Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Today Allie's preschool class took a trip to a local farm/pumpkin patch. The great thing about this particular field trip is that moms and siblings are welcome! Yay!
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It was a beautiful 70-degree fall day and when we arrived at about 9:20, the kids were already beyond excited to check out all the animals and pumpkins. Allie vaguely remembered this particular farm from last year, and although Zach was in attendance last year as well, most of it was completely new to him.
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Of all of the pumpkin patches and farms we have visited as a family, the Eveland Family Farm in Andover ranks among one of my favorites. I love that the focus is on the farm and the animals and not on all the Halloween decor or other "commercialized" type stuff that really isn't farm-like at all.
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After the kids had a snack, Allie's class was first in line for the hayride. The approximately 30-minute winding, bumpy, trailer-pulled-by-a-tractor hay ride (that unfortunately did not put me into labor) was great fun for the kids (and slightly painful for mommy). We got to see the majority of the farm and surrounding woods where we also spotted a family of wild turkeys!
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Mr. Eveland (the farmer...I guess that would be the correct job title for him) then proceeded to show us around the animal portion of the farm where the kids met miniature ponies, cattle, llamas, pigs, chickens, goats, swans, ducks, etc.
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The culmination of the field trip came with the kids picking their very own pumpkin from the farm's pumpkin patch. While Allie was searching for the largest pumpkin in the patch, Zach was intent on finding the smallest (mostly because I informed the kids that they would have to carry their own pumpkins back to the car and Zach apparently recognized "big" to be synonymous with "heavy" and had no desire to exert any more effort in carrying a pumpkin than what was absolutely necessary).

After our morning at the farm, I thought it would be fun to treat the kids to lunch at McDonald's. They were thrilled because we are not frequent visitors of McDonald's (mainly because mommy finds other fine dining establishments such as Wendy's and Subway far superior) and they couldn't wait to get their hands on their very own Happy Meals. And, even better, while we were eating, we had a surprise encounter with....Ronald McDonald himself!!

After lunch, Allie declared that this was the best day ever and there was no way that it could get any better. Then, we hit the grocery store on our way home where the woman at the bakery gave both Allie and Zach HUGE frosted sugar cookies (complete with fall leaf sprinkles which was definitely much better than the typical mini chocolate chip cookie that is handed out) and Allie looked at me in shock and exclaimed, "IT JUST GOT BETTER!"
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And, then I realized that one of the best things about being a mom is reliving the days when a pumpkin, a visit from a red-headed clown, and a grocery store sugar cookie was all it took to have one of the best days of my life.


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