Sunday, March 13, 2011

Field Trip to LMR

On Friday, Lone Mountain Ranch had their very first group of kids come out for a field trip. Logan's preschool, Cibola House, came out - roughly 11 kids and 10 adults.

Having snack before setting off to tour the ranch.

After snack and bathroom breaks, we headed to the shop, working facility, jail, observatory, and since the kids requested to see horses, JP had locked them all up.  Boy were they putting on a show for the kids.  AHAB (our horse) was sticking his head out anywhere he could to smell the kids and get them to pet him.  Some kids ran along the fence line and the horses would "chase" them.  Separately, sat Rocket waiting for Logan...

Logan leading Rocket for his class to see.  Look at that smile!!

We attached a trailer to one of the trucks and set small hay bails along the edges for everyone to sit.  Our little hayride around brought us to the haybarn where all the kids got to see our huge hay bails, and the tractor we use to load them onto the trucks (several of the kids are into heavy machinery equipment and requested to see the ranch's and know what they do.)  We pulled out grain and gave handfuls to each kid to see and feel.  After they haybarn, onto the calving barn.  Everyone was so excited to see all the baby calves (there were 12 calves born - some only a day old.)

Calving Barn

From the calving barn, down to the sale arena and up to the bulls (big daddy cows) as the kids call them.  We were going to go see the farm as well, but the irrigation guy was out there working that day and we didn't want to disturb him.

I was so excited to have all these kids out here!  I made these cupcakes to pass out at lunch time.

After lunch and another bathroom break, everyone just kind of hung around and talked (two kids left - Emma and a little Japanese boy who is actually starting in May but came on the field trip.)  I was standing in my yard talking to a few parents and watching.

All the kids were in my yard playing.  Logan, Thora, and Aryn were taking turns pulling each other in the wagon, Eric loved Logan's excavator and spent his time driving it around and digging, Maizy and Natalie  (twin sisters) were arguing over whose turn it was on Logan's blue horse.  Josiah, Eloise, and Ella were all in my garden area with shovels, rakes, buckets and a few of Logan's toy diggers and loaders moving dirt around and digging holes.  You can just imagine how tickled pink I was with all of this!!!

When parents tried gathering their kids up to leave, there was much, "I don't want to go" and some pouting.  One Dad tried the, "Fine, I'll leave you here and you can stay all of Spring Break."  His daughter said, "OKAY!!"  

We received an e-mail from Miss Allison and Miss Debbie (the teachers) saying thank you and the two kids they drove in were saying "bye" to every cow, horse, tree, and rock on the way out.  Josiah told his mom that, "the longer we drove on the hayride the bigger the ranch got until it was HUGE."

It was settled that as long as one of our kids are at the preschool, there will be a field trip to Lone Mountain Ranch.

**Note: I didn't get to take as many pictures since I was answering questions and such.  I know the teachers and a few of the parents were snapping away so if I can, I'll try to get some of their pictures and post those.

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