the dairy farm.

We ate our ice cream first, and then walked around to check out the animals. I always love feeding the goats! Their mouths are so small and they nibble all the feed right out of your hand.

We went inside the barn where the calves were, and my heart pretty much melted when I saw several kittens running around.  There was a really pretty mama cat lying on a chair in the sun, and about four or five kittens (all black except for one, which was gray). The mama cat was very friendly, and let us pet her, but the kittens were very skittish. 

One of the kittens was hanging out with a calf, and it was SO cute to watch them interact with each other! The kitten would walk back and fourth right under the calf's nose, and then stand up nice and tall when the calf took notice. 

It was almost like the kitten was teasing the calf, who was pretty clumsy on his feet. So cute! There was a sign on the door that said NOT to take home any of the cats or kittens, and when we asked what that was all about, they explained that people had been taking kittens home when they were way too young to leave the mother. 

The pigs were hilarious. There were three of them, and they were so fat and content to just lie on the hay and sleep. They weren't fenced in, so they could just get up and walk away, but they obviously weren't interested ;)  It was hard to tell if they were even breathing, but then we saw them looking at us when we walked by.

Of course the kids are now begging for a kitten, but there is no way that's going to happen ;) 

The intuitive eating has been going really well, and I'm very happy with it! I'll write about that tomorrow. Tonight, Jerry and I are going to watch a movie.


  1. Sounds like a very fun day with your kids! I cannot wait to be a mom one day myself. ;) Great job working on the intuitive eating! I am so glad you allowed yourself some ice cream! You are such a beautiful woman. :)

  2. What a perfect day. Kids need teachers they like so it was good that you asked if it could be arranged. It seems to get everything off to a good start.
    The animal pictures were so cute. Is there a farming career in your future?
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cute! I love your outfit and purse. Have you done any thrift shopping lately? You always seem to find the best deals. :)

    1. Thanks! I actually haven't done any thrift shopping--but maybe when I get home from vacation. I went to Kohl's to buy a bathing suit for vacation, and ended up buying a bunch of stuff from the clearance rack, including the shirt I was wearing in the photo. I think it was about $5? I can't resist a good bargain! ;)

  4. What a fun trip! And yeah, enjoying some really GOOD ice cream is the way to do it!

    Funny thing, I'm sure you don't watch but there's a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance who looks like you and reminds me of you. Her name is Valerie and she's a tap dancer. Just thought I'd let you know. lol

  5. That looks like so much fun! I haven't been to any kind of farm before, really...maybe on a field trip with school. I definitely want to take my daughter to one - maybe next year when she's a little older (she's only 2 and a half!). Glad to see you had an awesome day! :D


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