Today was the kindergarten’s annual field trip to the Pumpkin Patch! I was looking forward to going with Reese, and Reese…..well, she was just giddy with excitement.
No day at our house would be complete without a little bit of excitement….so of course, someone HAD to get sick. On Tuesday night at 8:00, all of the kids were running around Noodle’s girl scout meeting, eating cupcakes and playing chase. At 8:45, I was getting the kids ready for bed and noticed Taco laying on the couch downstairs huddled under a blanket. Long story short….he said that he was freeeeeezing and that his throat hurt. A quick check in his throat and there was no doubt but that he had strep. We have lots of experience with major throat infections. Every 2 years Kiwi has so many of them that the doctors threaten to take out her tonsils, but she always stops one infection shy of having it done. Taco seems to be following her. This is his second case of strep in a month.
So I had to make the choice between getting Taco to the doctor right away and cancelling the trip, or leaving him home for the day (with Peanut Butter working on his laptop, of course) and spending the day at the farm. I chose the latter. I figured that a few hours wouldn’t make a huge difference in his health, and plus PB was willing to stay with him.
The weather has suddenly turned frigid, but it was a gorgeous day to be at a farm (just with a bitterly cold wind!). This is the view we found when we stepped off the bus:
Our guide took us around to all of the farm animals. Betcha didn’t know that chickens like pumpkins, too!
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these cute animals (oh, wait, this is my group! I really just loved the sign–Please be kind to the animals)
After the animals, we were off to the pumpkin patch via the hay ride. We sat in the very front. It was a bumpy and breezy-from-the-bottom ride!
Reese found this pumpkin immediately and fell in love. I tried to convince her that it was a little too heavy. I really didn’t want to have to carry that in my backpack! She wouldn’t be swayed….until 5 minutes had gone by and she was tired of holding it. She picked a small pumpkin and was happy as a clam.
Reese’s partner today was the cutest little girl, full of the sweetest smiles! I caught her peeking at me around this painted sign.
Heading towards the barn, we spied something dark and spooky in the air…..
Did I trick you?! It was just a friendly witch-on-a-stick on top of the hen house. (I photoshopped her stick out. Sneaky me!)
Finally, we settled inside the barn for lunch. At least we had a break from the wind. I loved the beautiful barn cat who watched us eat. The kids went wild when they saw her.
On the way back to school, Reese crashed almost immediately. She was so cute leaning on her friend’s shoulder. The other little girl was very sweet about it. I even caught her stroking Reese’s hair. :)
After we were back and the kids settled, I picked Apple up and then took both boys to the doctor (Apple slept through the entire visit–from the car, up the elevator, through the doctor’s check, and back in the car). After everyone was picked up, medicine was bought, etc. I had been running around from 9 am to 5:15 pm. TIRED! Taco is now on Amoxicillan and still feeling absolutely miserable. I’m sad that I’ll be missing my midWeek meeting that I was supposed to lead (a discussion on freezer meals) but I am actually looking forward to a day spent completely at home.
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