Today was the very first field trip for the quads and I got to go WITH them!
After the last two weeks when I woke up at 6:00 and prepared to do the school runs in Quadville, I look at the clock with the understanding of just what is going on over there at that time. This morning Amber and I texted each other early on and all systems were go! Lunches and coolers were packs, kids up and dressed and they were just about to troop out through the kitchen to the garage and board the Quadmobile for the drive over here to pick me up and then we would head to the Pumpkin Patch and Petting Farm. It was the best of plans!
Alas, Harrison slipped in the kitchen, splitting his chin!
Kailey had done the same thing just a few months ago so Amber had to decide if it was bad enough to take him to the ER or should she simply band aid it?
After mush consultation, she picked me up and then stopped for some skin glue and butterfly bandages to keep the split closed. Poor Harrison! He has sure been skinned up lately!
Onward!!! Better late than never so we were on our way!!
The parking was a good ways from the farm but we trudged on - with Amber carrying most of the stuff!
We arrived at the Farm just in time for the class hay ride!
A quick pic before the tractor arrived back to unload!
We all tried our hand at milking the cow.
We chased chickens and turkeys!
All the animals were pretty and healthy!
We saw pig races and baby goats, miniature horses and donkeys....
goats, cows and all manner of farm critters!
Did I mention it was 90 degrees? IN the sun??
Lunch was in this sheltered pavilion and at the end, we had it all to ourselves.
As soon as we walked over there, laden with the pumpkins - one for each of us - AND the cooler AND the lunch bag - the kids ran into the clearing and with one mind and in one accord started carrying this long branch around. They would walk it in one direction, stop and count to 3 and then say, "DROP!" Then they would pick it up again and go off in a different direction to do the same thing. They are so good at entertaining themselves.
Lunch over, we had promised the kids they could play on the playground at the entrance - which was really part of Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. The playground had been in the shade with a nice breeze blowing across it from the lake.....at least when we arrived that morning!
Another accident just as we had picked up and were walking away from the picnic tables.
This time it was Kailey!
She tripped on a concrete pad by the water fountain - while holding her pumpkin.
She felt flat out and what was worse - she fell right on the big pumpkin stem - which was right where her incision was from her open heart surgery.
My poor sweet daughter!! Amber was just about done in at this point but she continued to rally on - once she was assured Kailey was going to be okay.
However, after walking through the clearing to the playground, we took one look and changed our plans then and there.
#1 - it was totally in the hot sun!! No shade anywhere!
#2 - it was SWARMING and I mean literally SWARMING with kids!!!
Not wanting to risk yet another injury, Amber corraled them all back in the Quadmobile, assuring them we would go to another park! Somewhere shady and quiet.
The kids napped on our way - even through the stop for tea at a QT.
Amber is a tower of strength and endurance!
She is in it for the long haul.
Me? I am a bit less so!
See those knees propped up here? That would be mine!
I was whipped!
I rested on the bench and looked up at the trees above me.
It would be so nice to have a few days of sweater weather before Christmas!
I detected a few leaves tinged with gold......
and I think there is a 'cold' front on the way tonight.
Which may or may not mean one single thing!
Our Kailey Girl was back to her sunny self and the day ended well!
Amber dropped me off at home and she continued on to Quadville.
I came in, changed into loose comfy clothes, drank a huge glass of iced water and went to bed!
As in lights out, room dark, A/C on and under the covers kind of bed!
I seriously thought of just staying there and I would have except for Louis Dean.
So I got up and we spent some time together.
What did Amber have planned for when she got home?
Let's see.....showers for everyone, lunches prepped for school, dinner for tonight, laundry, and more items on her to do list than you could shake a stick at!
My goodness gracious sakes alive!!!
It is a TON of work to have fun!!
However, she AND I would do it again in a heartbeat.
And once again, I am reminded of what an amazing daughter I have and am committed to praying for her every single day.