Bates Farm Bonanza

We would like to say thanks to all the people who came to celebrate with us this weekend in body and/or spirit. If you couldn’t make it, or don’t live anywhere near us and didn’t know about it, here’s the scoop.

The farm is moving. Not to a new website, oh if only it were that easy. The truth is that in a matter of weeks we’ll be pulling up our stakes and physically relocating to Michigan! We hope to take all of the animals (which currently includes four cows, thirty-five chickens, two dogs, and two cats) with us, but we don’t actually have a house with property to move to yet. Stressful? Just a little.

Therefore, this weekend we hosted our going away party down on the farm. We roasted a pig in a fire pit in the front yard for the main course (thank you Ben, Jeff, and Tristan for making this possible).

We also borrowed a row boat from the neighbor to give rides on the pond and built a slip and slide down the hill in the backyard.

There were tours of the “petting zoo”, and, of course, marshmallows roasting over a bonfire long into the night.

The evening ended with a bang, literally.

Yep, we had our very own fireworks show! Fortunately most of our neighbors were also at the party, so no one called to complain about the noise. Oddly, after one went rogue and exploded out the side, the number of party-goers rapidly decreased. Hmmm.

My son, my husband, and I had a fantastic time. Judging by the aftermath come Sunday morning, so did everyone else :)

But seriously, we have loved living here. It’s been a peaceful haven and a wonderful two and a half years. Now life is moving us elsewhere.

Check back in over the next couple of weeks because I’m pretty sure there are going to be some interesting stories developing out of The Farm Move #2.

*Thanks Meghan for the great pictures!

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12 Responses to Bates Farm Bonanza

  1. Sonja says:

    The best of luck with your move, hope everything goes well and smoothly!

  2. Lisa Russell says:

    So excited for you all! Hope you find a place and that the move goes smoothly…hope I get to see you when you are back in the mitten!(:

  3. Sarah L Fox says:

    Good luck with the move, Nicole!

  4. Aubrey says:

    We can’t wait to have you here in Michigan! Three of the chickens can live here in town, no roosters though. hahaha. And rogue fireworks doesn’t see strange at all, to me, with a Bates around: remember last 3rd of July! Gee whilakers! xo

    • Nicole says:

      We’ll have animals all over the place :) I vividly remember last July, and so does Colton. We stayed back this time but he asked why it came at us and said it was just like at his Uncle’s…I’m not sure he likes fireworks anymore.

  5. Donna says:

    Looks like a fun time for all! Can’t wait to welcome you to MI.

  6. That water slide…*wishes she was there* Lol, looks like so much fun, Nicole! Excited to hear about your new place :)

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