Sunday, November 29, 2009

Etta's Visit Part Two

So Etta has finally recovered from our long trip home from NJ. We had a fabulous time! Etta wanted me to fill you in on her adventures. We had a fun but long car ride down to NJ. It was about a 8 hour trip total including the stops we made along the way and the traffic we got stuck in. But Etta had fun with Tasha in the car. Tasha even shared her head phones with Etta after Etta was feeling a bit jealous and wanted to hear the stories Tasha was listening too.

Listening to a podcast of Pinky Dinky Doo.

Tasha even wrapped Etta in her blankie so she was comfortable on the ride down.

She enjoyed looking at lots of books with Tasha on the way down. Once we arrived she met all the animals that live at the house we stayed at. 3 dogs and 4 cats and a bunny! We made sure to keep her safe so she didn't become a chew toy for any of the animals.

Thursday we headed to the farm for the BIG Thanksgiving dinner. Etta was SO excited to see what a real Thanksgiving was like since she comes from England where they do not celebrate this holiday. She can't wait to tell her brother Treasure all about the foods she saw!

Tasha is holding Etta in the yearly Thanksgiving Photo.

Tasha, Etta and Tasha's Grandmother

There were 2 big tables in the house FULL of yummy food and lots of family! Etta got to sit with Tasha who was so hungry she mistakenly picked up Etta and almost ate her for dinner!! EEEkkk!

Tasha Don't eat ETTA!!!

This is one of the two tables full of family!

She couldn't believe all the yummy food! Sweet potatoes, corn, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, hot rolls with butter, stuffing, turnip, squash and so much more! She was very full at the end of the meal and asked if she could have a tour of the farm and it's critters. We were in much need of some exercise so we headed out for a walk.

Yes, I ate ALL of that food!!! It was yummy!

This is the Big Barn full of cows.

We didn't get far when Etta spotted some very large feathery things?? I explained to her those were chickens and that they lay eggs that we eat. She seems a bit nervous around them since they were everywhere! Tasha enjoyed feeding them and petting them.

What is this strange feathered thing?

Don't worry Etta they are friendly.

Then we headed over to the barn and Tasha showed her how to feed a cow some hay. Etta was so amazed at this BIG brown and white animal! The cow was very gentle and had a VERY BIG TONGUE!

What a pretty cow!

I think Etta's favorite part of the farm was the tractor!! Tasha was very excited too they both played for quite a while on this one tractor. Tasha decided she needed to play in the BIG mud puddle so I had to rescue Etta so she didn't get muddy!

Hang on Etta Tasha can't drive yet!

Big Mud Puddle!!

We headed out on the property for a wonderful walk and saw some amazing views. Etta and I spotted a very cool moss covered boulder and had to investigate! She started to get tired so she opted to ride along in my pocket for the rest of the walk.

Can you see Etta in the Moss?

One of me and the cool moss!

Don't worry Etta you can ride with me!

She fell fast asleep on the ride home later that day and Friday told us how much she enjoyed her visit to the farm. Etta has become so close to our little family we will be so sad to see her go. She was truly a wonderful traveling companion and guest at our house. We can't wait to continue to follow her adventures around the world!

Thanks for letting Etta be apart of a very special day!
Jessica, Greg and Tasha


  1. jessica, I read it and felt like I took part in your family dinner, the trip outside and the ride over there. Your story is told in such a realistic and sensitive way - I enjoyed reading every word and got carried away with the pictures and atmosphere!
    Your daughter is so sweet! She's amazing.
    Thanks for sharing a day in your life, it was touching!

  2. Oh Jessica - this is so lovely. I can only echo Arosha, thank you for sharing. Like little Etta, I knew almost nothing about Thanksgiving, so I'm thrilled to have been a "virtual" guest in your family day.

  3. I loved seeing Etta with your daughter on the farm. That's quite a farm your family has. Looked like a wonderful celebration

  4. Read this with gusto and delight. A wonderful trip tale well told. Beautiful words and photos. Am so thrilled we can all travel, meet people and be introduced to so many neat people, places and life styles by following Etta's and Treasure's journeys.

  5. This is fantastic! What lovely photos and story! Thank you for sharing it all with us, Jess. xoxox

  6. Wow looks like Etta had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I'm sure she is looking forward to a rest as she travels to her next adventure!

  7. What a fun story with Etta! I'm glad she was able to experience a true family and food filled Thanksgiving experience. Tasha looked like she enjoyed it too!

  8. Looks like you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, and it also looks like Etta had a great time with your family. You daughter is just adorable!


  9. Forgot to add ... I want to move to The Farm!! :D

  10. Melissa you are too funny! It is a wonderful farm and Tasha said while we were there, "I want to come back here tomorrow this place is FUN!" She cracks me up!

    She doesn't know it yet but Santa is bringing her an Etta in her stocking! Hee hee!

    She keeps asking me where she is? She was upset at the post office when we left without her!!

  11. This is such a special experience, It really feels like we all are guests in your family holiday of thanks giving. Tasha is such a sweet child, and Etta looks so happy with her!
    My children and I fall in love with the beautiful happy celebration you shared with us here. Thank you so much!!!

  12. yay! What a wonderful thanksgiving! I am so glad you shared it with that little meerkat. What an adventure she is having!

  13. Hi Jessica~
    What a wonderful adventure little Etta got to enjoy with your family! Thanks for making your post about Etta and your family so special. Precious!!