"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, April 16, 2007

3rd time's a charm

Saturday morning we (minus Gabriel who was at Adeline's house) traveled way up north to yet another goat farm. This time Beth, of Fox Hill Farm had a whole stall full of 2 week old babies for us to play with. Simone finally got her wish to hold a baby goat but she only did it when Beth left us to play by ourselves. They were so cuddly and warm, we wanted to take one home right then and there.

Simone, of course, was a natural at scooping up the kids and holding them just tight enough.

Caden insisted on getting in on the action as well but got a little worried when the babies began nibbling on his hat...
One of these days we will actually be buying some to take home... as soon as we get a few fencing panels up (fingers crossed)!

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