Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- 1 pumpkin, any size
- 2 pumpkins to launch in their big pumpkin slingshot thing
- corn maze
- hay maze (for the little ones)
- animals to pet (goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, turkey, donkey - seems like there was more)
- freshly squeezed apple cider
- a hot cider or hot chocolate
- hay ride to pumpkin patch
- rubber duck races (driven by a water pump)
- pumpkin washing stations
- tractors to climb on
- a hay tower to climb on with tunnels
- a nice place to take a family photo
That might be all. Anyway, we got there about 1/2 hour after they opened on a Sunday and went to the pumpkin launch first because it gets pretty busy later. J1 and the mister launched all six of our pumpkins. They have some barrels in the field and if you make it in you get some sort of a prize - no idea what since we have never done it! Here are the boys attempting it though:
And then my camera batteries died. I had briefly thought about bring some with us but in all the craziness of getting out the door, I forgot. Oh well. I did get some pumpkin pictures later - thanks Gramma! Stay tuned for those.
So it was a pretty nice morning for early October and we went outside to play. J1 is still wearing his jammie bottoms so it was at least before noon! I don't remember why they were playing in the birdbath but I just let them because they were having fun and the pictures are great!
We also recently went to the Greek Festival in Portland. The mister and I have gone nearly every year since we met. We actually met at a Greek Restaurant (thanks Mo!) so it is sort of symbolic I guess. We really only go for the food though - so yummy! I think the servers are sort of disgusted with me, however, because I always order my gyro without tomatoes and onions - apparently some sort of affront to Greek cooking! I have been going to the Greek festival for many years, even before meeting the mister. My bff D took me with her family way back in the day.
Here we are just after eating. Trying to coerce J1 to look at the camera and not make a face - not an easy task!
Here is the church and the sign they have every year. I understand the intent - they have a beer garden as part of the festival and you aren't allowed to leave the premises, surely a condition of the alcohol license. But still, it is a funny sign!
You can't buy anything with actual cash, you have to buy "talents" and get your food that way. Maybe so it doesn't seem like you are spending a fortune for lunch? Not really sure. And of course, they always have kids dancing in their elaborate costumes. J1 enjoyed watching that a lot.
For some reason, we always end up parking near this playground so inevitably we have to hang there for a bit after we leave the festival. The boys had a blast though!
J2's first time on a merry-go-round - he liked it. Only fell off once!
And the slide - J2 was crazy about it. And all the pictures showed his reflection - way cooler than I knew when I was taking it!