Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Out on the farm

We have some friends who live on a farm. (I've written about the farm before... you can find it here.) A few weeks ago we received an invitation to come out and see the newest addition to the "farm family"... a baby donkey.

Now, I don't know about you, but I had never seen a baby donkey before. I had no idea what to expect.

We knew before we went out that there wouldn't be anyone available to "take us out to see the baby" and we would be on our own. Here's what I DIDN'T know.

Brandon would be taking us out to find the baby on this...

You are probably thinking the same thing that I was thinking...
1. Does he know how to drive a 4-wheeler?

Answer #1... yes and no. :) He had a general idea of how to make it go and he played around with it before the girls and I got on.
Answer #2... you see that VERY small metal "rack" just behind Brandon? That's where we sat!

We did manage to make it out to the donkeys. No there was NOT a trail and we just went bounding blindly into the tall grass. We hit MORE than a few gigantic holes!

Here we are with the baby...

Riley is squealing with joy, NOT screaming in fear or pain! :)

Chandler was a little nervous... truth be known, Brandon and I were too! The mother (the large brown donkey) was QUITE aggressive. She didn't want us to touch her baby and she made that very clear as she pushed herself between us and the baby.Brandon had a bucket of "donkey treats". We were told that they would keep the mom happy while we were out there.

It worked, but she did NOT want the father (the grey donkey in the background) to get any!
I think this photo was just a few minutes before Brandon attempted to feed the father a snack. How did the mother react? She pushed him away so she could eat and then SHE KICKED HIM IN THE CHEST WITH BOTH OF HER BACK HOOFS!!!

That made me even more nervous... I couldn't really see myself successfully defending my children from an irritated donkey!

Chandler was flat out scared at that point. She had been excited up until then. When the mother unleashed her wrath Chandler calmly said, "I'm going to wait on the 4-wheeler."

I didn't blame her one bit... Riley was anxious to get down and run around so we decided it was time to head back.

Ignore my Mardi Gras beads! Riley had been wearing them and decided she wanted me to wear them for a while.

Chandler's favorite part of the day...

Climbing over the fence. :) She looks like a natural doesn't she!


Heather said...

Your girls are so cute! I don't blame Chandler for being nervous...I would have been more than just nervous!

I must ask, did the donkeys make the eeee-awww noise? I've always wondered about that. Does that make me a nerd?

Amanda said...

i'm so jealous! i love four wheelers and farms! looks like a beautiful place too. I'm glad you guys had fun!

we missed y'all at the beach a lot! we had fun but it's just not the same without everyone there!

Miss Debbie said...

At first, I thought you meant Brandon got kicked in the chest!!Scared me for a moment! Sounds like you had a great adventure. Ditto on "missed you at the beach".