I had the pleasure of joining Caroline and her three-year old classmates at Old Baker Farm this past Wednesday to experience the Pumpkin Patch. Caroline hasn't been since she was 18ish months old, so this time was very different. She loved every single second and the 90 degree weather didn't phase her a bit. Who needs fall weather to get into the spirit of the season anyway?
We carpooled with one of her best little friends, Mary Bentley, and her sweet mama and made it a day of fun!
Aren't they the cutest?
While Baker Farm was delightful, their staff needs a bit of training on dealing with hundreds of preschoolers. Our tour guide talked for 10 minutes about cotton and the importance of cotton farming - excruciating for even us parents. The girls hung in there though and were rewarded with picking a few bulbs of cotton.
HA - this is a perfect glimpse of these two chatting it up
She loved the cotton field....
We pulled more than our one allowed bulb - I know you're shocked
Next up we visited the petting farm. The only thing the staff didn't do well here was mention that animals bite, multiple times. They were all pretty nervous about that, but the animals were all gentle and in generous moods that morning. Caroline LOVES animals, so we spent a lot of time in the barn.
Waiting on her turn with the animals
Caroline and Drake - another great buddy
They had a turkey that Caroline just loved. In fact, she skipped the hay maze to spend more time with Mr. Turkey and his rabbit friend in the pen next door. The highlight of the animal petting was the washing station afterwards. An irrigation line that rained down into a trough. It's the small things in life.....
MB and Caroline washing their hands
They had several other fun activities like the Corn Cob Toss - always a treat to throw things and not get in trouble.
Riding the horse(ish) swing before lunch
Climbing the hay tower with her friends
Our last activity was the hay ride (and my favorite since it provided a breeze and was shady in parts). Caroline didn't want to ride with me, so independent. She and her friends got the biggest kick out of the bumpy road. The delirium had set in at this point I think.
Riding on the hay ride
It was a beautiful day - not fallish in the least, but the farm was in full bloom with pumpkins, cotton, corn, hay, etc. Always makes for a beautiful backdrop.
At last we arrived to the pumpkin patch and Caroline set out for the perfect pumpkin. She couldn't make up her mind and really wanted as many pumpkins as she could carry - which wasn't many. We ended up with a cute pumpkin and one happy little girl!
Caroline and her pumpkins
It was a great day, with great friends and wonderful memories. I always cherish the time I get to spend with the girls in their element. They truly live in the moment - quite refreshing for this Mama.
Caroline, MB and their pumpkins