A little late but worth a share!
Since Tanaya and I have been back from Kenya she has been trying to settle down with her nursery and the rest around her.
To make it all abit better for her she got a party invite to the Willows Farm! Which she has never been to before. I was abit nervous to RSVP to this invite as I have never taken her to such a huge public place alone before, let alone facing my fears of a typical TERRIBLE TWO acting up in a public place.
However I thought of it and there’s always a first time. So I RSVP’d and was looking forward to it. I started setting her up for all this by frequently talking to her about what she would see there and what we were going to do while we were there. This approach helped a great deal as she continuously keep asking when we would be going to the farm and if her friends were coming!
Farm Party Day!
The weather wasnt the best of friends on that day but we soldiered on and made ourselves warm and dashed into the chilly air of beautiful Britain early in the morning!
Alas! We were there!
The typical farm smell drenching us from the get go. Oh how nice it felt! Tanaya on the other hand was ecstatic with joy! “Mummy look sheep! ” she said, as a flock of sheep made eye contact with her. That is when I knew that this was going to be a great day….One for the books! The hot quickly made her way to us and adorned Tanaya with a cute little apron, so we all could know who the party bunch were. How cute!
We immediately made our way to the horse barn. Tanaya has been in and out of Kenya so she does have a close affiliation to animals, from the trips we made to drive through parks and walk through parks, not forgetting the road side animal spotting :). We would spend a good hour driving around just to spot a herd of cows.
Back to Willows Farm! So, we were now in the centre of the farm with all these animals around us. Toddles testing out their screaming capabilities and mums testing out their patience. As mentioned, the weather wasnt too pleasant and it had rained the night before. This meant mud and water puddles, which meant. ‘Mummy look Muddy puddles!!!!”.
The host had even organised for all the kids to feed the animals so we started off with the Cows which she absolutely enjoyed feeding, through to the horse which scared her slightly with the bass filled NEIGHS. My bundle of joy, found her little attraction of the party which we had to keep going to because “Mummy I want to hug Guinea Pig”!. With all the tugging and pulling she was doing, we had no other option but to go there and stand in the queue, round after round so she could cuddle the cute little animal!
I somehow managed to convince her that little piggy was now tired and wanted to go for a nap and so we had to leave her alone, and go see the big tractor like in peppa pig. The old grandpa on the tractor was kind enough to give all the kids a ride on the back of the tractor and boy was that fun! We were tearing away through big muddy ruts and huge puddles and as im sure you have noticed by now, MUDDY PUDDLES are a big thing for little Miss. T. After a couple of adrenaline filled circuit rides, we were dropped back again so we could make our way to the play area and the animal themed circus carousel that was at our disposal.
We spent a good half hour in the play area where all the mums socialized and the kids got hugged, played, ate, jumped and even occasionally pulled each others hair. That play room time gave parents a little breather so we could all recharge and move on to the next attraction…..the carousel. Again, another few minutes of nice calm sitting and enjoying the ride from the little terrors. At one point, she even told me to go and stand and just look at her so she would ride her little yellow and red “PEPPA PIG” car, as she called it. So i hopped right off and let her make the rounds all alone. I could help thinking about how quickly time has flown, to a point where she wanna even go on rides alone! Bless her!
What a day this was and what a great venue, but it wasnt over! There was still one last activity that the host managed to squeeze in for us before the nice people at the farm closed for the day. POTATO HARVESTING! Yes, u read it right. All the kids were given a cute little spade and bucket and were lead to a potato patch where they were shown by the farm staff how to harvest my husbands favorite vegetable. Whoever managed to pull one out was allowed to keep it. Tanaya came through with one almost the size of her head, but we gave it back to the nice gentleman who was attending to us.
“Time to go home now”, I said to Tanaya and as exxpected, the answer was no, but with a great deal of convincing and attention diverting, we all bundled ourselves in made our way back home.
All in all it was a great day and Tanaya was extremely behaved and enjoyed every minute of her visit. A big thank you to the host too, who managed to excute the whole party flawlessly!