What an action packed day! We visited Nash Farm, in Grapevine. Nash Farm dates back to 1859, when 110 acres of farmland was purchased by Thomas Jefferson Nash. The farmhouse dates back to 1880, and the barn was built in 1905. All that remains of the original land is 5.2 acres, the house, the barn, and the family cemetery. The property is owned by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation.
The weather was sunny and warm, which made the ice cream cones all the more enjoyable.
Aleck spotted the tractor ride on the way into the farm and he was so excited to ride in the wagon. The tractor ride circled the garden. The guide told us that the public is allowed to pick the produce when it ripens, which is a wonderful way to teach people about where their food comes from. After the tractor ride, Aleck and Ella got a chance to dig in the garden and water some plants.
For as long as I can remember, my parents have gardened. Our gardens were huge, almost as big as the garden at Nash Farm. Today made me long for the simplicity of growing up in the country. I think we just must spend a bit more time visiting my family in Mississippi this summer so I can get my fill of gardening.
We ended the visit to Nash Farm with a pony ride for Aleck and Ella. This was Ella’s first time to ride a horse, but Aleck and I rode last year at Scarborough Fair. Ella was so excited when she realized that she was going to actually ride the pony. Both kids loved it and Ella didn’t want to get off.
We all had a late afternoon nap. I have grown accustomed to napping with Aleck. I used to feel guilty about napping instead of being productive, but not so much anymore. I know soon Aleck will outgrow his naps, and this special time that we share when it is quiet in the house will just be a memory. I hope I always remember the smell of his hair when he is snuggled up to Mommy.
We ended the perfect day by strolling across the street to help our neighbor, Ms. Kidd, celebrate her 90th birthday. She lives alone, but she has 6 kids, and many grandkids. They were all there to celebrate with her. Aleck never meets a stranger and he was playing with a little boy before we even got the front door closed. Ella was glued to Mommy, but when they started the Karaoke machine in the back yard, she did get down and dance.
As we were leaving, Mary, Ms. Kidd’s daughter, gave Aleck and Ella a balloon, which is Ella’s new word for the day. The look on Ella’s face when she played with the balloon made me truly the appreciate the simple innocence of a child. They are so completely happy with the most simple things in life. We could all learn a thing or two about happiness from our children.
Thank you, Lord, for this most beautiful day.