Friday, October 21, 2011

A Day at the Pumpkin Farm

Hard to believe it was a mere week ago that we had beautiful Indian Summer days with temperatures in the 80's,  the sun was shining, and all was good. Now it's been cold, windy and rainy.

We took advantage of the nice weather and went to a pumpkin farm out in the country with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, Lily.

The pumpkins were magnificent!

We saw pumpkins with bumps.

And flat pumpkins,

and regular pumpkins.

SO many to choose; a little girl named Lily didn't know what to do.

"Should I pick this one?" She thought.

But couldn't pick it up. She walked to another one

But it wouldn't do.

"I want this one Papa!" She yelled with delight.

We promised to come back, but we wanted to see the sights!

Pony rides were available and after watching a little boy ride for a bit Lily decided it was okay for her to ride. So her father put her on the horse and round and round they went. I don't know who had a bigger smile; Grandma or Lily!

Hey they come again!

All was well until Daisy the horse neighed real loud. Lily jumped off the horse and into Daddy's arms lickety-split. Surprisingly she didn't cry, but she was clinging to Daddy pretty hard!

We passed a nice park in the middle of the farm yard as we made our way to the petting zoo. We also passed these two totem poles. I can say that I've never seen pumpkin totem poles before that day!

Meet Caramel the Camel. This is the friendliest camel I have ever met. (I don't know if it was male or female; I'm just going to assume it is male.) He didn't spit on me - and for that I was happy. I gave him some grass which he ate gently out of my hand over the fence. I fed him a few times. Then I leaned on the fence, which was about chin high, to get a photo of the alpacas in the fenced area with him. I rested my elbow on the fence to steady my camera when all of a sudden old Caramel here put almost my whole hand in his mouth. Uh, hello! I let out a yelp! At least he was gentle!

We went into the barn to see the other animals.

There was a lot of loving going on in there.

See what I mean? If I wasn't mistaken, that WAS a Barry White song piped in the background. *snicker*

Then there was this guy.

You talkin' to ME?
The alpacas and Caramel were able to come to the barn door so we could pet them. When I scratched Caramel's neck he leaned over like a cat would do. I got a kick out of that!

Here's another close up of Caramel. Look at those eyelashes!

It was time to move on. Next stop.....the corn crib.

This was really cool. Instead of a big sandbox they used an old corn crib and filled it with.....what else? Corn kernels!

Burying their brother - what fun!
Don't you just want to jump in an play?
Lily playing near a little girl.
It was getting late and the pumpkin farm was going to close. We still had to stop in the store to pick up our order of apple cider doughnuts. Have you ever tasted these? My mouth is watering just thinking about them. They were fresh out of the oven so we couldn't even close the containers and had to inhale that heavenly smell all the way home.

Before we left the farm, I wanted to take some pictures of Lily sitting on the pumpkins. She is a very strong-willed child and even though I'd tell her where I wanted her to sit, she'd continue to walk and then plunk down where SHE decided to sit.

I'm not sure what's she's doing in this photo; just acting goofy I guess.

Now I have a favor to ask of all my followers and readers of this post. Please pray for my little granddaughter, Lily. She is having eye surgery on BOTH eyes on Monday morning to correct "lazy" eye. I know this is a fairly common surgery but we don't know if Lily's problems are due to her "hypotonia" (low muscle tone throughout her whole body) or just because. Another issue is Malignant Hyperthermia - a reaction to anesthesia. Both my children have this - we are not sure yet if Lily has this. The doctors will treat Lily as if she DOES; so she will be the first surgery of the day. No lingering gases in the air. She will be put out with something in an IV. This is an outpatient surgery. This little girl is as smart as can be and she goes to physical, developmental and occupational therapy. She wears tiny little braces in her shoes (you can see them sticking out of her shoes in the photos). She has come a long, LONG way. And though she doesn't seem to be growing, the visit to the endocrinologist isn't till January. First let's cross this bridge with the eye surgery. Thanks in advance for all your prayers.


SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like all of you had a great time. The smile on Lily's face when she is on the pony is just adorable.

I will be keeping Lily in my thoughts and prayers. I hope all goes well with her surgery on Monday.

Valerie said...

I'm definitely offering prayers for Lily. Hope the surgery doesn't upset her too much. It's lovely that she had such a good time at the pumpkin farm... I would have too, given half the chance.

TechnoBabe said...

There are various pumpkins now than ever before. I am waiting for someone to come up with square pumpkins.

It looks like you all had a wonderful time at the pumpkin farm.

Sorry to hear of the challenges facing your beautiful granddaughter. We will be thinking of her this Monday.

Brian Miller said...

prayers up on the surgery...for her, the doctors...the family....all over it...

what fun on the pumpkin patch...i always have to be the one buried in the corn sand box...

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

The pumpkin patch looks like great fun, I especially loved the bumpy variety. The animal pics were fun too. Wishing Lily all the best for her surgery and a speedy recovery.

Jeannelle said...

Looks like a fun place! May Lily be blessed with a safe and successful surgery and recovery.

Eva Gallant said...

Your photos are wonderful. I certainly will keep dear Lily in my prayers.

Lesley said...

You are certainly special, having been licked by a camel!
Will have your precious Lily in my thoughts for Monday.

Carletta said...

My Lily was afraid of the pony but little Lucy cried when she couldn't ride anymore. :)
Great series of shots!
Prayers for your Lily!

Pearl said...

1. Best of luck with the surgery.

2. I've heard camels never forget kind or bad treatment. Obviously, Caramel knows of your good heart. (They say a mistreated camel is capable of remembering the face of that person for their entire life and will kill if given the chance...!!)


Kathy's Klothesline said...

I will be thinking of Lily and her Grandma on Monday. The waiting will be the hardest.

All my pumpkin vines bloomed, then died. But I have some monster gourds!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful farm visit!
Praying all goes very well for Lily.

Donna said...

Ahhhhh!! She's Beautiful and I Certainly Will be praying for her!!! How adorable! Glad she had a good time!!

Lynda said...

Oh, Pat - - - you had a wonderful, wonderful day with that sweet precious child. It must be difficult to be away from her in the winter time. I will put it on my calendar to pray for her - - - that it will be as uneventful as possible - - - no complications and excellent results!


I hope Lilly is on them mend and it all went well.

Gorgeous photos, Lily is so cute!
who knew there were so many pumpkins?