The Great Pig Standoff Of 2010

Katie built a little farm in the front yard tonight.

She found sticks and wooden stakes and measured off four squares and then put her little farm animals in each square.

She even made a mud hole for the pigs.

Well, she wanted Hannah to play with her, but there was just one problem.  Hannah wanted to have one of the pigs.

Now, I’m not sure why the pigs were so important to Katie, but she offered to let Hannah have all the horses or the chicks.  But Nanner wanted a pig.

So, Nanner pouted.  With nothing to comfort her except for her gardening gloves.

And Katie played alone.

I asked Katie if she wouldn’t rather let Nanner have one pig so that she could have someone to play with rather than having to play by herself.  But she wanted both pigs.  And normally I would make her share a pig with Nanner, but I knew that given time, she would feel guilty for being a pig hog.

Meanwhile, Nanner is inching closer to the farm, still pouting, mind you, but definitely not playing with the farm, just scooting closer a few inches at a time.

This went on for a good 10 minutes.

Nanner pouting.

And Katie playing alone.

Finally the bargaining started and there was a very deep conversation about farm animals and a lot of “if you let me have this, then you can have this”.

And Katie figured out that it’s more fun to play with a friend and released a pig to Nanner.

And all was right with the world once again down on the farm.


8 thoughts on “The Great Pig Standoff Of 2010

  1. Christy August 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm Reply

    The Great Pig Standoff confirms it…your girls need a real farm! :). BTW…those animals look real..other than being so small! Your girls are adorable!

  2. Jen August 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm Reply

    You are a good Mama to let them work it out themselves.

  3. mel August 22, 2010 at 2:50 am Reply

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOo my fave Schleich animals! though i do prefer the horses myself.

    I agree with Christy the girls are adorable!
    the green boogie bot

    • klutzymama August 22, 2010 at 10:28 am Reply

      Yes well, GBB (that’s my new nickname for you) 🙂 , those little animals ought to look just like the real thing for as much money as they cost! When I first bought some of them for Katie, I was shocked that little plastic animals could cost so much!

  4. mel August 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply

    LOL yes well that is the price of quality! I have looked and compared those with the cheapie ones and, well hey the bulls are anatomically correct…
    Our store sells them and can barely keep them on the shelf!
    and GBB suits me fine!
    the green boogie bot

  5. Becky August 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Just goes to show that left alone, the kids will work things out themself.
    I love watching it happen.
    More parents should do the same, instead of getting all bent out of shape because of a child’s disagreement.
    I love Katie’s farm!

  6. MIL August 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm Reply

    too cute, never saw farm animals like that. It was very creative of Katie to make. I am proud that she decided too share with Nanner. Too cute. Hugs and Kisses to all.

  7. Flower Patch Farmgirl August 26, 2010 at 1:01 am Reply

    Kiddo pretend play is one of the happiest things I know!

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