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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Spring is around the corner!

We went to a dairy goat farm today. My husband had to work today, and that's not common on Saturdays, so I decided the children and I needed to find something interesting to do. We had read about a dairy goat farm not far from us, where they make delicious artisan cheeses. What a fun time we had! There were countless Mama Goats in the "maternity ward," as well as many, many new baby goats. It's birthing time, and we didn't even know it! We saw four newborn goats, just two hours old, as well as dozens of week old baby goats. They were just beautiful. I had no idea baby goats were so CUTE. We were able to pet them, and watch them being hand fed. They are taken from their mamas immediately :( but are hand-raised, so they're friendlier with humans. The babies were just so appealing. My 10 year old son was begging for a goat when we left. Alas, we don't live in an area that allows goats in our yard. However, it did get us thinking about our "next house." On a humorous note, my 10 year old also asked, "If our house burns down, can we move where we can get a goat?" Eek! I hope he didn't have ideas....

Anyway, it was a really nice way to spend the morning, reminding us of the cycle of life, and so on. One more thing; baby goats weigh 6-10 pounds at birth, much like human infants do! But they do seem to require a lot of attention and care at first, and I don't think it'd be easy to carry a baby goat in a sling. ;)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Delurking to ask for travel advice

I have the opportunity to build up a little nest egg over the summer, and hope to take the family on a real, honest-to-goodness vacation in October.

Do you have any favorite family destinations? Favorite Packages? Great Hotels?

I think we'd need to stay in the US, I'm not up to going overseas just yet with my gang aged 9, 8 and 4... (when we go), and I'd love to do something with trains.

Can you comment back with your ideas?! Thanks!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

What Sticks in Their Minds

Today my older son and I visited this exhibition and noticed a painting across the room. It was called "Fertility" and showed a naked man and woman on either side of a tree. He got the Adam and Eve reference. Next to it was a lovely, more harmonious looking painting, again of a man and a woman (clothed this time), seemingly a farmer and his wife, on either side of a full, leafy tree. The woman held a basket of cherries before her. As I pointed out to my son, you could see she was pregnant, too. I asked him what he thought about this painting.

"It is like the Cherry Tree Carol. It is Mary and Joseph and he gave her cherries".

He remembered this from a CD we listen to at Christmastime. I always marvel about what sticks with them, and what they so easily forget.

Perhaps it is just that art and music has the power to touch their hearts and minds in a deep er way than I had realized.