October 24, 2009

Maris Farm

It is our tradition every year to go to the Pumpkin Patch with the kids to pick out our pumpkins. This year we decided to try a new pumpkin patch highly recommended by some of our friends. It was a bit of a drive but it was well worth it. Not only was it a goregous day but the drive through the country with all of the different colors of fall was something to behold. After the boys soccer games we met at Maris Farm to begin our pumpkin patch adventure. This was way more than a simple pumpkin patch--it was an incredible farm with lots of fun things for the kids to do. Some of our favorite activites were the corn room, the cow train, the kid size orange tractor, the spinning room, the pony ride, the animals, the pig races, the giant pillow, the amazing corn maze, and the long mine slide. We probably spent a good deal of time in the corn room and letting the kids jump on the giant "pillow." We even made time to each some rather yummy funnel cake. Emma had so much fun riding the pony all by herself while the boys headed back to the spinning room. It is this dark room with a 20 ft platform that you walk across as the round glow in the dark walls spin around you. It was so trippy to walk across it and I kept falling toward one of the railings. I couldn't keep my mind from being tricked and I felt like I was actually spinning. We all met up afterwards to watch the pig races. That was just plain hilarious.

After playing for a good portion of the day we decided to end with the corn maze followed by picking out our pumpkins. I was really impressed by the corn maze. It was organized into two sections and you had "passports" with questions to help get you through the maze. There were many different categories of passports to choose from. After coming to each question you answered it and then your answer told you which direction to take. The first half of the questions were on one side of the corn maze which led you back to the beginning. For those that were daring enough to keep going they could just continue on the second section. As for me and Abby, we ventured over to the pumpkins while the others did the second section. They all had a lot of fun and since they had clues to help them there wasn't too much trouble getting through the maze.

After grabbing a wheelbarrow we headed up and down the rows to find those perfect pumpkins. The pumpkins were all neatly organized into long rows. All of our kids found great pumpkins and Abby enjoyed riding in the wheelbarrow. We bought a small pumpkin for her which she happily held all the way to the car. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day together. It was just the way we wanted to spend this beautiful fall day!

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