Stolen days

Technically, I work part time and get Fridays off. I say “technically” because it doesn’t happen all the time. But on a Friday where I actually do get to take the day off, I feel like I have stolen an extra day to be with Savanna.

Yesterday was a stolen day. I worked for a couple of hours in the morning, then I turned on my “out of office” notification, and put away my cell phone. I picked up Savanna from preschool, and we went strawberry picking at Emma Lea on Westham Island.

It was cloudy and a quiet day at the farm. We had rows and rows of strawberry to ourselves. Savanna was so focused on looking for the perfect berries, she refused to leave even when she was obviously tired.

After Emma Lea, we went to Westham Island Herb Farm to see their animals. They had some new baby goats that Savanna loved. Before we even got back on the highway, Savanna had fallen sound asleep. With a trunk full of freshly picked strawberries, and a sleeping preschooler in the backseat, my heart is so content with the stolen day.

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Addicted to the pumpkin patch

The weather was beautiful today, and Joshua H was here.  So we decided that a second pumpkin patch visit was in order.  Mike and Kath won’t have time to take Joshua to the pumpkin patch, so we’re going to take him.

I’m not all that sure about our Joshua, but Joshua H had lots of fun.  He fell a few times in the patch and got a little dirty, but the soil was soft enough that it didn’t hurt him.  He was quick to get up and keep stumbling in the patch.

Our Joshua spent most of his time in the hiking pack, so he wasn’t as involved in the pumpkin picking activities.  I thought it was hilarious that when we put him on the grass for pictures, he would touch the grass and quickly draw his hands back, like the grass was too dirty for him to touch.  He sat on the grass but demanded to be picked up.  I laughed so hard.

Joshua H picked a little pumpkin from the patch, and we picked another medium size one to bring home to carve.  We also bought a white pumpkin from the retail area.  I’m not sure if we are supposed to carve the white one, but I thought it would be cool to put it on display at home.

The boys play really well together.  For two first-borns, I thought they are quite good at sharing toys and snacks, and compromising without even being able to speak.  I really hope they grow up to be good friends!

First pumpkin patch visit

I’ve been so excited about the idea of taking Joshua to the pumpkin patch for the first time, I almost forgot that this is also MY first time going to a pumpkin patch.  I didn’t grow up in North America, and once I moved here just never had a reason to go.

There are a few pumpkin patches in the Vancouver area.  A friend told me about the Westham Island Herb Farm pumpkin patch, so we took Joshua there today.  Let me tell you, this place KICKS ASS!  They put quite a bit of effort into displaying all kinds of pumpkins from their farm!  There’s also a cute little general store, a retail area with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a farm animal area, and of course the pumpkin patch.  I felt like a kid in a candy store, seeing all different colors and shapes of pumpkins and funky gourds.

Oh, and Westham Island Herb Farm doesn’t charge any admission fee!  Yeah, you got that right!  If you pick a pumpkin from the patch, it’s 30 cents a pound.  But otherwise there’s no additional charge.  I know, my jaw almost dropped when the lady told me there was no fee.

We put Joshua in his dragon suit and took some pictures with the display pumpkins.  Then we popped him in the hiking pack and went to the patch.  There are all sorts of pumpkins in the patch; green, orange, red, and white.  It was a week day in the middle of the afternoon, and we were the only ones in the patch.  Cliff picked out an apartment sized pumpkin, and we headed back to the retail area to pick up some pie pumpkin, potatoes, gourds, and honey.

After all that fun, Joshua fell fast asleep on the car ride home.  And I can’t wait to eat the pumpkin pie made from the pie pumpkins!