The first stop was inside the barn where the kids quietly (yes they were actually quiet for almost 10 minutes) learned about farms.
We also got to learn how cows were milked way back when and how they do it today.
Next we went on a hayride and saw the Christmas Trees that people cut at Christmas time. We even learned that right underneath us was a tunnel for trains that was built 100 years ago and was still being used today. You never know what's right below your feet.
After our hayride, Farmer Jim (I think that's his name) showed us how the equipment is used. This was my favorite part. I've always thought I was meant to live in the 1800's on a farm. So it was fun to imagine for a bit what it would be like. I loved my farm days in Switzerland and part of me still dreams of living on a farm. The reality-I like to play too much to be a farmer. So I'll keep dreaming and then be glad that I don't actually have to do much work. The kids got to help Farmer Jim plow a row to plant pumpkins and then they planted their own pumpkin seeds. And by the way, the girl in the pink jacket is Connor's favorite girl in the class. I guess we'll be heading back to Plumper Pumpkin Patch in the fall to see if there are pumpkins there. Even Farmer Jim admitted they were working the farm business by encouraging the kids to come back in the fall. Hey, whatever works!
myself, these were my two favorites. The goat bravely standing guard over the entrance to the animals. You never know what crazy things those 7 year olds might attempt. And then this sheep. It made me chuckle.
After lunch it was my turn to watch these animals. Looks like a bunch of happy 1st graders playing on a playground. WRONG!! There might be a few happy kids there but mostly it's a bunch of angry kids making sure that justice is served. I suppose that's what happens when you try to cram 70 kids onto a small playground. I watched the kids on the swings first. Let me assure you, not one of the 10 children attempting to use the 4 swings was having any fun. They would swing while another child counted as quickly as they could to 25 and then would get off and start counting even quicker for the next person to get off. I was sure someone was going to get punched but it didn't get that bad. I thought maybe the kids on the tires were having a bit more fun. A few of them were, but the majority of them were yelling at the others to hurry it along and if anyone cut they would hear about it. I didn't know these little kids could be so mean! I was glad they all survived the 15 minutes of yelling/playing and was amazed that in a matter of just a few minutes, Connor's teacher had her class all lined up for a cute class pictures. Nice to know that they can get order when they need to.
And here we are on the bus ride home. One of Connor's calmer moments. I think he resumed pestering his friends across the aisle as soon as the picture was taken. The whole thing was quite an adventure. It was fun to see Connor's world. I loved that he wanted me to be there. And of course, I loved hanging out on the farm. It was the perfect day for it. Even though it was all a bit crazy I was glad to go. Thanks for the fun day Connor!