So this last week, instead of hitting the mall, my mom and I took the kids to the pumpkin patch at a church in our hometown. Rumor has it that there is a pumpkin shortage this year, so you'd better stock up while you can! The McFarlin pumpkin patch is so cute and the perfect size for little ones to explore and chose a pumpkin for their very own. I let each kiddo choose one decorative pumpkin and one carving pumpkin. I don't know if I will be brave enough to allow carving this year or not, but we're prepared just in case. My daughter chose a green pumpkin called a "Cinderella" pumpkin...surprise, surprise. My son "chose" the one my daughter shoved at him and said "Here, this one is YOURS!" Luckily, he seemed happy with it so I let it go. Then, of course, we had to do the wagon rides! I think they are suppose to be for the real pumpkins, but my little pumpkins loved it.
So, now we have a porch full of pumpkins that I have to try and keep is relatively good shape for another month or so. Wish me luck!
Here's a side tip: When my son was a newborn, I determined to carve a pumpkin. With a newborn. And a not-quite-two-year-old. I just had to make sure that my daughter not miss out on fun holiday stuff just because there was a new baby in the house. Can we say "4th trimester hormones?" Anyway, I ended up discovering a a neat trick: Using metal cookie cutters instead of knives. Just use a meat mallet or something else heavy to pound them in. Sweet and simple!
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