Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Country Bumpkins

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Today was one of those days where I longed to sell our house and buy a secluded farm. I came to this realization as I watched my kids run around the farm our horse is stabled at.

The highlight of Dylan and Lexie's week is going to visit our horse. They love it there, and are completely at home. My horse is stabled with several other horses at a farm that's tucked away in the woods.

When you are at the farm, you can't see anything else-no roads or other houses. Tonight, it felt perfect.

My kids are perfectly happy running amongst the chickens, horses, and barn cats. It is perfectly peaceful and perfectly relaxing.

And best of all, there's this boy:

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I have dreamed, since the day I got him (in 1993), that he would be able to live with me one day. That dream still hasn't come true. Luckily, his home is a short drive from our house.

My parents stopped to see Cherokee tonight. My dad sees him almost weekly, but my mom hasn't seen him in years! I think she missed him a bit.

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As soon as we get to the farm, my kids jump out of the car, say hello to Cherokee and give him a treat, then run off to play with the chickens and barn cats that are roaming around. They are just so happy there. I long to give them a home like this!

Lexie just adores her horse...

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and the chickens...

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and the cats!

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And yes, she was wearing her pajamas. It was almost bedtime!

Going home is always difficult. We all have a hard time leaving our horse behind. Tonight, Dylan had a hard time leaving the gray kitten behind. He took it in the car, and insisted that we were taking it home. I removed it from his arms, carried it back into the barn, and by the time I reached the car, it had jumped back inside! I would have easily taken it home if we didn't already have two cats!

Every time we pull away from the barn, my kids get sad and say they miss their horse. I always promise that we'll go back soon (and we do) but it's hard not being able to see him every day!

As we pulled into our driveway, just 10 minutes away, it felt like we were out in the open, for all to see. Living in a secluded spot-with a short drive to civilization-would be perfect for all of us. I love the area that Cherokee's farm is in. It's secluded, but only a 15 minute drive away from any store or restaurant you could think of. Perfect.

My kids would be happy country bumpkins. And honestly, so would I.

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15 comments:

  1. Awhhh sad!! :( They look so happy, hopefully with it being summer time you can visit more frequently. XOXO

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  2. So much fun! I grew up on property with two horses and tons of other animals... there are times I long to move to that kind of enviornment too!

    Hugs to you!

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  3. Farms are so fun for kids. I remember going to my friend's family farm and just playing and playing and playing. There was always so much to do and so mcuh fun to be had.

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  4. I. AM. WITH. YOU.

    My absolute dream is to live in a secluded place in a large white farmhouse with a big porch. It can be old and us fix it up, or we can build a new one to look like an old one. I don't care which. I want a garden, chickens and room for my kids to run and explore. If we don't get it done before our kids are grown, maybe we can do it for our grandkids.

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  5. Oh my goodness! I love the picture of Lexie on the horse...so cute!

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  6. I would love to live on a farm too and just forget the worries of the world!

    Your horse is beautiful and I love the picture of Lexie on him!

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  7. I also love living in the country. We just recently bought our house in the city and while I love the convenience of things, I also miss the quiet and still of country life. Maybe one day I'll get back there.

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  8. I can completely relate to your love to live on a farm in the country and soak up the simplicity of country life. Growing up we had several family friends with farms and I have so many fond memories of spending time there. Your horse is beautiful!

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  9. Your horse is beautiful! How fun to have the farm where you can all go to play!

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  10. So cute! There's a gray cat that looks just like the one in your pics who jumps in my car too! The owner had to come help me out the last time, because she was to slick for me lol!

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  11. Cherokee's beautiful!! And I loved seeing Lexie hug him!

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  12. oh how cute. I wish we lived on a farm as well. I would love love love it!

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  13. the last photo is priceless! ;) we can definitely feel their happiness :)

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  14. Oh, farms are SO much fun! My Grandparents used to have a farm and we had so much fun there! I would have had a really hard time leaving the kitty!

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  15. being a country girl this makes me miss the country!!
    great pics :)

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