I try to make it a point to keep weekends low key and a time for true rest. I’m typically exhausted by the end of the week, and I want nothing more than to spend our weekends at home playing and being together. But lets be honest, with all the fall activities there are to be experienced, sometimes the weekends just seem to get busier and busier. Between football games, the state fair, pumpkin patches, apple picking, trips to the park, and various other activities, there doesn’t seem to be much “rest” before its Monday and we start all over again. But I’m loving every minute of it. These weekends are full of precious memories, and this one was no different. This weekend was full, full of fun. Saturday we went to the NC State Fair, which I’ll post about later. But first, I want to post about our trip to Patterson Farm.
I couldn’t wait to take Landon to a pumpkin patch this year to see his excitement for the pumpkins. I also look forward to creating these little traditions with Landon and John and looking forward to them each year. I knew Landon would love the farm, he loves any place that allows him to roam free without having to “stay close.” Little did I know, he would be completely uninterested in pumpkins. This farm had it all- hayrides, a petting zoo, face painting, corn boxes, corn mazes, tomato guns, multiple playgrounds, the pumpkin patch, an ice cream shop, and SO much more. I look forward to taking Landon back next year and even down the road, and I know he’ll love it more and more. As soon as we pulled up he zeroed in on the tractors that pulled the wagons and got so excited about riding on them. We wandered the farm and then hopped on a wagon and rode down to the pumpkin patch. Landon was much more interested in walking over to see the donkeys and cows nearby, so it was a struggle to get him to actually pick out a pumpkin.
For whatever reason, he thought he needed to pick up the BIGGEST pumpkin he could find. What is it with boys? John has that same mentality when it comes to Christmas trees, the bigger the better. What started out as a trip to the pumpkin patch to get Landon a small pumpkin, ended in one ginormous pumpkin, and one Landon sized one.
I’ve realized how much Landon is like me lately, in that he truly studies everything that is around him. He is rarely smiling in these pictures because he is taking it all in. And I think its safe to say I have always been that way also. I study things, and take it all in. And Landon does the same. He was especially interested in all the animals and watching them in their stalls.
At first I found myself frustrated that he didn’t want to sit with the pumpkins and smile for a picture. You know, there is always that pressure us moms have to have the “perfect shot” of our babies doing something. I really try not to stress over it, and realize that this is exactly how I want to remember this years pumpkin patch trip. I want to remember how he was way more interested in the cows across the pasture from us than the pumpkins. I want to remember how he moo-ed at the cows, which was about the funniest thing in the world. I want to remember how he couldn’t wait to ride the wagon ride behind the tractor (“caa-ter"), and when it came back to pick us up from the pumpkin patch he was itching to get back on. I want to remember how he loved the animals, and studied their every move. I want to remember how he pretty much stole my ice cream cone, and loved every minute of it. I want to remember how he ran, and played, and explored. Who cares if he was uninterested in the pumpkin patch- the whole experience was perfect. He is a wild and free almost two year old little boy, and everything about our trip to the farm thrilled him to death. Maybe next year he’ll smile for a picture?