Thursday, October 28, 2010

One of the First "Lasts"

It wasn't until I started thinking about blogging about our trip to Elm Knoll this year that I realized it was the last time I would go there with my kids' preschool. All four of the kids have gone to the same preschool and it's been a run of 9 consecutive years (if I've counted correctly!)...starting with Jack in 2002. There were even years when Jack and Ben were both attending and I was driving there every day.

The annual pumpkin picking field trip has been at Elm Knoll every year....with the exception of last year when they had closed for the year. I think there may have been another year when we never made it on any trip because of bad weather. And this year, Elm Knoll had changed physical locations. But it still felt and looked the same.

It was a cool but gorgeous day for a field trip. Chica was bundled up in a double layer of fleece.

The trips always begin with the morning song.

We were the only group there so we got the first hay ride to the field! Chica left me in the dust in line and chose a seat in the back next to her friend.

I was happy that the cows made the trip to the new location. A herd of them come running when they see the tractor pulling the kids. The kids are given ears of corn to hand feed them. The cows were sure hungry that morning! Chica was a little timid at first and it was a bit of a tease to the salivating cow!

Those that have been on prior trips know that there tends to be an explosion of dogs. It got to be a little out of control in our last couple years at the old location...the dogs were everywhere, including on our picnic tables. But the owner only brought over one sweet dog to the new location....Rosie. Big shocker that Chica was all over her. Rosie came on our hay ride with us.

The pumpkin selection was great, although it takes my girl some time to pick the perfect pumpkin. She ended up with one that was both green and orange.

A view of a pumpkin patch from our hayride.

There were donkeys and goats to feed!

And a great big hay pile with a great slide that the kids enjoyed.

And there were opportunities for silly pictures...

And there were munchkins and juice and a big huge box or corn...

And one thing I will always remember about the Elm Knoll trips is that you get to know the other parents and build relationships. This year we had moms, dads and grandmas and it was such a nice mix of people.

It was the perfect way to end the run of field trips to Elm Knoll. I'm surprisingly more sad than I thought I would be. I am the type of person who always is excited about the next steps for my kids. But admittedly, I am starting to feel the end of an era....and end of innocence....and the end of many memorable preschool years. It's going to take me all year to prepare for that graduation!!


cggrlogan said...

Did you make her hat? It's so cute! An end of an era, for sure, but a beginning as well.


michelled said...

I did not make her hat. A very dear friend did!