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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » Canada, Day 1

Canada, Day 1

I was hoping, in the true sense of a blog, to post updates of our days in Canada as they happened.  But, since that didn’t happen, I’ll post them as a retrospective.  Our plan was to leave at 2AM on Thursday morning, so that half the trip would be under our belts before the kids woke up.  Technical genuis that I am, I set our alarm for 1:45PM instead of AM.  So I woke up at 3:30 in one of those “what the heck time is it” fogs.  We were on the road by 4AM, and after 11 hours in the car, arrived at our destination.  Can I just say that our kids do so well in the car, I’m tempted to take the whole family cross country for a couple of years.  The baby naps better, Gabe and Eva get along, and Levi is surprisingly calm when strapped to a chair.

We arrived at the farm around 3PM. 

 Farm Landscape

Some basic introductions were made, and then Gave and Eva ran off with the other kids.  We caught up with them for a tour of the farm.  If I remember correctly, they have 6 cows, 2 calves, sheep, goats, geese, 20 chickens, 150 chicks, geese, rabbits, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and I think they were going to get pigs in the next week or so.  The whole gang of kids (they have 4 as well) took off again to play.  That was pretty much the last time I saw them except for meal times.  Stephan and I milked the cows, we all sat down for a mildly chaotic 8-kid dinner, and then Stephan and I shoveled manure until dark. 

As Amy and I got in to bed we stopped and realized that when the frogs stopped croaking, it was completely silent.  No traffic noise in the background, no lawnmowers, no TV noise . . . nothing.  It was actually hard to sleep at first - but with a long car ride that day, and a belly full of good food, I quickly fell asleep.  Lucy, on the other hand, was another story.  A new location and new bed had her up all night long.  Thankfully, Amy took the brunt of it, and was up and down many times that first night.  But, we eventually all got some sleep in preparation for the next day’s activities. 

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