We made our way to the local pumpkin patch today. This also happens to be the apple orchard that I have spoken of in previous posts. The kids are always anxious to go and search for the perfect pumpkin so that we have them ready for our annual pumpkin carving party. Friends and family come over and we spend all night eating, visiting, and carving pumpkins....doesnt get much better than that!
This trip began like every other. J is always excited to pull the wagon.
Then he ditches it just upon first sight of an orange orb. See him? Im pretty sure this is where the wagon got dropped.
There is a lot of walking and looking...looking and walking. If you put your foot on a pumpkin, its a sure sign that it may be THE one. Im not sure what that means, exactly, but it never fails...they find a prospective pumpkin...and BAM. The foot gets set upon it. Then they have to call out to each other for inspection and possible approval.
These? Just thought they looked nice. Made me think back to the days before I had 3 kids.... when things were much more full and symmetrical.
Here we go...a man on a mission. Look at that determination. The importance of each step.
Doh! Im okay. Im good. Did anybody see that? Just pick yourself up and keep on walking. Like it never even happened.
Looks like hes found a good one.
He lifts it up and gets it in the wagon. Perfect. One down. Two to go.
Now, let me tell you the rules of the perfect pumpkin. 1. You must detach the pumpkin from the vine by yourself. 2. You must be able to carry the pumpkin from its resting spot to the wagon(wherever that may be) totally on your own. 3. You then must decide if you will be able to carve and decorate said pumpkin without the help of mom and dad. (That answer is always yes and then later, at the party, it seems to quickly turn to no)
Foot on the pumpkin. Assessing.....
Going in for the lift.
She has it! And into the wagon.
Now see here....hes trying to be a little tricky. He has his foot on a pumpkin, but not the one that he ends up choosing. Is that a legal move?
Here we are discussing if that move has now just disqualified that pumpkin all together ....this is very serious business.
Its been decide that its all good. The pumpkin is still in the race. But we are laughing so hard at this point...we are unsure if it will make it to the wagon.
Here we go....moving...moving...tongue hanging out is required for extra ooommpphh.
Into the wagon it goes. Now we have 3!
This is where we said to show us how much you all love your pumpkin......G took that quite literally. And began to kiss the dirty squash. A little dirt never hurt anyone.
Rolling back to the counter to pay. She says she wonders how she got to pull it when it was all full....
All tuckered out...needs a little boost from dad. Keeps losing his boots, tho. Cousin Becca is there to help. She's a pretty good boot keeper.
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