You know you are making some progress when your child starts demanding appropriate seasonal celebrations. Don’t get me wrong – he is obsessed with “Charlie Brown Christmas” and will watch that at any opportunity.
This year, B has made unprompted requests. Like – he wants to be Spiderman for Halloween. Not so sure how he will handle wearing a mask but I guess we will try. He is understanding leaves falling from the trees and how the sun is going to bed earlier. The other thing is pumpkins. He wants pumpkins.
And so, we were off on our pumpkin adventure. We were going with his friends from his first ever playgroup – almost five years and going strong. We normally do low key playdates and the occasional Mom’s Night Out. But each Fall, we choose to do a family-type activity. This year we chose an area animal park that also holds a fall festival, called Pumpkinville.
Our playgroup, in general, has learned over the years that the earlier the event, the better. This works perfectly with my kids, as they are up at 6:00 AM anyway. Getting somewhere earlier also ensures, at least for me, that meltdown tendencies are lowered.
We arrived bright and early to the Animal Park and got in right away. To get to Pumpkinville, you go through the Animal Park anyway, so we got to see animals. B gets a kick out of the mammoth turkey and all the chickens. Mayita totally dug the resident lemur – she giggled up a storm as “Dexter” jumped from branch to branch. After going through goats, antelopes, llamas, and other animals…we were finally ready to unleash the kids onto Pumpkinville.
There were moon bounces, giant hill slides, a hay maze, a large pirate ship – all spread out on a massive plot of land. There were other things, like face painting and the zipline, but they did not interest B. Know what he locked his eyes on?
The large black school bus. Oh yeah.
In keeping with obsessions, B found paradise in what I guess you can call a “Ghoul Bus”. This was an old, broken down bus, spray painted black with the seats and windows removed. According to B, it was THE.BEST.THING.EVER. He would have stayed in there if we had let him.
But we did manage to pull him away to go on a hayride, to bounce some more, and to check out the pirate ship. But then he managed to get back in again.
Mind you, Mayita at this age is also exploring on her own, so it was definitely “man to man” defense from Husband and me. She enjoyed just having her freedom to run quite frankly. She was too young for the majority of activities but I know she had so much fun anyway.
As we left, we got to pick out our parting gift – a pumpkin for each of us. And with that, B got his wish of pumpkins. Which we will attempt to paint and put out on the porch, just like everyone else.