Sunday, November 2, 2008

A day on the dairy farm

The day turned out to be a fairly nice one! We didn't have anything planned in the we just hung out until it was time to go to the annual A&A picnic at the Dehoff Farm in Red Lion, PA. Hayley was all excited because her friend Hannah was going to be there! We arrived around 1PM and it was quite brisk out! The kids first went over and feed the goats. These goats have been around for years...and they just love cheese curls!! Of course, neither of my kiddos would allow the goats to eat right out of their hands...but I got a few cute pics of them trying.

Later, we all walked up to see the baby were they cute (as cute as a dirty cow can be but cute nonetheless)

Again, my kiddos would not pet nor let the baby cows suck on their fingers (hmmmm...guesss they take after their mother??) I had to BEG them to pose in front of the cows so I could at least prove that we went to the dairy farm.

Next, we walked down to the actual "staging area" prior to milking. It was awful dark in that I couldn't get any good pics....but the HUGE dairy cows were all standing in what looked like mud....but lets just wasn't dirt and water (ughhh) As we were walking of the cows decided that right at that time would be a perfect time to relieve herself. Now I know where the expression " sounds like a cow p***ing on a flat rock" came from....*woo hoo*...she really had to go! I snapped this picture of Hannah & Hayley leaving the barn...I thought it was cute.

As we were leaving , up came the tractor for the hayride, so Hannah, Hayley, Cody, Brayden, Angie, and I all got on while Scott and Jimmy decided to go back down to where the food was. The kids enjoyed the ride...although it was a little long as well as a little cold....poor Cody didn't want to get off when it was over but I was ready...45 minutes on a straw bail was plenty of time for me.

The kids then had caramel apples w/ sprinkles, mini M&Ms, and gummy bears (yeah...they got their dose of sugar today!) We left to come home around 4:45...and Hayley said..."Mommy, we didn't see where they milked the cows." Can you believe we never made it over to the milking area. The cows are milked every 12 hours (4 a.m. and 4 p.m.) 7 days a week...with no vacation days for the cows!! Thankfully...we also didn't see the boy cows making babies (LOL) Once home, it was time for bathes and to watch the rest of the Eagles football game (the EAGLES WON!!) Hayley was sitting on her daddy's lap watching the game and it must have been boring for her or she was just plain exhausted from a day at the farm! I hope she is not up at 4 a.m. Monday morning!!

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