Punkeen Patch

In an effort to create some sort of annual tradition, we took Clara to a pumpkin patch (or “punkeen” patch as she would say) last week.

Here she was last year at the Ashland Berry Farm (more photos here)…

…and this year at the Chesterfield Berry Farm:

Oh the difference a year makes (though not so much in the hair department). After going last year on a swamped Saturday, we dodged crowds this year by going on a surprisingly empty Wednesday evening. Though a bit less “festive,” it definitely meant Clara could enjoy the trip without getting trampled by older kids.

She was the lone bunny feeder for the afternoon.

We also had full reign of the moon bounce (Clara’s first!).

Likewise, we were the lone patrons at the “Corn Bin” play area.

And since the girl loves blowing bubbles in the bath, she gave that a go in the corn as well. Naturally.

I don’t understand little girls sometimes. Then again, sometimes I don’t understand big girls either. Take Miss Corn Princess below for example.

But as fun as bunnies, bounce houses, and bins of corn were – the hayride out to the pumpkin patch was the highlight of the evening. Especially since we had it pretty much all to ourselves.

Clara probably enjoyed the ride more than the destination actually. Between lounging in the hay…

… and watching the tractor wheels, it was heaven for her.

And we loved that we got the best seats in the house – er, hayride.

Once we got to the pumpkins, she was less interested in them and more so in the dirt around them. We finally convinced her to pay attention to the pumpkins by showing her that it’s fun to put dirt on them. Ooooh, fascinating….

In the end we did come home with one pumpkin, even though we’ve already painted ours for the year. But you can’t leave a pumpkin patch without a pumpkin, right??

Maybe next year we’ll try to find some middle ground between a busy Saturday and a deserted Wednesday. As long as it’s not too crowded to take another shot like this.

By the way, this is totally three pictures photoshopped together. There’s no way this was happening in one take!

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Birthday Boy

Last Friday our nephew Emanuel turned two. And what does every two year old deserve? A donut birthday cake, of course….

…and a cupcake. A beautiful face full of cupcake.

While the birthday boy was diving nose first into some icing, Clara was enjoying a nice afternoon swing behind him. Which was very exciting…

…and alternately very relaxing. Mmmm, open palm thumb sucking. Is there anything better?

With all of the cousins on a sugar high, we broke out the football and Clara did her best to keep up with the bigger kids.

Thank goodness they’re good sports and let her in on a few plays.

Look at that face. Best kid ever.

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