Those Naughty Kids


It’s tough being a mom. You gotta watch those kids all the time. Sleep with one eye open. You never know what they’ll get into. Scampering about, all sweetness and sunshine, one minute….

….and running into the street–or, escaping the fence–the next.

When we first got the babies, they were so little they could squeeze through the openings in the woven wire farm fence. They didn’t go anywhere–they always cried to get back in with mama. (For some reason, they could manage to get out, but they could never quite figure out how to get back in.) Then they got too big to get out.

Or so I thought.

But there they were, out again.

C’mon, babies. Get back in here.


Everybody’s back where they belong. I feel better, don’t you, Clover?

Clover: “Did you bring any cookies?”

Clover! You gotta focus. Give them a lecture. I know they’re cute, but– Oh, look!

There’s that little Nutmeg, playing house on the milkstand, pretending to be a big grown mama with milk! She is cute.

Nutmeg: “Did you bring any cookies?”

Yes, you are just like your mother!

Okay, Coco? Pay attention. You’re in charge. Get your crazy tongue back in your mouth! This is serious!

That’s better. You have a job, you know.


Coco: “But they just want to play.”

No, they don’t! They just want cookies! And here I go, bribing them back to the gate with cookies…..

And, hunh. Further investigation proved that yes, in fact, they are too small to squeeze out through the fence. What they did was find a gap at the bottom of the fence back in this corner of the yard.

Gap corrected.

Clover? You’ve got to watch these babies, you hear me?

Clover: “I need fortification. A lot of fortification.”

I know, I know, I know. You don’t have to tell me. This mom thing is so hard. You gotta sleep with one eye open. Blah, blah, blah. I’ll get the cookies………


  1. Carolyn A. says:

    Kids will be kids, won’t they? Nutmeg looks so grown up on the milk stand. She might be the one who really gets your cheese making going once she’s old enough. Unless she’s just teasing you. xxoo

  2. Goat Roper says:

    And I wondered why Wallmart was out of cookies!

  3. connie says:

    those babies are adorable..

  4. Lauri V says:

    Nice to see Coco today. What a cute pup!

  5. Cecelia says:

    The kids always want to be on the other side of the fence. LOL I have been telling my husband for days that I want Clover, she is just too sweet.


  6. Stacia says:

    I love the babies! They’re so cute.

  7. wammy says:

    No matter what you do to try to protect your ‘kids’ they seem to always think the grass is greener on the other side.

  8. Lisa L says:

    Ah those little babies are adventurous. Next thing you know they’ll be on the outside and have Coco locked up inside!

  9. Shari C says:

    They are just so cute and…kids will be kids…right. As you have found though, cookies seem to solve a multitude of problems with all children…and Clover and Coco, etc.

  10. Remudamom says:

    And if they can’t find a hole, they’ll make one. At least, mine did.

  11. Pam says:

    I always say about my own kids, there is a reason why they’ve been made so cute–so we keep them! 😉

  12. Amy says:

    I haven’t commented lately, but I have been reading daily! I want goat cheese! How do you find all the hours in the day to milk a goat, take pictures of darling baby goats, play with a giant puppy, raise your own children, write books, cook and everything else? Grandmother Bread is a staple around here now, btw. I stopped baking for a while this summer, I had a bad cold that lasted a month, but now that school has started again and the kids need lunches, bread baking will start! The bread is awesome and easier than I ever thought it could be.

  13. Suzette says:

    I discovered long ago that there is no situation that cookies can’t improve. Next time the kids are…well…kid-like – have a cookie. Or six.

  14. Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife says:

    Yeah, they’re insidiously smart. They’re literally Pavlov’s Goats.

    My chihuhua’s pretty much have me trained this way also.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  15. shirley says:

    After a bad day yesterday and not feeling all that good this morning, I clicked on your blog and began to smile. My smile is now fixed and ready to display to the world.Thanks, Suzanne.

