Last weekend was so much fun! We all loaded up and headed to the pumpkin patch for some family fun. We met our friend Amanda and her little girl Neely Jane there and my Mom (Nana) came along to help take pictures as well. We got to there when they opened at 10:00 and stayed till after lunch time. We went to Riverview Mounds Century Farm. They had a huge play area in the middle full of the neatest activities and play areas for little ones. They also had zip lines, a petting zoo, corn mazes, hayrides, barrell train rides, pony rides and pumpkin picking. There was so much to do in one place!
We started off in a little play area that was geared right to Jonah and Neely's age group. It had lots of the plastic slides and picnic tables for their size. Then we headed to the hayride first. Jonah loved riding along and looking at all the countryside. The hayride took us by some of the mounds on the farm where Indians used to live and actually built them. They used them for special ceremonies and weddings.
Next we went through the mini corn maze. We brought along our little wagon to haul Jonah and all our gear in. That turned out to be a life...and back-saver that day! LOL Michael took Jonah down the super fast slide.
Then we just played around in all the different areas they had set up. Jonah especially liked the tire playground full of huge old tractor tires. He loves anything that has tires so he thought that was awesome and would have stayed right there all day if we let him. He also enjoyed sitting up and driving the old tractor they had set-up. He enjoyed the huge sand lot they had too but didn't really know what to do with all that sand. He had never even felt it before. I think we need to take him to the beach this year...hint-hint! LOL
After playing some we visited the petting zoo that had mainly goats and chickens and one big Llama that kept trying to get close to my head. I wasn't too keen on the petting zoo because I was just afraid of Jonah getting bit or something. I did however, love the pumpkin area. They don't really have a pumpkin patch at this farm....just an area where they sell all their pumpkins. Jonah loved touching them and everywhere he looked there were more to see and touch. We finally settled a big fat one that will be good for carving we think. After all that fun we had a quick lunch and headed out. Jonah was asleep in the car before we got back to the main road!!
After all our farm fun we headed over to my grandmother's house close by so Nana could get her car and Jonah caught a good nap while we chilled. Then we headed out for our first fine dining experience with a toddler! We chose Red Lobster to be our first victim since it was Michael's birthday weekend and all he has talked about is the Endless Shrimp promotion they had going on. Thankfully we got there early, around 4:00 before the "date crowd" set in and they gave us a big booth in the back away from most of the other booths....I think they saw toddler and boy and knew where to put us! LOL! It worked out great for us though. Jonah could play on the booth seat while we ordered and they give them crayons and a color page there as well. He ate good and we managed to taste our lovely food as well. He was happy as always but did holler out happily a couple of times and we had to call him down. But overall he was very well behaved. Maybe we will brave another restaurant soon!
Well if you are still with me here are some pics from the fun day! Enjoy!
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