Sunday, October 21, 2007

Apple Picking - Pumpkin Patch

Our first adventure this semester was to Kuipers Family Farm the first weekend in October. We have visited this farm over the past two years and it is divided; one side of the road for pumpkins and the other for apples. This is the first year that we went to the apple side, so everyone was very excited. The great thing about Kuipers is that it is half way to Dekalb. We carefully planned the morning to allow two or three hours before Tom had to be at work. Little did we know that the actual hayride and apple picking would take a mere 20 minutes. The kids had a great time, but their attention quickly was drawn to the area of the grill. We had a great picnic and it turned out to be a beautifully sunny day

We went back a couple weeks later to visit "Scarecrow Acres". While the sun peered out at us a few times, it remained a cool, but pleasant 55 degrees. The kids immediately went to the corn pits before I was able to get any pictures of them while they were still clean. Instead of sand, Kuipers fills their boxes with corn and there were four pits in the same area as where the picture was taken. Stephen really liked this activity table and was standing on it to make things work by the time we left.

My favorite part was feeding the animals, but neither kid was remotely interested. Oh well........... Stephen, Rhea and Daddy picked out their own pumpkin to take home, along with a few extra treasures for Mommy's fall decorations.

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