I have already made a pumpkin pie from a pumpkin with a perfect lard crust, for example. But I did not take a picture of it because it was ugly. BUT DELICIOUS.
I digress. As usual.
We went to the farm for lunch, play time, and pumpkins-- a few of our favorite things.
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. We've been to Schuster's Farm before-- with the kids in 2013 and on a bus with all of our friends to go through the haunted forrest last year (completely and ridiculously fun-- can't wait to go again)-- and LOVED it, so everyone was excited to go again this fall.
But really, check out this awesome maze on the farm's Facebook page.
Dorothy's favorite part of the day-- besides posing with her fave characters, was a tie between playing on the adorable playground and jumping on the jumping pillow. She looks so much like Goldilocks here I expected this little playhouse to be full of bears.
She is not the only kid who likes to stick her face in a giant cut out:
that might not be an accurate measure of hilarity.
We had lunch in the farm's historic round barn, which was built in 1903 and was lovely. I accidentally took this cool picture because my phone was sitting on our table in selfie mode and I saw this on the screen and snapped. Schuster's hosts weddings and other events, and I could completely imagine how perfectly beautiful the reception could be in this barn ablaze with twinkle lights.
Ben couldn't wait to be done eating so he could ride the barrel train. HE LOVES BARREL TRAINS.
Dorothy drove the wooden car for quite some time, and she insisted that I be her passenger and I almost got stuck because I am a large passenger.
No trip to a pumpkin patch would be complete without, um, PUMPKINS. The weather kept us from taking a hay ride, but that was OK with Dorothy because she found the sweetest little pumpkin in the yard right away.
All 4 kids were asleep before our gourd-stuffed van hit the highway, and all 6 of us had a wonderful day at the farm. Thank you so much to Carrie and Schuster's for having us!
If you live in or around Madison, you need to take the whole fam damily to Schuster's Farm-- and then get a sitter for the kids and bring the grown ups back to tour the haunted forest. It's the kind of fall must-do that needs to top your bucket list-- and don't forget the fudge!