Spencer went on a field trip to a farm last Wednesday. They let every single kindergartener pick a pumpkin and take it home. I didn't know it at the time, but he went to the exact same farm that we had already bought tickets to go to this weekend. I'm really an awesome mother to keep track of important things like where my six year old is for five hours of the day.
Anyway, we had bought tickets to go to Vertuccio farms. We were debating going on Saturday (9:00 opening) or Sunday (10:00 opening). I hate going to farms and pumpkin patches and then burning up in the heat so we decided to go on Saturday so we could get there an hour earlier. That gave us an hour of "nice" weather and an hour of "getting warmer" weather.
The pumpkin patch was right at the beginning. I wanted to take pictures when we were all fresh and happy, not dusty and tired.
When I downloaded the pictures I made sure to point out to Michael how much better my photography skills are. My pictures are pumpkin heaven. His pictures leave a little something to be desired in the pumpkin department. He just rolled his eyes and made a throaty mocking noise at me.
We also weren't pleased with the family photo taken by an absolute stranger who had no obligation to make us happy.
I mean, where are the pumpkins?
I do like Elliott's skeptical face though.
"Really, sir? You call yourself a photographer?"
Elliott was in NO mood for an individual pumpkin picture, so this is all we got. I think I will try to take his picture in this shirt with the 2 pumpkins we have outside so I can do comparison pictures from 2012 to 2013.
Then it was time for farm activities.
First up, rubber duck races with water pumps.
On to the giant painted ear of corn.
Strong man of the circus.
Does anybody know what this thing is really called?
Mini hay maze
Giant tube slide
This was Elliott's favorite part of the entire farm and the entire day. He and Michael went down it about 50 times.
Extreme Air Pillow
This was Spencer's favorite part.
I did go up there and jumped around a lot, I just didn't take the camera with me. I didn't think that would end well.
Pedal race cars
Barrel train ride (that I didn't go on because in the time it took me to take one picture I lost my seat to a hoard of people).
Inflatable bouncy horses
Geese with some sort of fluffy feather disease
That is not fat in her belly, those are babies in there. A lot of them. We made eye contact and her sad eyes were pleading with me to get those babies out of there. She could hardly walk.
Elliott sat down in this grass and then freaked out because the grass was really high (well, higher than our backyard grass) and he didn't want to touch it.
Once we were done with the animals it was back to the slide.
Then, back to the pumpkin patch for a few more photos.
We went the stranger route one more time and thank goodness this lady knew something about pumpkin patch picture taking. I will now narrate Elliott's thoughts.
"I will look at the camera, but I won't smile. Nope. No smiling. I'm not even sorry."
"Two pictures? Twoooooooooo pictures? You are really pushing my limits. I revoke my previous statement. I am no longer able to look at the camera."
"Three pictures? Are you kidding me. I will now commence a toddler sneer. Live with it."
We were all hot, sweaty, thirsty and hungry by this point. We drove home, ate lunch and then put Elliott down for a nap......where he proceeded to NOT sleep for two hours.
Part II of our day is coming up soon!