Mia had diligently planted pumpkins at Gma R's this spring in order to have a big pumpkin patch for herself and the other grandkids. It was all in vain, however, because Gma's would-be pumpkin patch looks like this... we had too much fun this summer, I guess.
Luckily we live close to lots of lovely farms where pumpkins are NOT in short supply:
In addition to the pumpkin picking, Mia & Talan took a trip through the corn maze, which included a much less claustrophobic boxwood maze (phew!).
After about 30 directionless minutes in the maze with two toddlers (and a potty accident), we got aggressive and hopped the hedge to the destination (a plywood castle), and all was well...
We had lots of fun and even took a pretty train ride (the hay ride was out of commission),
...but after a while, Mia started to feel overwhelmed by the excitement- particularly the number of pumpkin choices. She declared that she no longer "liked it" (the pumpkin patch), so Gma held her tight and helped her pick out the best Mia-size pumpkin from a more Mia-size collection.
There is not much that good apple pie wont remedy, however, and having finally accomplished what we'd come for, life was good again!