Saturday, February 12, 2011

Farm Friend Friday~and a giveaway

We live in a home in a suburban neighbourhood, but our family spends lots of time with farm friends. I'm joining Farm Friend Friday at Verde Farm this week.

It is amazing how quickly our little ones grow. My little boys, above with a pair of Grandpa's horses only a few years ago, are now tall young teens and love caring for farm animals.
One of their most favourite places to be is a relative's dairy farm. They go every chance they get.  

K saved his money and bought his first calf, above. Spring in a barn yard! This would be why I hate not having a mudroom in our suburban home. Their barn clothes and boots come home with them!
Our oldest son K, shows 4-H Dairy
 and 4-H Beef.
He also shows his Californian rabbit, Callie, in 4-H Rabbit Club. The skills they learn in both 4-H and in caring for their animals are lessons they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. 
With only a little planning help from mom, K built Callie's home for our backyard. He now has a Californian buck and plans to breed the pair in spring (she lost her first litter.) He is hoping to have a rabbit for his brother, J, to show this year.
Seven short months ago our boys got their first dog, Remington, a female registered chocolate Lab. We are still learning! So while we live in a suburban home, in a small town very near major cities, we do spend a great deal of time with our farm friends. And dream of our own farm and more friends one day.
 I'm joining Farm Friend Friday at Verde Farm. Be sure to stop by to see lots of great farm friends!

If you haven't had a chance to enter my giveaway for a $75 gift certificate from NOVICA, be sure to enter on this post.



10 comments:

  1. I love visiting farms and seeing the animals. We have two chocolate labs, one is 8 and the other is 5. In about a year after all the crazy puppiness is gone, that dog will be the most wonderful dog ever. We love ours and were very lucky that they didn't chew up much when they were puppies.

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  2. Having been raised on a farm all my life, I feel sorry for kids who don't get to be raised like that...it's the best! :D

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  3. Elizabeth, thanks so much for joining FF Friday. What a great post for it. I so love 4-H and all the kids get out of it. It’s an amazing organization and your boys look like they are dedicated for sure. I agree with you-they will carry these lessons throughout their lives.
    Happy Sunday,
    Amy

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  4. I am so in favor of 4H and your boys are wonderful. Looks like they are learning some fabulous life skills. Great post. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Elizabeth I loved all of your photos and I couldn't agree more that growing up with access to a farm and animals opens up a whole new world to children! I hope your son's bunny is able to have a litter this time, it must have been so sad to lose the first one.

    I'm off to enter your latest giveaway!

    Kat :)

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  6. It sure is nice to have a farm and a ranch like this. It's totally a great experience for you and your family.

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  7. What a lovely peek into your life! I think it is great that your boys are learning to deal with animals like that. But I can understand why you feel a mudroom, because of that :-)
    Have a wonderful week and happy Valentine's day to you.

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  8. Great photos, I especially love the bunny! Children grow up so fast!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family! If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!

    Mary

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  9. Elizabeth- Beautiful animals! They look so loved.

    And Happy Valentine's Day!

    Loretta

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  10. All of your photos make ME long for country living! How nice that you actually have relatives who live in rurual areas on farms. All of those experiences are wonderful for your boys and they will carry them with them throughout their lives! Love those 2 furry faced horses!

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