Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Annual Trek to the Pumpkin Patch...

The annual trek to the Pumpkin Patch could also be known as "one of my favorite days of the year."

I love going to the pumpkin patch. I don't recall doing it as a kid...not really many pumpkin patches in rural Iowa that I can remember. It has become a tradition around here for the past 4 or 5 years, and I think I might be dragging the girls to the Pumpkin Patch when they are in High School. I love it.

Fall is my favorite season. The weather is perfect...differing from Spring in that it means winter is coming. I much prefer "winter is coming" to "summer is coming" because I hate hot weather. Fall is perfect. Jeans and tshirts. Shorts and hoodies. No profuse sweating. Mums. (Have you locals noticed how fabulous some of the mums are looking around here this year? makes up for the lack of vibrancy in the trees I guess?!).

Anyways I'm getting off track. We went to the Pumpkin Patch last week and as always, had a wonderful time. We went on a Thursday evening and there was no crowd at all, which is the way we like it! Here are some pics from the outing, not in pumpkin-patch-touring order.

This is the one we like to go to. It's wonderful.

The annual picture by the measuring stick. These will be great if I ever get back into scrapbooking every year of their lives. Right now I just want to get the Disney trip from 2009 scrapbooked before our Disney cruise in 2011. Off subject, again, I know.

We could have saved $7/per person and just gone to the pet store. The girls were most happy to play with the farm dogs and cats. These girls need a dog. It just ain't right for two little girls to love dogs as much as they do and not have one. I'm getting off subject again, aren't I. You can read more about the dog debate here anyways. On with the Pumpkin Patch.

This sweet dog has apparently given birth to a zillion litters, because her nipples were seriously dragging. My girls loved her. There was another one who rode out to the patch with us too. Screw the pumpkins, let's pet the dog!

They also loved the slide. This was Hannah's first time down it. Matt was not in the mood to go on it with her, so he sent her down alone. A little caddywompous coming out the first time, but she was ready to go again. and again. and again.

They trudged up that hill about 20 times I think. Hannah always wanted to do it herself. Which was pretty much fine with me. I think they are ready to go sledding at Chatauqua Park in my hometown if they could handle going up this sledding hill!

I have a serious thing about pictures of people walking away over a bridge. I just love the shot.

Children of the Corn...and I am not talking about Cornhuskers. Poohpooh on Nebraska, regardless of their mascot, I will always think of Iowa as the corn state.... hence why I had to snap some pics in the corn pit.

The jumping pillow. I LOVE this thing. I want one in my backyard.

Hey look! It's a cat! If Brooke wasn't allergic, that might solve our pet problems. bummer.

On the trailer/tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch in their matching witch shirts made by Grandma.

"I got one! I don't need help!"

The girls and their goofy papa.

The girls and grandma!

The obligatory forced family picture of the four of us. For the record, Matt did survive being forced to take this.

z girls.

and there ends the 2010 Pumpkin Patch Report. Bring on the Christmas trees!

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