Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Delights

Every fall we head out to Robinson's Farm. It's only about three miles down the road from here, but there's just something so fun and exciting about walking amidst the mounds and mounds of pumpkins and the big bushel baskets of apples. Then there are the jugs of spiced apple cider and canned jars of apple and pumpkin butter. Yummy. And how could it be fall without the Indian corn and the planters full of mums? I can't wait to take our annual trip this year! I must buy a new camera before we go!

Every year, the Robinson's grow a HUGE pumpkin and display it for all their customers. Every year, we have had the kids' picture taken with the "giant" pumpkin. The kids think it's so cool to see such a big pumpkin. Last year's pumpkin weighed 396 1/2 pounds!

While we are there, we always let the kids pick out their own little pumpkins. They love that, and it takes a while for them to find the "perfect" one. Then when we get home, we do this:

There is also another local farm that is super awesome. We've only been to Reeger's Farm once, but it was so much fun! We're planning on going back this year and then making it a yearly tradition.

When you get there, you are greeted by a cute little shop that has lots of cute fall decorations on the front porch. Inside is a gift shop and a little cafe where you can order fresh baked goodies as well as homemade sandwiches. (Sorry, no pics of this part.)
Then everyone loads up on a big 'ole wagon for a hay ride. This was so much fun. The 'ole tractor pulls you out to one of the farm's big pumpkin patches. Then you get to pick your own pumpkins! Ian loved running through the patch trying to find his special pumpkin. He examined quite a few pumpkins before finally choosing this one:

After you find your pumpkin, everyone climbs back onto the hay wagon for the ride back to the shop. Then the kids get to go into the barn and see and pet the baby calves.

Ian was a little unsure about this part...

They also have a big corn maze. I have to admit, this was a bit daunting for me. I have a very poor sense of direction, so I was slightly intimidated by this:
That was my friend Holly and her twin daughters, Sophie and Mattie. Mattie seems to think we should go left, but I think Sophie thinks the right way is right. Her girls are so cute, and their personalities are like night and day.

Here's a pic of Ian, Sophie, and Mattie with a giant spider that was in the maze
At the end of the day, they provide soft, yummy, pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies and apple juice for the kids. This might have been Ian's favorite part. He does have a sweet tooth.

They also had games out in the field for the kids. Things like bowling with pumpkins and stuff. They had big stacks of hay bales for the kids to climb. Ian had a great time, and I had a lot of fun too.
Of course, another classic fall past-time is jumping in the leaves. I put Ian to work last year and he helped me rake a big pile.
Then they did this...
And this...

Ian did a little of this to the photographer...

So, I, of course, had to do a little of this back to him...

Here's my good friend Denise's daughter, Hannah. She even got in on the fun! Isn't she cute? She's a whole year older now and just as cute as a button. I love this little girl.
And here they are all together. Hannah looks a little annoyed and confused as to why Lily is throwing leaves on her and Ian...
Well, those are some of the fun activities we do here at our home during the fun autumn season. I encourage you to think of some fun traditions to start with your family during this season, as well as all the others. Traditions are such an important part of home and family. Some of my most vivid memories include family traditions. I want my kids to look back on their childhood in fondness and relish the traditions. I want them to then be inspired to start their own traditions when they are grown and have families of their own. Just like I'm doing now.
See you next time!

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