Saturday, April 12, 2008

First Pony Ride

Yesterday we went here along with Lisa and Briana and Lisa and Maisie. It was a beautiful day to be out and about. Tanglewood has quite the setup that was small enough to not be overwhelming for the toddlers and it was pretty close to us. They provided us with bread to feed the animals and sent us on our way. You walked through a maze from one green gate to another that took you into the next area of animals. They had miniature goats, sheep, cows, horses, donkeys and I'm sure I'm missing something. Then, they had some of the largest rabbits I've ever seen. They were quite cute and Chani seemed to do the best with the goats. I did too. All the pens were lined with pine bark which made it tricky for a newly walking little girl to get around. She had one incident where she did a face plant right into it. Poor thing had scrape marks on her face. But, it didn't stop her for long as she was up and petting the goats once again. After we walked through and made our way back to the beginning, we waited our turn for a pony ride. I wasn't too sure that she would go for it but we tried on the required helmet and that wasn't too bad. We then watched as Briana took her first ride. Three times around the ring and she seemed to enjoy it. Next was our turn. At first I didn't think she would go for it. She didn't know really what was going on and wanted off but I kept her up there and once we started, she seemed okay. During our last lap, she did her little squeal of delight. So, by the end, she was really having fun with it. Maisie just isn't into animals and the pony ride just wasn't her cup of tea. We then settled into a picnic area and had our lunch. We love our little friends and our outings.

Once we got home, an extremely short nap followed another extremely nap in the car. I think possibly 30 minutes tops so the late afternoon, early evening ended up being pretty whiny. Daddy finished the night by giving her a bath and put her to bed. But, her night didn't end there. Maybe 30 minutes after she went down, the wind started howling and suddenly, the rain came in sheets. Matt glanced out the back window and saw two trees literally snap in half and hit the ground. He yelled basement and ran to get Chani. I grabbed Bindi and my shoes and we headed downstairs. We didn't need to stay down very long but seeing the tree snap like that freaked him out a little bit. The rain was hitting the house so hard that it came in sightly through the two basement windows and door. It also came in through our front door on the main level. It was wet and rainy so I didn't go out last night but from what I could see, two trees snapped. One is completely in the yard and the other is still up against the fence. It broke the fence a little but I have yet to see it up close. That's the second time this spring that a tree has hit the fence. And, it has been about the 5th or 6th time we've hunkered down in the basement. What's with all the storms this spring?

4 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

LOVE the pictures...
Love Chani's little outfit...
She is sooo cute...
All the girls are tooo cute...
Can't wait to see them..
I was thinking about you yesterday.. they were saying on T.V. at lunchtime that you were going to have some storms...
HUGS to you all.
Keep safe...

Olivia, Mick and James said...

Very cute and so funny that the kids are on leashes and the animals run free. ha ha ha.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

That is to cute on the horse... That kind of storm you had doesn't surprise me... we had a wicked storm the other day... the whole kitchen was flooded... oh great... then all that rain... well, we had a hole in the front yard... don't know if it is a sink hole or broken pipe in the yard... my guess a broken sprinkler pipe... I hope... well, glad all was fine... take care

Jackie said...

Little kids + animal farms = great entertainment! I'm impressed by how brave Chani & Brianna were to ride the horses. Somehow we escaped the storms this time. I'm ready for the storms AND the cold weather to be gone!