Down on the Farm

After our trip to Sun Valley, we spent a few more days in Utah at my parents’ house. Since Samantha and Amelia are obsessed with farm animals (horses in particular), we thought it would be fun to take them to the Farm Country petting zoo at Thanksgiving Point. 
Amelia served as our tour guide.
I had to grit my teeth and try to smile since Samantha and Amelia were having so much fun riding the ponies, but, truthfully, I hate seeing those poor animals forced to walk in a circle for hours in the hot weather. 

Jake thought I was being ridiculous and argued that the ponies love having a job to do. I still maintain that being lovingly cared for by some farm family in a pasture > their current day job.

Amelia’s first (and last) pony ride. Sorry girls; my guilt over the ponies overrides the fun you had!

Amelia makes a very authentic and hilarious horse noise. Ask her to do it sometime and you’ll see!

Now onto animals in pens that don’t make me sad– goats!

And chickens!

We also saw some cows, chicks, and llamas (none of which the girls really seemed to care about) before taking a break from the sun in the air conditioned play area. 

This gorgeous horse was so friendly. He kept sticking his neck out of the fence, begging us to come pet him. Don’t worry, horsey; I will come back one day and set you free!

Doesn’t he look like he’s staring straight into your soul? FREE WILLY!

What’s a visit to the farm without a tractor ride? 

Grandma and Amelia. 

Daddy always makes Samantha laugh. 
And now for the girls’ absolute favorite part about the farm…
Running up and down the ramp! The adults sat in the shade for a solid 20 minutes while Samantha and Amelia ran up and down, up and down, up and down, giggling madly. They barely noticed the pig pen and duck pond next to them. No joke. 

It never ceases to amaze me what simple, free activities will occupy the girls for far longer than any admission ticket or toy!
Lots of love, 


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