Mommy and Toddler Adventure Time: Lazy 5 Ranch

I’ve been extremely dedicated (or stubborn as my family would put it) in making sure I experience all of these “life moments” with my son before baby brother makes his debut. It could be the hormones or mother’s guilt, but I am so worried my son is going to feel like I didn’t do enough with/for him before we had another baby. I’m the oldest child in my family, and I don’t remember ever feeling that way. Once my sister arrived it was like she had always been there. My hopes is that Ro feels the same way about his little brother (fingers crossed, toes crossed, and lots of positive thoughts).

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One of the stops on the Mommy and Ro Tour included a trip to North Carolina’s Lazy 5 Ranch; an animal park. The Lazy 5 Ranch has been a frequented spot of my family’s over the years. I recall one time when my sister and I went in the heat of July with my grandparents. We were wearing our tie dye dresses (mine was green and Alex’s was pink) that we had just purchased from a specialty shop with Nana. Even though we were beyond hot and sweaty, it is one of our fondest memories with them. I took my son in March on a cool day, and let me just say, it was the perfect day for a safari.

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While we didn’t take a wagon ride around the park, we caravanned in my tank of a car, and set out on an adventure to feed the animals. Now this adventure was going quite smoothly until the ostrich and emu appeared. I’ve experienced the persistent nature of an emu before, so I wasn’t shocked when it aggressively ate the feed from the back car window, but what that ostrich did, has probably scarred myself, my family, and especially my son for life. Have you ever had the entire head and neck of an ostrich in your car? Well, we have! I’m not certain if it was the ostrich in the car, my mother’s reaction, or both, but Ro was not having it.

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The persistent Emu

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THE Ostrich!

From that moment on, we had to frantically roll up the windows when a feathered friend approached the car, but we were open to the ox, deer, antelope, cows, etc. I did lose my bucket to what I believe was a yak and my sister lost her feed bucket to an antelope. The way those animals eat is how I feel when I try to diet for a week, “give me all the food!” Nonetheless, my son was thrilled to see his furry friends from the luxury of our SUV. He just wanted to stick his head out of the window like a dog, with a big smile on his face.

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* Please note we were driving well under 5 miles per hour in a controlled environment. At least my kid wasn’t sticking his entire body out of the car like the folks in front of us. I’m pretty sure a little girl lost her sunglasses to a large horned animal *

Once we finished our ride around the park, we hopped out of the car to checkout the exhibits and petting zoo portion of Lazy 5 Ranch. While we saw many animals, my son took a particular liking to a group of baby goats. I believe these goats are his spirit animals. They were climbing up a rotting tree branch and jumping off into the great beyond. Their fearless nature is the same as Ro’s. I’m sure if he was given the opportunity, he would take that leap with the baby Billy goats. I would have been a wreck, but he would have loved it!

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After being in a car for a number of hours and no nap on board (we tried, but he preferred to roll around and talk to his stuffies), he did a great job! He was a champ and I am thrilled to have had this special day with my nugget. He may or may not remember our adventure, but I will always hold these memories close to my heart. What’s next on the Mommy and Ro Tour? I’m not sure, but you can best believe it will be one for the scrapbooks!

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