We have an autumn tradition of four years' duration now. Every fall we take a trip to a nearby farm with a pumpkin patch and corn maze and petting zoo, together with the family that gave us the Joy! book. It's been a delight to look back over the photos across the years and remind ourselves how our girls have grown!
This year we had a special guest, my younger brother (Uncle Schnirelmann) who was visiting from out of state for the weekend.
The first incident of note at this year's visit was the temporary wristband, to mark that you'd paid your entrance fee. Last year when we tried to put the wristband on Joy, she wailed and fought and tried to chew it off until we gave in. This year? Wore it with zero complaint. I think it may have something to do with the other bracelet she wears...
Once we got inside, Joy wasn't too much interested in the petting zoo, or the pumpkins. Like Kayla over at Opposite Kids, Joy found the stimmies more interesting than the main attractions -- she preferred to play with bits of straw or cornstalk from the ground rather than petting animals or noticing pumpkins.
She did really well with the children's corn maze, though (which featured one obvious main path through):
Rose and her friend enjoyed the corn maze as well:
The absolute best thing about the pumpkin patch trip, though, was Uncle Schnirelmann. He and Joy invented a game whereby she would run to him, and he would grab her by the arms and hoist her all the way up his 6-foot-tall frame, to rest her knees on his chest and laugh into each other's faces. They did this all over the farm...
... even in the pumpkin patch itself (much better than scouting for those pesky pumpkins, in a rather picked-over section of the field anyway).
We've yet to carve the pumpkins we brought home, but Rose did successfully engineer getting Joy to make a choice among the options that she drew:
Joy's hand landed on the one at the lower right, with the eyelashes. The cutest of the bunch, to be sure, but the most challenging to carve! I'll post jack-o-lantern pics once we have them.
UPDATE: OK, I only just noticed: there's something at least slightly similar in Joy's body position playing the jump-up game with Uncle Schnirelmann, and mine in the sidebar photo leaping off the bridge. What can I say but... that's my girl! Wild women, we are!