Monday, October 8, 2007

Picking Pumpkins in Record Setting Heat

Ahhh...fall! Don't you just love this time of year? The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, the air is coo land crisp.

Crisp? How's 90 degrees for crisp! The only crisp things around here were the sunburns that we got by spending all day outside at Freeman's Farm. Oh well, we had a heck of a good time anyway!

The good thing about living is the Midwest is that the fall leaves are beautiful and there are lots of farms that you can visit. Freeman's is really close to us, so Molly and I strapped on our overalls and joined some friends for an afternoon of fun.

We spent the day petting farm animals, eating kettle corn, roasting hot dogs over a campfire, picking pumpkins and taking a hay ride. Molly was having such a great time that even sat on the hay (gasp!). Well at least long enough for me to take a picture.

For me, the highlight of the day was pumpkin picking. This was one of the Kodak moments that I played in my head while we waited for Molly. I couldn't wait to see her expression when she saw all of the pumpkins. I expected to see a face filled with excitement and to hear shrieks of joy. Here's what I got:

After a little coaxing (okay, I bribed her with kettle corn), Molly ventured into the pumpkin patch to help me select this year's pumpkins. She liked all of them so I actually did most of the selecting.

By the end of the day Molly had been run ragged. She actually started to fall asleep while sitting on a pumpkin! Being the astute mom that I am, I realized it was waaay past nap time and that we should probably head home and sleep. You don't have to hit me over the head with a hammer or anything. Geesh, I am never going to win mother of the year!

We loaded the pumpkins in the car and brought them home to the Master Carver: Daddy. I am doing some ego stroking here by giving kudos to his artistic abilities and bestowing on him the title of Master Carver. Truth be told, I hate pumpkin slime and really don't want to have to carve them myself. Tune in to the Halloween poto seest if I got out of this nasty job!

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