Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Love Creek Orchard 2012

Mom & Niki came to town for a visit this past weekend, so we had to hit the pumpkin patch for some Fall fun!
 
As usual, the kids ran straight for the hay bale maze first.
 
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How is this for a fun little comparison to October 2007?
 
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For some reason (ok – for three wiggly, squirmy reasons) I had a TERRIBLE time getting a group picture of the kids this year. I must have had 30 shots of the trio and they were all filled with Noah scowls and weird Grace smiles and closed Ben eyes. These were the best that I got!
 
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At least Mom was having a good time!
 
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It’s so much easier to get cute pictures of them by themselves. Maybe I need to learn how to use Photoshop so I can create a group shot of these sweet faces. ;)
 
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Oh, well. What are you going to do? You can't throw your kids in a pond for not cooperating during photo shoots.
 
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After photos, we headed to the apple barrell train. It is always a fan favorite. Noah was pretty excited.
 
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Then the crazy train driver picked up the speed. That’s all it took for Noah to be back to his normal self… concerned.
 
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When our train ride was done, we headed over to say hi to some farm animals.
 
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Then we hopped on a hay ride through the orchard. Ben decided it was high time he learned to use the camera, and he caught this shot for us… not too bad for a first timer!
 
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He also took these of his Daddy & brother and a couple nice ones of the orange trees.
 
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Then he handed the camera back over so I could catch a shot of him snuggling with his Sweetie.
 
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Niki had promised Gracie a pony ride, so that’s where we headed next. While we were waiting, B & G explored the inside of this old hollow tree.
 
Funny side note: Ben pushed Grace in ahead of him… just in case there was anything unpleasant waiting inside.
 
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Gracie was too excited about pony ride time!
Thank you, Niki, for the pony treat!
 
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She is Annie Oakley in the making.
 
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After a quick lunch we made a final stop at the pumpkin painting tables. The big kids got right to work.
 
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Pumpkin painting is serious business.
 
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Sometimes you need a little help.
 
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We were excited to have two cute creations to take home with us at the end of our long, fun day! See you next year, Pumpkin Patch!
 
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