Friday, October 21, 2011

Our first pumpkin patch

On Tuesday, one of the few sunny days since we moved here, our playgroup met at Dr. Maze's Pumpkin Patch for some festive fall fun. Jared, Eloise, and I had never been to a pumpkin patch before.
 Jared was really excited.  He got even more excited when we were waiting for our group to show up and he found displays of pumpkins and gourds of every conceivable shape and color.  The table behind Jared in the picture below is set up for rubber ducky races. Jared had a great time priming the pumps, but then he got distracted before he ever actually raced a duck.

Jared is a born cowboy.  He sat like that all by himself.  I only had to teach him to say, "Yeehaw!" and "Howdy!"
On Monday morning, Jared woke up and asked to go to a petting zoo.  I didn't know where to find a petting zoo, so we settled for a quick trip to the pet store on Monday.  At the pumpkin patch Jared's wish came true. There was a pen full of chickens, ducks, alpacas, and African pygmy goats just waiting to befriend little boys and girls with fists full of food.  Jared got to feed the animals out of his hands.  He miraculously came away with all of his fingers.
And there were pumpkins.  We didn't manage to get any pictures of our littlest pumpkin because after the excitement of the animals, a couple of potty runs, duck races, chatting with other mamas, and Jared touching every single variety of gourd on display, Eloise fell asleep.
I told Jared he could have any pumpkin he could carry.  He started trying to pick up pumpkins. . .
But the weeds were more portable.  Then he found a rotten pumpkin to take apart, and he forgot all about getting his own pumpkin.
Distracted.  It's sort of a thing at this age.
We ended up with a small pumpkin that I picked out to remind Jared of his experience at the pumpkin patch.  It was a beautiful day for an autumn experience.  See you next spring, sunshine!

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