Of Pumpkins and Preschoolers

October 7th, 2011

Just because I’m not on board with birthday parties for toddlers doesn’t mean I don’t love a good party.  Quite the contrary.  I love any excuse to get a group of friends together.  I’m almost compulsively social.  In grad school, I organized themed weekly potluck dinners that sometimes drew as many as forty people.  It was glorious.

Now that I’ve got kids, there are even more opportunities for festivities.  Thus it was that I issued an open invitation to the families in the kids’ daycare to join us for an outing to a local pumpkin patch last weekend.  I thought I’d get a couple interested families and our small posse would hit the fields together.

The final headcount on the day of the excursion was 29 children under six and 30 adults.

Glorious, I tell you.

We met up at the farm, terrorized the animals in the petting zoo, took a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, ate lunch together, and enjoyed a bunch of activities — including an old firetruck-turned-jungle-gym-and-slide.  It was a blast.

I love the chance to connect with other parents and for Miss Mouse to see her friends outside of school.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is nothing cuter than little kids holding hands.

This is where my heart and organizational strengths are.  I’m not great at party games and crepe paper.  But laid-back fun in the great outdoors with sixty of my closest friends?  That I can do.

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