Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pumpkin Patch 2016

This is one of those evening that I look forward to all year long!  We aren't one of those families that stops at every pumpkin patch they see over the course of the month of October.  We have just that one that we love, and we make one big grand night of it!  I feel that keeps the whole experience that much more special for the boys.  Liam obviously knew exactly what fun was going to be had, but it was brand new to our little Finn.  Reading Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin numerous times a day had everyone ready to get out there and find each of our perfect one!



The thing is...  I was a having a real rough day that morning.  Little things had been getting to me more, throwing me into the dreaded funk.  Nothing had been going to plan.  Naptime was cut short.  I just wasn't feeling like my usual chipper and excited self.  Conor & I talked about rescheduling our pumpkin patch visit, but it was really the only day in the near future that worked with both of our schedules.  I called my mom on the long drive out to vent.  Hoping that letting it all out, would help me let the little things go.  And thank goodness, the moment we pulled up to the farm, I was excited & filled with joy.  It is one of my happy places, and I was finally there with my little family!


We always go on a weeknight, because the place is practically empty.  No lines.  No crazy people to navigate around.  And you all know how much I love going places at Sunset, but even more so in the Fall.  Harvest sunsets are stunning.  The deep rich colors & warm glow don't even seem real.  And this particular night & particular sunset may have been one of my favorites.



Finn was much more timid than I would have expected.  While he loves slides at playgrounds, he was not fond of the big haystack slides or the potato sack one.  Liam practically ran laps doing the slides on repeat, but Finn was content to watch from my lap for the better half of them.  And then he refused to ride the little train, so again he watched from the sidelines.  His reluctance to join in completely surprised me and doesn't seem to fit with the rest of his personality, but I enjoyed the snuggles while we watched big brother have the time of his life.  He did however love the corn box and could have stayed there all night!



So often throughout this night, I found myself just taking in the moment.  Noticing the wild smiles & giggles from my boys.  Watching Conor with them.  Even though it's been a year and a half since Finny as born, I still so often find myself in awe of the fact that I'm surrounded by boys.  My boys.  And at times, I think that I'm just destined for boys.  That it will always be this way, just with parhaps another thrown in the mix (not an announcement).  I watched them play, noticing all the families all around us and remembering special memories from my own childhood.  For our past is the foundation that we use to develop our own traditions & memories.  Apparently, I was feeling all sorts of nostalgic and warm & fuzzy.


As sunset was nearing, we jumped on the tractor for a ride out to the actual pumpkin patch.  Finn was nonstop smiles throughout the entire bumpy ride.  All the boys wanted was more & more bumps!  He could not have been holding onto Conor any tighter, but he loved everything about it!


Pumpking choosing is serious business.  I'm such a sucker for the tall & skinny; yet, every year I plan on mixing it up.  And then I never do.  Liam was adamant that we need two big pumpkins and two small pumpkins, so the search was on.  Picking pumpkins straight from the vine is of extreme importance to me, which is why I love this particular farm.  I love that the boys get to see how exactly how the pumpkins are grown, and that they literally have hundreds to choose from.  I think we picked some rather perfect ones, with Liam being able to barely, just barely, carry his own!





Another night that will not soon be forgotten.  Liam had such a hard time leaving, knowing that we won't be back again 'til next year.  And he will grow impatient as we wait until closer to Halloween to carve them.  But gosh, it was a good night.  And these photos are some of my favorites.  They will help hold our memories to enjoy in all the years to come!

19 comments :

  1. I like to put some baby pumpkins on the windowsill. We went to a patch (parking lot...thanks FL) and Aria picked some out plus a white one to try our hand at crayon melting. You'd think it was Disney, Aria was so excited and has been dying to do the white pumpkin craft. Waiting is hard! I actually saw a legit pumpkin patch in FL so I google mapped it...7.5 hours away. Guess we won't be doing that one. One year though totally going to time a vacation with pumpkin patch season and head up north!

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  2. Love them all!!!! So, so sweet! And mama - you are a GREAT mom to those boys!

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  3. These are amazing photos! And I know all about needing to vent to mom in order for everything to be alright again! I'm so jealous your pumpkin patches are one open during the week and two in the evenings. So many around us are only on the weekends til 5/6. And they are so crowded!!!

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  4. Such a fun night! And you're right, picking them off the vine is totally the way to go if you can!

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  5. Beautiful photos! Love that you got to pick your pumpkins from the vine! I always vent to my mom too. She is the only person I can complain to and not feel annoying!

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  6. Love these photos so so much! We usually always grown our own pumpkins but skipped it this year (although for the life of me I can't remember why!) Pumpkins on the vine are way more exciting!

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  7. Beautifully captured, as always. Looks like a perfect little farm. Such a wonderful way to end a not-so-great day.

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  8. Such beautiful photos friend. I'm so glad it lifted your spirits. I have been there recently too and need to snap out of it. Love the slide photos. So fun!

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  9. I love pumpkin patches and letting the boys pick their own pumpkins. The one you all go to looks amazing. These pictures capture that memory so perfectly and it looks like it was the perfect evening of pumpkin picking.

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  10. GORGEOUS photos! I love that you can pick pumpkins right off the vine. That's not common around here.

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  11. I'm so glad that a night out with your boys lifted you up. Sometimes it is just hard to get out of those dreaded funk days, but we ALL have them. This outing was the perfect way to end a crummy day!

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  12. Wow, what beautiful photos Laura! Love their shirts too. Matching adorableness. That looks like a wonderful spot to pick pumpkins. I love picking them straight from the vine too. There's something so natural and magical about the experience.

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  13. looks like great fun.. great pictures.

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  14. We haven't visited our favorite pumpkin patch yet, but we're hoping to make it this week. I agree that there's something more authentic about getting your pumpkin right from the vine. So glad you were able to capture some amazing memories with your family!

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  15. awww i'm glad you were able to enjoy yourself even if you'd been in a funk prior.
    someone told me once that if you have 2 of the same sex, the chances are like 70% that the 3rd will be the same. i don't know how true that is lol but i know 3 couples who have 3 boys or 3 girls, so you know. must be true ;) i am one of 3, but i was the middle so i broke the boys up. but anyway. nothing wrong with being surrounded by boys. that sounds weird. i mean that you're obviously a fabulous boy mom! on one hand i'd love boys but on the other i'd love girls? in an ideal world i'd have 2 of each and also a boatload of money, but in reality we'll probably have 2, and i am selfishly hoping it's one of each but you never know.
    i should stop talking now :)
    i've never been to a pumpkin patch!

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  16. THESE ARE SO GOOD (please excuse the excited-all-caps typing). But seriously. Amazing captures! Can you come photograph us?!
    In pumpkin patch news... We only go to one patch a year as well. Typically we like to go on a week day (preferably Columbus Day) because as you mentioned, not busy. But this year we had no choice but to go on a Saturday. Sheer madness I tell you.

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  17. This is so beautiful! I so wish our pumpkin patch was closer...and it was open on weeknights! The boys definitely look like they enjoyed themselves.

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  18. I wish I had the opportunity to go to the pumpkin patch on a weekday. It's crazy on the weekend and seriously for whatever reason, this year was crazy insane.
    I wish we had a real pumpkin patch like that. We do have one where you can pick them from their natural environment but they don't have nearly the cool activities that yours does!

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