Emma thought it was pretty cool to get a close-up look at
the corn in the corn maze, which she'd never really seen before.
We had to explain the difference to her between field corn
and sweet corn, and what field corn is used for. She liked
taking some of the kernels off the cob and feeling them in
Heading out of the corn maze
Emma picking out one of our pumpkins
Emma checking over the pumpkins again. She was very serious
about getting just the right ones. Howell's pumpkin patch
is about a block wide and over a quarter-mile long, so that
made her work pretty difficult. :-)
Even though it was a little chilly in the morning, both girls
really loved being outside.
Most of the wagons were pulled to the pumpkin patch and corn
maze by vintage tractors, but one was pulled by horses. This
one was Jen's favorite!
Emma with our pumpkins
Emma loved riding the crazy horse tire swing; Jenna wasn't
so happy about it. She wanted to ride, too, and couldn't understand
why she was too little to ride on this big one. (We did let
her sit on it for a second or two after Emma was done, and
she threw an "I may only be 17 months old, but I'm going
to throw a temper tantrum like I'm two and rub my hands in
the dirt, too" fit when she had to get off the swing.)
The girls with our pumpkins
Our littlest pumpkin
Finally! A swing for each of them. (And, for the record, Jen
threw another huge fit when she had to get off this swing
too. Gee, do you think she likes to swing?)
There was a cool pedal tractor track in the kids' play area,
with several different pedal tractors… and one big bike.
The tractors were really hard for the kids to pedal and steer,
but Emma lucked out and got the neat bike. She made lots of
loops on the track and didn't want to stop!
There are lots of animals at Howells', including this cool
Border Collie Emma called Bingo. He liked "herding"
our dog Joe, putting him in his place. Joe didn't even seem
to notice, though. Joe also met a cool Australian Shepherd
dog and a cat. He was so excited to be there, he couldn't
have cared less about any of them -- even the cat. I don't
think the feeling was mutual with the other animals towards
Can you tell Emma loved riding this bike?
Jen even got in on the pedal tractor action and "drove"
this Farmall. Troy wasn't so sure he approved of Jen driving
anything but a John Deere!
There is a sandbox in the kids' play area that takes up almost
an entire small barn. Instead of sand, though, it's filled
with corn… and all the kids loved it.
"Hmm… I wonder what this corn takes like…?"
Jen loved playing on this giant pumpkin
Little pumpkins in the pumpkin wagon
An exhausted Maifeld family gets ready to leave