Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Playoffs and Pursuing the Perfect Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday night, while I was off having fun with my friends, Seth went to a sleepover birthday party for his friend, Will. And to celebrate the end of a successful quarter, we let Henry invite a couple of his friends over for the night. It was a weekend full of sleepovers. God bless my husband because although I was home for Friday night's sleepover, he handled Saturday's on his own. He deserves a guys' night out soon!

On Sunday morning, when we normally would have been going to church, we packed up the family to go cheer Seth on in his 1st round playoff for his football team. They WON! So now the championship game is between our beloved White Knights, and their rivals, the Black Knights. It's a classic case of good vs. evil. ;)

Here's a clip of our team at the end of their post-game huddle...

After the game, we went out to celebrate Seth's team's success at Portillo's, and then tried to find a place to buy our pumpkins. Sadly, the pumpkin patch that we have gone to for the past few years with my husband's extended family is no longer around.

The first farmstand we went to was very cute, but the price of their pumpkins did not fit our budget. So we thought that we'd stop at Aldi to pick up pumpkins. Despite being a very unromantic site for picking pumpkins, Aldi does have very good prices on big pumpkins. Unfortunately, Aldi's were out of stock. :(

So we thought we'd look for another, and hopefully cheaper, farmstand on the way home. We happened by a small farm that I imagine has just started into the Halloween business (kind of like Sunny Acres a few decades ago, family). They had one little shop where you could buy jams, jellies, fruits, veggies and Halloween decor. One little shop, that's it. They had a little play area, and although they charged to get into it, it was only a few bucks, not like twelve. The farmer took us on a hayride through their corn field to a hidden pumpkin patch, and it was huge, with TONS of pumpkins to choose from. The pumpkins were not $2.50 like they were at Aldi, but $6 was not bad for a huge pumpkin and a hayride! Needless to say, I think that this will be our new traditional spot to get our pumpkins every year.

On the hayride going to pick out the perfect pumpkins!

My favorite daughter and I (although when I say that, Caroline usually corrects me and says that's not fair to Moxie!)

The boys

She found her favorite!

Evan almost chose this bumpy pumpkin.

Henry with his choice

Seth, half skeleton, half football player, with his choice

Bringing the pumpkins back on the hayride! They were so proud of their pumpkins!

Caroline hugging her brother and her pumpkin!

On the way out, we stopped in the shop to pay for our pumpkins...the kids found these fancy fingernails and couldn't resist scaring their mother.

Finally, here's Seth posing with the pumpkin that he carved at his friend Will's party Saturday night.
What a fun fall weekend!

1 comment:

Monkee said...

How fun! I must say, Dave's lookin smokin' with the beard! :) hehe

We have tons of places like that by us, but with everyone being everywhere but together this year, I just bought the kids their pumpkins at Wally World. you are right, not very romantic, but $3.88 wasn't bad for jack o lanterns :)