Monday, October 22, 2012

At the Pumpkin Patch

We get a pumpkin to carve every year. I'm not a huge Halloween fan, but it is a way I enjoy the holiday. I carve a pumpkin to put outside for trick-or-treaters, and I bake up some delicious pumpkin seeds. Even if I am a little old for it and we don't yet have a little one, I still enjoy going out to a pumpkin farm. Jer doesn't enjoy it as much as I do, so we had found a happy medium in visiting a not-too-far-away farm that has pumpkins sitting out ready to buy so I get a little bit of that pumpkin farm experience and he doesn't have to spend more than 5 minutes picking out a pumpkin. This year, I tagged along to a pumpkin farm with Janet and her girls.

There was ready-picked and pick your own, chickens, a corn maze, a playground full of tractor tires to crawl underneath and hay bales to climb on top of, and delicious smelling treats in the on site bakery like pumpkin cookies and hot apple cider. Unfortunately the tractor rides are only done on weekends.

The girls had their fill and we headed to Janet's home to carve! It's a little early still but it was a great way to fill a grouchy kid kind of day with a fun activity. They loved digging into those pumpkins!


The girls decorated their own smaller pumpkins while Janet and I traced and cut out designs they had chosen for us. The final results weren't as pretty as last year's princess pumpkins, but the girls were happy. Hopefully they hold out until Halloween!

I brought a couple not-yet-carved pumpkins home with me to decorate our place. I lined them up on the fence and love seeing them every time I'm outside. I can't decide if I'll do drilled pumpkins again or carved out something else, but I have a little while to decide yet.

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