Monday, October 31, 2011

Say Cheese!

This weekend we met our friends, The Julius's, at Fair Oaks Farms, about halfway between Chicago and Indy. They were returning from their Fall Break, and well, while it was no longer our fall break, we were just looking for an excuse for good cheese. And the World's Best Grilled Cheese sandwich. But first, I finished the boys' other set of costumes.

I made Christopher a Cat in the Hat sweatshirt, and we found a Hat amongst our things, I think we got it from Uncle Karl. I think he was more interested in Sam I Am's Green Eggs and Ham than Sam was.

I had the lofty goal of making Sam a hat. The one we found was big for his head. He had trouble balancing it. It would stay, but then he'd move his head one way or the other and down it would fall.

And have you ever noticed how hard it is to make a 2 1/2 year old pose for a picture?! Hard. Sam I Am did not want to pose for me at all. As it was, this shot was right before he flopped on the ground.

Well, better to go and feed them Cheese. Fair Oaks Farms makes some really good cheese. That selection is like heaven for Eric.

For us, it's the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, though!

My boys thought it was a Dairy Good day to go to the farm.

We met our friends the Julius family at the entrance, and the big kids started playing jump off a rock, while everyone took their turns powdering noses.

These two younger ones were having lots of laughs, "dumping" (jumping) off this cone.

And running wild.

We decided to get bracelets for the big kids, and just play outside. We bypassed the indoor play area and tour bus completely. But it's probably the last time we will be up there while the little ones are 2 and free. Not much longer.

There was plenty of park for them to play on. They all had fun playing on the playground equipment. Sure, it's a little strange to drive an hour and a half to slide, but actually it was for Grilled Cheese, AND a slide!

And a Train. All 5 kids squeezed into this little train car. It had a bell, and the kids rang it all the way around the track. It was like a little clown car, small people just going in and in and in, and coming out and out and out.

There was also a little game called the Cow-abunga. It was bungee jumping for sweetboys. Chris had a great time jumping. Emily managed to do a backward flip. Chris was content to bounce on his bottom and knees, alternatively. So Much Fun to watch!

After that we sent the kids on the tank car ride. It was tanks, just big enough for a small child to ride in, attached to a tractor zipping around the parking lot. And the big kids had a great time. The little ones had to hold on for dear life.

The one in the middle is not ours.

The last playing for the kids were the boys and Emily taking turns riding on the tractors. They were so cute.

We had grilled cheese sandwiches when we first got there. I got a sweet swiss and Eric got a cheddar. After some play time we were all hungry again. We couldn't choose a cheese, so we ordered a sandwich with all three. It was so rich and cheesy, but with so much cheese, not all of it could be melted all the way through. Still mighty tasty with pepper havarti, sweet swiss, and cheddar. So Good.

Really?! It's the best grilled cheese sandwich, and I like mine Sweet Swiss. When I was pregnant, they brought me one, uncooked, and Eric cooked it up for me. And on my birthday I've been known to request a trip to this grilled cheese mecca. Oh yeah, it's that good. Exhausting trip though. Probably why we don't do it more than once a year or so.

It really was a "Dairy Good Day!"