In addition to all of the Easter festivities over the weekend, my four-year old was invited to a birthday party on Saturday.
We live in a tiny town, not too far outside of Kansas City, on the Kansas-side of the state line. There is a working farm (The Zimmerman Kill Creek Farm) on the outskirts of town that has a beautifully restored barn. They are host to several events throughout the year (Fall Festival, the DeSoto Blues and BBQ competition, and other Chamber events). You can also rent out the barn for private parties as Lucia's grandparents and parents did for her 5th birthday. (Five is such a special birthday, don't you agree?!)
The weather was absolutely spectacular; low 60s, lots of sunshine, and thin white clouds streaming across the afternoon sky. Little girls were running around everywhere, exploring the barn and loft, and interacting with chickens, goats, and cows. As parents were encouraged to stay for the party, I was in a bit of a bind. My husband was on-duty and I had no babysitter for two-year old brother. Lucia's grandparents were so gracious and encouraged me to bring Benjamin to the party. He was in absolute heaven. Can you say dirty little boy?!!!
Since I have so many pictures from the party I thought that I would do two posts. This first post is mainly pictures of the party goers. Tomorrow's post will be more of the structures and livestock that the kids were introduced to. Enjoy.
Of course the teacher-mommy in me couldn't help but purchase "thematic" books for a "farm-themed" birthday party. While there were lots to choose from, I decided to go vintage with classic Little Golden Books. Mary picked out the Breyer Mini-Whinnies.
Checkin' out the chickens.
Mary descending from the loft.
Playing "Pin the Tale on the Donkey".
Shots of the egg-on-spoon race. It was hilarious to watch all these little four and five-year old girls running with eggs on spoons. Needless to say, although Ben insisted on participating and giving it his best shot, he wasn't able to take one step without losing his egg!
Mary doing her best to make contact with the pinata. It was painful to watch! Look how far back all of the other little girls are standing!!!
No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep Ben out of the farm fields. Luckily they were only plowed and not seeded!