  16. Teresa H. says:

    LOL how funny! Wonder how long before they find a new way out?

  17. Donna says:

    :mrgreen: Ohhhh, aren’t they so PRECIOUS!!!!!! I love that top picture of Clover with that defensive look of “what!!!”!
    The babies are soooo cute – Nutmeg in the Milker machine…and my COCO!!!!!!!! Sweetest pup EVER!!!! :mrgreen: I LOVE all the farm critters!!!! :bananadance: :sheepjump: :mrgreen: I just wish I could reach through and HUG THEM!!!!

  18. Donna says:

    P.S. – oh, I forgot…this morning I heard my husband say “look at that!” and I looked out trying to make out what was on the birdfeeder on our fence. I THOUGHT it was a fat Dove and heard DH say “he’s going to break it”…it turned out to be “Rocky” – a squirrel…walking around the bottom tray of the birdfeeder, eating the seed and then eating out of the holes above. It was so funny!!! I remembered the squirrels that would get in my parents feeder. I had to knock on the window twice, to get him to leave for good. LOL He has nuts buried in our yard, front and back. :mrgreen:

  19. jane says:

    Suzette is right – there is nothing that cookies cant improve, change and make alright again. cookies can save the day!!! Well maybe Coco can save the day too and uh pie on the pie porch too!!!! so have yourself some pie – and it will be alright!!!

  20. annie d. says:

    Who has trained who? Or is it whom? Those crazy kids! Coco needs to be a better nanny. I love their little hooves. Look as if they are standing on tip-toes.

  21. Sarah S says:

    I think they were getting out just to get cookies

    Get out get a cookie, Get out get a cookie,
    They are smarter than you think! Very cute too 🙂 :heart:

  22. Doris Rose MacBean says:

    LOL, I just LOVE stories tell, us more Aunt Suzanne>

  23. hawkswench says:

    First; Thanks for all the congrats people.
    Second; Coco!!! I love seeing her pictures.
    Maybe Nutmeg will be easier to milk then Clover (keeping fingers crossed)

  24. Karen B says:

    :hug: You need some more animal icons to match your babies!

  25. catslady says:

    With your photos and narration and captions you could publish hundreds of children’s books – honest. Who could resist those babies of yours – all of them!

  26. sunnid755 says:

    Aren’t the goats and Coco just the cutest things? How’s the horn nubs on Honey doing? Looks like they are still there. Thanks for bringing a smile and sharing. :rotfl:

  27. Brandy says:

    You’re making me hungry with all this talk of cookies! *G* Maybe Clover will have a talk with them?

  28. Estella says:

    The babies are so cute. Coco, too.

  29. MMHONEY says:


  30. hawkswench says:

    Hey Suzanne have you seen this on

    I wonder if this would work on Clovers and the kids hooves?

  31. SuzieQ says:

    I’ll do almost anything for cookies, too!

  32. Jodie says:

    Cookies! cookies! we want :hungry: catmeow: :purr: :woof:

  33. Bonny says:

    That is too funny. They got out again! Glad you found the gap.

  34. Patty says:

    I love seeing pics of the goats! I remember having to go round up goats at my mother in laws when I was first married. They weren’t really tame like yours are though. That was an adventure. Coco’s gotten so big! She doesn’t have that puppy face anymore, but she’s still so cute. :heart: Good luck with the kids not getting out again. I hope you don’t have climbing logs near the fence, they can jump over it and then not be able to get back in.

  35. Jean S says:

    I love the pictures and how you tell the story is great. I look forward to reading your blog daily. I want to come live with you….

  36. Beckynsc says:

    Never a dull moment, with kids of any kind around!
    Congratulations, Grand Marshall!!!
    Can you bring Clover along? Or better yet, how about Spartacus?

  37. sunnid755 says:

    The baby goats are so cute and already getting into trouble! My neighbors goats got in my back yard and played on top of the picnic table and with the metal lawn chairs until we got them back home. They are a joy to watch when they are playing.

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