The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur is always on our Fall bucket list. I've talked about it here and here. This place has a special memory for JC and I. It was the place of our first date 10 years ago now. I had never been to the pumpkin patch before, so I thought it was a fun, unusual date. We had been talking and hanging out for a couple months before our first date. This location totally fit us. We walked around the patch, ventured out into the fields to find a pumpkin, carved the pumpkin at home and had take-out pizza. Pretty much sums up our relationship then and now. Super romantic, right?!This years’ experience at The Great Pumpkin Patch was probably my favorite because Anderson can really enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds. She had just woken up from a nap before entering the patch. Our groggy baby took in the patch from the comforts of her wagon for a little while. Then she decided she wanted to get out and explore. We walked through the corn maze, checked out all the animals, had some yummy corndogs and pumpkin ice cream and finally picked out four pumpkins; one for all of us to carve, and another for her to carry around.
Also included in our Fall extravaganza weekend was pumpkin carving, which Anderson really liked. We let her help take the “guts” out of the pumpkin out. Instead of being grossed out by the squishy, smelly stuff she decided to taste it and find pumpkin seeds to put in her mouth (which were quickly taken out by Mom and Dad). We gave her a spoon and she went to town scooping out the insides, and occasionally tasting what was on her spoon. The pumpkin insides had already been scooped out, and this job kept her occupied for at least 10 minutes (which is like a lifetime in toddler time).
Our pumpkins didn’t turn out as great as we’d hoped, but we had a wonderful weekend experiencing some of our favorite Fall activities with our favorite little girl.