We’re so close.
The end of the preschool year is in full swing here. We have end of year parties, concerts, and lots of reshuffling of the family routine. Big plans and changes are coming as we head to kindergarten in the fall, but for now, I have two four year olds and a whole summer just at the end of our fingertips.
The other day we were having one of those sunny, it’s-almost-summer vacation mornings when I got a very hot tip from Facebook that BlackJack, the famous goat from our local Foster’s Produce and Corn Maze, was coming out for the summer. Who is BlackJack? Well, first, say it right. If you’re four years old, it’s “BlackJaaaaaack!!!” He’s a rather famous goat who does this amazing trick – he trots up to the second story of a fun little goat structure and hoists cans of food up for himself. He’s not shy about it, either. Go BlackJack.
The kids had a great time. We’ve been coming to Foster’s since they were barely waddlers and I don’t remember them taking on so much responsibility as to the feeding of dear BlackJack. They took the reins, cleared mama’s wallet of every quarter to feed him, and spread the love with carrots for the goats Gus and Annie, a soon-to-be-named sheep, and a rabbit we met only briefly. I can’t believe how big they’ve gotten.
So I may be trying to rush away the end of this school year, but I love free time like this and can’t wait for more. Mostly, I just want to savor this last summer with preschoolers. We’ll do local things like go see BlackJack again, and far-off things like tag along on mama’s writing trips. We’ve made it a long way and there’s still plenty more fun. Bring on summer.
*See BlackJack at Foster’s Produce and Corn Maze and please visit the other great businesses and summer events in the Arlington, Oso, and Darrington communities. We’re a fun place for families and those who like to be outside. Our local businesses would appreciate your support. #OsoStrong
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