Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Field Trip to the Farm

A couple Tuesdays ago (10/19), Emerson went on her very first field trip.  Since at least one parent has to accompany their child during the trip, I got to go as well.  We met everyone at school and then caravaned to the Waller Family Farm for a great morning of farm education.

Farmer Mark greeted the entire preschool at the gate and gave us a quick education about the farm.  He informed us that the farm used to produce tobacco but now produces strawberries.

We saw chickens and learned the differences in chickens, hens, roosters, and chicks.  He taught us about the different colors eggs you see in the grocery store and how many eggs a hen lays a day; for those of you that don't know the answer, it's only one per day.  He even demonstrated to us that chickens CAN fly!!

After our chicken lesson we headed over to meet Betsy, the dairy cow.  I just love how big, sweet, and innocent cow eyes are.  Farmer Mark taught us a lot about Betsy and how she produces milk and Betsy was a good sport for standing there the entire time.  Farmer Mark even demonstrated the old-fashioned way of milking a cow and actually drank the milk.  He was also a trooper.  Betsy's friends looked on with a bit of jealousy that she was getting so much attention.

Farmer Mark also gave the kids a quick lesson on cotton and how it gets from the actual vine to all the shirts the kids had on.  He was so great about bringing everything back down to a level the kids (and parents!!) could understand!!

Waller Family Farm also houses dairy goats.  So Farmer Mark hopped in the pen with them and gave us a quick lesson while feeding them their favorite treat....Pumpkin!!  Who knew??  They went crazy for pumpkin.

The next stop was the pig pen and boy did it STINK!!!  I now know why they say pigs are filthy animals!!  But, these two pigs were super friendly and came over to greet all the kids with lots of Oinks!!!

After all our animal education it was time for the kids to pick out their pumpkins and take some group shots.  

The Frogs Class 2010

We had a great day on the farm.  Emerson and I both learned a lot about the animals and how a farm works. Not only was Mark great with the kids but he was also a great teacher to the adults.  I'm sure we will make a trip back during strawberry season and get some of Farmer Mark's yummy berries!!  We ended the day with a couple of shots near some hay bales....what a great fall field trip, can't wait to go back next year!!

Happy Halloween, Y'all!!!

Happy Halloween, Y'all !!!

The Devers hope you and yours have
 a happy and safe Halloween.

Halloween 2007
(3 months old)

Halloween 2008
(1 year, 3 months old)

Halloween 2009
(2 years, 3 months old)

Halloween 2010
(3 years, 3 months old)

The State Fair - 2010

Two Sundays ago (10/17), after our annul pumpkin patching adventure, we figured we would make a day of it with the Hermans and join them for our annual trip to the State Fair.  We decided a nap was in order for the girls, so we headed home for some quick quiet time and rest.  After our brief time at home, we hit the road again and headed towards the State Fair.  

As in years past, our first stop at the fair always seems to be the Merry-Go-Round.  Emerson loosened her grip this year and had the waving thing down.  She even got mad once when she went by and I wasn't taking her picture.  (And since I am a sucker for comparison shots...take a look at the collage I threw in of all three past years at the fair.)

After the Merry-Go-Round, we headed to the Dragon Wagon, this was Emerson's favorite ride from last year   (both trips to the fair), and I would have to say the Dragon Wagon won out again this year, HANDS DOWN!!! I think Emerson and Ivie rode it at least four times.  
 Once we peeled Ivie and Emerson away from the Dragon Wagon, it was off to find one more ride before dinner.  By this time, our friends, the Cherrys had joined us.  So we corralled all the kids and somehow convinced Dale to hop in a jalopy for a ride around Jalopy Junction with two toddlers and two preschoolers!!!  Ahh, the wonderful things Dale does, I think he is just vying for a political position.  I love the 3rd picture in this series of Dale with all the kids....this would be a politicians dream picture!!  And can't you see it, Mayor Dale Herman (ha)!!!

After the Jalopy fun, we headed to our favorite spot for dinner and everyone was able to get their own dinner and their own favorites.  I am not much for eating a ton at the fair, although it is all pretty tempting.  I remember when I was a little girl and I would go with my parents, my dad would eat everything.  I think Danny and Dale have taken his place, so I live vicariously through them and watch them eat all the fun things like Turkey Legs, corn dogs, fried anything, and so on, and so on.  I did, however, have my heart set on Fried Cookie Dough this year, but we couldn't find the I was a bit disappointed.  Oh well, at least Emerson was happy with her ice cream!!!

After dinner, ice cream and a quick jaunt through the livestock, we headed back to the kiddie ride section for, you guessed it, MORE RIDES!!  We tried a new ride this time called Up, Up, and Away.  Needless to say, the first run of the ride wasn't quite a success as Will decided halfway through the ride he didn't want any part of it, so he unbuckled his seat belt causing the attendant to quickly stop the ride and get him out.  Emerson and Ivie, however, had a blast and didn't even get off after their first round, we just handed the attendant tickets and they rode again.  

 This isn't the best picture, but I love how happy the girls look in this picture...worth sharing just to know, someday way in the future, how happy these trips made the girls!!!

We had to get at least one game in this year and crazy enough, Emerson went right for the same game as last year.  Fishing!!!  I know both of her great grandfathers (my grandfathers) were smiling down on her and so proud that she picked a fishing game.  I think it's time for Birdie to take her fishing.  Hopefully she will do better with the nail on the hook than I ever did!!

Danny and Emerson attempted the swings this year.  Emerson was ready to do them by herself but she wasn't tall enough, so Danny stepped in and went with her.  Hopefully next year, Emerson will be able to do them alone: I'm not sure Danny felt very comfortable on them.  

After hitting one more ride, the Fire Chief, and hitting up a vendor on the way out for a light up necklace, we ended our night at the fair.  We headed back to our car and then hit the road home.  After a very long day, and no nap, Emerson didn't even make it five minutes before she was out.  She was talking to Danny and I and then all-of-a-sudden stopped...SILENCE!!  I literally turned around to make sure she was okay.  Of course she was, she was just OUT.  It was a great (long) day with good friends, good food, and good times.  Can't wait to do it all again next year!!