Pumpkin Patch…

I would have to say that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the crispness in the air, treating yourself to caramel apple ciders and pumpkin spice lattes, and pulling out the sweaters and boots!  As a child, I would look forward to this time of year because it meant it was time for the pumpkin patch.  The pumpkin patch we visited as kids had lots to do, corn mazes, stacked hay bales made into a fortress to climb on, hayrides, petting zoo, and of course, tons and tons of pumpkins.  As kids, my sister, brother and I would spend hours playing at the pumpkin patch, and picking out the perfect pumpkin.  These are memories that I cherish, and want for Wyatt!  Paul knew how important taking Wyatt to the Pumpkin Patch was to me, and even though I am sure he was thinking “Wyatt is 7 1/2 weeks old, he will never remember going to the Pumpkin Patch this year”, he humored me and let me research the perfect patch to visit.

After some research of local Pumpkin Patches, I found the perfect one.  Who cares that it was a little bit of a drive from our house?  Not me!  So, we woke up Friday morning, got dressed in our Pumpkin Patch gear, and off we went.  I was, by far, the most excited person in the car.  I was giddy as we turned down the road leading to Cedar Hill Farm.  I thought for sure, being a Friday, the patch would not be as crowded as on a weekend.  I failed to consider that it could be field trip day, which it was!  As we pulled into the parking lot we were met with about 10 school buses… Just something to remember for next year.

Cedar Hill Farm was incredible!!  They had a petting zoo (with lots of free feed), pig races, multiple play areas for kids, a train ride, hay ride to the pumpkin patch, a pirate ship, pony rides, lots of picnic areas, a catch and release pond, corn maze, and a restaurant!  It was fun for us to go, but I can’t wait until Wyatt is able to run around and take full advantage of everything. 

We started off by walking around the petting zoo.  They had pigs, cows, turkeys, donkeys, goats, chickens, sheep, miniature horses, even some peacocks!  Wyatt’s favorites were the goats…

Wyatt and the Goats

Wyatt and the Goats

 We had to stop and take our picture in the cutouts…

Mommy and Wyatt

Mommy and Wyatt

 

Daddy and Wyatt

Daddy and Wyatt

 

Daddy and Wyatt in Pumpkin Patch Attire

Daddy and Wyatt in Pumpkin Patch Attire

Next it was time for the pig races!  They had three pigs in each race, and there were three races.  We stood beside the track and cheered on the pigs!  Wyatt was fascinated by the race, but did not like all the yelling from the school children watching as well!

Mommy and Wyatt at the Pig Race Track

Mommy and Wyatt at the Pig Race Track

All the kids waiting for the races to start

All the kids waiting for the races to start

The Pigs Racing...

The Pigs Racing...

After watching the pig races we wandered around the farm, checking out all the fun things that we can look forward to in years to come!  I can’t wait for next Fall when we can take Wyatt in his red wagon, and let him pick out his perfect pumpkin!  I just know Fall will hold so many special memories for him!

Then we decided to pose on some hay bales with some pumpkins…  (Most pictures are of me/Wyatt or Paul/Wyatt, it’s hard to get a family shot…)

Mommy and Wyatt 2009

Mommy and Wyatt 2009

Daddy and Wyatt 2009

Daddy and Wyatt 2009

Next, we hopped on the hayride and headed out to the pumpkin patch…

Family Pumpkin Patch Picture 2009

Family Pumpkin Patch Picture 2009

We took LOTS of pictures of Wyatt around the pumpkins in the field.  Here is my favorite…

Wyatt 2009

Wyatt 2009

After walking around the patch, we walked over to the pirate ship.  By this time Wyatt was getting really tired, and fell asleep soon after.  So, after checking out the ship, we skipped the corn maze and decided to pick out some pumpkins and head home.  Wyatt slept soundly through getting our pumpkins, eating lunch, and driving home! 

Our pumpkins are now sitting in front of our house, just waiting to be carved.  Carving will take place closer to Halloween so the pumpkins won’t rot. 

We had a wonderful family day at the Pumpkin Patch.  Wyatt won’t have actual memories from this particular trip, but we will have pictures to show him later on.  I know that in the future Wyatt will look forward to our annual family trip to Cedar Hill Farm, and I will no longer be the only one who gets giddy as we turn down the long driveway to the farm.

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