Yesterday we hit up a pumpkin patch! And no, we didn't go to the Roloff Farm (Little People Big World) like we did last year. That was lots of fun, yes, but the thought of driving all the way (and past) Portland and being around TONS of people on a farm that was extremely commercialized and overpriced made me want to crawl back into bed and go to sleep. LOL
Instead we drove an hour to Toppennish (close to Yakima) and went to a smaller place that had a huge corn maze, animals, a kiddo sized hay maze and slide play area, and an area to pick out your pumpkins. My only disappointment was there wasn't any real "pumpkin patch"....it was just an area where they trucked in the pumpkins and set them about for you to choose. Booo. But you know, the kids had a great time and there's always next year to go to a different place. I found one close to Portland that not only has a pumpkin patch, but apple picking and hay rides and apple cider and donuts. Just like the place I went to as a kid growing up in NY. We'll do that one next year when I'm not so exhausted I feel like keeling over.
We packed our own cooler lunch so we didn't have to spend money on food and set aside a set amount of money to spend on pumpkins. This was a grand idea. The first thing we did was go in the corn maze. Molly had a BLAST! She played leader the whole way. Anthony had a good time until about 20 minutes in when he started to cry. We asked him why he was crying and he said because we were lost and he was scared! Poor sweet boy, lol. We went a little further then wound up turning around and going out the way we came, hahaha. Lame we couldn't find our way out, but we had a great time watching the kids run through the corn deciding which way to go. I was EXHAUSTED anyway......so I had no problem with turning back and heading out. :)
Next we headed over to see the little animals they had there and then the kiddy hay maze. Now that was more the kids' style. Oh gosh, it was soooo funny watching them run through it! All I could see was Anthony's head bobbing up and down and for Molly, I could only hear her little giggling. Sam and I went through it with the kids once before I had to sit back and watch. Anthony ran through it a good 3 times while Sam and Molly played monster. Too funny.
After the hay maze, the kids found the huge hay stack that had slides. Their eyes got all wide with excitement and they spent a good 20 minutes just climbing up the hay and going down the slides. Lastly, we picked out pumpkins and hit the road.
Hooray for fall!Mama Hauck