So when a friend of mine mentioned that her family was going to a "fun" pumpkin patch in Grand Junction the next day (Saturday), I was all for it. Until it got a little complicated: Ben had church responsibilities from 10-12, Emmy had a birthday party to go to at 12, I had grocery shopping to do, the missionaries were coming for dinner, etc. Bummer! But by Saturday morning, when I had told the kids that we'd be leaving in a little bit to a local " pumpkin chuckin' " event, Emmy was all moans and cries and whines and complaints. So then I just thought there was no reason sticking around for Emmy and so I called my friend and told her we'd be coming with them. Emmy was going to have to sit with Ben in his 2-hour meetings (auxiliary training for the women, but as Bishop, he was invited to attend the RS training) - which Ben agreed to because he's good like that.
Anyways, it was a really fun day and the kids had a lot of fun. I love the pumpkin patch and we've decided to make it a new tradition - the Saturday before Halloween we'll all go up there and spend the day. Emmy did great for Ben at his meetings and had a wonderful time at the birthday party, too. Ben got most of the dinner ready, the missionaries came for dinner, and then I headed out grocery shopping. It all worked out and I was happy to get out and do something fun with friends (mine and the kids')!