Thursday, October 29, 2009

North Carolina and the Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend at the last minute we decided to jump in the car and drive to North Carolina to visit with my brother and his family. In case you didn't know, my brother is an active marine and currently his unit is packed and waiting for the command to head to Afghanistan. There isn't an official word yet, but rumor has it that he may leave before the end of the month. We shall see!

Anyways, my parents decided to head there last weekend since my brother had weekend leave and we though, what the heck, let's go too and have a family weekend. After a full week at work and school it was quite a long 7 hour drive on Friday afternoon, but totally worth it to hang out with everybody.
Since our weekends have been so packed lately, we haven't had a chance to get to the pumpkin patch so we took the opportunity to head to one in North Carolina. My sis in law searched a place for us to go and we headed there Saturday afternoon with, I believe, just about every other family who lived within a 30 mile radius. It was packed. You bought tickets to take a hayride to a field and then chose your pumpkin and rode the hayride back to weigh the pumpkin and pay.

We discovered they had a great business idea as the pumpkin "patch" consisted of a couple very dry pumpkin vines with pumpkins strew around it. Obviously they don't grow many pumpkins in North Carolina!

It was a cute farm though. They had little wood building all decorated for fall. This is one where Grandpa took a break on a rocker, while Dylan mixed up something smelly in the cauldron
and picked some cotton from the cotton patch.

After searching the patch, all the kiddos found their pumpkins.

Grandpa also treated us to some tasty treats like moo pops (marshmallows on a stick covered in white and milk chocolate)

along with some interesting creme puffs and a delicious apple crumb pie, which Zoe devoured.

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out and catching up. It was great to spend time with my brother, sis in law, and little niece. They are expecting a new addition to the family in December, my first nephew, and I enjoyed chatting with them about the baby too.
There is nothing like spending time with your family!


  1. I saw your post heading at Lisa's and the NC caught my eye! Sounds like ya'll had a great weekend in NC. Thanks to your brother for serving our country!!! ...and yes, we do grow A LOT of real pumpkins in NC! :) ~Rhonda

  2. I'm so glad you had a nice visit with your brother before he shipps out. I'll be praying for him.

    Nice pumpkin patch. We were supposed to go to ours last Wednesday but it got snowed out...weird the patch didn't close until after our field trip time. The gal called to reschedule, I chose not to and good thing...this Wednesday we got a foot of snow and it is still coming down. ugh! I hate snow.

  3. Sorry your NC pumpkin patch adventure was disappointing! You will have to tell me if you were anywhere close to Raleigh...

  4. I am glad that you had a great family weekend. Be sure to tell your brother that we are grateful for his service!

  5. Great fall pics- Looks like all had a fun time!

  6. Thanks you to your brother and family for their service! I know that can not be easy for his wife or any of you knowing he will be leaving soon.

    I am so glad you were able to have a great weekend with your family! It looks like lots of fun was had!


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