Sunday, May 8, 2011

Where I Sheepishly Admit I'm Hooked on Sheep Shearing

Ok, so Saturday was just about the most beautiful day we've seen around these parts in quite some time. Which was perfect for the Shepherds Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo. It also included Llama Magic, which so absolutely lived up to its name, I can't even describe.

Last year we went to this festival and I had such high hopes, but it was pouring rain and Wee 'Burb thought this of the whole experience:

So this year I was so excited because she has gotten really into animal noises. We practiced our "Baaas" all the way there, and even threw in a "llama" for good measure, though I didn't exactly know what sound, if any, a llama makes. Anyone? We heard one doing a sort of low whine at one point. I'm just not sure how to channel that into toddler language.

She was definitely more aware this year. But possibly more freaked out, too.

That would be her baby death grip on me the WHOLE day.
The highlight for me is always the sheep shearing. The sheep go to this happy place and just lay there, glassy-eyed while the shearer does his thing.

I used to feel really bad for them, but when you see everything that comes off, I gotta think it's somewhat of a relief to walk around bare nakey for awhile!

That's JUST the wool! Doesn't it look like a separate animal?
So, in addition to the sheep, Llama Magic was happening. Wee 'Burb is verrry into llamas, her favorite book is Llama Llama Red Pajama and whenever I'm putting her jammies on, she repeatedly says "llama."

She was much more willing to touch the llamas, but still not willing to let go of her death grip for these nice fellows.

If you're ever sad, you seriously need to see a picture of llamas. They might be the funniest looking things EVER.

More cute sheep pics:

Afterward, I convinced Wee 'Burb to do some finger painting so we could put some fingerprints on her Mother's Day cards.

This mess required immediate tubby time.  There were not enough wipes in the world.

And that was about enough for her Saturday. 6:00 bedtime? Yes, please!

I found this event through Festival Net (not a paid or even known endorsement on their part). I highly recommend if you like to get to some different cities and check out great crafts or local fairs.


Jen - LifeWithLevi said...

Very cool! Did they have wool for sale, too?

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

@ Jen: Yup, that's mostly what it's about. People come in trucks and buses to get the wool. I don't knit myself, but my roommate bought a beautiful blue color. I suspect Wee 'Burb will be getting a new hat or something soon :)

toi said...

I like her "baby death grip" so intense and dramatic.

The festival looks great and lot of fun. Happy Mother's day :)!

Small Town Mommy said...

It looks like such a good time. I love llamas.

Heather said...

She is so cute. (So is your post title. )
This reminds me of how much my now almost 4 yo loved the llamas at the Central Park Zoo on vacation two years ago.

Sparkling said...

I love it when they sheer the llamas and the alpacas. They look SO ridiculous. SO RIDICULOUS. Walking around all undressed except for their faces and usually something around their feet.

Kristen said...

fun! And holy crow that's a lot of wool! I bet they are thrilled to lose all of that extra hair when it gets hot out!

Hungrigyrl said...

What a full, fun, day! Love the fingerprint idea for the cards. Too cute! I will have to check out Festival Net to see if they have events in my area too!

Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

I'd much prefer to be walking around without 50 pounds of fuzz on me too!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I agree -our Trenta quest was utterly insane. So I went for an hour long swim today to attempt to get the rest of the lingering caffeine out of my system hahah I think it worked. ~Megan

Logical Libby said...

"Llama Magic" was the name of my dance team in high school.

We weren't very good.

Anonymous said...

Some of my favorite snaps of me as a tiny pup are from the petting zoo. My parents brought me and I shit you not, they put me on a leash and you can see me feeding the sheep and all that with the leash on (there was a dolly attached to the front of the harness) and it's just funny as hell.

What a fun way to spend the day, lady :)

p.s. I love that Wee 'Burb is death gripping with a shirt that says "smile" on it...hahahahaha.

Charlotte said...

Hope you had a very happy Mother's Day! Awesome pictures--and yes, I totally thought that was a separate animal!

Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

Ahh! How cute! I super big time love me some free festivals. I can't wait until Luke is old enough to know what's going on.

I'm telling you what -- that sheep picture is so bizarre. Where is his head??

Miss-ology said...

There's a sheep farm down the road from me and they sheep were just sheared...they look so sad and skinny....but pretty cute too :)

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