Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This past weekend we went huntin' for our pumpkins. Through Groupon, I found a fun little farm and we decided it was about time to go--- since we didn't go last year because we moved into our house (yay for being year-long homeowners)! We packed a lunch and off we went!
Jared was so excited the whole way there; he kept talking about how we were going to see chickens, cows, goats, and get pumpkins. So funny...
This farm was pretty fun. They had lots of fun things to do like rubber ducky races, large playground underneath the biggest oak trees I've seen, barrel train ride, tricycle races, fishing pond, tractor rides and a mining station.
There was so much to take in, and the first thing Jared bolted for was the rubber ducky races. It's basically an old water pump and PVC pipe. It was there to illustrate how farmers used to get there water. Once Jared figured out the pump, he pumped his little heart out until the duckies ran out. Annabelle even tried to grab the pump, but she wasn't quite developed in the muscular area to get it to work. :)
One thing could get Jared away from the duckies: pumpkins. Jared couldn't get enough of the pumpkins. He'd pick one up, tell me he found a pumpkin, I'd ask if he wanted to keep it, he'd find another one and the cycle would repeat. He just loved the pumpkins! Annabelle enjoyed the pumpkins too. Greg found her a baby pumpkin and she held onto it for most of the time at the farm.
Once Jared settled on one and we found a larger one to carve at a later date, we set off to the painting area. Jared got his own smock on and began to paint a masterpiece... oh wait, he's a toddler. He really loved telling us the colors before painting them on his pumpkin; he'd even point out the paint brush colors too.
After painting, we got a bag of mining dirt and went down to to mining station to hunt for lost treasure. Greg was so excited to do this with the kids... until Jared started tossing our finds in the water and Belle tried to eat them. In hindsight, the kiddos were a little too young for this activity. However, Jared loves his bag of rocks which currently sit on the table.
Then we were off to feed the goats and chickens. Surprise, surprise, Jared loved to feed the goats. He thought they were funny trying to get at the food. It took him a little while to figure out it was okay for the goats to lick his hands. He even started laughing near the end.
We ended our little excursion with a tractor ride around the Christmas tree farm, playground fun and a picnic lunch. We didn't get a chance to go fishing because all the lines were taken but we definitely will take Jared in the future. He kept saying how he wanted to gooey-fish (from mickey mouse clubhouse).
All in all, we had a great time at the farm. If you couldn't tell... here are the kids with their pumpkin finds!