Yesterday we made our annual trip to The Pumpkin Patch! Even though we live in Los Angeles – one of the biggest urban jungles on the planet – once per year, we like to pretend we’re down on the farm and we drive an hour (each way!) to pretend we’re down home.
Okay, so I really shouldn’t be so cynical because it IS so cute – and the girls always have so much fun. Thankfully because of Mr. M’s schedule on Dancing With The Stars, we get to go during the week and not the weekend. We went on a Monday and the girl working in the goat section told us that the day before there had been 10,000 people at this little farm. That’s about 9,990 too many for me! I was so glad we went on a weekday because we practically had the whole place to ourselves.
Violet had the time of her life running around, pretending to be a big kid. I think she’s about the same age Paprika was when we took her here for the first time. Memories!
This was the first year that we did not ride the ponies – end of an era! Paprika (age 7) is about three inches too tall (she was just barely small enough last year). Ginger and Violet are small enough, but neither one of them wanted the workers touching them. And I guess parents aren’t allowed to put their kids on the ponies – you hand them over to the workers.
So, Ginger (age 4) got really upset because she didn’t want a stranger touching her, but she really wanted to ride the horses. I felt bad for her because there was no way she was going to ride the horses without letting them help her – but she SO did not want help. She left in a huff and said she: never wanted to ride the ponies anyway. 😉
The girls had a great time climbing the hay bales:
And the highlight of the trip is always the corn maze.
The girls talk about it for months beforehand. It’s so exciting (for them)!
Now what you can’t tell from these photos is how incredibly HUGE this corn maze is – it actually causes me anxiety because if you get lost…well, they’d have to bring a helicopter in to find you. The whole time I was like: Girls…hold hands! Don’t get separated! Stay together! Where are you going?! Get back here! Don’t veer off the path!
In all the years we’ve been coming here, we’ve never found our way out – we just re-trace and go back out the entrance. Mr. M looked it up on Google Maps to see if he could see how to get out – and I guess he could see it, but I still couldn’t figure it out.
Eventually we split up because somehow Ginger got it into her head that somewhere inside the corn maze, they were serving fresh roasted corn and she didn’t want to leave until we found it. Nothing we said could convince her otherwise, so she laid down in the dirt in her pretty white dress and had a fit. I ended up carrying her over my shoulder seven billion miles out of that corn maze, covered in mud.
It was just about all the fun I could handle!
The rest of the day was good, though:
My favorite part was petting the goats. You know we have a long history petting goats – like that one time I was 7 months pregnant and spent six hours petting goats in record-breaking heat. Ahhhh…memories!
But this time, it was actually really cool and we had the whole place to ourselves:
They even had baby goats. I mean, could they be any cuter?!
Even though Paprika didn’t get to ride the ponies, she made up for it at the tractor ride.
Even though we said we were only going to get three pumpkins (one for each girl) – we somehow came home with NINE. Haha! At least they were small because the pumpkin patch charges by the pound.
Since we’ve been home, these pumpkins have become bowling balls, movie props…and soon they will become art projects!
I am so glad that we went to the Pumpkin Patch this year – it IS a tradition, after all – even if it will take me a year to recover. Haha!