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Our family celebrated a big event this past week. Our Little Miss turned two. We kept it a low-key affair, but it was full of love, fun, and celebration. My parents spent the week-end with us and joined in on the fun so it was just the five of us. We didn’t want to overwhelm her with a party and lots of people and presents, and so, we planned what turned out to be a perfect way to spend the day.
When she woke up, she was greeted with balloons, cheers, smiles, and a special birthday head band. Everybody got in on the act including sweet Gracie. After an early breakfast, we dressed her in her birthday tutu dress so that we could travel about 45 minutes and be at the Lazy 5 Ranch for their first wagon tour of the day.
The Lazy 5 Ranch is a privately owned ranch in Mooresville, NC, and they give farms tours from the back of a big ole wagon that is pulled by Clydesdales. It isn’t your typical farm tour, though.
This farm has exotic animals not normally seen in these parts.
Little Miss loved the llamas especially after reading this book.
There were zebras, llamas, camels, buffalo, giraffes, ostriches, Vietnamese pigs, and many different varieties of African deer and antelopes.
The animals are very tame and come right up to the wagon for treats that the farm provides.
They seemed to be living a good life with the run of the entire farm and the love from all of the visitors.
By the way, visitors can do the wagon ride or follow a trail and drive their own vehicles through the farm.
Little Miss was timid at first, but then she got right in on the action. She loved letting the animals eat from her hand or from the bucket she held. The towel around her neck is her blankie that was with her in Thailand.
Each animal had its own way of eating. Some took pellets from our hands, some ate from the ground, some ate from the bucket, and the bulls tipped their heads back, and we poured in the food.
The tour lasted an hour, which was just the right amount of time.
Afterwards, we walked through the petting zoo where we saw tortoises, burrows, camels, and exotic birds.
By the time we arrived home, it was lunch time.
After a nice nap, Little Miss awoke to birthday cake (her first cake) and ice cream. Then we opened presents and spent the rest of the day playing.
We aren’t sure if she fully understood the whole thing, but now when we ask her how old she is, she responds with “Two”, but holds up one finger. She knew that it was a special day for her, and we look forward to celebrating many, many more.
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