It used to be that Joel and I would lazily roll out of bed (likely hung over), hit the drive-thru at Starbucks, dark sunglasses in position, and then wander around Rock Creek Farm looking for the biggest, most perfect pumpkin ever. We’d spend the day holed up in the house, drinking warm apple cider, making chili and rice crispy treats and then carve out said “perfect” pumpkin and roast pumpkin seeds. There is no better way to welcome fall.
Scratch that: no better way until you multiply the fun factor of this day by a 3 year old and a 1 year old. This year we scheduled Pumpkin Day with our neighbors, but got rained out by the first snow of the season (really, sleet here, but snow in other parts of town). I got a little overzealous with bright orange rice crispy treats cut into pumpkin shapes and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. Though not needed for the trek on the farm, they were still enjoyed by the kiddos as they tore through the Wrights’ play room (sorry, Tracey!).
Make-up Pumpkin Day turned out to be a chilly start, but warmed up to a sunny 80 degrees! We still hit the drive-thru at Starbucks on our way out of town. A Venti for Joel (to get him through the morning), a triple Grande for me (espresso & I are BFF…milk & I, not so much) and a boxed chocolate milk for Aiden (see said box of chocolate milk in his firm grip below). He’s mostly proud of the fact that he can carry it around, shake it up himself and then manage the straw without spilling. Drew was super low maintenance. He was back to sleep in his car seat before we even pulled out of town.Rock Creek has miles and miles of pumpkin patches with pumpkins still on the vine. You drive right up to the edge of the patch, park your car and start searching. Aiden’s little legs could hike all day if it meant finding his perfect pumpkin. And if he knew he could ‘man’ the vine saw. He’s such a boy when it comes to getting dirty and using tools. Drew was content to keep from tripping over the vines, trying to pick up pumpkins that were bigger than him and following Aiden and Joel around as fast as he could.
A new twist on Pumpkin Day was our detour to Lucky Pie in Louisville for lunch and then a little ice cream dessert at Sweet Cow. Lunch & dessert were so good, this little detour might become a new part of our Pumpkin Day. (…more on these fab places later!)
Pumpkins are home! The boys are up from their naps and it’s time to dig in for pumpkin seeds. Or not. Carving pumpkins with these little ones is a lot different than what we used to do. We’ll have to wait until after Halloween to harvest seeds and roast them. The boys have little Mr. Potato Head kits that they stick eyes, ears, a mouth and a nose to. Cuter, uglier and a heck of a lot easier and cleaner! Poor Aiden, who is subject to 3 y/o tantrums, would freak out if he saw Drew stealing an ear or remove an eye. So what does Drew do? He waits for Aiden to turn his back then he stealthily sneaks away a hand here, a horn there and and ear or two. Ha! Sibling rivalry at it’s finest.