As soon as I moved to Celebration, FL, I hooked up with the local “Mommy & Me” group.  It wasn’t easy…I felt like I was looking for drugs. “Psst…excuse me…I see you have a kid, can you hook me up? I need a fix real bad. I’ve been with my kids 24/7 and if I don’t get some adult conversation real soon…I’m afraid I may end up dialing a 900 number.”

We meet every Wed. in one of Celebration’s many parks. Sometimes, like today, we do something special. There’s a petting farm in Kissimmee called, “Green Meadows Petting Farm”. It’s normally a little pricey for me but since we had a group of 20, we got in for half price. I’ll take Zeke to pet a pig for $10. but not for $20!

We started with a Monster Tractor Pull...Zeke crushed 2 cars and a bus to come in 2nd.

We started with a Monster Tractor Pull...Zeke crushed 2 cars and a bus to come in 2nd.

A little side note here: Mark left this morning for a business trip to New York and took our camera. These photos were taken with my cell phone! You gotta love technology.

This is the sheep barn. Zeke loved the barn more than the sheep. Go figure.

This is the sheep barn. Zeke loved the barn more than the sheep. Go figure.

He touched this sheep but very quickly. He just wanted to stand next to them and laugh. He thought they were the funniest things he's ever seen. That's my boy!

He touched this sheep but very quickly. He just wanted to stand next to them and laugh. He thought they were the funniest things he's ever seen. That's my boy!

Zeke was really interested in the sheep. I watched him bend down behind one to get a good look at its little sheep butt.  I’m always so surprised at my speed when I see his hand going towards things like that. I stopped him just before he violated the sheep. I slathered both of us in hand sanitizer, just from the thought of it.

Next stop...the pony ride! It would be Zeke's first, so we practised on the statue. Good thing because he jammed his finger up the metal horse's nostril!

Next stop...the pony ride! It would be Zeke's first, so we practised on the statue. Good thing because he jammed his finger up the metal horse's nostril!

Aaahhhh...he gave the horse a snuggle. I think we're ready. (Or was he crushing it's windpipe? I guess we'll find out soon enough.)

Aaahhhh...he gave the horse a snuggle. I think we're ready. (Or was he crushing it's windpipe? I guess we'll find out soon enough.)

Each pony is led by a trainer and us Moms walked beside our kids. Zeke’s turn started out shaky, {violently signing, “MORE DOWN…MORE DOWN!”} While saying, “MO DOW…MO DOW!” I pointed to the horn on the saddle and said, “Look, Zekey…this is the horse’s horn! Beep, beep” That got the signing to stop. “Go ahead…you can touch it Beep, beep!” Zeke reached over and touched the horn and I said, “Beep!” I saw a little grin crack his cheeks. He touched it again, “Beep!” I yelled! That made him chuckle and the next time made him laugh. So, Zeke’s first pony ride was him honking the “horn” and me yelling “Beep!” I’m sure that made it special for all the other Moms and their kids, too.

BEEEEEEEP!!!

BEEEEEEEP!!!

Our next stop was the baby ducks and chicks. We all sat on a bench and each Mom was handed a baby duck that was only a few days old. I held the duck while coaching my son, “Lenny” to “Be very, very gentle.” Zeke would pat the duckling on the head and it would go, “Peep!” That made Zeke laugh uncontrollably. It also made the Duckling “uncontrollable” and he let loose all over my lap! I tried to remain calm but when “faster than a speeding bullet” Zeke put his hand in it…I’ll admit I yelled a little.  You should be thankful I was unable to take any photos.

This was Zeke watching the cow eat his hay then trying some himself. He didn't even use his hands...just bent his head over like the cow and took a bite. {sigh} That's my little vegetarian!

This was Zeke watching the cow eat his hay then trying some himself. He didn't even use his hands...just bent his head over like the cow and took a bite. {sigh} That's my little vegetarian!

After the hayride, we got to go to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin. (pumpkin patch = field of grass with pumpkins thrown on it) I really missed having my camera for this.

"Stand back...I'm a trained professional."

"Stand back...I'm a trained professional."

"This one's for Nate..."

"This one's for Nate..."

"and this one's for me!"

"and this one's for me!"

Thank goodness I was with the Mommy & Me group. They saved the day over and over. Julie loaned me money to get in, (Always check your wallet BEFORE you get to your destination.) Katherine and several others graciously took photos of Zeke and I on their cameras, one Mom rushed to my aid during the “Duckling/poo incident and not one single Mom judged me when Zeke threw a tantrum in the goat enclosure because I wouldn’t let him play with the “balls” that came out of the goats’ butts.

When it comes to raising my boys, this wonderful group offers unconditional acceptance, understanding and help you can only get from other Moms in your generation.

After a day like today…this “druggie” has gotten her fix.

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