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During our time in Utah, the kids and I met up with some cousins at Gardner Village in Midvale.  I always love visiting Gardner Village because it’s such a whimsical and picturesque place.  Like, I seriously feel like I’ve walked onto a real life Candy Land game!  If only there was a Candy Castle…  (Though Queen Frostine and the Ice Cream Sea is really my jam)  While I tried not to act like I was watching my steps to find the shortcut to Candy Castle via the Rainbow trail, the boys loved exploring and running around together and I loved watching with Zellie strapped up close to me 🙂

 

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Then, a pony showed up!!  The boys were so excited that Cowboy Gil invited them to pet and kiss her.  Soon after, we headed over to the Farm to pet more of the animals.  It was like we were on our way to Grandma Nutt’s cottage, but instead of nuts it was a petting zoo… Too much of a stretch?  Alright I’m done with the Candy Land references.

 

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This cow was so beautiful!  At the end of our visit, Cowboy Gil was milking her and invited the kids to come help.  Carter thought he was just going to be holding the container, but Cowboy Gil actually had his pulling and squeezing the udders!  I’m not sure how Carter felt about that haha.

 

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But Cowboy Gil also asked the boys if they wanted an ice cream squeeze and no one could resist the thought of ice cream!

 

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Her face kills me!  “Mom.  It’s getting too close.  Mom!  Seriously!  It’s getting closer!  MOMM!!!!!! …. Do I touch it?”

 

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My favorite were the little lambs!!

 

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This little one was obsessed with my nephew!

 

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See what I mean?  This goat was constantly following Jack around and at one point ended up basically tackling him to the ground and sitting on his lap!

 

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Getting to bottle feed baby lambs?!?!?  YES PLEASE!!  I could have sat there all day (in the shade of course, it was such a hot day) and fed the lambs one by one.  They were all so cute and so friendly and very curious about what our clothes tasted like.

 

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Tackled by the goat.

 

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Ooohhh, watching Carter love the animals was so wonderful.  I really really really really really (x100000) wanted to bring a lamb home with me.  Some day I’ll have a little farm and we’ll have a lamb or two and I’m sure when I’m there I’ll wish that I didn’t own a lamb… Ha isn’t that how it always happens?

 

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The Farm at Gardner Village was such a wonderful place for us to spend the afternoon.  The kids got to ride the horse all around the shops as Cowboy Gil let them try on his cowboy hat and sang songs with them.  If you’d like to learn more about The Farm and Cowboy Gil’s purpose with sheltering and rescuing many of these animals, you can read THIS ARTICLE that was done a few weeks ago.  We are very grateful to Cowboy Gil and his dedication to this little farm and we’ll always remember the fun time we had there!