Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

For Halloween, my friend Kavya and I went home to spend the weekend with the family. She's from Canada, so her family is just a little bit farther than mine is. I met Kavya last year on the crew team, and now she's my closest friend here at school. Anyways, so Kavya had never been to a pumpkin patch or picked her own pumpkin before, so we definitely wanted to go to Belvidere Plantation one weekend we could both head back to my house. We decided to go back the last weekend of October so we could squeeze in the family/church Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, too. 

My family has been going to Belvidere Plantation for years now, and this year Mom got seasons passes from work for super cheap for the family. Also, Suzanne worked as a Farmer this year for her first job! She because a master at making Fresh Lemonade and looked so cute dressed in her farmer overalls every weekend. 

The weather for the day was perfect--a little cooler, but definitely not cold enough to warrant wearing a jacket. That Saturday was actually pretty busy and there were a million things going on: I had to get some lab work done, Mom was preparing a dozen things for the ward's Trunk-or-Treat, Bryce and Ryan had a Halloween party, etc., but since Kavya had never been, we were definitely going. Kavya, Suzanne, and I took all of the little kids and Kyan with us, and Mom and Rachel stayed at the house.

Kavya coming out of the big pipe slide!

Evan LOVED swinging on the rope, too. In general, the Pumpkin Patch was a huge hit for him!

We all had a blast. We played around in the pipe slide and in the big rope barn. My favorite part was splitting up into two teams and taking on the corn maze. Kavya, Harrison, Evan, and I were on one team, and Suzanne and her friend Aaron were paired with Kyan, Bryce, and Ryan. For one who works right next to the corn maze, Suzanne really didn't have an advantage at all. She got lost as could be and even tried to cheat her way out of the maze. 

Suzanne's group wondering how in the world they could have lost :)

 Suzanne's group still stuck in the corn maze

 One of the "Farmers" Suzanne works with--Farmer Skipp. Evan was enamored by this farmer for some reason. Was very curious about him!

After the corn maze, we took the hayride out to the pumpkin field and all picked a pumpkin together. It was quite a challenge finding a good pumpkin--the were pretty small and a lot of them were rotten. Evan LOVES pumpkins, so he was in heaven just spotting out every "umpkin" that he saw. He did not want to leave at all!

On the Hayride out to the field

Bryce, Kavya, and Kyan

Evan exploring every single pumpkin possible. LOVED them!

Harrison trying to help find the perfect family pumpkin

 Kavya is studying to be a neurosurgeon right now, so she has a LOT of schooling still ahead of her. However, when she does have kids one day, she will sure be a great mom. She loves all those little, crazy guys in my family. 

Our whole group in the patch! 

Kavya--so proud to have picked her very own pumpkin for the very first time.

Suzanne and her friend, Aaron

So grateful for such a great friend and a great fall day spent at Belvidere with the family!

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