Wednesday, October 24, 2012

2012 Pumpkin Patch Fun.

One family tradition Drew and I started when Brayden was a baby, was to go to the Pumpkin Patch in the fall. Since Drew is off of work this week, we took the opportunity to go on a weekday to miss the crowds. We practically had the whole farm to ourselves. The boys had so much fun playing games, picking out a pumpkin (we waited till the very end of the season this year, so the picking was sparse), going on a hayride and mule train ride, and posing for pictures at all of the little stations. (To see pictures of the last 3 years at the pumpkin patch, you can view 2009 HERE, 2010 HERE, and 2011 HERE). Just a fair warning, this is picture overload.
the big pumpkin is looking smaller and smaller each year as our boy gets bigger and bigger. Also, please note Connor in the background holding 2 butternut squash.
screaming "King of the mountain!"
they had corn hole games set up (or I guess in this case, pumpkin hole). This was probably the boys favorite part of the pumpkin farm this year
I somehow convinced them to leave cornhole and head out to the pumpkins. Brayden insisted that he pull the wagon. It reminded me of our trip in 2010, except this time he handled the wagon with no problem, even with his 30 pound brother in tow
seriously. this picture melts my heart. I am so blessed
a halfway decent picture of my two babies
Brayden found a lady bug. It's the little things in life that bring the most joy
a lot of the pumpkins were rotten, or eaten by deer, so trying to find a good pumpkin was a bit of a challenge. Brayden ended up finding one that suited his fancy. It was the biggest, most lopsided pumpkin in the jack-o-lantern patch. I just laughed. Drew ended up switching the pumpkin out later on when the boys weren't paying attention. We needed one that stood up so we could carve it later
headed back to the farm
going on the hayride with the boys. The farmer was quite the comedian (or so he thought). Brayden kept asking "what's he saying momma?". Then trying to explain gremlins and skeletons to Brayden while we drove through the "haunted woods" was interesting as well. I just told him that it was the evil part of Halloween that we didn't believe in. And then we talked about how we didn't have to be afraid of anything because we could trust in God (thank you Veggie Tales). Brayden responded "yes! We can trust in God! And if we have a super suit, like Larry Boy, we don't have to be afraid of ANYTHING!" Atleast he gets part of the story... :)
waiting on the farmer to start the mule train ride
Brayden was SO excited
cutie sheep
love these three!
I love that Brayden will now pose for me.
He's gotten so big since we first brought him in 2009
Connor was NOT happy about leaving the pumpkins. He left throwing an epic two year old tantrum. It was classic toddler moment #103982 at our house
we still had a little bit of credit before we left, so Brayden and I headed back out to the field to pick out a baby pumpkin. When we got there Brayden said "look at all of these cute little ones Mom." The afternoon ended on a good note, when Brayden left so easily and even said "I had so much fun!" 
I love making memories with my family!

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