On Friday, I took William and Winter to the Baby Animal Festival at Cross E Ranch. By most people’s standards, the weather was pretty horrible. It cold and gray and wet and fluctuated between regular rain and freezing rain. I’m so glad we went when we did, though, because after spending most of the week inside due to rain, we all had cabin fever and bored toddlers are never fun. On top of that, it wasn’t busy at all so it was like a private little event for us– no lines meant we could spend as much time with the baby animals as we wanted to!
After taking a quick look at some sleeping piglets, we headed to the baby goat pen. Apparently expecting us to feed them, the goats were all over us. One literally jumped on Winter’s head twice, and each time I bent down to help her up, I had baby goats crawling up my back like I was a mini mountain. After that, I honestly thought Winter was going to develop a lifelong goat phobia, but she eventually warmed back up to them.
After the goats, we headed into a warm room where we got to see baby ducks, chicks, and bunnies. William really loved getting to hold the little chicks.
When the weather got really bad, we headed inside the activity barn where they had sand boxes and tables full of dry grains. I bought us some fresh-made donuts while the kids played, and we waited out the storm before heading off to feed the calves.
William had a great time helping to mix the formula for the calves. There were tiny kittens and wrinkly little puppies in the house too!
William enjoyed feeding his calf at first, but he lost interest pretty quickly so I had to finish the bottle feeding. Which was totally fine with me!
When we got home, it was definitely time for warm baths and hot cocoa. But overall, I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever done on a rainy day.
Today Garrett and I took the kids to Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival. Apparently Utah has a thing for corn mazes because they’re pretty much everywhere. This particular one was less than 10 minutes from our house, and we’re planning to take the kids to another one by Garrett’s parents’ house next weekend. But today marked William’s and Winter’s and my first corn maze ever!
Cross E Ranch is really an amazing place. It’s an actual working farm where the owners farm for a living and have no other side jobs. They have worked a spring and fall festival into their business plan, and this year was their first time doing the Fall Festival and Corn Maze. I was so impressed! Not like I have anything to compare it to, but they seemed to really have a great system, and the activities and atmosphere were great. On the hayride, we got to go out into the cow pasture where we weaved through a heard of purebred Angus cows who had been bread by the current owner’s late father for their good looks. They really were beautiful cows! And the owner told us all about the farm’s story, including some of the joys of farming and some of the struggles of doing it in a city. Such an amazing day. Plus there were baby pigs, so there’s that too.
It’s that awkward time of the year again when pretty much everyone wants it to be fall– as evidenced by all the pumpkin spice stuff hitting the shelves– but summer is not quite ready to give up yet and it’s still blazing hot most days. Yesterday it got up to somewhere around 90 degrees, but it was overcast and breezy most of the day– we even got some little rain showers here and there– so it didn’t actually feel quite as hot. I, therefore, had no issue whatsoever with hauling the kids off to Wheeler Historic Farm for the better part of the day and soaking in some cozy autumn vibes despite the heat.
For those of you unfamiliar with Wheeler Farm, it’s pretty amazing. It’s a working farm, so the animals there serve an agricultural purpose rather than being like a zoo. But it’s also a public park, which means it’s free to get in and you can just wander around pretty much anywhere at your leisure. There are some extras that you can pay for, like milking a cow, or taking a ride around the back 40 on a tractor-pulled trailer. We chose the latter, and it was well worth the $5. After the ride was over, William walked up to the driver and said, “Thank you, Old McDonald.” …and then repeated that five or six times as two-year-olds do. Hehe. So polite.
Winter was there too, of course, but she rode in my Wildbird ring sling the entire time. I can say pretty confidently that overall she did not enjoy the outing as much as William did.
William, on the other hand, was pretty much in heaven! I think we were there for about two and a half hours, and by the time we finally left, it was way past lunch time and heading into serious nap time territory. But regardless of how many times I mentioned food (William must have been starving), I had to drag him to the car crying to get him to go home. The meltdown was definitely short in comparison to two plus hours of pure excitement, though. We will definitely be going back soon!