Sunday, November 17, 2013

Maize Maze Days

As Fall is very quickly coming to a close, I confessed to Steve that I was bummed that we never made it out to a pumpkin patch for our annual pumpkin pictures. Those are some of my favorite pictures of the year, but gah it's been a busy Fall and we just haven't had time. I was delighted and surprised to find that some of the Dawsonville farms were still open in November, supposedly with pumpkins, so we loaded up the kids and headed north.

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I gambled on a place called Uncle Shuck's. It looked like fun and had good reviews online, and it seemed like it had activities for kids. I was pretty disappointed when we showed up and didn't find any pumpkins (despite all indications that they did in fact still have pumpkins on their website), but I consider that a lesson learned for not calling ahead. They did, however, have several corn mazes, goats to feed, and hay rides to ride, so we managed to have a good time anyway.

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The girls are wearing their adorable new dresses that were gifts from SuSu.

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Anna surprised us with the corn maze. We thought maybe she would wander through the kiddie maze and then be bored, but we let her take the lead and she had fun directing us on which paths to take. The mazes had some kind of little scavenger hunt built in, with hole-punch stations, and she enjoyed getting to find the stations and punch her card. I was so proud of her for finishing the bigger maze, and I suspect that the corn mazes will become an annual tradition as the girls get older. Uncle Shuck's apparently also has nighttime festivities, with bonfires, marshmallow roasts, and haunted corn mazes, so I bet that could be fun for older kids.

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After the mazes, lunch was eaten, the goats were fed, and the hay ride was ridden. There was only one other group of people there while we were there - the tractor driver said that it's pretty crowded in October but as soon as November hits, it's like a ghost town. It was a nice change though, instead of having to battle the crowds!

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My little walker is getting steadier every day!

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