Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

We took our annual Conkling Cousin trip to the Harvest Farm Pumpkin Patch in Turon the final weekend it was open. And in true "waiting til the last weekend" fashion, our adventure started out a bit chilly, rainy, and wet. As the morning progressed, though, it turned out to be a delightful day that wiped out not only the little kids, but the big kids (us!) as well.

Here are some snapshots of our day!

 I couldn't find Mackie to get her pic next to the ruler, but Brax sure cheesed it up for me! 

 Mackie and her (only) fellow girl cousin, Lily. The Conkling girls must stick together - there are 7 boys to watch out for!

Both kids were big enough for the zip line this year! Last year it was a huge hit with Mackie, but she wasn't really having it this year (we had some drama and emotional issues throughout the morning with her - again, 4 going on 14!). Brax LOVED it and giggled the entire time. I just wish they didn't go so fast, thus the blurry pics. ;)

 If Brax ever got away from us for a few seconds, we could pretty much guarantee to find him in the barn or just outside, trying to feed the animals. He probably spent 80% of his time with those horses and goats!

 We capped off our pumpkin patch experience with a hay rack ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick a few small pumpkins. We had purchased our larger ones earlier in the fall, but who could resist cheap pumpkins that you pick yourself? They make great decor! 

The pumpkin patch is definitely one of the family highlights of the year. It's SO much fun to play with the kids and catch up with the adults, and the day always ends with dinner at the grandparents house, complete with s'mores, of course.

Each year gets easier to have the big family get-togethers, too. There are nine cousins and they're all 7 and under (Lily is the oldest at almost 8!), but with most of the kids 4 and older, it makes a huge difference. Let's just say it's much nicer and more laid-back than when they were all under five. :)

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