MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather FINALLY cools down in the desert making the nights and mornings bearable. Not to mention, my birthday month is on the horizon and everything smells like pumpkin spice and cinnamon. What’s not to love?

We recently took the kids to the MacDonald’s Ranch Pumpkin Patch – it was our first time at the ranch and honestly the best pumpkin patch we’ve visited. From the moment we arrived, I had a great feeling this would be great. There were so many activities for the kids to do! Pony rides, gold digging, lasso learning, horseshoe throwing, petting zoo and a huge hay maze that they had all to themselves!

The gates close at 5pm and the patch officially ends at 6pm. When we were there, I looked at the clock and realized it was 5:45 and we hadn’t even picked out pumpkins yet! We looked around and couldn’t figure out where they were until one of the ranchers told us we had to take a hay ride over to the patch. Had to? Yes, please!

We jumped on board a mule-drawn hayride and off we went. Our ‘driver’ Gary was so incredibly nice, patient and talked to us all about the ranch. I call him patient because 5 minutes into the hayride back to the main entrance, I realized I had left my purse down at the pumpkin patch and he had to take us aaaaaall the way back. Did I mention by this time it was well over 6pm, which was their closing time. What can I say, I’m a mom without a memory these days.

If you get the opportunity to go to a pumpkin patch this year TAKE YOUR KIDS TO MACDONALD’S RANCH. I’m literally shouting it because I loved this place so much. We’ll be back year after year, for sure.

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

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macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

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Nolan was the best this evening. He walked around with a huge smile on his face and pointed at everything he saw. When we got to the pumpkin patch part, he literally just sat down in the patch and watched his sister and brother pick out the perfect pumpkin. Dare I say, he was the cutest pumpkin in the entire patch? ūüôā

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Watching the goats eat dinner.

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macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog
macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

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macdonalds pumpkin patch

We had the hay maze to ourselves! It was so fun to watch them run through the maze and figure out how to get out. And if Ryan and I are being honest, it was a nice way to enjoy a moment of silence while your littles are contained by barrels of hay.

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch
macdonalds pumpkin patch

Do you think they look alike? Nolan is a spitting image of my brothers but I think he’s got a lot of Ryan in him too.
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macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog
macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonalds pumpkin patch

macdonalds pumpkin patch

If you’re wondering, no – we did not get the $9.00 pumpkins. If you know Ryan Cross, then you know we had to wait until the kids found pumpkins that fit in the smallest $4.00 hole.

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macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

macdonald's ranch scottsdale mom blog

Thank you to MacDonald’s Ranch for hosting us this year. We are so thankful for the opportunity to come experience your ranch. If I could do it all over again, I would allow for more time to spend here – there is seriously so much for kids to do. We only had one hour, so I would recommend two at least. Enjoy!

Our Picnic at the Pumpkin Patch

This morning, we went to Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert to pick out some pumpkins! Every year we go to a different pumpkin patch and I must say – this one has been one of my favorites.

The pumpkin patch costs $3/ adults and $10 per kid to get in. That includes a sticker pack to decorate (and keep) your own pumpkin, face painting, petting zoo, reptile watching (gross), one hay ride, bounce house and tons of space to run around.

We met up with some of Kelsey’s best friends from school and had a picnic at the patch. Everyone brought food, we secured some tables in the shade and the kids indulged. Ryan and I feel so fortunate to have met such wonderful parents¬†from Kelsey’s school. And the great friendships that she has formed (at such a young age) are¬†remarkable.

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The First-time Mom Hat: Pumpkin Ninja

Our afternoon started with this.

And ended with this.

I can explain. Today, we visited a Pumpkin Patch. Kelsey was having so much fun.¬†She loved looking at all of the bright orange objects. She’s was loving the colors, the people all around and the miscellaneous Halloween decor hanging from the large red and white tent. I spotted a photo opt disguised as a barrel of hay and decide to place baby on it to take a photo. So far, so good.¬†

As we continue through the patch, baby is in great spirits. That is, until I glance over at her, resting on my hip, and see the pouty lip begin to surface. I don’t give it too much thought, since this look tends to be the look she gives us whenever she is in a new environment. It’s the I’m-checking-you-out-first-before-I-crack-a-smile look. Totally normal. So, I thought.

I look over at dad who is busy cleaning off a pumpkin. Yes, cleaning a pumpkin.¬† He’s “making sure this dirt comes off before we buy it. Yep, that’s my husband.


We get to the cash register and show baby our pumpkins. She looks up at us like, “This is it? This is what I got dressed for?”. We grab some complimentary lollipops and we’re out the door tent.

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As we begin to leave, I put  baby into her car seat, dad gets in the driver seat and I jump into the front passenger seat. We decide to drive to the nearest craft store to get candles for our pumpkins, when we hear a gag. More like a choke coming from the back seat.
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We glance over our shoulders into the baby mirror – which is perfectly positioned¬†so¬†we can see¬†baby in her rear-facing car seat –¬†and see vomit. Tons and tons of vomit! She’s puking. Very hard. She begins to choke.

I immediately jump from my seat like a ninja in the night. And in one swift move, I have maneuvered myself over the console and into the back seat next to my baby. I look into her eyes, and with my eyes, tell her everything is going to be okay. Faster than you can say, “Huh?” my husband has stopped the car and I’ve lifted her from the car seat onto my chest. I have her close to my heart and in my arms. She is safe now.
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She looks up at me, as we both sit in puke, and smiles. She feels good. She knows mommy is¬†close and she begins to laugh. Yes, laugh as if this was all a ploy to get out of her seat. My heart is racing as we enter the garage to our home. I take her inside and clean her up as dad cleans her car seat. I immediately call the on-call nurse and she tells me “it sounds like your baby caught a virus.” She was so clam. I was so panicked.

I take the docs recommendation to¬†give her drops of Pedialyte to ensure she stays hydrated. After 30 minutes of playtime (she is feeling great now) I begin to put her down for a nap. Her eyes start to get heavier, and I find myself in her nursery with the music on, she’s resting her head on my chest, and we’re swaying back and forth, back and forth. About ten minutes go by and she is sound asleep. But, I can’t bring myself to put her into her crib. I want to hold her forever. Never let her get sick again. Never allow her to throw up. Never wanting her to be more than an arms reach away from me. But, I realize, I can’t hold her forever.
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I gently lay her into her crib and smile. It was just a little vomit. It is just a little tummy virus. She is going to be okay. This will be the first of many upset tummys. There will be bumps, bruises and broken hearts in her future and I can’t protect her from everything bad. All Kelsey needs to know is that mommy and daddy will be there every step of the way. She’s never going to be alone. I promise to mend every hurt that I can. Starting with this tummy virus.

UPDATE: We’re hoping this was just a 24-hour bug. Last night she threw up again. This first-time mom gave her milk before bedtime. Bad idea. .