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Friday, October 7, 2011

Farm Tour 2011 - Part 2

Every fall our county hosts a Farm Tour.  You drive from farm to farm checking out what it is they do there.  This year's tour consisted of four farms.  I already showed you some photos of our fun from the first two farms (if you missed that post, click here) ... now I will finish out our fun day.  The last two farms we visited were right next to each other.  At the third farm ...

we got to see some beautiful horses ...
horse

and pet a cow or two ...
Alex with cow
(The kids remember that these are my favorite cows.  I just love the coloring and their big brown eyes.  :) )

we observed a few cows that were too afraid to come to us ...
Watching cows

and took a break on a few bales of straw.
Alex on straw

And we got interviewed by a reporter from our local paper!
Reporter

Here's what he wrote ...
At the farm, where more than 900 acres is used to raise grain, milk cows and horses, the Vensel family took a break to enjoy -- what else? -- some cartons of milk and other snacks.
Kimberly Vensel brought her three children: Keira, 13, Nick, 8, and Alex, 5.
"This is our tenth or 11th year.  The kids love it and we always have fun," she said.
In years past, the family has enjoyed hayrides and seeing different animals.  In 2011, Nick Vensel said, the biggest thrills were "petting the animals and buying pumpkins. The only pet we really have is a dog."

Now before I move on to more pictures, I need to explain the quote by Nick.  Ed, the reporter, promised Nick that he'd feature him because Nick has never been in the newspaper while Keira and Alex both have.  Keira had her picture appear in the newspaper on the very first farm tour we went on.  She was 3 at the time.  And Alex had his picture in the paper in April 2010  when his preschool hosted the Canine Ambassadors.

Nick didn't believe that Ed was a real reporter because he didn't have a camera.  (Hmmm, wonder where he gets his ideas from.)  Ed explained that he wrote the stories while another man, the photographer, took the pictures.  I still don't think Nick believed him until his name was actually in the paper.  :)

Okay, moving on to the next farm, which was right next door, we saw lots of chickens ...
chickens

we had a melt down in the corn maze ...
Melt down

we also had some fun in the corn maze ...
corn maze

corn maze
I love the way Alex is swinging his arms in this picture.  It cracks me up!


we saw pretty grass ...
grass


and, of course, lots of pumpkins ...
pumpkins
We saw honey production in an observation bee hive (no pictures though) ...


and we finished out our day by trying to catch a praying mantis.
praying mantis
The kids decided it would be better to just photograph it since it didn't want to be caught.  :)


So that was our fun!  We're already looking forward to next year's farm tour!
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9 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

I want to hang out on the farm - love the last shot.

Kristin said...

Great bug shot. Love the pumpkins. The chickens are awesome. Wow, what fun and what great photo opportunities.

Melissa said...

Amazed by your photos, Kim! :)

I love the reporter stuff. :)

Sarah said...

How fun. Gorgeous shots!! Looks like a great day.

Andrea said...

nice day of fun that captured in your photos

Gretchen said...

Wonderful shots of a lovely day... especially love that you captured Alex having a mini-meltdown. (I like knowing that other mom's go through them too... hehe!) We have a farm tour next week... it'll be my first, but we have been going to farms for several years, just always miss the farm tour!! =P

Misty said...

Kim, you have grown leaps and bounds in your photography. Absolutely amazing images. Love the story about Nick and the reporter. Too cute.

Jen said...

Amazing shots!

Teachinfourth said...

A corn maze without the predetermined pathways...