Fair 2017

This was our first year embarking on the adventure of 4-H. What an adventure! We loved every minute of it. Really, we did. I’m not just saying it. Okay wellll, almost every minute of it. Ha! There was THAT moment when my two year old was hot and tired. Oh wait, I mean to say the 34 year old was hot and tired. And there was THAT moment when that same 34 year old lost her cookies behind the barn (and every 30 minutes after that for the next 12 hours). But besides that, we were in fine shape! Let’s keep thinking on the positives here people. In fact, there were many of them!

I thought I’d share a quick overview of the fun we had since there are many of you who followed along with our IG stories and also for those of you who are just getting to know us here on The White Barn Farm. Thanks for coming along with us and sharing in the excitement of the NCW Fair 2017!…

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Here we are all ready for the fair! Off we go!

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Upon arrival, Sparkles needed to get a tattoo. Yes, you heard me right. A TATTOO! Who knew rabbits get tattoos in their ears?! Well, Sparkles is a tatt-ed up rabbit diva now. My eight year old daughter Niyah chose: NS2 for N-Niyah S-Sparkles 2- ?? I don’t know…probably for the two of them? Your guess is as good as mine. Crazy to watch I tell ya. Crazy. That lady literally punches holes in the bunny ear and then rips it back out. Are you thinking “ouch”?! Umm, yea I know. Sparkles was “brave” while we held her down (firmly. very firmly) and painted on the black ink.  And there you have it. We now have a tatt-ed bunny. Rock on, Sparkles.

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L-Belle loved them all. Every.single.one.

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These two did a great job with their educational poster boards. Our 4-H community was amazing with the decorating sections for all the kids and their animals!

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Fitting and showing: Kids showed their bunnies to a judge and answered questions about their animal.

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Success. Don’t ribbons make everything awesome?! Niyah and Silas sure thought so!

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“I’ll take one of these, mama.” said Belle in every barn.

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Three hours a day of barn-duty kept us all working hard. Teaching ’em young. Love it.

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Market day!

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The kids walked the big arena with an auctioneer. It was super fun! They made some money by sweet people who “bought” their bunnies. Great practice for the years ahead of the official Market experiences.

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I’m a proud mama. If this strikes a chord in your boots like it did mine then join in the fun! Dive in even if you know nothing about farming, animals, or fair. That was me a year ago! Find a local 4-H to get involved with. It’s a blast. There are so many life lessons for the littles to learn.

Now to think about what animal(s) they want to take next year??? Or rather, what mom and dad will allow them to take. It’s a family affair indeed!

 

 

 

A chick and a girl

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I can’t even. This girl is in love from the very movement they arrived. What a team. She carries them around in her hat, her baskets (of all sizes), her bike, her scooter, her shirt, and her bed if I’d let her!…and no, no I haven’t. I’m not that crazy farm lady (yet). It’s true, getting chicks brought into your life makes you take another step into ‘farm life’. I do believe we’ve succeeded. They’ve arrived. They’ve survived (for now). And they are beyond loved. Even the smell in our garage, because let’s be honest there is a smell, is welcomed. I’m loving it. My farmgirl-mama heart is happy. So, I join you L-Belle in loving this sweet simple life of holding a chick and taking them wherever we roam. Let’s do this for years to come. I’ve been learning that it’s either stirred within to embrace the farm life or not. For me… let’s just say my wooden spoon is getting worn out from all the stirring! This could be an exciting adventure folks. Thanks for coming along with us.