Monday, as most of you know, is Daniel's day off! Since my birthday is on Friday, we had planned for him to switch his day off to Friday and take a drive up into Connecticut to see the gorgeous fall foliage we've heard so much about. However the forecast didn't look too promising so we decided against it. He took Monday off as usual so we slept in, had a late breakfast of leftover apple crisp, and then got ready for a trip to the pumpkin patch!
We drove nearly an hour to a farm I found online that looked like a great place with a pumpkin patch and other activities, but apparently every other family in Jersey had the same idea! As we turned onto the road there was an enormous line of traffic waiting to enter! When we finally got into the parking area, we couldn't believe the number of people that were there! We drove around trying to find a parking spot, but to no avail. LG was napping in her carseat so we made the decision to head back towards home. I was so disappointed, but knew that navigating the crowds wouldn't have been much fun for any of us. We are thinking that a lot of kids had the day off from school due to Columbus Day so that must have added to the number of people who picked a Monday afternoon to visit the patch.
On our way back to Caldwell, I was searching online for another patch. I found a small farm just ten minutes from us! It wasn't a true cut your pumpkin off the vine kind of place, but it was a good substitute for the crowded farm we tried first.
When we arrived, sweet Londyn girl found a pumpkin that was just her size! Her reaction to it was the sweetest thing!
Her sweet little hands held onto that tiny pumpkin the entire time we were there!
Speaking of, I've noticed lately how much her hands are starting to look like toddler hands and not baby hands! They are getting so chubby!
After finding her little pumpkin, we headed out to the field to find a big pumpkin to take home for carving!
Her squinty-eyed smile makes my heart so happy!
I think she looks like such a big girl in this one!
After paying for our pumpkins, we loaded up and headed to the park since it was such a beautiful day!
Daddy doesn't usually get to go with us since he's normally at the church during the day so we were excited to have him with us to push LG on the swings and help her on the slide!
I just love these shots so much! Her smile makes me melt!
We practiced our walking before we left! She is getting closer, but still hasn't taken any unassisted steps yet!
We love Mondays! Having Daddy home with us is the best!