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Favorite Things

A new type of entry.  I have recently discovered a service that will make your blog into a book, annually, if you so desire.  So I'm going to try to personalize this a bit more for the girls to look back on someday.  I thought I'd start a favorite things category, for me, the girls, the family.

1.  Any song sung by James Taylor.

2.  Quirky, loving, funny, inspiring, thought provoking, beautifully made movies with predictable endings.  I've discovered this about myself recently.  I don't like surprise endings in a movie.  The movie can be as suspenseful or dramatic as it wants to be but the ending better be what I thought was coming or I'll think the movie sucked.  Real life often doesn't turn out the way you thought and you grow-up learning how to deal with disappointment.  I don't need that in a movie.  When I go to the movies, I want to be entertained.

3.  Wool socks.

4.  Dylan Thomas.

5.  "Love in the time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the greatest love story ever written.  It isn't possible to live your whole life without reading this book.

6.  Malabrigo yarn in every shade.  Anyone that knits will know what I'm talking about.

7.  Yellow Snapdragons.

8.  Mary Oliver.

9.  Good Earth Original tea.  It's really the only tea to drink.

10.  Queen (as in the band).   


DOOR COUNTY!

This post will take several days to finish, so bare with me.  We took our annual vacation to Door County over the fourth.  It is truly my favorite place on earth.  It's like my second home.  I spent countless weekends there growing up and lived there for a few months during a couple of college summers and fell in love with the place.  I have dreams of retiring there some day.  I'd like to buy a few acres and build a little energy efficient farmhouse with a little vegetable garden in the back. . .oh, maybe some chickens. . . anyway, back to the trip.  It was wonderful, as usual, Door County doesn't disappoint.  This year we tried to be adventurous and explored parts of the area we haven't been to before.  Our first stop was "The Farm" in Sturgeon Bay.  I really couldn't gush enough about this place.  It is absolutely a gem as far as family fun.  I'm sure the girls could've stayed all day.

IMG_1458 I think my little bird loved the kittens the most.  While the sweet peach wanted to spend all day with the chicks.

IMG_1452 She was so gentle with them and adorable to watch because she carefully scooped up a chick for every little kid around that wanted to hold one.

There were piglets:

IMG_1434 And baby goats:

IMG_1442 I have to say my favorites were the little lambs. . . so soft:

Sorry, due to technical difficulties the lambs don't want to load.  Maybe I'll get them in tomorrow. . . uuuhhh this new program ticks me off.  Anyway, let me just say we enjoyed ourselves so much I tracked down the owner (a sweet little old man in bib overalls, is that cliche or what) and couldn't say enough nice things about the place.  It's clean and neat as a pin and all of the animals look to be extremely well cared for and loved.  It's definitely on our list of things to visit again next year.  All of this in one post, and that was just on our way up.  Well, more tomorrow.