Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Tree Farm Fieldtrip

Jonah's first field trip was today. Did you read that? My BABY boy is going on field trips with school now. Goodness...these days are flying by. I'm so grateful to be able to do things like this with him. His teacher asked me if I would come to specifically get pictures of all the kids in his class for a special project they are doing. I was also under orders from McKenzie's mom to get pictures of her since she has been banned from attending any more field trips. :-) She rode with us so I was able to get a few pictures of them together as we arrived. Her class color is red so she looked a little more like she was in the Christmas spirit than Jonah's class. Nothing like bright orange to get you all hyped up for Christmas! :-)
The 3's & 4's from Jonah's school were all on this trip and each class wore different colors. While I wished that Jonah could have worn his cute Christmas shirt, the colored shirts were much more effective for something like this. AND, as a mom who also chaperoned, I appreciated knowing which kids were in my care. I just never imagined Jonah's first time at a Christmas tree farm would be in an orange shirt that was too big! HA!
He was quite the ladies man today. I enjoyed sitting back and watching him interact with all of his friends. He was continually drawn to the girls. And, those girls chased him like crazy. He never quite let them catch him though.
This tree farm included a hayride, a petting zoo, a maze, a cookout, a haystack and the chance to cut down a tree. Only one of those things remotely remind me of Christmas. I guess that is what happens when you visit a tree farm in 80 degree weather in the middle of Florida. Even though it was the Norman Rockwell tree farm I envisioned, it was a fabulous day full of fun and giggles.

The hayride stopped long enough for a man to explain to us how they grow the trees, save the trees and trim the trees. It was very interesting actually. I'm not sure how much the 3 year olds understood but they at least looked interested. (notice Jonah's face in the 2nd picture!)

He actually spent the entire tree lecture dropping hay off the side of the hayride. He thought that was way more interesting than learning about trees. Uncle Clare would be so disappointed!

Okay, so I am wondering...which of the kids in orange look like they are used to posing for pictures? I have about 8 group pictures and Jonah is standing and smiling (fake as it may be) just like that in all of them. He gets an A for effort.

Jonah was MOST impressed with the man cutting down the tree for them. He is used to fake trees so this whole real tree business is quite intriguing to him. He told the man he could help him saw.

Before going in to play in the hay, Jonah lived it up with the ladies on the sleigh. It was very smart of him to do this BEFORE he pet all of the animals. I'm not sure animal smell is all that enticing to the girls. After the sleigh picture, he headed in to go crazy in the hay with his friends. I'm pretty sure his teacher had the most fun with this. She played hard with those kids. No wonder she has been there for 25 years...she ROCKS!

The cookout lunch was a hotdog. My little guy gobbled that thing up before most kids has taken a bite. He was either starving or just afraid someone else would eat his.

In case you are wondering, that look came from him when he said "Mommy, you aren't supposed to take pictures when little boys are eating their hotdogs." Oh, okay...I was unaware of that rule. First time mom here, cut me some slack!

We ended our time there with a few pictures of Jonah and McKenzie in front of one of the trees. It did not take us 3 minutes to be ASLEEP after we got home. It wore us both out. FUN, but tiring!

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