I made a perfectly unnecessary and sentimental purchase last month- a vintage 1980's Fisher Price farm complete with the barn animals and the barn door that goes, "moo!" when it opens. Matt and I had both grown up with something similar and couldn't resist recreating that for our little Annie. After all, she needs some sort of placeholder until we can provide her with the real thing!
Sometimes it's like we're homesick for a place we've only ever talked about. Autumn Meadow Farm is still just a dream- a dream complete with an acre for our flowers and bees, an acre for our garden, a dairy cow and a Highland cow, a pig and guinea hogs... but maybe just some quail or chickens to get started :)
As I am writing this though, Matt has upwards of 250 seedlings growing in the basement under a grow light with potato seedlings and 3 fruit trees on the way. There are no less than three internet tabs about bee keeping open on this browser, we regularly get seed catalogues from multiple companies in the mail, and Matt has been perusing the Minnesota Grown directory looking for local suppliers and places to visit.
We're dreaming of the future and impatient for the Spring! So it was fun for me to get to take Annie to Underwood Family Farm for their Easter Festival while I was in California last month. We spent the afternoon there with my sister in-law and my niece, using tickets to pay for rides and activities, sharing a snow cone, and feeding the animals. Annie was still a little too young to really enjoy herself, but that's probably for the best since Matt would have been heartbroken to miss her first real introduction to farm life!
Matt missed our little cheeser so much while we were gone! After we got back, I walked into Annie's room and the two of them were on the floor "playing" with her little farm toys :) He's going to have so much fun showing her his garden this summer. One season at a time, one year at a time, and before we know it, she'll be gathering eggs from our chicken coop and tending to her own little garden bed!