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Wheeler Farm

I am loving this job, but boy are they giving me a ton of work!  I’ve been working more at night, which means fewer blog posts.  Fortunately it hasn’t affected our weekend Ava time.


Since Ava knows more words for animals than anything else (bird, duck, Teddy, kitty, moo, sss for snake, doo for cockadoodle doo), we took her to Wheeler Farm to see the animals in person.  It was like taking a tween to a Taylor Swift concert.  Ava shrieked with delight when she saw all the animals.  In this picture, she’s realized that cows are actual things in the world.



Ava really liked the goats.  Jon wouldn’t let her get too close, though, since a goat bit his arm the last time we were at Wheeler Farm.



Ava had a standoff with a rooster.  Not really.  This rooster kept crowing and Ava was fascinated.  You could inspire him to crow by making the rooster noises back at him.





3 Responses to “Wheeler Farm”

  1. Steve says:

    When I was three or four, my mother went back to teaching, so I stayed with a woman on the outskirts of town during the day. There were cattle next door, and my mom told me I was frightened by a cow which leaned down and mooed at me. I don’t remember this at all.

    When I became frightened at night, I told my mom that there was a cow in my closet. She was very good about it, very sympathetic.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    It’s hard to imagine the outskirts of Libertyville having enough land for cattle.

    It’s my understanding that Ava is too young to have developed a fear of large animals, but I’m hoping that her exposure to them will mean that she won’t become afraid when she hits that developmental step.

  3. When I was 7 or 8, I brought my harmonica one day when my mom took me and my twin sister on a walk down Brown’s Valley Road, which was then on the outskirts of Napa, CA. I stood on a little rise of land across from a cattle ranch and played my favorite songs over and over as the cattle gathered at the fence to listen. One of them put his front hoofs up on the back of the steer in front of him to see better.

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