October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Let me tell you- Utah has a plethora of amazing pumpkin patches and I think we picked one of the best to go to last week. We had so much fun at Hee Haw Farms. They had so many fun things to do there the kids did not want to leave.

Off subject: Oliver and Christian made this basketball court out of play-doh and they were both very proud of it. Enjoy.:)

Amelia ran right to this little pony. He was certainly no Lil' Sebastien, but he was a close second. She was such a natural on him and loved it. She wasn't scared for even a second. A lot of that might have been that she was only 2 feet off the ground, but still, I was impressed.

Have I ever mentioned that my mom was a rodeo queen in Idaho? Looks like we have another one in the making!

These "animals" were hooked on to a riding lawnmower and the kids were pulled VERY slowly around the farm. But, Oliver and Amelia loved it. They kept running away from us and jumping in before we could stop them.

The potato sack slide. It was pretty fast and, no, we didn't sign any waivers.

Even Christian was a little scared to go down. But not Amelia.

Feeding the goats. No fear for this little gal.

And this was the highlight for Oliver and Amelia. They loved the corn box. Christian and I had a lot of fun burying them.

The only way we could get them out of the corn box was for the pig chase. The kids were divided in to age groups and put in the pig pen to chase the pigs. Our kids didn't fare too well, but they had SO much fun and I was laughing the whole time. I love how Farmer Joe is totally decked out in farming attire...except for his blue tooth.

Oliver wasn't at all afraid to get his hands dirty with the pigs.

On the hayride to pick out our pumpkins. I don't know if I'd call their pumpkin field really authentic or just primitive. Either way, we got a lot muddy and had to weave through sunflowers and tons of poking vines to get our pumpkins, which were all still attached to the vines. No one told me to bring my axe, so I just gave the pumpkins a good kick to break them loose. (I was on my own at this point because Christian had gone home to record the GOP debate.)

The fruits of our labors! The kids had the time of their lives painting and carving their pumpkins. I love this Halloween tradition. And, guess what? Fresh pumpkins are SOOOO much easier to carve than the ones you pick up at the grocery store!

I know you're all wondering why I let Amelia's hair get this long. Put your mind at rest- she got a hair cut the next day. Her stylist (my sis, Julie) is just super booked:).


Rachel said...

SO fun to read all of this and see what you guys are up to. That pumpkin farm looks amazing.

Jo said...

So all that stuff was at the Hee Haw Farms? Wow-- what a discovery!

(And yes Chris, I am impressed with the play-doh bb court!)

Amelia does look like a total natural on that pony. I love how fearless she is. I don't know if you were like that as a child, but her daddy sure was.

A pig chase-- how fun! Glad Oliver was willing to get his hands dirty. Hope it was rewarding to him!

The pumpkins are darling. True works of art! And what an amazing domino art piece.

Amanda said...

That is an awesome pumpkin patch! Looks like your kids had so much fun. That is funny that Christian left so he could record the GOP debate...sounds like Jordan. Will there ever be a picture of your cute pregnant belly?

Jessica Sedgwick said...

Knowing how much you hate germs, I can't believe you let your kids get within 10 feet of those pigs! I like the idea of letting your kids paint their pumpkins. We just carved ours tonight, and every year I say this is the last year I am scraping out any more pumpkins! We picked ours from the vine, too--from our very own back yard. :)

Andrea W. said...

That looks like such a fun outing! It reminds me of a place we used to go to in AZ. Darling kiddos, I am always so impressed by Amelia's fearlessness. What a cute family!