Yesterday was MiniM.E.'s field trip to Ellm's Farm with school. Just like last year, it was a cold, rainy day. As we were driving separately (this year no one rode the bus), MiniM.E. informed me that she didn't want to go to Ellm's with school. Even though it is one of her favorite places. We arrived in the cold drizzle of the morning and between trying to get two kids' winter attire on, wrap the baby and remember important things from the car like the probably necessary snacks, drinks, and dry gloves we were the second to last family to arrive. Not my usual pecking order. But no matter.
MiniM.E.'s teacher did a great job getting the kids excited to be there despite the weather and as the drizzle subsided and it warmed up a little, we all had some good soggy fun. We picked pumpkins from the pumpkin patch:
Rode on the hayride, pulled by a tractor with GIANT wheels:
Saw some animals:
And did the corn maze and the zip line. It was a pretty short field trip, but we stayed after for a while to do the jumping pillow and the zip line a few more times. We even met up with a friend on a field trip from her school! It was all going well until MiniM.E. slid off the jumping pillow because her socks were wet and hurt herself, claiming she couldn't even walk anymore. As much as I would have liked to carry her, my smartly chosen bag that fit a water bottle, snack and extra diaper left me carrying three jackets, two hats, five sets of mittens, and two pumpkins (one that was the biggest in the patch!). Definitely no room for a 35lb. 4 year old. The injury turned out to be less intense than I thought when MiniM.E. insisted she was okay for a few more times on the zip line and she was also able to make it back to the car (not without whining and dragging and clawing and hanging the whole way there). I didn't think it would ever happen, but I think I am just about ready to be done with Ellms for the season!