Every year we make a trip to a local farm to buy pumpkins. The kids really look forward to the big day. The farm has not only pumpkins, but also Christmas trees, asparagus (well in the spring), chickens, llamas, goats, a few cows and horses, rope swings, hiking trails, and I could go on and on. Despite all this they have managed to keep the feel very “homey” and non commercialized. If you go at the right time you can have the place pretty much to yourselves. Every year the boys have sort of a contest going to see who can pick out the biggest pumpkin (all the pumpkins are the same price regardless of size). When we get home, they race to get the scale and start weighing them. Last year Keats won with a 29 lb. pumpkin. This year Seth beat that with a 31 pounder.
On another note, when Seth was young I used to print and mail piles of pictures to relatives periodically. I haven’t done that in years. With more kids it has just become too time consuming and expensive and these things sort of fall to the wayside I guess. The cool thing is that now I can share pictures, and lots of them with the blog! So here is a bunch of pictures of the kids for my family whom all live too far away to see the kids regularly.
Seth takes choosing which one is the biggest very seriously.
This teepee is constructed from cedar poles and dried corn stalks. Jonny wants to build one for the kids in our backyard.
The brown llama was pretty friendly, but there was also a white one that spit at us.
Baby cows slobber a lot.
The rope swings are so much fun.
A really pretty creek runs through the back portion of the farm.
There is actually a zipline running across the stream. We just discovered it this year. It is kind of scary looking to me because it is pretty high off the ground as it crosses the stream, but the boys really loved it and I managed to keep my cool while Jonny helped them back and forth.
The kids had a super fun day, but it really wiped me out!