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Pumpkin Patch

It may look as though we haven’t been doing anything, since I haven’t blogged here much lately.  Quite the opposite, my friends.  We’ve been doing a lot.  So much, in fact, that I haven’t had time to blog.  Mostly, though, it hasn’t been lots of fun outings, it has been lots of other things.  The Hubby and I are both musicians.  We have been quite busy with concerts and rehearsals lately.  We also had a birthday party for The Girl last month and the planning took up a lot more time than I thought it would.  Then, for some unknown reason, I volunteered to help out her 1st grade teacher with a  few things and I joined the PTA board.  On top of that, I got a new, more demanding calling in church.  Why I spread myself so thin, I’ll never know.  Just know that I haven’t forgotten and I keep wanting to post but usually other things take precedence.

Enough about my busy life, you’re here to hear about the pumpkin patch!  I love visiting the pumpkin patch in the fall.  There’s just something about it.  For me, there’s something about pumpkins in general.  Maybe it’s because I was a jack-o-lantern for Halloween every year for the first at least 5 years of my life.  I’m not kidding.  My mom had 3 of the exact same costume.  She made them all and I know she loved them because we could wear our coats and snow pants and all of the layers we needed (we lived in Canada) but still have our costume on top.  You would think that would give me a hatred of anything pumpkin, but not so.  I love anything pumpkin and I’m way too excited to cook up these pumpkins that my kids just chose and do all sorts of fun fall baking.  Mmmmmm.

Back to the pumpkin patch.  We went to Oma’s (in Lakeside).  There are a number of pumpkin patches around the county that are great.  In years past we have visited Bates Nut Farm and Victoria’s Gardens (which apparently is closed now?).  They all have their own draw.  Bates is huge and choosing a pumpkin can be so much fun there, but it’s also quite a drive for us.  Victoria’s Gardens has some really fun activities for the kids, including pony rides.  I like Oma’s, though.  I like it because it’s a working farm.  I like to take my kids there and show them what a farm really is.

learning to milk a cow

My favorite part of Oma’s (and the stinkiest part!) is the hay ride.

This tractor pulls the hay trailers through the farm for an up-close look.

You can take a ride through the farm and see the animals and get a glimpse of what a farm is really like.

Today we even saw a 2-day-old bull calf!

The Hubby trying to lasso his bull.

There are also all sorts of fun games and, of course, a petting zoo.

There was this calf in the petting zoo!

We didn’t make it to everything because we got there a little later than we had planned.  The last time I was there was two years ago and they have added quite a few more activities and games since then.  A huge draw is the cotton mountain.  There are a number of saucers which the kids can ride down the hill made of cotton seeds.

When you live in Southern California, sledding doesn’t get much better!  We love Oma’s and I hope we make it back next year!

The cost per kid to get in is $7 and this includes a pumpkin and a water and access to all of the activities and games.  One adult is free with every paid child, but the adults don’t get a water bottle or a pumpkin.  If you have more adults than children (lucky you!), the cost is an additional $3 per adult.

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