Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pitch Black Pumpkin Pickin'

While some of you may be bored of seeing absolutely everyone's pumpkin patch photos, I just love them!  Kids are usually so smiley & happy, and I love seeing how unique each patch is all over the country!  Having lived many places, and visited nearly as many patches, I do consider myself a bit of a snob expert.  But if you've had enough of the patch, then click away my friends, click away!
I insist upon a real pumpkin patch, in which the pumpkin is still in fact upon the vine; none of those randomly placed pumpkins upon hay bales for me!  Last year we were really happy with Black Island Farms which is just north of Salt Lake City, so we went back for round 2 this year!
After reading Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin for a few weeks,  Liam knew where we were going and was ecstatic upon arrival!  First we hit up the courtyard which consisted of farm animals, slides, a train ride, & a "corn box".  The corn box was a huge hit!  He rolled in it, buried himself in it, threw it like it was confetti.  He practically filled his pockets & shoes until there was no way that he could possibly bring anymore corn home with him.  And yet, I'm still finding a kernel here or there...

Then we let Liam lead us through the corn maze, where he giggled around each corner trying to find the right way to go!  The stalks were high and the maze huge, so we spent a fair amount of time chasing him down.  Sometimes he loves running ahead and being independent, but other days he simply wants to hold my hand.  It seems to fit perfectly in mine!

The sun was setting and we had yet to pick our pumpkins, so we scurried ourselves to the hayride...  I was picturing the most perfect setting of a jubilant little Liam running through the massive patch with the sun slowly falling behind him.  Except that definitely didn't happen.  Because oh my goodness, there was the most massive line for the hayride that I ever did see!  Almost tear worthy long.  So we began the wait, one at time, while the other took Liam back to the courtyard to play.  Kettle corn was purchased and devoured.  Numerous bathroom breaks & diaper changes were had.  Coats were retrieved from the car.  Darkness fell.  And then it fell some more.  And when I say dark, I mean D A R K.  We were at a farm in the absolute middle of nowhere Utah; no lights were to be seen.  It took almost 1.5 hours to make it the front of the line, but there was no way I was driving home without a damn pumpkin.  So at nearly 8pm, we climbed on the wagon and were finally on our way to the pumpkin patch.  We couldn't see a thing, but Liam loved the bumpy ride.  We chose our pumpkins by the light of our phones and hoped that our selections were going to look top notch in the daylight!

I was only slightly hormonal and upset about our late night,
but I really tried to embrace the moment for what it was.
It was an adventure!  One we surely won't forget!
And maybe, just maybe we spotted the Great Pumpkin... we will never know...


  1. So fun! I always love your photos, your family is just adorable!

  2. oh no, thats so horrible about the long wait - but i understand, i wouldn't have gone home without a pumpkin either!

  3. Glad y'all had fun, but oh my goodness about the wait, that's awful. Love your pictures.

  4. Haha, aww I love the nighttime pumpkin picking adventure! We also got to cut our pumpkins off the vine in a TRUE pumpkin patch experience!

  5. Oh boo. Sorry your experience wasn't what you had hoped for. It never is, is it? I always seem to have this amazing beautiful scenario in my head, thinking that the photos will be beautiful and everything will be perfect and it never fails that it all goes to hell. :) Hahaha. Well, maybe that's just me. It's a super cute photo though! And sounds like it was fun! There's always next year.

  6. Omg how crazy that you were picking pumpkins in th dark! At least he had a blast with the corn and maze before it got dark!

  7. Wow, what a wait! Bet you always remember this pumpkin trip! :)

  8. That corn box looks so fun! I saw someone else did that at their pumpkin patch and was so jealous. It even had a slide that you could slide into the corn box with.
    Even though your pumpkin patch adventure didn't go as expected (as ours didn't either) at least you guys had fun and got your pumpkins in the end :)

  9. We went to a patch that had a corn box too! I never knew they existed until just a couple weeks ago! But my son loved it too. I couldn't get him to leave. Totally wanting one in our backyard now! Pretty awesome that you got your pumpkins by moonlight although I am sure the wait wasn't too fun.


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