Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

Last weekend we went to our favorite pumpkin patch!  It couldn't have been a more beautiful day.  One of those perfect fall days.
Andrew couldn't wait to go pick out a pumpkin and feed the animals!

He spent a lot of time trying to pick out just the right one, but most of them were "too hea-by!" so he found a smaller one, just his size!

Even with all these choices, we had to take the hay ride to the real pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin ourselves!  But not until we did a few things first...
There is so much to do!  We got there at 10:00 and didn't get home until after 2:00!
I think this was his favorite thing to do there.  He wanted to ride the second he saw this tractor, and he never wanted to get off!  After everything else we did, this was what he wanted to do again before we went home.  I find it funny, since he still refuses to pedal!!
This was such a neat addition this year!  They added little planks for the billy goats to walk up on, so they would walk up on the roof!  It was so cute!  I didn't get a picture of one up on top, but we had fun watching them.
They have the houses of the Three Little Pigs- made out of straw, sticks and bricks.  I had to laugh when I uploaded these pictures and saw this sign hanging on the wall in one of the pig's houses!  I just cracked up!!  How many times we've been to this orchard and Andrew has been in these little houses and I never noticed it before!!
Andrew wasn't too sure about this ram.  It had funny horns.
Daddy showed him how to feed the goat but he still wasn't too impressed!  Ha!

He loved playing in this little "outhouse."  He would shut the door and hide and peek through the little window and then open it and just laugh!
The corn pool was the other big hit of the day.  He just had a blast "swimming" in the corn!  Mommy got a taste of the corn pool too, since I followed him around with the camera!  I think we were shaking corn out of our clothes and shoes the rest of the day!

Jump in!
He would just lay down and wiggle himself down, head and all!

Finally it was time to take the hay ride to the pumpkin patch!  Andrew loved the tractor that pulled the hayrack.

So this is how you pick out a pumpkin!

Daddy helped him pick a couple of them off the vines.

I just love this picture of his little hands holding his pumpkin he picked all by himself.
On our way back to the farm!

Ga Ga met us to take part in the fun!
We couldn't leave without jumping on the big jumping pillow!  Andrew loved this!  Last year daddy had to go up and jump with him but this year he did it all by himself!
Then there is this super fun slide!  You sit on a potato sack and it goes really fast!  Andrew loved it!

He wanted to ride with mommy and daddy! 
Here we were waiting in line for delicious food!  They have a huge food barn that serves all kinds of yummy fall favorites, like pulled pork sandwiches, homemade apple sauce, sweet corn and cider.  Mmmm.  It just puts you in the mood for fall!

This is Andrew's big cheesy smile!  I made him say cheese before he could ride the pedal tractors again so this is his impatient "cheese!"  Ha!

On another note, the start of school has brought our share of the sickie bugs!  Andrew has started getting his regular cold, which leads to a nasty cough, which last year led to breathing treatments for most of the winter months.  We were hoping to avoid it this year, but it looks like it is back in full swing.  It was especially bad the day we went to the pumpkin patch, which brought us and the doctor  to the conclusion that Andrew does have allergies and getting colds does trigger him to have some wheezing and coughing issues.  So since he is bigger now, he now has 2 inhalers which is much more time efficient than using the nebulizer for up to an hour every day!  Since we started, his cough has improved some but it looks like he'll be needing them through the winter again.

But it certainly isn't going to stop us from having our share of fun!!!

 Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Scooby Doo Where Are You?

Last weekend we went to Minnesota for cousin Jack's 5th birthday.  It was right up Andrew's alley!  A Scooby Doo party at an awesome waterpark!  Two of Andrew's favorite things!
I just love these pictures of him with Scooby!  He now loves to watch Scooby and is no longer scared of the "monsters!"

The waterpark is just the coolest place!  It is at the Depot in downtown Minneapolis.  Jack's mommy and daddy got married there, so they like to bring their kids there to swim sometimes and wanted to make Jack's 5th birthday extra special by holding his party at their special place.  Everyone just had an awesome time!

They have this neat train with slides in all directions and water squirts out at you.  Every few minutes the lights flash and the train sound goes off (choo choo!) and water spurts out the top!  It is so fun!

Here is Andrew coming down the slide in the middle of the water explosion!
This is Jack's little sister, could she be any sweeter?  Andrew just loves his cousin Brooke!
They had reserved the party room so we had pizza and cake and Jack opened gifts.  It was hard to get the kids to take a break from swimming but the food was delicious so they didn't mind too much!

Andrew dug right in and used his Scooby party favor as a spoon!  Ha!

After cake the kids went back in the pool for some more swimming!  Just in time for the choo choo train to come through!

Daddy even got in on the fun!
The water got a little cold (as you can tell by Andrew's blue lips!)  So the kids took a dip in the hot tub to warm up.  But then we were told they weren't allowed to go in, so we improvised!  They all wrapped in towels and dipped their feet in!
The hot tub was actually like bath water- not too hot at all.  The kids all wanted to get in so badly!  It was hard to keep them out.
I love this face.  He was watching the train whistle go off again as the water shot out the top!
They also had another pool (that was a little warmer) and the kids could play on the logs floating and also shoot baskets.  They just couldn't touch the bottom but no one minded!
This place also has an arcade, and all the kids got tokens to play.  Andrew absolutely loves ski ball.  He could have played it all night! 
Grandma Huegel giving Andrew a squeeze!
Jack and Andrew had so much fun chasing each other around with their balloons!
This is a view from the balcony (where the party room was).
It was so funny, Jack and Andrew had matching Scooby shirts!  Just the opposite colors!  My sister-in-law and I obviously think alike!  Ha!
It was hard to get them to stop playing and having fun and smile for a picture!  But we did okay!  We just had to get them in their shirts!
Aunt Joan was there and joined in the Scooby fun!  Andrew just loves Joan!  She is so fun and always plays with all the kids!  It keeps them entertained so mommies and daddies can have a moment's peace!  Ha!
Jack and Andrew~ Cousins and best buds!

We had a great time!  Happy 5th birthday Jack!  We love you buddy!

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