Had an awesome family day today out at Schuh Farms in Mount Vernon! I decided to take a break from painting, get outside and take the kids to the pumpkin patch. I have to admit I was a bit surprised that they even wanted to venture out. Every year I think it is going to be our last.......these early preteen and teenagers tend to not want to hang with the folks as much as they use too! When we asked them this morning about going, they jumped up, got ready, and were out the door!!!! YEAH!!!! They still want to hang with us old folks! Maybe we are cooler than we think! (yeah right) The weather here has been a bit ominous. We have had everything from water funnel clouds, hail the size of small golf balls, rain, wind, and even some sun accompanied by a rainbow. The deal for the day was that we would decide at 1:00. If it was not raining we would head to pumpkin patch, if it was raining, we would do some family bowling. I was bound and determined to do something fun with them today! The patch won today (which was a little bit of a disappointment for Orion who loves to bowl).....and off we went!
We have been to several pumpkin farms the past few years, and I have to say the SCHUH FARMS was BY FAR the best! They had a great shuttle service, friendly help, and very affordable prices. We started out by finding all the clues in the corn maze. (a task that we could not pull off last year.) This was the most expensive part of our day, it cost us $20.00 for a family of 4 to wander through. We really tried hard to ditch the kids, but they are like boomerangs, and always found there way back. We were able to check out some baby pigs, baby cows and feed some chickens. We swung by the latte stand (which was the highlight of my trip) grabbed some hot chocolates for the kids while I guzzled a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Dan cried and whined because I wouldn't let him buy a pumpkin cookie. Our last event was grabbing some wheelbarrows, heading out through the apple orchard to find the perfect pumpkin! We got a bit carried away, and came back with about 100 pounds of solid squash! I tried to pick the most screwed up crazy pumpkin I could find. Mine was long and narrow.....and I think I will carve it sideways. :)
We finished the afternoon by heading home to Anacortes and swinging by "Toppings".....the new frozen yogurt restaurant in town. After eating about a pound of solid sweets, we all had a smile on our face as we went home. Thank you Washington for letting us have this great family day, with no rain! Here are some photos of our day: