Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Domino's Farms

Last Sunday we took Lucy to the petting farm at Domino's Farms. We got there early thinking we'd beat the heat and humidity. We were wrong. We did beat the crowds, though, so that was nice!

This was our first trip to the petting farm, and it did not disappoint. All three of us enjoyed the visit. 

Our first stop was the chickens. 

Lucy doesn't like to eat them, but she sure did like to chase them!

Daddy and Lucy are ready to see some animals!

First up in the barn was this gigantic horse. There was a sign that said "Please don't feed me." #noproblem

He had some stylish bangs.

At first Lucy was interested . . . 

 . . . but then maybe wanted to get away!

On to the goats! They were so cute!

Feeding carrots to the goats. They were so gentle. 

It's licking her hand!!

The first of many sanitizing wipes!

Next, we moved outside to the sheep . . . they sure weren't camera shy!

I think Matty and I were debating whether or not we should let Lucy feed them the carrot by herself. 

Look at those tongues!!

This was either a llama or an alpaca. I know, it's bad that I don't know the difference! Whatever it was, though, this particular one had some crazy big teeth!

Goat selfie!

We finally let her run free for a little bit. We almost lost her water bottle in the goat field!

Back at the barn, Lucy and another adorable baby chased this waddling of ducks. Yes, waddling. I just googled it. Apparently it's a flock of ducks when they are in flight and a team, brace, or paddling when they are in the water. I guess waddling makes sense when they are walking around on land. This blog isn't all cuteness . . . it's educational too!

She wandered quite far down the hill . . .

 . . . and didn't want to come back!

A little bit of grumpitude from Lucy. See the hayride loading up behind Matty? We paid to go on it, but there were approximately 25 people and only two bales of hay. Everyone was sitting on top of one another on the floor of the wagon. No, thank you! We'll try again at the apple orchard when the hale bay to people ratio is more acceptable. 

Our first family farm photo!

Walking back to the car. Hot and ready for lunch and a looong nap! Oh, and I think Lucy was probably a little tired too ;)

If you're local and haven't been to Domino's Farms yet, I definitely recommend it. They have a nice pavilion and grassy area for picnics or birthday parties as well. It doesn't take all day, and it's enjoyable for the whole family!


Death by Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Last week I shared a recipe to use up some of those garden tomatoes. This week, it's all about the zucchini! We actually didn't plant zucchini this year because it takes up so much room in the garden, but we have a few friends who pass along plenty of their garden zucchini.

I've made regular zucchini bread plenty of times, but I saw one of those Facebook videos of this chocolate zucchini bread and decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint!!

I took a screen shot of the recipe. I pretty much followed everything exactly as it says . . . except I'm sure I added more than 2/3 cup of chocolate chips! Oh, and don't forget to squeeze out the excess water from the zucchini . . . that's important!

It has a vegetable in it, so it's healthy. 
At least that's what I told myself as I ate a slice for breakfast!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekend Recap

We didn't have any official plans this weekend, but still managed to keep pretty busy . . . and fit in a few naps for ourselves while Lucy was napping! Successful weekend, indeed!

Oma was over on Thursday and helped Lucy contribute to her college fund. 

Lucy's first official spaghetti dinner. She took a bite or two and then painted her tray with the rest. 

Matty surprised both Lucy and me when he brought Lucy home a little cattle dog stuffed animal that looks like a mini version of Sydney! We often call Sydney "Tiny," so this stuffed animal has been dubbed Tiny Tiny . . . and she loves it!

You know she's sleeping hard when I can get in there and take a picture without her even moving. I'd love to be able to crawl in there and cuddle up with her. 

We've been having a little trouble with Lucy giving her food to the dogs. I swear, if we could just get a string of not so hot days I'd put them out on the patio during mealtime! Anyways, Friday afternoon I lovingly but sternly explained that grilled cheese was for Lucy to eat, not the doggies. Lucy thought about it for a few seconds and here's how she processed that info. 

We had an impromptu play date with Greta at the library on Friday afternoon, and the girlies had such a good time!

Doesn't everyone make a beeline for the copy room to read their books??

And then they kissed goodbye! I only caught the tail end of it, so I asked them to do it again . . .

 . . . and caught this! And just when I thought it couldn't get any cuter . . .

 . . .Greta gave Lucy an ear massage! hahaha

Lucy loves getting her teeth brushed, as long as it's her daddy that does it. 

When life gives you a lemon . . . you try to eat it!

We went out for Thai food Saturday afternoon. Despite her seriousness in this picture, Lucy enjoyed her new disposable placemats. My SIL, Sarah, introduced me to these, and they are fantastic. Way easier than the reusable silicone one I was constantly cramming into a plastic bag and then forgetting to wash when I got home! Order these from Amazon. You won't regret it. 

And because we like to live it up on the weekends, we went to Home Depot around 7:30 Saturday evening to look at refrigerators. I wanted Lucy to test out the "fingerprint free" claims that a lot of the fridges had, but she was more interested in walking up and down the long aisle. 

Lucy was having a hard time falling asleep Saturday night, which is totally understandable. I got overly excited about the refrigerators as well. I went in to calm her cries and rock her a bit. Matty caught this sweet moment while he was stalking me on the monitor. Love my girl. And she loves her Nemo fish stuffy. 

Sunday morning started off with a trip to Domino's Farms. We took so many pictures that I'm going to make it a separate post for later in the week, but here's a little preview.  ;)

Lucy has been super into playing with her container of ponytail holders this weekend. So this afternoon I gave her my mini muffin tin to put them in. Then I pulled out some different sized puff balls from my old teaching bins, and we had a busy girl all afternoon! She sorted them, she put them in the tin, she took them out of the tin, she put hair ties on everyone's fingers and toes. It was great!

Our great weekend ended with a walk up to Potbelly for an Oreo malt. We walked briskly, so I think we earned the malt! ;) 

And finally, look how unbelievably adorable 10 month old Tommy is! (Brian, I stole this from your FB page since it wasn't sent directly to me!)

We have a busy week ahead before heading up to the cottage for Labor Day. We're supposed to have great weather all week long. Looking forward to lots of outdoor time!

Have a great week!