Pumpkin Patch Detour


triple selfie

Wait, who’s that behind us on the hayride??

Today, I was one of the chaperones for John’s class field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. It was mixed emotions I signed up for this. It is so super hot at the Pumpkin Patch (I remember from last year) and yesterday was one of those strange Hawaiian days where it rains 90% of the day. Seriously. All day. Muddy and hot. Oh joy. Add in four bus loads of kids and you’re set for a good time!


Pickin’ time! I’m not sure they’ll ask me back for chaperone duties, I did lose one of the boys for a few minutes at the port a potties. Oops!

It really wasn’t as bad as anticipated in terms of mud, but, boy oh boy, it was hot. Thankfully in my last frantic minutes of prep, I grabbed hats!


This is my {perfect} pumpkin, soon to be teal. This year they also gave out reusable grocery bags, seen in the background, for each person to cart home their pumpkin.

Our bus driver, hastily sped past other busses to be the first to leave the school and yet we were the last to arrive at the field, over a half hour later than everyone else. Why is that you ask? Because our driver got lost TWICE! Imagine a bus full of small children and getting lost in the heat. They were actually very kind and cheered when he pulled into the pumpkin patch.

produce bag

Aloun Farms sells these produce bags onsite. I’ve heard rave reviews of the corn, so I went for it. $12 for the bag (includes reusable grocery sack). Rumor has it if you go on the weekend, you can buy the produce individually and it’s a bit cheaper. Thankfully, one of the other, chaperone moms carted all our produce bags to the bus for us.

All in all the Pumpkin Patch was much like I remembered it last year. The boys had a great time “picking the perfect (small) pumpkin”, visit the port a potties, riding the hayride and milling around.

coloring a veggie

Brendon: “I can’t believe I’m coloring a vegetable!”

As Murphy would have it, we were also the last bus to arrive back at school, again a half hour later than the others, due to half the bus deciding to wait until the end to pick pumpkins. What?! We were there 1 1/2 hours and they didn’t get a pumpkin!! Needless to say, it was a long ride home and we are all VERY tired.


The long ride home.

4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Patch Detour

  1. Super sweet picture of John crashed on your arm. Poor bus driver. I would say that he left early because he knows he always gets lost, but then wouldn’t it have been smart to follow another bus??? Hmm. No pumpkin patches around here, can you believe it? Another thing I’m missing desperately. Thanks for the report on yours cause even though it’s in “fall-less” Hawaii, it’s still more than we’ve got!

    • I’m so surprised you don’t have a single pumpkin patch. That is very strange given your rural location!

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