On Saturday we had planned to go to a local farm and pumpkin patch. Although the morning dawned cold and my friend who invited me to go to the pumpkin patch with her bailed on me, due to the weather, yet I decided that it would be better to take the kids out than to try to entertain them all at my house. Luckily the weather soon warmed up and it was a perfect day to run around on the farm and to enjoy the games and pumpkins.
|The girls loved the hay maze, even though it was too easy for them. I think they went through it at least twenty times over the course of the day.|
|The tire sculpture also was a big draw. Abby especially loved climbing to the top and sitting in the dirt and then throwing it in the air and practically bathing in it. Note to self: farms are dirty; try to stay calm.|
|The rain barrel ride was fairly tame, but the girls rode it several times. The boys liked to lie down in the rain barrels and ride head first. Abby soon copied them and rode in the same way.|
|We also took a tractor/hay ride. Abby decided to be buddy buddy with these girls (one shared her name) who were the only other family brave enough to brave the cold as early as we did. Our hay ride was mostly empty.|
|These pumps worked well but they took a lot of effort to prime. The girls loved watching the water push the rubber ducks down the tube.|
|Somebody learned from the older boys to walk on the hay bales instead of in the maze.|
|This slide was fast and fun. We all took turns going down it and I loved it. The hardest part was catching yourself at the bottom without landing hard in the dirt.|
|Climbing tires was also a hit.|
|She liked to pretend there were alligators and she would hide down in the tires. The rest of the crew joined her there as well.|
We were at the patch all afternoon. We then had to rush back home so that we could get ready to go see "hotel Transylvania" in 3D. I did not even get anyone out of the car when we stopped at the house to drop off some things. Then we picked up Benjamin and headed straight to the theater. I originally had not planned on going to the pumpkin patch and therefore had bought tickets to the movies. Then I decided to go to Devine's pumpkin patch and had already purchase movie tickets. This made for a packed day, but it was super fun. Abigail absolutely loved the movie. I need to buy it for her. She is so funny when she tries to talk like Dracula. Ben also related to the vampire character and his need for control, pretty hilarious.
After the movie, we headed back home and built a fire in the backyard fire pit. We cooked hot dogs over the fire and then made s'mores. It was a fun, if not a little hectic, evening. I love fire and was super happy to see everybody happy around the fire pit.
Everyone was pretty exhausted by this time. The boys slept on the couches and the girls had a sleepover in Abby's bed. They were ECSTATIC!
The next morning (Sunday) Abigail woke up at her regular time. She came bawling into her room. We were concerned and asked what was the matter. She said that Matti wouldn't wake up to play with her. We had to console and entertain her for another hour and a half until her friend woke up.