Tuesday, October 15, 2013

September Date: A Starbucks *Fall* Treat & Pumpkin Picking at Barton Orchards

Sunday morning I snuck out of the house and sped to Starbucks to get our seasonal coffee treats before Ryan or Adelaide woke up. Part of the *fall* experience is enjoying a few PSL with extra pumps of pumpkin spice and whipped cream of course! Last year when I had planned our dates for Ryan's anniversary gift, I bought a Starbucks gift card to put in the September envelope. Yay for already having paid for our treats ;)

Now I know it is October but we had a little mix up of dates which caused us to postpone our September date until this month. No worries! It just means we get two dates this month.

After the late risers were up and dressed, we drove an hour north to Barton Orchards. I had researched many pumpkin patches in the surrounding area and this one had the best reviews so I was really looking forward to it. And boy did it live up to my expectations and more.

Anything you can think of they had. From apple pie a la mode to milkshakes to carmel corn to apple cider donuts to a fudge shoppe. From bouncy castles to corn mazes to digging for gold to haunted houses to playgrounds to countless photo cutouts to an elaborate petting zoo. From pulled pork to veggie burgers to apple chips to peanut butter pretzels. From apple picking to pumpkin picking to hayrides to corn stalks for buying to three live bands across the property.

We had an absolute blast of a day. We arrived just before 11am and stayed for 3 hours. We still weren't able to cover everything. Adelaide loved *walking* and *dancing* and *eating*. She loved petting the animals (ponies, goats, pigs, & donkey). She loved hugging pumpkins. She loved watching the other kids. Ryan & I loved watching how big our sweet baby girl has gotten. We loved watching her personality spark. We loved watching her enjoy herself.

If you live in the area, don't miss out on Barton Orchards. It truly is a wonderful place for families and there is something to do for everyone in your bunch. We are looking forward to returning next year!

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