Today I was off due to one of those great government holidays. It also happens that Dave is off all this week on vacation. so we decided to take advantage of this situation and we had a Family Day.
Every year the kids babysitter takes a field trip to a Pumpkin Patch, that was until this year. For some reason the majority of parents this year could not take time off work so the babysitter was unable to get enough chaperone's to go. The kids always love going to the Pumpkin Patch so we decide our Family Fun would be going to Circle S Farms.
Usually when we go it's cold out and we have to dress the kids in multiple layers of clothes and sometimes even coats. This was not the case this year, it was sunny and 82 degrees outside. I actually struggled to find the kids something to wear. See every year they also get Halloween shirts and this year was no different but they are long sleeved and that was not going to work. I ended up taking Emma's shirt from last year that was an orange tee shirt that had the fake long sleeved layer looked. I cut the long sleeved part out leaving her with a short sleeved jack-o-lantern shirt. Ian had an identical one from last year too but I couldn't find it so he ended up in a plain orange tee.
We left the house around 10 this morning and took the back roads to the farm. It was so nice to drive through the country with all the trees and their beautiful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. 20 minutes later we arrived at the farm, paid our admission fee and got started.
First up was some pictures with the big pumpkins, How Tall am I pumpkin, the real tractor, and the farm animal signs.
After that we stopped and looked at the goat, bunnies, and chickens in their pens, then it was off to the hay barn where the kids got to play in the huge piles of hay. I've given them baths all ready but they still have hay in their hair.
Once they were done in the Hay Barn we went through the kids maze, Sunflower maze, and Corn maze.
By the time we finished these the sun was starting to beat down on us and it was getting a little hot so we went to the restaurant and got our Apple Cider and Doughnut that came with admission but we had to fight the bees off to eat them. Then it was time for the hayride to the pumpkin patch. Of course this was the best part of the entire day. The ride is a short 5 minute ride out to the patch and then you get to pick your pumpkin. Once everyone is back on the wagon they take you to the parking lot so you don't have to lug your pumpkins very far.
We were all hungry by the time we got back to the car so on the way home we stopped at Bob Evans for a nice lunch and then we came home. So now we have four pumpkins to carve and I think the kids have asked me about 4 times today when we can carve them. It's going to be a long couple of weeks.