The Pumpkin Patch

Last Sunday we drove north over the river to visit Bizi Farms in Vancouver.  This year I decided we should do something different, since the past several years we have gone out to Kruger’s Farms on Sauvie Island.  So we put the question out there on our Facebook page and got so many great suggestions (thanks friends!!).

Among them were (besides the two above):  Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, Rasmussen Farms in Hood River, Bauman’s Farm in Woodburn, Fazio Farms in Portland, Fir Point Farms in Aurora, or Roloff Farms in Helvetia (which is in Oregon though I confess I have never heard of it and have no idea where it’s at).

We had a great time, it was easy to find and had ample parking.  We had heard from our friend Julie that rainboots would be a good idea on account of the mud they encountered when they went to a corn maze the weekend prior.  And I am sure glad I listened!  It was $8 to get in but that included so many fun things, including a pumpkin of any size!  We toured through the corn maze and had fun arguments between Claire and I (who felt that we needed to take the path less traveled) and Mark (who felt otherwise).



these last three photos by Claire

I kept trying to explain that if it’s less traveled (grass still visible on the path) then it must be right and therefore people didn’t have to walk back over it multiple times, if it was the way then they’d only have to cross it once.  But he believed the exact opposite logic.  We eventually found our way out and it only took us about a half hour.  I started out with Enzo in the Ergo carrier on my front, but after about 10 minutes I was feeling that extra 22 pounds in my thighs and had to hand him over to Mark!

That scarecrow is totally staring at me...creepy!

After that we went and got our free hot drink (included in gate fee) which was a choice of hot chocolate or spiced cider.  Then we got in line to do the pumpkin slingshot (two free pumpkins to throw, included in gate fee).  It was quite a line to get in the netted off area that they were in, then it was another line to wait for your turn at a slingshot (there were about six).  We only stood there for a little bit when we decided that Claire and I should go stand in the line to get on the hayride out to the pumpkin patch.  Mark and Veda soon joined us though because it was taking too long for the slingshots and the hornets were being a nuisance.

Claire wasn't very happy about all the lines





We got out to the pumpkin patch and set out to find the perfect one!  And of course one small one for Enzo.



We had a lot of fun and will go back there again I’m sure.  When Enzo is bigger and wants to do the little kid things like the hay pyramid, petting zoo and of course face painting!  Actually I’ve never done face painting so I guess that would be up to him.

Then it was time to go home and do some carving!

Love this!






Claire did her own and Enzo's


Veda did a "pirate panda" and Mark who claims to be not artistic got all super-carver on us and did the dude on the right, with all the shaving and carving of a professional!

Tomorrow night is our party and we are very excited!  Enzo has caught a little cold but still seems to be his normal happy self, just with a runny nose.  I’ve giving him saline drops and lots of snuggles.  Hopefully he feels better soon.

Have a great weekend!


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