We’ve planned for some time to go to Howell Living History Farm. Although they run very nice programs, we just went for the visit. It turned out we picked a good day, since we were practically the only people there, along with our friends.
The farm is a completely bucolic setting and you feel transformed to another place and time – but remember, we are the Garden State! We were greeted by a large pasture full of beautiful, wooly sheep and a pond with ducks and geese off in the distance.
I love the opportunity that we often encounter when we are at a place during a down time and the docents/employees have time to speak with the kids. This time they had the chance to do ‘farm chores’.
The day was filled with the expected animals and some unexpected finds.
It was wonderful to see the boys in this setting with each other and their friends!
We had lunch at a place called Nina’s Waffles in New Hope. What a nice, sweet place to eat. The kids were totally thrilled to have breakfast/dessert for lunch. Mmmmmm – get there if you can. Gavin had his with Mango & Cream Ice Cream, Mikey with Strawberry, mine was with cannoli cream, and Sean’s with 1 marshmallow on-the-side.
This is the kind of day that makes me so happy to live in NJ. I feel like we have such a premium spot to see all types of landscapes and enjoy tons of great towns. I can’t think of much my kids won’t see at some point – from working farms, to broadway shows, beaches, lakes and rivers, to big cities and everything we can find in between!
Sean attends a library program for preschoolers on Tuesdays. Mikey and Gavin usually stay home, but this time Mikey came along! Story and a craft can be fun for everyone 🙂 (I suspected Mikey could have a good time here when an older brother wasn’t watching!)
We also took a chance to visit Land of Make Believe, without someone who may or may not have implied that LOMB is not ‘cool’. It was totally cool – if your about 9 and under!
It was stressful for me to have Gavin at camp, but I used my time wisely to have a little 2 on 1 time with my youngest two children. Although Ethan happily joined the fray in the afternoons, it was a really different experience. So today – I blog for 2 boys!
We recently recieved an invitation to a BBQ from a childhood friend of mine. I met him when I was in 6th Grade at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club where we hung out after school to swim, and to play basketball and video games.
I am occasionally concerned about how my boys will fare at some peoples’ homes. They all have high activity levels and rambunctious hobbies. I was not concerned in the least that this social engagement would be less than great for everyone.
Yep, official shooting range. My friend provided the kids with an extra slingshot and additional ammo – lots of awesome targets including ‘the devil’ right there top center!
It also turns out the Badminton is a really fun game, regardless of what gym class led you to believe.
Mo’s real love is turtles! Always has been. There are some very lucky turtles that share this beautiful piece of property with him and his family.
The food was delicious, the weather optimal and the setting heavenly. The best part of the visit was seeing my friend and his family so happy and healthy.
Post Script – Dennis and his friends have similar stories they could tell of crazy things they did as kids and teenagers. (I may have some too) I think it is awesome how you sometimes get to see how the people and experiences in your life prepare you for the future. Mo helped make me the mom I am today!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom and Joe Harper, Chapter 8.