This past Friday, we picked our kids up early from their lil' preschool and took them out to Oakes Farm in Corryton, TN for an afternoon of fall fun! The kids had been talking about going to the "punkin patch" for days and they were totally giddy with excitement.
I loved the new photo display this year!! The sun was in a tricky position for getting good light, but we knew that if we didn't seize the opportunity right then, they'd be too tired and grumpy later to oblige.
Jasper's a map kid (omg he is his father's son) so we had to stop by the big colorful map near the entrance to get a lay of the land.
First we rode on tractors!
Round and round they go!
Next was the jumping pillow.
Then half-pipe slides!
There's a giant sandbox near the middle of the farm, so that's was our next activity.
Jasper loved the sand diggers!
These horse swings were a hit as well.
Jasper found an old corn cob lying on the ground and asked Daddy what the heck it was. Matt told him to peel back the layers and see, and he got so excited to find (moldy) corn inside!
Juice box break!
We try to remember to use the remote timer on our camera to grab a family photo, and sometimes that yields hilarious results when one of them decides to go fishing for finger trout when the shutter clicks.
Next we had an epic Tug of War battle with some random kids passing by.
It was 4 or 5 big kids against Jasper and Shelby, so Daddy had to jump in to offer some assistance!
Pretty soon they were dying of thirst again, so we stopped by the Snack Bin and got the kids some "Pumpkin Sippers", orange Kool-Aid in pumpkin sippy bottles you could keep.
Our kids are the biggest animal lovers, I swear. They have learned to be so gentle with them and talk in soft voices.
Which animals are their favorites? The sweet, soft-muzzled goats? No, the chickens who peck the crap out of your hand when you feed them, of course.
But they give the goats their share of the love, too.
Shelby likes to tease by giving one little piece of food at a time. You could just hear the goat wanting to say, "C'mon, kid, hand over the goods!"
Shelby had really wanted to feed this "big goat" but Mr. Llama here had been hanging out under his shelter for most of the time we were around. When he finally came over, she got excited. Not so sure the llama felt the same way, haha.
Next we hit up the ball toss area, which was one of our favorite activities!
There were sections for baseball, basketball, and football. We spent a lot of time here because we were ALL having fun.
I actually had a low fever that day since I was fighting the nasty lil' virus my kids had battled the week prior. But they were right as rain and ready for the fall fun we promised, so I had to rally!
Next we played in this little maze game where you start a timer and then run through the maze trying to hit the button on all of the pumpkin signs.
The highlight of the day was the corn crib!
Both kids loved it. The bin was shaded and the corn kernels were cool to the touch. Great sensory play, they had a blast.
Jasper found a couple of extra friends to help Shelby bury him in corn while he cackled the whole time.
Then Shelby took matters into her own hands and started burying herself!
It took some coaxing to get them to leave the corn bin, but when we told them it was time to go pick out their pumpkins, they obliged and we headed over to the pick-up area for the hay rides.
Obligatory covered wagon selfie. Shelby looks realllllly tired here (a day of fall fun means missed naptime) but she was hangin' in there.
They scattered as soon as we stepped off of our covered wagon and were set loose into the sea of pumpkins.
For days, they'd been talking about what kind of pumpkins they wanted to get. Jasper wanted to get a pumpkin that is "100 years old" and Shelby wanted one that was "so so so so giant up to the sky!"
They were overwhelmed with choices and kept changing their minds.
"Nope, I got this, hnnnnngh..."
On the return hayride, this little one only wanted Mommy. I don't let it boost my ego too much, because she'll shift her affections over to Daddy before I can say blueberry pie.
He was SO proud of that pumpkin!
Visiting a pumpkin patch and farm is the official kickoff of our fall season. Now that the weather is finally following suit, I can start going full on basic b*tch with the leggings, boots, and lattes! (shameless)
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