The first thing we did was the Rooster Rustle, where the kids were tasked with trying to herd chickens into little houses. The chickens were obviously used to this, but it was really fun to watch the kids chase them all over.
After the hens were all safely in their houses, the farmers let them out again so the kids could pet them. Brian and I each caught a chicken; I was surprised by how light they felt, and how easy it was to catch and hold them. They were obviously nice docile chickens.
Nathaniel got to pat a chicken, too:
We went to the inside slide three separate times, because the kids loved it so much.
The friendly barn cat was extremely interested in Nathaniel; she wanted to sit on his lap! He reached out his hand a few times to pat her, or more likely, pull her fur; either way, he was fascinated by the cat.
They had lots of fun in the corn crib! My girls remembered pouring corn on Noah's head last fall (which he had enjoyed, I believe), but he was insistent that he didn't want corn poured on his head this time (can't imagine why not!) So they got busy pouring corn into funnels and pitchers. They pretended the corn was lemonade, and they offered us lemonade soup, lemonade tea, and lemonade salad. Yum.
The hamster wheels were a lot of fun! They would get going really well, then one kid would fall over, then they'd all fall over and one kid would fall out.
Megan wanted to push Uncle Brian along, and he was a good sport!
We got to see a few baby animals - the girls all loved the baby rabbits!
Megan especially loved feeding the goats:
I got a photo of the girls in the American Gothic cutout, because I thought we might see the painting if we go to the Art Institute this summer, and it would be fun for them to look back at it. This time, their serious faces make sense!
I made the girls wear pants to the farm, and while they complained about having to put them on, they admitted that pants were easy to move around in, and they liked the pants more than they expected to. But I had a hard time keeping track of Amelia on the farm, because I kept looking for a girl in a dress! It's been a long time since she wore real pants, and I think she looks so cute in her jeans! Megan has worn pants more recently, so it wasn't as much of a shock to me.