Harper’s first pumpkin patch + trip to Google

Two Fridays ago it was a beautiful day and Mike was off work, so we decided to take Harper to a pumpkin patch in the south bay.

There were pre-picked pumpkins as far as the eye could see. Most of them were in good shape, so it was kind of hard to decide which ones to get.

We ended up with two orange pumpkins and one white one. If it were up to me I probably would have taken home two giant wagonloads. I just love pumpkins. 🙂

Harper got to sit on the big tractor, just like Mike did as a kid.

And we had to sit her on a giant pumpkin just because.

In addition to carving pumpkins, they had all kinds of squashes, gourds, and even popcorn.

We took home one hubbard to cook. When she’s a little older I think Harper will enjoy some of the other stuff they had, like a hay bale pyramid and wagon rides. There’s also a whole park with farm animals there.

Since we were so far from home already and we had some time to kill before dinner, we decided to drive around Silicon Valley. I had never been to Stanford or seen any of the social media headquarters, so it was fun to check them out.

The Google campus is huge, and full of surprises like these sculptures.

I didn’t realize employees could borrow these multi-colored bikes to ride around anytime.

I couldn’t believe how many people were actually using them!

Mike showed me the parking lot dedicated to electric vehicles.


I love how someone has carefully swept around the sign on the ground.


Tesla spotted in the wild!

After that we spent some time in downtown Palo Alto, which has a really nice shopping area. They even have the only Plan Toys retail store, which was fun to check out.

I loved our day of exploration, but man is it expensive down there! We were pretty happy to go back to our little bubble (with one new toy, of course).