Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Patch!

Sorry for the long silence...it's been a busy few days full of random tasks, falling asleep sitting up, and the usual household chores.  Anyway...
 
Over the weekend I was majorly annoyed by the meteorologists because they had predicted rain all weekend, but when Saturday was over, it had barely rained.  We could have gone down to Letchworth State Park to visit my family, who was camping in the park.  I wanted to stop in Geneseo along the way for some college reminiscing, too.  But I didn't trust the weather, and by the time it was legitimately sunny at 4pm, it was too late.  Another option I had wanted to do was go to a pumpkin patch.  We're busy next weekend so this was pretty much it, but the weather concerned me for that as well.  So, suffice it to say that by Saturday night I was so frustrated that the opportunity for both of those activities had slipped away. 
 
Sunday was going to be cooler, but the forecasted rain no longer seemed to be a sure thing, so we headed down the road to Cobble Creek Farm.  I'd never been there before, but Jacob has gone there on daycare field trips.  While it wasn't quite the scale of Stokoe Farms, our favorite, it was a nice option.  Jacob's going to Stokoe this week on a school field trip, so there was no sense battling the crowds for a place he'd be going to later in the week.  Of course, given our recent troubles, the thought of going to a pumpkin patch seemed risky, but it's only once a year and we had to give it a shot.
 
The farm was full of pumpkin people--basically dummies with pumpkin heads.  This one was painting a sign...

Jacob immediately gravitated toward this tepee, of course, since he is obsessed with Native Americans thanks to lacrosse...
 
Out front was a cool castle made out of hay.  Inside were some royal pumpkin people and an area for private parties...

Here's another pumpkin person in the "jail" on the side of the castle...

There was an old barn where you could get snacks, and in one section there was a dark room to walk through with a number of lit-up carved pumpkins.  I think they were the craft pumpkins (or they found some way to preserve them), but they looked pretty cool in the pitch-black room with their colored lighting...

We hopped on a hayride, which ended up being better than we expected. 


The first stop was the pumpkin patch.  Technically you could pick your own pumpkin, but what was left was pretty picked over so we opted to wait until we were back at the front to pick from their selection.  In the meantime, we enjoyed the fall views...

The hayride went around most of the farm, and we got to see a lot of corn, some sort of beans (I think), and Christmas trees.  The coolest part was that it went through the same area as their haunted hayride (at night), and we got to see some of the props in the daylight.  At one point two plumes of fire shot up alongside the path, giving us a little hint of what they must do at night.  It was pretty cool advertising, I must say!

When we got back from the hayride, we convinced Jacob to go on the barrel train, a train of cars made out of blue plastic barrels and pulled by a tractor.  He wanted Craig to ride with him, but the cars were tiny and I was his only option.  I did take one decent self-portrait of us while we were waiting to move, but I sort of like this one better, despite the blatant defiance it displays...
Classic, no?  This pretty much sums it up, I think.
 After the barrel ride, which was pleasant enough, Jacob checked out the straw crawl...
He did play, but this relaxation shot was funnier...
 ...and spent about 15 seconds in the corn box, until it got taken over by some 7-8 year old girls.

Back out front, we saw more pumpkin people...
Yes, they're scaling the building!
And then Jacob and Craig did some duck races...
In case you're not familiar, it's a carnival duck in a piece of gutter connected to a manual water pump.
 We also figured we should take this shot in case we make this an annual event...

We picked out a pumpkin to carve (though for the record, I didn't love their selection because the stems didn't look green enough, or long enough, for that matter) and a small pumpkin for pictures with Carter, and Jacob somehow snagged a free bundle of Indian corn.  By that point we were freezing (it was only about 50 degrees, with limited sun) and we headed for the car.

Along the way we remembered the goats we saw grazing on the way in, and we headed over to visit them.  Jacob discovered that they liked leaves nearly as much as goat food, and delighted in feeding them as many fallen leaves as he could find.  I hope that's okay for them! 

Back at home I got my picture of Carter with his little pumpkin!

You may recall my obsession with getting a picture of Jacob with a tiny pumpkin (the result is here), and while Carter is a little older, I was still determined.  I still want a picture of him holding himself up on the big one, but we'll see.  So cute, though!

As I mentioned, it's been a busy few days.  Work is crazy and home is even crazier.  I had a productive weekend that involved lots of laundry and going through the majority of my clothes to weed out stuff that no longer works.  Between style changes, my post-pregnancy body, and the general passage of time there was a lot that needed to go.  It felt good to get it out of the way, though it can be a little guilt-inducing, too, since it seems wasteful sometimes.  I still have so many other things to do around this house, but that was a big one.  Oh, and the kids' Halloween costumes are more or less ready to go, as well.  Now if I could just figure out how we're going to eat gluten-free in the next couple days, that would be great.  Stay tuned...

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