Monday, November 4, 2019

Grandma & Me: "Fun At Kline Creek Farm

This month's "Grandma & Me" post is going to be a little different because the WHOLE FAMILY IS INCLUDED and not just me and the grand kids.  Back in October we met the kids and grand kids at Kline Creek Farm in Wheaton, Illinois.  It is a a period working farm designed to educate people about farm life in the 19th century.


It was an overcast day, with a bit of a drizzle in the air, but that didn't damper Alethea's spirits!  She was so excited to see us again and visit all the animals on the farm.



My favorite part of the visit to the farm was that we got to take a tour of this beautiful farmhouse.  Every hour on the hour a volunteer dressed in period costume comes out and rings this bell to let visitors know the house is open for tours.


The interior of the house is furnished with period pieces, both originals and reproductions.



The house had beautiful flower garden beds all around it.


The farm has many buildings, but this is the largest barn.  Inside the barn they show how hay and feed is stored.  There is also a livery underneath and stalls for the animals.








I love this picture so much because of the way Alethea is looking at her Grandpa Todd.  She absolutely adores him.  She thinks he is so funny.  When I was with her last week she said to me "I love Grandpa Todd so much!"  It just melted my heart.  It's so important that our children and grandchildren to have great role models.


I suppose I had better get into the fashion side of this post as my "Grandma & Me" posts are about "What We Wore" too.  Well, since it was fall,  the kids and I and Ashley and Jason all dressed up in coordinating fall colors.  Ashley wanted fall family portraits taken and I wanted pictures for a "Grandma & Me" post, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone and do it on the same day.

For Alethea's outfit, she kept with the farm theme and wore an overall dress, with a white tee underneath and tall brown boots.  A mustard sweater was the perfect color for fall.


This farm kitty was so cute!  He ran to greet us when we first arrived.


I wore a new rust colored tie top from TJMaxx,  blue stretch cords (old, Stitch Fix), and brown suede fringe booties.  I put a yellow camisole underneath my top to match Alethea's yellow cardigan.

Atticus wore a cute top I bought for him from Carters when he was just born.  It has a teddy bear patch on the chest, blue stripes on the front and back, and red sleeves.  He wore soft blue jeans on his lower half.


And here is the fall family portrait Ashley used for Facebook.  I love how Ashley's top unifies all the colors everyone is wearing together.


The sheep were so CUTE!





I thought Alethea looked so cute in this outfit!  She loves her tall boots.  Her mom says she loves shoes in general.  She is such a fashionista!



The horses they had on the property were so beautiful!




They had lots of chickens on the farm, and even some turkeys.  They did not seem to fear people at all as they followed us everywhere.


And what would a farm be without cows?


The path to the farm is so pretty.  Right before you get to the house, there is a charming little bridge that goes across the creek.


Baby Atticus was pretty happy this day too.  He just started smiling when these photos were taken.  He was 2 and a half months old.


The farm is open Thursday through Monday 9:00 to 5:00 and is FREE!  Depending on the time of year, the period dressed volunteers and staff re-enact 19th century farm activities like canning, baking, planting, harvesting, sheep shearing, and ice cutting.  It is not only educational, but fun for the whole family.


Have A Great Day!  Amy

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31 comments:

  1. lo habréis pasado genial en la granja y el paraguas es precioso

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  2. What a great activity to do with the kids/grandkids! We used to love visiting places like these and I wish my kids still have interest in these things! Everyone is so perfectly dressed for the farm, especially loving Aletheas cute denim dress with those boots!
    Little Atticus has the cutest smile!! Those grandbabies are so lucky to have grandparents like you and your hubby!

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    1. Thanks so much. It was a fun day, even though the weather was bad.

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  3. This is so delightful! What a fun activity. I look forward to another year in the Grand saddle and then we can enjoy some thing like this too!

    Before I forget, thanks so much for coming over to Marmelade Gypsy and leaving such a very nice comment!

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  4. Oh so many sweet photos. Looks like you had a lovely day out with your family.

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  5. What a fun day! I love the mustart in your daughter and granddaughter outfits. A pretty fall color!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  6. You all look so cute and it seems like a really fun time! Alethea is just adorable in her outfit! Those boots are the cutest on her!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I love Alethea in that outfit, especially the boots!

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  7. These pictures are precious! You are very blessed Amy. Thank you so much for sharing this with us on the Style Six link up!
    xo,
    Kellyann
    www.thisblondesshoppingbag.com

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  8. Looks like your little granddaughter had a great day!! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 6. Shared.

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  9. It looks like it was a wonderful day out Amy - the kids seemed to be having a great time and the overcast skies were a perfect photo backdrop (especially for the rainbow umbrella!) Family time is so precious and I'm glad you enjoyed catching up with each other.
    Thanks for linking up with #MLSTL and I've shared on my SM - I hope you enjoy sharing some of the other posts that were linked.

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    1. It was! And yes, even though it made the day more cold, overcast skies are great for photography!.

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  10. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  11. What a fun time by the sounds of things! She is such a little cutie and baby Atticus too :) . Lovely post #mlstl

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  12. Enjoy the precious moments with your grandchildren! They are both cuties!!

    ❤️carmen

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  13. That looks like a fun day out for the whole family. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

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  14. What cute photos you got! it looks like such a fun place to take the kids too - my kids love anywhere they get to see animals! :)

    Hope that you had a great weekend! Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :) I just posted this week's linkup, I'd love you to join again! :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thank you! My husband and I love to go anywhere where animals are too!

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  15. Cannot believe Alathea is so grown up already!! She is just darling and her little profile is perfect!

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  16. I love visiting old farms/homesteads. I hope to get to Lancaster, PA with my grandchildren in the summer, so they can see how the Amish live. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best. I'll be sharing and Pinning to my parenting board.

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    1. Oh, that would be awesome. I've only been to Lancaster once, about 35 years ago, but I'd love to go back.

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