Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

We had hoped to go to a pumpkin patch back in September when we went to Minnesota for my nieces birthday. We had gone to it the previous year and Cayden was looking forward to another trip to the pumpkin patch. But with all of the activities and needing to schedule nap time, we just didn't have enough time. (Cayden actually never even asked about it, but I knew he wanted to go-he had mentioned so before the trip).

I planned a trip to Papa's Pumpkin Patch in Bismarck. Grandpa was going to go with us, but I decided I wouldn't need his help (he had other work he could do if he didn't go) as I was going to meet a friend and her family there. Well, Grandpa went off to work, and I talked to my friend and she was not feeling well, so she wasn't up to going and exposing other kids to whatever she had.

So, being the "supermom" that I am (ok, I'm getting on my high-horse), I decided to load up the four kids and venture off by myself. Trip there, excellent! Triplets napped, Cayden watched a movie, all was good. Get the triple stroller out and gets all kids loaded ready to go, things are still going smoothly. Cayden gets to play when we get there. The babies and I watch (and the babies have lunch). Here are some of the pictures of Cayden's fun times:

There were hay-bale mountains with slides attached to them.

Pony rides, which Cayden had a blast on. (Watch out cousin Levi, he knows that you and your family have horses and he wants to ride!!!)

One pumpkin home:

The soup-can train: Okay, I don't know what it is really called, but that's what the cars look like to me. He really like this too.
Cayden is in the third white car from the right.
Cayden is in the second car from the left (who knew so many kids would be wearing orange! I would have dressed Cayden differently, but he picked out his own clothes)

And a second pumpkin home:

This was just one of the many wood items in the little wood town for the kids to play on.

And yes, the babies were really there. More so they were along for the ride. They did have fun (at least I think that they did) watching Cayden play.
(Left to Right: Aleah, Bryce and Cayley)

So after all of the fun, we pick out pumpkins. Lesson learned: Find a wagon for hauling pumpkins as soon as you get there. Here I am with the triple stroller, trying to figure out how I am going to "carry" my four pumpkins back to the car, which is on the other side of the parking lot. Well, the babies three small pumpkins fit on top of the stoller and Cayden was able to carry his bigger than the babies yet small pumpkin to the car. Now remember, I am supermom, so I manuever the triple stoller with one hand and carry the big pumpkin (that we are going to carve) to the car with the other hand. Next time, we are definitely finding a wagon early! Trip home was okay. Babies slept again, Cayden watched his movies. Of course, we can't have a car trip without Aleah having a 10 minute scream. And since she didn't have her 10 minute scream on the way to Bismarck, She had a 15 minute scream on the way home.

Next year will be much more interesting. I do plan on going back, but with reinforcements. Daddy will be home by then, so he can experience the "fun" with us! It really was a fun time. And we all survived and were happy (aside from the 15 minute scream).