Another year, another trip to Rancho Siempre Verde tree farm! This was our third visit to RSV, and it never disappoints. See past posts here(2017) and here(2016). The weather wasn’t great, and the toddler and newborn presented new challenges; but we found our perfect tree and made some new memories.
That said, I learned some things and now have some tips for tree ranching with kids:
1. TAKE GROUP PICS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
It was raining off and on, and mud was everywhere. By the end of the visit our toddler wasn’t the only one looking a mess. Take group pics when you arrive while you’re still looking somewhat fresh!
2. BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
I really thought I was on the ball packing a change of shoes for Denton (19 mos) and myself. What I failed to realize is that toddlers don’t stay on their feet. By the time we left the farm, Denton was so soaked with mud that he rode home wearing nothing but a clean diaper and a blanket.
3. WEAR A HAT
The hat was a happy accident for me. It’s hard keeping your balance sliding around in mud while holding a newborn and chasing a toddler! Add in the intermittent sun and misty rain and it’s a real challenge. Having a hat to keep the sun, rain, and hair out of my face was YASSS!
4. PACK A PICNIC
We had planned to stop for a late lunch at one of our fave restaurants on our way back to the city. However, by the time we left the farm, we were tired from toddler chasing and Denton had no clothes. Next year we’ll pack a picnic so that we can sit and eat while the kids roll around in the mud.
5. BRING PLASTIC BAGS
I brought spare shoes, but no bags to put the muddy ones in– let alone Denton’s soaked clothes. Oops.
6. NEVER RUN OUT OF OXICLEAN
Ever since Denton started trying to feed himself, I have had an OxiClean Gel Stick on the washer at the ready. As soon as we got home from the farm, I used the oxiclean on his little jeans and they’re good as new. It also works wonders on tomato sauce and chocolate.
Next year we’ll be more prepared! And please let me know if you’ve got any pro-tips I’ve missed!