Friday the boys didn’t have school, so I took the morning off and we went to a pumpkin farm/ corn maze.
At 11 and 13, they are getting a little bit past the “get super excited about a pumpkin patch” age….but they agreed to go. (I got the feeling that if I had said, “Oh, sorry, I actually have to work, we can’t go!” they would have been okay with that, too. ☹)
BUT we went, and I am so happy to report that it was wonderful!!!
A perfectly crisp, chilly fall morning, with blue skies and sunshine and colored fall leaves. We wore hats and I pulled out some brown boots and PLAID (lol!) and we traipsed through the corn maze together and ate freshly made kettle corn.
We took pictures with pumpkins and cornstalks. And we fed goats and petted some horses!
My heart felt full by the end of the morning.
I LOVE these pictures!!!
I really wanted to get a shot of all 3 of us on this bench, but at the moment, there was literally no one around to take it- except for a bunch of parents who were chaperoning a preschool field trip, and they looked….occupied, let’s just say, with many little people! 😉
We didn’t buy pumpkins (already have some) but we walked out to one of the pumpkin patches for some pictures. I love these, too! ❤
It was really a beautiful morning out on that farm!! I am soooooooo glad we didn’t go earlier in September/October when it was hot and summer-like. The crisp air on Friday was just perfect. (Also- I highly recommend going on a no-school weekday, versus the crazy busy weekend. We have done this in the past and it’s always been great.)
Before we left, we visited the animals! You’re never too old to feed the goats.
In the afternoon, Asher left to go to an overnight birthday party for a good friend. So, Friday night, Ethan and I decided to enjoy the chilly night with a bonfire….probably one of the last of the season. He went inside and made me hot chocolate!! (with marshmallows). So sweet!!
We hung out and started reading the book They Both Die at the End by flashlight (which is a very highly acclaimed YA book that was actually on my 2021 reading list- but seemed mildly questionable so far for a 13 year old? I skipped over a few things, since I was reading out loud, and then afterwards looked it up online to see specifically what ages it’s recommended for.)
Sounds like most people DO say a mature 12-13+ should be fine with it….hmm. We may try to continue but I’ll maybe just filter a few things here and there. It does seem fantastic, otherwise though, so far!
This isn’t the first time lately I’ve been surprised by the quite “mature” content in supposed “YA” genre books. Maybe it’s me? I don’t know.
Anyway- WHAT A DAY!! I felt so happy by the end. After a pretty crazy/ busy stretch of life lately, this fall fun day was just what I needed.
I am grateful for the “smell” of fall in the air. I love that. I’m also grateful to FALL for finally showing up and kicking summer out, who was kinda overstaying his welcome, IMO.