10.26.2009

Verdego Pumpkin Patch

First things first, the definition of a pumpkin patch in a coastal town is a little different than other places. We have a bunch of hay on the ground, hay bales and fake scarecrows, and pumpkins. Also - in some of the photos you can see that it is surrounded by palm trees. Something about palm trees and fall just don't seem to go together. Kinda like no matter how many Christmas lights you put on a palm tree they still look stupid. Plus - it is still hot. Almost 90 degrees. Taft was hot after leaving and sucked down three cup fulls of juice to cool off. No flannel shirts here.
The Verdego Plant Nursery is about 2 miles from our house. They have a great selection of plants but it was our first time to visit the pumpkins. All the proceeds go to the school system so that is nice. Large pumpkins $9, Small pumpkins $7. We only bought one. If we need more (last year we each had one) we will travel to Wal*Mart to pick some up.
We thought that Taft would enjoy being able to run around. There is one way in and one way out. It is a very small area and since we went during the day on a weekday, almost no other patch visitors. Very safe for him. He is the type child that does not like sand or grass to touch his skin. He was very unsure about the hay. I, of course, am allergic to hay so I didn't want a lot to do with it either. He stood there without moving for about 10 minutes and then figured out that he could just go. Then he was off. We should have tried family photos before he realized this because he then did not want to be held down at all.

Standing in one place.

The Verdego Advertising Pumpkin


This was his favorite pumpkin. He kept hitting it and went back to it over and over. We did not buy it. It was in pretty bad shape and we needed to get our money's worth. I'm not paying $9 for an non-carving pumpkin.

Another little boy took this pumpkin off the hay bale. Taft saw him and tried his best to put it back.

Not wanting to touch hay.


One of Taft's favorite things to do now is to hide on one side of a chair and play peek-a-boo as we run around the chair trying to catch him. He found that this large hay bale worked great also.

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