03 November 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

One of our family's favorite fall traditions since moving to Waco is joining our friends, the Carneys, to visit a local pumpkin patch.  Unfortunately, due to both of our family's schedules this year, we weren't able to go to the Pumpkin Patch until the end of the season - the very last day, in fact.

For the entire week before we were set to go, I worried that our time would be rained out.  But my friend Lindsay kept reassuring me to stay positive that it wasn't going to rain.

Thankfully, to Lindsay's credit, it didn't rain on the day of our visiting the Pumpkin Patch.  So, our two families packed up our six and a half kids (the Carney's are expecting #4 this Spring) in two vans and drove the 45 minutes it took to get there.

We were all SO excited.  This was our 5th year going to the Pumpkin Patch - our 5th year to experience the tradition of a Hayride that went nowhere, silly games that were overpriced and a kid maze made out of nothing more than a bunch of old pieces of wood.  But it was also our 5th year to enjoy eating freshly cooked pulled pork sandwiches together, letting each child pick out their very own pumpkin and helping our kids feed the farm goats.  It wasn't the activities we were so much looking forward to but getting to do everything one more time and doing so together.

But would you believe that as soon as we drove up to the farm we noticed no one was there?  We were heartbroken.  The parking lot was sectioned off and a large white sign was tacked to a fence post with big red letters on it that read "CLOSED."

No, it didn't end up raining that day.  But apparently, the multiple days of rain beforehand forced the Pumpkin Patch to close due to the ground being too wet for people to park.

And so, the four of us adults had no choice but to turn to our poor little children and explain, "There will be no Pumpkin Patch this year."

It was like having to tell our kids there is no Santa Claus.  It was terribly difficult to have to tell them.  Their faces were so sad.

But, we made the best of it.  Since we would not be having pulled pork sandwiches at the Pumpkin Patch, we decided to just go to lunch at Texas Roadhouse which Lindsay announced to the children, "We aren't going to the Pumpkin Patch, ya'll.  We are going to the Peanut Patch!"  And somehow, they actually were ok with it!

For the record, here is officially this year's "Pumpkin Patch."

Instead of picking out pumpkins this year.  We picked out our favorite peanuts...and then ate them. :)

Her is our annual "Pumpkin Patch" family picture.

The Carneys

Here is our annual all-the-kids "Pumpkin Patch" picture.  (Avonlea was our new little one to be added to the picture this year.)

No, we didn't get to enjoy the Pumpkin Patch this year.  But we did make a really great memory with our friends!  

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