Grandma, Grandpa, and Mariah all came to Strasburg today for an abbreviated weekend visit with Gracie. I say abbreviated because by the time they got into town it was after 2, and they have to leave early tomorrow morning. But, we still found plenty of time for fun.
We decided to take our "guests" to the Pumpkin Patch for the afternoon. Believe it or not, it was our first visit to the Hill High Farm this year, and we were overwhelmed by how many people were there--apparently the word got out!
Despite the crowds we found plenty of apples to pick, and time to pet and see the animals and pumpkins. I was very glad to see that Gracie not only wanted to pet the horse, she was ready to ride it! I had to explain to her that this wasn't the same "pony" she got to ride last time, and that we would just pet this one. So, Grandpa made up for this disappointment by galloping around the farm with Gracie on his shoulders while she made horse noises.
After we visited with the animals, and even got the baby calf to eat straw out of our hands, we packed it in for the day and went to Winchester to eat dinner.
By the time we got back to the apartment it was getting late, but the girls still had plenty of energy so they got to play in Gracie's room for a while.
After Garren and I got Gracie off to bed, Mariah helped me make 2 pies with our freshly picked apples while Grandpa "didn't" fall asleep on the couch, and Grandma made a place to sleep.
Since Grandma & Grandpa brought the Fisher-Price kitchen that Gracie picked out last weekend, something in her room had to go. Alas, it was the barn. Anyway, this meant that Mariah had a neat tent to sleep in the middle of our living room which proved to be a very fun experience for her.
Even though we didn't have time to do a whole lot, Gracie had yet another wonderful weekend with Grandma & Grandpa and she was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to spend so much time with Mariah.
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**Above: Gracie sits on a saddle at the Hill High Pumpkin Patch and pretends to make the "horse" giddy-up***