I got a good laugh when we drove up because our kids were SHOCKED to find other people there! We have gone to the pumpkin patch in the middle of the afternoon for so long, that we haven't encountered people in the patch, so they have always treated it like it was THEIR space! This time, there were several other pumpkin picking families... but it is a large patch and we had more than enough space in which to hunt for THE one to take home.
In fact, some of us can't seem to think that THE pumpkin might be close to the vehicle in which it would need to be placed... SOME people believe that THE pumpkin of choice is in the furthest reaches of the pumpkin patch.
Other small fry are propped up with pumpkins and taken pictures of while they experience the pumpkin patch for the very first time!
Definitely our "outdoor kid," Bump couldn't wait to go explore and find a big round ball for his very own!
On his way, he found Branch had discovered her pumpkin pick. Its muddiness did not make itself inclined to be used as a seat... and one must stay very far away from dirt, lest one gets dirty.
Then we found Blossom sitting amongst the pumpkins... I do not believe that I ever ended up with a picture of her with her "one." She kept picking a new one. Every time she said she'd found "it," she would walk away and find a new one. She finally settled on one as I was walking to the pay stand when Pops said, "Ya better pick ONE or you won't have one." She kept telling us how she wanted MORE than one. One of anything is never enough for this one!
I finally made it to the back forty and found Bud camped out with this giant... it weighed 40 pounds or so. He was searching for the most giant pumpkin still in the patch. There were bigger pumpkins up at the stand that had already been picked, but there is no fun in picking one off of the gravel!
Then, I headed back and found that this cute little punkin had chosen this "little beauty" for Pops to load into the van.
And by then, it was time to pay... we were hungry for Supper! We need to get back to pumpkin pickin' in the early afternoon!