Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkins!

OK, so I pretty much feel like we failed fall this year, simply because we didn't get to a real pumpkin farm.  Between various other weekend activities and iffy weather, the pumpkin farm thing didn't happen.  It's usually the highlight of our fall, so it stinks that we didn't get to do it.  But then again, we went to Atlanta this fall, so there's that.  Jacob did get to go to a pumpkin farm on Friday, though, so he had fun jumping in corn and hay, going on a hayride, and picking out his own little pumpkin.  So, while we didn't get to see it, at least he got to do that stuff with his friends.

However, we still needed a big pumpkin to carve.  Obviously this weekend was not ideal for going outside (thank you, yucky storm that's about to form the "Frankenstorm" with Hurricane Sandy), so we headed to a nearby garden center that does indoor activities.  We went there last year and had fun, but I was hesitant to pay for anything last year since we'd already done a slightly pricey trip to a real pumpkin farm.  This year I was open to doing more activities since we hadn't had anything else going on.  Of course, Jacob is my child, so that didn't work out quite as planned, but we still had fun.

He liked this old fire truck, but was very curious about where they keep their oxygen tanks.  I think he's been spending too much time with his Lego firefighters and their equipment!
Initially he wanted to ride the little ferris wheel they had, but when he realized I couldn't go on with him (it was little), he changed his mind.  He opted for the big slide instead, and while he ultimately seemed to like it, the zoomed version of this picture shows quite the concerned look on his face!  

I would have gone on with him, but wasn't sure how the bump where the slide itself ended would feel while pregnant.  It's also not particularly comfortable to have Jacob sitting in front of me these days.  He was such a big boy going up there solo, though!

None of the other rides or crafts interested him.  He did show a bit of interest on one of those "throw the ping pong ball into the fishbowl to win a fish" games, but I told him I'd rather take him to the pet store and buy him a heartier fish once he's old enough to be responsible for feeding it.  Sorry, I know that's no fun, but for the $2 and very small odds of winning, it's true.

We did pay a couple bucks to go into the petting zoo.  We saw the most adorable tiny pigs...

And adorable tiny pygmy goats...

And a llama...

And really hungry goats who stuck their necks through the fencing...

We also saw some interesting chickens and some bunnies.  For a buck you could feed one type of animal.  Originally Jacob wanted to try the llama, but the llama wasn't hungry when we tried so we exchanged our food for pig food.  That was a little awkward since they had a hard time getting their snouts through the fence, but it was fun to try.

We finally decided we'd seen enough, and grabbed a cart to pick out our pumpkin.  Along the way I dropped Jacob into the middle of the pumpkins to snap a couple pictures.  I liked them all, but here are the three best...two of which feature his fire helmet from the Gates Fire Department...



We also grabbed a quick photo op in a couple of the face cut-out stand-ups.  I liked this one with Jacob as Frankenstein...

As a whole he was a very good boy while we were there.  He wasn't really into a lot of the activities, but beyond his hesitance, he was very good.  Right when we were ready to leave (not coincidentally, it was right around his normal naptime), he did get a little cranky and difficult for no apparent reason.  But we made it home, ate lunch, and I finally got him down for a nap.

We had a pretty low-key weekend otherwise.  Craig was on the road this weekend, first for work and then to spend time with his mom who ended up having unexpected surgery (she should be fine but has a bit of a recovery ahead of her, which is most likely going to postpone our Florida trip--bummer).  Last night Jacob and I hung out, put on a movie, and did his nebulizer treatment before bedtime to prevent the coughing fits he's been having.  And for the first time since we started them the other night, he made it all the way through the night without one.  Whew.  Today we went to church, where Jacob found out that he is supposed to dress up like an angel for the Christmas pageant.  I don't know when it is yet, but knowing us, who knows if we're even going to be here.  Regardless, he was not amused by the concept and insisted he'd rather be Captain America.  Hmmm...can't quite picture him visiting the stable, for some reason.  So, that will be an interesting battle one of these days.  He took a long enough nap this afternoon that I managed to watch an entire movie ("Letters to Juliet"--predictable but cute) that I'd had on the DVR since June.  That almost never happens!  Add today's laundry and newspaper reading to yesterday's craft projects (two!) and organizing six months worth of photos (getting them printed, backing them up, and clearing off our card), and it was a pretty productive yet relaxing enough weekend.

Now onto another week...daycare open house tomorrow, Halloween on Wednesday, and a "monster" storm to keep an eye on.  Should keep us plenty busy...

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