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Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch! It rained hard for several days last week which is extremely unusual here. So, the ground was wet and muddy in certain spots but the kids had a blast. Of course they did. Do you know any kids who don’t like mud? My 4 year old goes out of his way just to step in puddles and my 18 month old..he was pretty much covered in it by the time we left. Anyway, those of you who haven’t checked out a pumpkin patch yet this season, I encourage you to do so. For some reason, fall never really seems here until we arrive at the pumpkin patch.
As we walked through the gates, the first thing my kids spotted was a giant pumpkin bounce-house. As you can imagine, that was our first stop and we spent quite awhile there. We were a little worried about Finn, our little guy getting smushed with all the big kids jumping around, but he’s a tough one and had so. much. fun. Patrick also had a great time and you can imagine what it was like trying to get them out. Not to mention pictures. It’s hard enough taking pictures of your kids when they’re not in Pumpkin Heaven. I don’t think I got one picture in which everyone was even looking the right direction, let alone smiling but whatev–at least we got a few shots:
Next, the boys wanted to play the pumpkin tether-ball game so we did that. By the way, I’m the only one who hit every target the first time 😉 *brag moment there.* After that, the boys played on the immobile antique tractor for a few minutes while I tried (unsuccessfully) to take some decent pictures. Then we headed over to the hay ride. *Pumpkin Patch Tip*-If possible, head to the pumpkin patch on a week day, at least a week before Halloween. That’s what we did and guess what? No lines! Since my husband just got back from working out of state for several months, he took a week off to hang with us and this trip to the pumpkin patch was uncrowded and so relaxed compared to years past. It felt (almost) like we had the place to ourselves.
The hay ride was fun and seemed to be longer this year. We got a few more pictures in and then walked over to the corn maze.
We always love the corn maze. The kids have a blast searching for corn and getting lost in the tall, thick corn stocks. We played in the corn maze for what seemed like ever and then realized when it was time to get going, that we really were lost. I have a terrible sense of direction which did not help at all. After about 20 minutes of failing to find the exit, we finally made our way out.
Once we escaped the maze, we went out in search for some food but to our dismay, there was none 🙁 *Pumpkin Patch Tip #2*-If you decide to go to the pumpkin patch on a weekday, a week before Halloween like I have advised above⇑ in Pumpkin Patch Tip #1, don’t expect there to be any food available and make sure you plan accordingly. As also stated above⇑, in past years, we typically went to the pumpkin patch on the Saturday before Halloween and there was always a ton of yummy Fall treats. Not so this time around.
After the corn maze we stopped by the farm animals where my little one nearly got his hand bitten off by a donkey but he was fascinated by it so it was almost worth the scare.
We then came to the end of our outing and decided to look for the perfect pumpkins.
After pumpkin searching we were pretty much spent–literally, and figuratively; cold, tired, and hungry. So we decided it was time to go.
Overall, it was a great time. Having kids, you get to do so many fun things that you may not do by yourself otherwise 🙂
Have you visited the pumpkin patch yet? Tell me about it!