This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
Where we live – it’s a short drive to almost anything. Within an hour or so you can be at the beach, the mountains, farmland, even some wineries. It’s kind of an amazing location but we really don’t take much advantage to take all the kids out. I see my instagram feed filled with other families venturing out to different adventures but just the thought is kind of overwhelming. There’s stuff to pack, I don’t want cranky kids, I worry about the bathroom situation, etc. Just a lot of thoughts prevent me from going most places. But this weekend my mom found a spot for us to take the kids to – a “farm.” I use that term loosely BUT it did have a lot of animals, lots of fruit trees, and open space for the kids to run around. I thought it would be cool for them to see some different animals they wouldn’t come across.
In the rental van. Not ideal for 3 kids in car seats. I figured out, though, the best way to get Ryan in is by folding down the small seat and going through the trunk. Comical.
When we arrived to the Green Oasis in Fillmore, my mom and I thought we were lost. It wasn’t quite what we found via photos online, but we could hear a rooster. My cousin, his wife, and their daughter joined us and we realized it really did have some hidden gems for the kids to see up front and personal.
This turkey LOVED following us around. Literally – everywhere. He almost tried to come home with us.
We saw lots of chickens and I showed them the special coop where the eggs were laid. I know the kids are aware eggs come from chickens, milk comes from cows, but it’s sort of awwwww-mazing for them to see these animals up close.
Luke fed one of the goats a wedge of orange – straight from one of the trees on the property. I ate the wedge of orange and it was delicious! Enjoying anything straight from the tree is cool (which is why I enjoy, so much, being a Farmer Dell! I can’t wait for our crops this year!) What did the kids love the most? Oh man. so crazy.
Kittens. There was this cage to help keep them contained during the day. One of them actually climbed up and out and then he ran around for a bit, chasing the kids. I explained how Butters (our cat) was once that little. But, mainly, they went back and forth from loving the kitten to screaming if it got too close. (seriously??)
Oh look. The turkey following Ryan
Did somebody say … WAFFLES? (name that movie!)
Luke wanted to climb up on this so.bad.
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