We didn't see a single snowflake until we turned onto Highway 20, about 45 minutes from the farm. The snow wasn't accumulating until we took the Aplington exit. We didn't have any problems with slipping and sliding until the stop sign on their corner. The travel conditions really couldn't have been any better all things considered.
This is what we were greeted with:
They were bummed to have such an early snow, but it was a welcome surprise to us.
It's always fun to see the calves with their winter coats. I would have never thought that cows could look so cute and fluffy.
This one was born the day before. He got a special wool coat to keep him warm.
We brought winter gear for Liam, too. He had a hard time maneuvering in it all.
Gabe worked on the East side of the barn with Jim, digging holes and setting rail road ties for some new stalls. Liam helped, too.
This lasted about 5 minutes.
One day Liam and I went in to Aplington to check out their little thrift store. Liam loved this ramp. He went up and down over and over, shrieking "whee" every time.
Then we went into the library to meet Santa. Liam wasn't too sure about him until Santa gave him a huge Hershey's bar.
He decided that Santa wasn't so bad after all, although he is definitely better at a safe distance.
I'm not sure which Liam said more over the weekend, cow or cold. Both topics were equally important to him.
So this where milk comes from.
On Saturday, Jared, Allison, and Makenna came up for a visit. Makenna is 8 months younger than Liam, and all she wanted to do was grab him: his face, his hands, his clothes. He wasn't so sure about that.
They just seem bewildered that we would bundle them up to stand outside in the freezing cold.
For the drive on Thursday, we had left at 2 am to get as much driving done as we could before Liam woke up. We only had to stop for gas (and bathroom breaks for me...). For the return trip, we drove through the middle of the day. Liam traveled like an old pro.He took awesome naps, ate his snacks, listened to music, and waved bye bye at the passing cars.
It was a good trip.
Now, if I could just convince him that naps are stil necessary, we'd be doing great.