A year is a long time. Sure it feels like it goes by quickly, but for Lisa, a year is over half her life to this date. Sometimes we worry that for her a year of travel with only her parents as company must feel like an eternity. That’s why we’re always thrilled when she gets a chance to meet some other children.




We have found that Instagram is a great way to get in touch with other families who are exploring the world with their kids. Back in Rome she had a wonderful bike ride with the children from @babycantravel. But this month Lisa got to spend three whole days playing with Marlow, @the_littleglobetrotter. His family was kind enough to host us for a few nights as we started our stay in the United Kingdom.

The highlight of her stay was definitely our visit to the Mini Meadows Farm, where the kids got to play together and meet some furry friends. I know I’ve said this before, but we often worry that Lisa won’t know how to interact with other children. Of course, she always surprises us. Seeing the two of them holding hands and even having a conversation (of sorts) was almost enough to bring tears to our eyes. We’re traveling because we want to show her the world, but we also want her to have the things that make all children happy, like friends.

Even though they were only together for a few days, we felt like we could see Lisa’s personality opening up before our eyes. She learned how to join the word “hi” with a subject (“hi, Marlow), and she even learned to say sorry when they had an argument over a toy. And Marlow got to show off his manliness as he helped Lisa get around on her scooter, and later came to tearing Lisa’s rescue when a baby goat tried to steal Lisa’s bucket of animal food. He chased it away yelling “naughty goat!”

Petting farms are fun to visit with kids, and we are glad we added this mini trip in our journey, not to mention meeting new friends — head over to Instagram to follow little Marlow on his adventure around the world.

One of the residents of the Mine Meadows Farm in the U.K.

Lisa learned to treat real rabbits with care. Lisa learned to treat real rabbits with care.

An English Rabbit getting ready to enjoy some food.

She is addicted to chickens, calls them ChiChi She is addicted to chickens, calls them ChiChi

Our families met up while we were traveling in England and we enjoyed a playdate at the Mini Meadows Farm.

The Mini Meadows Farm was the perfect place for our families to enjoy a playdate as a break from travel.

Our two traveling toddlers had a blast on the farm.




From this day on, this is how she thinks animals eat. She feeds her stuffed animals the same way ... sometimes even Mama and Dada. From this day on, this is how she thinks animals eat. She feeds her stuffed animals the same way … sometimes even Mama and Dada.

A pony on Mini Meadows farm. It didn't get along very well with some of the sheep.

The children loved feeding the animals at Mini Meadows Farm during our trip to England.

Mini Meadows Farm was home to lots of animals. It's not a huge family travel destination... but it should be!

Two goats eat from our baby's cup at Mini Meadow's Farm.

Our toddler feeding to hungry goats during our travel in England.

The best part of Mini Meadows Farm was feeding the animals. Lisa Loved it!

The petting zoo was the perfect place for two traveling toddlers to hit it off!




Children find the best ways to travel!

A journey across Mini Meadows Farm is interrupted by a wandering goat.

Lisa wasn't sure how she felt about her interaction with this baby goat.

Together, Lisa and Marlow travel the world in style! Together, Lisa and Marlow travel the world in style!

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