Today we woke up in our 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment (aka, the Shelton’s basement) and enjoyed a slow, relaxing, luxurious morning. I stayed in bed until about 10am!!! Soooo nice. When the Shelton’s got home from church, Ricky had already made himself quite comfortable in the recliner in front of the TV and was consumed in the niners vs lions game, so Mrs. Shelton ordered a couple of pizzas. The last 2 minutes of the game were so intense, Ricky couldn’t stand to watch (but we followed the rest on the NFL ap), so we all 5 of us loaded into one supersized vehicle and headed over to the much anticipated main attraction in Greeley, Colorado- Shelton Dairy. Mr. Shelton owns and operates a dairy farm with about 3,000 cows. The farm operates 24/7/365 and ships out 2 semis of milk every day. It’s very impressive, and the Shelton family gave us a thorough tour! It was really interesting to see how the farm operates. The cows know exactly what to do! When they come in for milking, they barely need any direction at all. The farm houses cows of all ages, and we were able to see just about all of them. Teenage cows, big huge pregnant cows, cows that are milking, and, my absolute favorite, the baby calves. We saw about 7 cows that had just been born that day, some still wet and wobbly on their feet. We went over to the OB ward to see if any mamas were giving birth at that moment, but unfortunately we didn’t catch one. Mr. Shelton took us over to the calve houses to see the babies that are still being bottle fed. If you stick out your fingers they will latch on and suck on them like a bottle, it feels so weird and is so much fun and so adorable!!!!! I could have stayed for hours and pet each of the babies. There are just rows and rows of calve houses, and I just wanted to cuddle with each one of them. I made good friends with one calve in particular. He had a lot of energy, and was very interested and curious. I named him Charlie. After we got our fill of cows, Mrs. Shelton mentioned that I didn’t know what a prairie dog was, so he drove over to the neighboring field where tons of them reside. They’re kinda cute!!! But definitely not good for the farm at all. They are pests. Their hole are dangerous for the cows, and they eat everything in site! and there were A LOT of them. The whole trip to the farm was a really interesting and fun experience. Me and Ricky both loved it so much, shout out to Mr. Shelton for giving us the grand tour!
New Borns-Born that day
When we got back to the Shelton residence, we threw in some laundry and Amanda cooked us her famous pecan crusted chicken. For dessert, a delicious apple cake with homemade icing made by Mrs. Shelton. This family can cook! We watched a movie and called it an early night. In the morning Ricky and I woke up to a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Shelton family for taking such good care of us!!
Next Stop: Rocky Mountain National Park