This weekend was our unofficial kick-off to the fall. We participated in the Walk to End Alzheimers on Saturday and went to the pumpkin farm on Sunday. We were also lucky enough to spend some time with the hub’s sister and her family. They were in town for the weekend visiting from Maryland. I’m going to go ahead and warn you now that there is a serious overload of pictures in this post and sorry there are a ton of my kids.
We had great weather for the Walk to End Alzheimers and there was a great turnout for the event. Not only were there a lot of people but the dogs were well represented too. Even Spiderman was there!
We have been participating in the walk for about five years now with the hub’s family. The hub’s grandmother and my grandfather both passed away due to complications of Alzheimer’s so it has been an important event for both of us.
A lot of people put a lot of hard work into this event and it definitely shows. I know there were a few companies handing out free food at the end of the event but, sadly, we only got Skyline…not that Skyline is a bad thing! The line for cupcakes was insanely long and I missed the rest of the booths because having two small kids makes it impossible to maneuver through such a large crowd.
There was even a steel drum band from one of the local high schools.
After the walk we headed back to the in-law’s house for some pizza and to visit with family. It was fun to see Roarinator interact with her only girl cousin. Although, I think she is more interested in keeping up with all of the boys right now.
Sunday was a busy day. We met up with the in-laws again for brunch at the Taste of Belgium. We had 14 people with 4 under the age of three so it was definitely a loud bunch. I of course forgot to take a picture of my food before I tore into it but I did get a picture of my pumpkin spiced, iced latte before I drank it all…progress!
After brunch we headed straight to the pumpkin farm. Roarinator fell asleep on the way out there so the hubs stayed in the truck with her while I took the boys to play. Bubbadoodle loves the playground and all of the different characters and sets they’ve created. I’m pretty sure his favorite was the train.
He was driving the pretty lady but I’m not sure where they were going.
The farm also has barrel rides for the little ones and several different farm animals.
Once the Roarinator woke up from her slumber we all went to pick out our pumpkins. I’m usually very particular about my pumpkins but I’m going to try very hard to let that go next year. I think Bubbadoodle got discouraged when I vetoed his first choice. That or he was just distracted by the big pirate ship.
Roarinator was very into the whole pumpkin thing this year and I had to get the obligatory “kid sitting on a pumpkin” picture.
One of the cool things about taking my kids to the farm I went to as a child is seeing all of the changes. The Minion below used to be the Genie from Aladdin when I was younger.
After grabbing some essentials (rock candy and cider) we headed for the corn maze. This corn maze has a prize at the end if you find all six hidden shapes. They have a picture on their website that you can use as guide through the maze so we had to take a quick break to get our bearings and take a much needed cider break.
I was pleased to see they made some improvements to the maze this year, including a bridge that let you see over the entire maze.
The boys were on a serious mission to find all of the shapes and the Roarinator was not far behind. She does a pretty good job of keeping up with the boys. Serious hole punching going on! It was a little warm this year and there was a bit of whining but we all made it through and found all six shapes. Yay!
Our prize at the end was little pumpkins and of course Roarinator insisted on carrying her own. Then daddy picked us up to help her out a little. I love catching these precious daughter-daddy moments.
We grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to the playground for a little bit. I know I’m partial but I think this little girl is super adorable.
Bubbadoodle got very serious about his train conducting and his sister loved it.
One of the things we did not get to this time around but have done in the past is the horse-drawn hayride.
The hubs and I were exhausted at this point so we grabbed some popcorn and headed home! And that was the end of our weekend.
I hope you made it through all of the pictures…told you there were a lot! I’m working on the next post so make sure you come back for that.
Questions for you:
- What was your favorite part of your weekend?
- Have you done anything Halloween/Fall related this year?
- Where do you get your pumpkins? Farm or grocery store?