Friday, October 31, 2014

Last Minute Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

I am not a procrastinator.  I like getting things done early, checking them off my list, and being ahead of the game.  However, that was not the case for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch this year.  I also love tradition.  We usually go mid-October to a very large farm with every variety of pumpkins you can imagine.  That has been our tradition for 7 years now.  Because of busy schedules and going to the lake last weekend instead of the pumpkin patch (not my choice, by the way) we were running out of time.  Nothing like waiting until the day before Halloween to squeeze in a trip to the pumpkin patch.  Since we only had yesterday evening to go, we picked Berry Patch Farms, a pumpkin farm that was a much shorter drive than our usual trek.  

When we arrived the kids ran straight for the tractor and from there right over to see the wild assortment of animals.

Boo-Boo was fascinated by this pumpkin he saw on display and the girls agreed it sort of looked like corn kernels.

They loved it so much that they wanted their picture taken with it.  :-)

My kids' requirements for a pumpkin patch was a hayride and pumpkins.  This farm fit the bill so next we took the short hayride to the pumpkin patch.

The kids were so excited to run around and pick out the perfect pumpkin.  One good thing about waiting until the day before Halloween is we got to take advantage of the buy one, get one free deal they were having!  Unfortunately, it was slim pickings as far as the "good" pumpkins go and a lot of pumpkins looked like this:  

That pumpkin is way past it's prime.  Why they didn't bother to remove the rotten pumpkins is beyond me, but thankfully we did manage to find some good ones and Blondie declared this one her pick!  

Then they spotted a lone pumpkin that must have gotten a shove from someone because it ended up down a big hill.  They wanted to "rescue" it and bring it back with the others.

Little Mama needed a break from carrying that heavy pumpkin up the hill!  

Boo-Boo kept finding small baby pumpkins that were tossed in with the bigger ones and decided that he wanted to bring one of those home.

This farm was really small and honestly, even though we got a good deal on the buy one, get one pumpkins, I still thought they were a bit over priced for the quality and selection compared to what we were used to.  That being said, it fit our needs this year and we have our family pumpkin patch outing checked off the list.  

They did have this adorable photo op set up with an old wagon and a variety of pumpkins that we totally took advantage of.  

And a huge thanks to the fellow mother that offered to take a picture of all 5 of us.  She spoke my language, because without even having to ask her she snapped at least 10 pictures, just hoping that one of them would turn out good.  And, it did!  

That's a wrap for our pumpkin outing this year and I've made a promise to myself that I will not let this happen again next year.  However, on the way home Little Mama told me she had so much fun tonight so that is all that matters. Our kids made memories, I got my photos, and we have pumpkins for Halloween!

I hope everyone has a wonderful time tonight for trick-or-treating.  I can't wait to see all the kiddos dressed up.  Be sure to check back on Monday for a recap of our Halloween, including our Trick-or-Treat party that we are hosting tonight for our neighbors.  Happy Halloween!!!
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