Steve's fall busy season is finally over, so he was able to take a day off of work to spend the day with us. Actually, he took two days off of work, but yesterday was spent brewing this year's batch of pumpkin beer, and also an amber ale. Definite necessities for a successful fall season, don't you agree?
Anyway, we decided our main fall outing this year would be a pumpkin patch, and my friend Susan recommended a little place up near Gainesville called Kinsey Family Farm. I looked up the website and when I saw that you could feed the animals, it was an easy decision!
We had a BLAST, and I am so happy that we went there. As soon as we get out of the car, Anna was so excited and kept saying "Punkins!!! Punkins!!!!" as she saw the barn full of pumpkins and gourds. The farm provided wagons and Anna greatly enjoyed her ride around while we picked out a pumpkin and saw the animals and took ourselves on a tour. They had a big table full of the miniature pumpkins, and without me prompting, Anna handed me one and said "Baby's!". Cue my mommy heart melting :-).
We bought crackers for the barn animals and we also bought food to feed the catfish. In the petting barn they had cows, goats, and geese, and we probably could have spent another hour there because Anna was so interested in them. She helped feed the cows from the safety of Daddy's arms, and apparently geese are funny because she just sat there and laughed at them for several minutes while yelling "Ducks!!! Ducks!!!!".
We also bought tickets for the hayride, which winds all around the farm including a stop at the lake to feed the catfish and the ducks. Anna enjoyed feeding the fish but seriously, those are some ugly creepy fish, haha.
The thing that impressed me the most about the farm was how immaculately kept it was. All of the paths are neatly graveled and level. The animals were some of the healthiest-looking animals I've seen at the local farms, and their enclosures were also very clean. The rows of trees were beautiful to look at, and overall it was just a very pleasant place to spend the day. The employees were very welcoming and friendly, and were very happy to take our family picture for us. Apparently they host Christmas festivities and sell Christmas trees and I would love to go back and visit for the holidays.
We came home tired and happy, with loaves of pumpkin and apple breads, a big pumpkin for the porch and a few little pumpkins to add to Anna's collection. And most importantly, I am so happy that we were able to spend the day as a family out in the fresh air, with plenty of fun memories and cute pictures to show for it :-). Happy fall, y'all!
This picture arranged itself purely by accident but I couldn't resist taking a picture, too cute!