Our annual trip to the pumpkin patch has always been my most favorite tradition. From the time Craig and I were babies in high school, I’ve made him take me. And this year when we took Fern together it made me realize how cool it is to see your family change and grow each year.
Here we are pumpkin patching back when we were young and child-free…two years before we had Fern. I think back to that time in life and smile at just how much we’ve grown as husband and wife and how much we’ve grown just as people since then. It kind of blows my mind how much a few years can change you so much. Also, completely unrelated, but I’ve always love picking the wonkiest pumpkins.
This was Fern’s very first pumpkin patch experience at 9-months of age. Obviously she didn’t get to do a whole lot in the way of actually “picking” her pumpkin, but she had fun touching them and loved taking in all the sights and sounds around her. She was definitely the cutest pumpkin in the patch.
Here was our second pumpkin patch with Fern at 20-months of age and what a difference a year makes! She is a big fan of pumpkins thanks to a book she loves called “It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse!” so she started shouting “Punkin! Punkin!” from the back seat as soon as we pulled into the patch. Once we were there we asked her which pumpkin she wanted and after a short perusal, she very resolutely walked right up to the most perfectly Fern-sized pumpkin there was, and said “Have it!” and then proceeded to scoop it up and carry it around – only setting it down briefly because she didn’t like that it was making her hands dirty (“Daddy, wipe it!”). We tried to sell her on a bigger pumpkin, but she loved her little Fern-sized pumpkin. So, we got a bigger one to carve along with it.
Doing all of these traditions as a little family is so much fun, because these guys are kind of my favorite.
Have you gone to the pumpkin patch yet? Are you planning to go?
Love and pumpkins,