Our playgroup visited Johansen Farms' pumpkin farm in Bolingbrook this week, and the kids (and the parents) had a blast! The farm has a great picture area, so we decided to dress the kids up in their costumes as a dry run for Halloween. After we got the kids suited up, we headed in to eat cider donuts (YUM!!!!!) and other snacks.
Sonia seemed to really like her lady bug costume (or, at least, she didn't mind it). It is a sleeveless, legless, poofy hooded outfit that Sonia put over a black long-sleeved shirt and black tights. It looks pretty comfy to me, actually!
We re-grouped in the photo area and attempted to herd cats (um, I mean get a bunch of toddlers to pose nicely). In this first picture, it looks like Sosi is saying "C'mon, you ornery kids-- sit still!". That could not be farther from the truth-- I think Sonia was the LEAST cooperative of all the kids.... She was having way too much fun running around checking out the hay bales and other decorations.
Even though we had about 8 cameras going and every mom was cajoling her child to smile prettily, these are pretty typical pictures that we were able to get:
(Note Sonia wandering away and looking everywhere BUT the camera. The other kids were posing fairly well, actually....)
Sosini noticed that Sami the Zebra was feeling a bit out of sorts that morning, so she gave her a bunch of hugs and kisses (while Sara the Duck looked on).
After we gave up on getting the perfect picture, we headed to the pumpkins. Even though they're not smiling in this picture, I think Sara and Sosi look like they're having a great time!
Uh-oh.... Sonia's sinking in pumpkin quicksand!
Phwew-- the ladybug escaped!
After we were done admiring the pumpkins, we took the kids to the petting zoo. I fed some corn to a couple of hungry sheep, and Sosini got a bit freaked out.
Sonia was very skeptical of the baby chicks-- when I held one out to her, she refused to pet it. Ohhhhhh, Sonia....
After lunch, it was time for the kids to head home for naps. I hope we get to stay longer next year, because that place is so cool!