That's the spirit, Ellie!
Riding in style through the farm!
Hey, make that two kids riding in style!
First things first, as you see above, we had to make sure the youngest member of our family was dressed accordingly.
Cute baby in a pumpkin hat!
Thanks to the TimeHop app on my iPhone, I also know that Ellie wore this same hat on the very same date exactly two years ago, and both kids felt similarly about it:
Left: Ellie in the pumpkin hat on October 18, 2012; Right: little brother E.J. rocking the same hat on October 18, 2014!
At the farm, we decided to start things off with a marquee event: the pumpkin patch. Ellie wasn't feeling particularly camera-ready, apparently, but we did get a couple cute pictures of Mr. First Halloween himself.
I'll take the pumpkin on the right, please.
E.J.'s first pumpkin patch!
This is the best we could do for a photo of both of them in the patch. It's totally going on the fridge.
After the pumpkin patch, it was off to an activity much more up Ellie's alley: horseback riding! She selected the horse she wanted to ride and off she went. She was so excited!
"I want to ride this horse, please, Daddy!"
Petting her trusty steed before riding off into the sunset
Is she a natural or what?
Look at her go!
Then we stopped in to visit some animals, another highlight of the day for Ellie. She took a particular liking to the bunnies, so now I'm pretty sure we have to buy one.
Visiting the pigs
E.J. is super excited
Petting the sheep
This picture is too cute for its own good.
We then took a break for lunch, which included delicious BBQ pork sandwiches and french fries. After lunch, the kids did a little lounging in hay and Ellie spent some time playing with the toy tractor, primarily putting hay in the bed and taking it back out. Simple pleasures, my friends.
Kids in hay
Kids in the toy tractor
Loading up the hay
We also took advantage of some photo ops...
...then played in the corn tub, which Ellie enjoyed far more this year than last. (E.J.'s feelings on the matter, however, were more in line with those of 2013 Ellie.)
Playing in corn!
Sweet and happy, all buried in corn!
Then it was off to ride the little train, and Ellie rode in a car by herself for the first time! They just grow up so fast.
Ready to ride!
Off they go
Looking good, kid.
Then it was back to the pumpkin patch for a few more photos and the purchase of a couple of small pumpkins for 75 cents a piece.
Considering her options
Ellie in the pumpkins
Hanging out on the farmhouse porch with her little pumpkin
E.J. following suit
It was a great day at the farm! What a fun way to get into the fall spirit!
Yay, family fun!