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i wanna be a farm girl

For our vacations this year, we broke them out into long weekends... basically all in the month of July.  We went to a state park lodge for boating and family fun with my family, we went to a friend's parent's cabin another weekend and then we went to Virginia to visit Mr. Hope's family.

This is that trip...

My sister-in-law's brother lives on a farm that spans about 600 acers.  It has a main farm house that is owned my the family that owns the land.  There are 5 siblings that split it and use it as a family vacation house, however it's not visited too often.

My sister-in-law's brother lives in the guest house of the farm, with his wife and two dogs.  It's a pretty big house for a guest house and serves their purposes very well.  They have access to the main house's pool, area for their own garden and their own chicken coop as well.  It's a really great set up but takes a lot of work to maintain just the parts that they are in charge of. 

There is another house a few miles away that is believed to be the old slaves quarters.  It's fixed up a bit now and although it doesn't have running water, it does have a family of 4 living in it.  They have real jobs and everything and have lived there for almost 2 years.  Without running water... gasp!

This is a little about the trip...

We hung out with family, that we don't see too often.  But more lately than we usually do.  I think it's because the little ones are getting easier to travel with, which we love!

We rode on ATVs around the property.  I took a ride on this with my SIL's brother and I was a little afraid for my life during a few moments of our adventure.  It was fast and furious but I made it aaaaaand would probably do it again!!

We went to a winery that was literally just up the street called Barrel Oak.

We did a little wine tasting with about 10 wines.  Very fun, but very hot (even inside)...

Then we fed the cows.

I know that these are around where I live and this isn't an extinct animal but how often do you get this close?  Other than at the fair?  It was so cool and I was LOVING it!

This was a big boy was getting action any chance he got!  It was unbelievable!  Pretty though, right?

One night, we just watched the sun set.  We lit a fire and then had Mr. Hope play his guitar and sing songs.  It was perfect.  We tried to tell ghost stories but it really didn't work out.  We need to practice that one a bit before we try to do that again.

We had a lot of pool time.  It was perfect!  And the kids could swim, so that made it a little easier too!

Just watching the cows...

Gathering eggs... Or picking, as I was saying.

Look at that melon!  I picked that!  And we just ate it a few days ago!  It's actually really good even though it was a little ripe and should've been on the vine a bit longer...oh well!

After this trip, I told my husband that I wanted to live on a farm.  We'll see if that ever happens. 

Girls can dream, can't they...?


foxy said…
Looks like a great vacation - You have really beautiful pictures. I especially love the one of the kids on the fence!

Take care! and happy iclw!

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