This weekend, we made our third annual trip to the pumpkin patch! You can read about our first two years here. My sister and her boyfriend were visiting for the weekend, so we all headed up to Lombardi Ranch, with a traditional stop at the Habit Burger. The past two years, the temperature has been 100-degrees of more. We were so pleased that it was cool and overcast, with some actual misty water droplets in the air!
I had decided on Alice's costume pretty late in the game and it arrived just in the nick of time. She says she's a "night cat," after a black cat in one of the books she got at the library a few rounds ago - as opposed to a "Marci cat" (white) or a "Buddy Guy" cat (orange), after our own kitties. I think she's the very cutest little night cat I have ever seen.
|Alice and her Auntie.|
|Surveying the scene.|
|Filling up the wagon with tiny pumpkins.|
In her excitement, she often forgot to be gentle with the pumpkins and was just chucking them in the wagon. Plus, you know, they were really heavy! Since we weren't going to take all of those pumpkins home, we had to intervene just a bit.
|Auntie's boyfriend spots a pumpkin on the landing.|
Alice could have moved pumpkins all day long, but we wanted to see the animals and scarecrows before she ran out of energy. We had a good time identifying all the exotic farm breeds (rabbits! pigs! chickens, turkeys, and geese! peacocks! llamas!) and then moved on to the sunflower trail with the scarecrow contest.
|"Auntie, carry you?"|
After the scarecrows, we headed back to the pumpkin patch and Alice played with Auntie and her boyfriend while Jon and I picked our pumpkins.
|A little kitty, reclining on some pumpkins.|
After a while, she sat down on a pumpkin and then on the floor surrounded by pumpkins and just played in the dirt - just like a real kitty!
|one filthy little night cat.|
|Daddy hooked her with a giant gourd.|
After further editing our pumpkin selections and scraping together exactly enough dollars to pay for our haul, we headed home for a cozy afternoon with cider and cookies. We're hoping that the fall weather is here to stay and that it won't actually be 100+ degrees on Halloween. We've been enjoying plenty of fall-flavored treats lately, and they just taste better when there's a little chill to the air. We're looking forward to the rest of our fall and holiday traditions - like carving our pumpkins!
How about you? Have you gotten your costume yet? Taken any trips to the pumpkin patch? Enjoyed any fall/Halloween treats and traditions?