Tuesday, October 12, 2010
PIck a Pumpkin Patch
We said we were going, even though two out of the three boys were a bit under the weather (which turned out to be full blown stomach flu for three of the boys plus me by Sunday). So we went. Our annual pumpkin patch trip was only going to fit on this weekend, and the hero of the day turned out to be Daddy! Super Mark really came through for us; even packing lunches to fuel our pumpkin picking fire (and so that there would be no meltdowns mid-patch).
We went to our favorite family pumpkin patch up on Greenbluff, WA, just north of Spokane. This is sad, because we've gone there for 8 years straight now, but I cannot remember the name of said patch. I know. But it's the patch just past the church and grange, on the left, and it fits us perfectly. Our patch has a little (free!) tractor/trailer hay ride that takes you back to the back forty pumpkin patches; has raspberry plants to pick from (cheap!); sports a tiny toddler size hay bale maze (free again!)which included chickens for the children to chase; and plenty of home grown produce and assorted gourds and pumpkins in full bins to conveniently choose from when you check out (at which point we are usually all spent from our hour of fall frolic).
Well, to condense this, Haden suggests a three point list: (from Haden, age 7)
1. First we went to the pumpkin patch. We rode the tractor and we all picked out one. I picked out a misshapen one, Liam picked out a medium sized one and Finn picked one that was small. We saw all sorts of different shapes and sizes of pumpkins. We saw even bigger ones than we had picked.
2. Then when the hay ride came back we rode back on it to the place that you can buy stuff. We got some squash and weighed our pumpkins. Then we went to the car to put our pumpkins back in.
3. We then went back, and got a container to pick raspberries in. (Side note: I, Mommy really, really liked the yellow and white vintage carriers we got to tote!) We picked alot of raspberries, we filled the whole container, it was just a $1.29. That's all.
On the way home we stopped by Cole's Orchard to pick up some organically grown apples for my little guys and spied some huge carrots and awesome old apple crates. When we got home I told the boys I was "borrowing" all of their pumpkins to sell our house (read: staging), hence the pictures of my humble natural displays.
A beautiful day in one of the most beautiful areas around with the most beautiful little boys and big boy to boot.