The weather was absolutely perfect after school today, so we made our trip back to Burt's Pumpkin Farm - and everything was just right. It's still September, and it's a weekday, so there weren't as many people there. This was just right for us for so many reasons, one of which being a better choice of pumpkins!
Here's Mommy and Madison with some of the larger ones. We take so many pictures while we are there - it's a very picturesque location, a sea of orange on a crisp fall day. Also, it's not that far of a drive for us, so it's possible to make a quick trip after school.
Madison found her pumpkins rather quickly, as did Daddy. He seems to be pretty particular about the pumpkins he chooses, and with such a large selection, he was able to find a great one really quickly. There were magnificent stems and perfect round ones of all shapes and sizes. Some were taller and others more squat. Madison carried hers to the wheelbarrow, and got herself a baby pumpkin too. It's a tradition to get herself a baby pumpkin each year, one that she keeps with her toys and homework and bedroom and ... well, pretty much everywhere.
Afterwards, we posed for a few photos in the covered bridge - as you can see, Mommy had her dressed so nicely for a pumpkin patch. She's our little pumpkin! The other tradition we have is the wheelbarrow ride, which she did not miss either:
It was a wonderful afternoon. The weather was sunny, and yet cool - we had the Steve Martin banjo music playing all the way there, and of course there was some bluegrass playing over the loudspeakers when we were there. The sound of the stream nearby just added to the atmosphere, and we had the whole place practically to ourselves. In just a few weeks, this farm will be completely swamped with visitors looking for the perfect pumpkin.
But we enjoyed ourselves today, one day before October. Here's Madison with her mini-pumpkin friend, who will hang around with us for a while at the house. It's going to be a magnificent season, filled with plans for some great events, from fairs to pumpkins to trick-or-treating. Can't wait!