Today was Ava’s first day attending a summer program at a local farm. Dropping her off went off with out a hitch. She kissed me goodbye and promptly was engaged in a craft (making a bracelet out of seeds). I snapped a few pictures, then decided it was time to let my girl stretch her wings.
As Julian and I headed back to the car, I got a little teary-eyed, but knew she’d be ok. Julian and I headed to Vitamin Cottage where he got to ride in a cart for the first time. He was so cute holding on. I should’ve taken a pic. He’s usually in the Ergo and Ava’s in the cart when we go shopping, so this was a treat.
After hanging out at home with Julian who refused to sleep until it was almost time to go pick Ava up (so much for getting anything done around the house today), we headed back to the farm to collect her.
She had a great time and really seemed to have latched on to one of the young girls (she’s about 12 I’d guess) who is helping out with the program. When I came to pick her up, I found her reclining in a rope hammock with the girl and another helper, happily hanging out with the big kids. ;) I know she had a great time, because as soon as she saw me she said, “I don’t want to be picked up,” and promptly walked away from me. Can’t ya just feel the love? ;)
Since I had left Julian napping in the car, unfortunately I didn’t have time to play with her there. We agreed to two pushes on a tire horse swing, then she willingly came with me to the car. Though I do admit I bribed her a bit with some grapes I’d just bought at Vitamin Cottage. The kid loves grapes.
She first said she wasn’t going to tell me what she did all morning, but eventually spilled the beans about petting cows, seeing horses, feeding goats (or maybe sheep), playing in the big sandbox, singing songs, painting with water, and playing with playdoh. I was happy to find that she ate some of her lunch too, though she was still pretty hungry and ate more of it when we got home.
She gets to do it all over again next week, and I’m sure she’ll be counting down the days. :)
Here are a few snapshots.
1) Getting ready to leave. 2) At the farm and ready to go sign in. 3) With her “blue bird” name tag on. 4) Hanging out at the end of the morning. (I’m quite sure she was smiling in the hammock until I arrived and she knew it was time to go home!)