Tuesday, October 07, 2008

pumpkin patch--So. Much. Fun!

Today we went with a bunch of other moms & kids in our ward to a nearby farm to pick pumpkins. I was lucky enough to be able to have my visiting teaching companion and her youngest son ride with us, which was SO fun because we were able to talk during the (quite long) drive out there and back.

One thing that was really cool about this farm is that it's one of the experimental research farms run by the university. So there was lots of neat stuff to look at--all kinds of berry bushes, orchards weighed down with the most succulent-looking apples ever, a big vineyard with fat clusters of dark purple grapes, and, of course, fields and fields of corn. And LOTS of pumpkins.

And we didn't have to pay a dime. That was pretty dang cool (especially since you could basically take as many as you could carry--or your grocery bag could hold. The girls and I had some seriously bulging pockets!). We love experimental research pumpkins!!!

So here we are walking over to get on the hayride, which was about the most exciting thing ever for Abigail. A friend's mother sent us the sweetest book package yesterday, and one of the books was about Clifford going on a hayride at the pumpkin patch. Since we had read that book, oh, about nine times yesterday afternoon, Abigail was SO excited to be going on a hayride--just like Clifford! It doesn't get any better than that when you're three.

And, of course, Abigail had even more fun because she was sitting next to Elise. Such cuties.

It was pretty windy, as you can see...

Anyway, we went out to the field, and they turned us loose. After some searching, Abigail picked out a pumpkin, and we detached it from the vine. Then she looked wistfully at the thousands more all around her, and heaved a sigh. I asked if she would like another baby pumpkin. She got an enormous grin on her face, and said, "Can I really have one more?" and I said, "Honey, you can have as many pumpkins as you can carry."

I don't think I've ever seen so much amazement and joy on one tiny face. Especially when she found the "octopus gourd" (I was impressed by her perception--it really DID look like an octopus).

And Juliet just had fun grubbing around in the dirt and trying to eat everything we picked.

We wandered over to the bigger pumpkins (they let us pick pie pumpkins, the mini ones, and the crazy-looking gourds, but the bigger ones were just for picture-taking), and Abigail and Juliet had lots of fun climbing around on the "Cinderella carriage" pumpkins.

We seriously had so much fun. It was great to spend the entire morning just playing together and doing something that was SO exciting for Abigail. She really loved all the different crops growing there, and the fact that she could wander at will and take home all the pumpkins she thought were really interesting was just wonderful. It's nice to be able to indulge that little kid "I want everything!" every once in awhile, especially when it's something fun like this (as opposed to candy or Barbie dolls).

and finally, back home with our loot: a pie pumpkin for each of the girls, four cool-looking gourds, and six little mini pumpkins. I foresee a Mommy and Abigail afternoon painting faces on those little pumpkins with puffy paint...

P.S. The octopus pumpkin is that yellow-and-orange striped one right at the bottom of the photo.


Kilerkki said...

...Those are the most bizarre gourds I have ever seen in my life! Glad you're having fun with them. (And NICE-looking pumpkins!)

Your girls are so adorable. Glad you had a fun day!

beapinkal said...

You're always so pretty. And your girls are so adorable! Yay for autumn:)

The Waltz Family said...

Those are some nice looking pumpkins! What a fun time. We are going to a pumpkin patch this weekend and I am so excited!

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