During the same trip that we made to Mchenry that included our beautiful nature walk, we were also able to squeeze in a visit to the Pumpkin Patch! Every year since Olivia has been born, we’ve taken her to Stade’s Farm in Mchenry, IL. It’s so cute, so fun, and very reasonably priced!
This year was our best year yet because Olivia was able to get involved more. I have a feeling I’ll probably say that every year but I’m okay with that! She was seriously SO fun! The first thing she wanted to do was go on the ponies which really shocked us but we didn’t give her a chance to change her mind, I literally ran to get a ticket for her. My Aunt walked with her so I could take a few pictures and I love how happy and interested Olivia looks in each shot. Her pony’s name was Sapphire and Olivia still talks about her!
As soon as the pony ride was over, we headed straight for the petting zoo. Olivia was so excited to play with and feed the animals. She was so cute with them and so gentle! She even held a rabbit! I love that she is getting past the fear stage and heading straight to the “I want to do that!” stage!
We stayed at the petting zoo entirely too long, but we just couldn’t pull her away from all of the baby animals. Once we finally did though, we took her on all sorts of rides. The train, the slides, the bouncy house. The Pumpkin Patch was her oyster and she had a blast.
After we she was wiped out from all of the running around, everyone stopped for lunch (we’re still going strong on the whole 30 so Dominic and I missed all of the pumpkin patch treats!) and then we went on a hayride to pick pumpkins. This was our first year taking the hayride to get them (I honestly don’t think we ever knew about it the two years before), and the patch was huge! There were so many different kinds of pumpkins. I was on the hunt for a white one, Olivia was on the hunt for “baby ones” and Dominic followed us around so that he could carry all of our pumpkins back to the tractor ;)