Pumpkin patch lessons learned

by Kim on October 21, 2013

As promised, the pumpkin patch pics are in!


Here are two important lessons I learned:

–The weather is directly linked to the enjoyment factor of visiting a pumpkin patch. If it’s cold and rainy, it tends to suck. To avoid this, pumpkin patches should probably be visited before the end of October. Oops.

–It’s dangerous to knowingly get involved in activities that will dip into a toddler’s naptime. It’s borderline dumb to do this when said activities are also 45 minutes away from home.

So yeah…the weather was horrible, Mason was cranky, and we lasted maybe 40 minutes total at the place. Which was not long enough to take the hayride we’d paid for or to even go to the actual patch. But we checked out a few of the farm activities for kiddos and did our best to take advantage of the fall photo ops before beelining it to the car.


(That picture is not really representative of the mood he was really in. Ohhh toddlers.)

On the bright side: we got a giant bag of the best freshly made kettle corn evvvver.

Ok, I’m going to try to fly through the rest of our weekend pics here. Lots to do today!

His new plaid shirt kinda kills me. I mean.


Father/son plaid:


Oh, and the skinny jeans. I’m obsessed. Brent was wary at first, but eventually admitted they were pretty cute.


He’s been giving lots of hugs lately. (“Hugging” mostly involves him smashing his head against mine, especially if his hands are full.)


He likes to put a hand on our shoulders when we read to him—for moral support.


Can’t believe it’s cold enough already for all this:


Here’s what our living room looks like approximately 25 minutes after Mason wakes up in the morning:


On our way to the pumpkin patch! We crossed the highway via this crazy underground tunnel. (Shawshank Redemption style, as Brent put it. Yuck.)


Mason’s favorite part of the entire trip, hands down: running back and forth across this bridge.


Second favorite part: this giant sand mound + trucks.


But the tractor tire playground I thought he was going to LOVE?? Meh.


You can’t tell, but it was actually raining at this point. I was balancing the umbrella on my head trying to take pics.


Awesome moment #3: these random trucks we found set up in the barn. Sweet relief from the cold and rain.


Forced photo op.


Mase refused to join me in this photo op (I’ll spare you the angry-faced, back-arching tantrum outtakes), so I had to go it alone.


Recovering with an episode of Mickey Mouse after an adventurous day:


I’m excited to try the patch again next year—I think he’ll be at a better age to appreciate it. But at least we tried!

Tonight, I’m heading downtown for a 4-hour CPR class as part of my personal training certification. Help. Me.

Hope you’re having a great Monday!


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Katie @ running4cupcakes October 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

I can totally understand and appreciate this entire post! Luke is the exact same way right now. Kissing involves leaning his head into yours. . . so frickin’ adorable! Good luck this week. I have been thinking about you guys and hoping everything goes well.


Kim October 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Such cute pictures! I love the way he puts his hand on y’all’s shoulders – our boys used to do that. And, as frustrating as the mess can be – I miss those days occasionally!!!
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Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness October 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Oh no…. there is just too much toddler cuteness in this post… Matching daddy and monkey plaid shirts??? Are you KIDDING me????? I can’t take it!!!!

I’m sorry you had a cranky toddler pumpkin patch experience. That always makes things so stressful. I love when they start doing sweet things like hugging and putting their hands on your shoulder! M.T. recently started brushing my hair! I die!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Bummer it wasn’t the experience you had hoped for. I almost bought that same shirt for The Love Nugget the other day but they didn’t have his size! I think plaid is so cute! Oh and Skinny jeans, we love them! They are the only ones that really fit our tall little man!
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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Oh no, I’m sure he’ll be more into it next year, and hopefully the weather will cooperate too!

I’ve sat through those CPR classes before, so I feel your pain. At least you only have to do it once every couple of years!
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