Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Picking 2011

Several weeks ago our family opted out of a Sunday afternoon pumpkin picking trip with the excuse that it was too warm outside to possibly dream of going to the pumpkin patch. I had long-sleeve Halloween shirts that I wanted the girls to wear while frolicking among the rows of orange gourds, and gosh darn it, they were going to wear those shirts. Black material and long sleeves don't exactly coincide nicely with 80 degree weather. So we said, "Next weekend we'll go. When it's a little cooler."

"Next weekend" brought with it a whirlwind of events, and at the last minute the extended Robert family called for a picture day. It was absolutely gorgeous outside - we couldn't have asked for a better Fall day. It would have been the perfect day for picking our annual family pumpkin...but we thought maybe we could get lucky the following weekend, too.

Fast forward to last Sunday. It was October 30. We had less than 24 hours before our non-existant pumpkin needed to be carved and lit up to welcome and greet trick-or-treaters as they came to our door. If we didn't do it then, we were never going to do it. Our favorite family tradition was pushed back to the last possible minute...and what did we get for it?

The windiest day of the entire Fall season. That's what. :) The sky was dark and ominous, the leaves and dirt were flying, and the cold wind kept ushering people into the sanctuary of the indoors where there was peace and warmth from the Wizard of Oz movie scene being played outside. But do you think that stopped us? Heck no. We're the Roberts, after all. The crazed tradition keeping family that will stop at nothing to keep our yearly treks alive and well. We're nuts.

Surprisingly Gracie had a blast the entire time...I think she had more fun than Evelyn!

"Hang on to your strollers, it's gonna be a windy one!" Doesn't Evie look enthused?

We knew that there was no possible way we were going to be able to go out on the hayride and actually pick our pumpkin straight from the field. With the threat of rain and high winds, we just didn't feel like dealing with it. And I actually wasn't that disappointed...Gracie still isn't super sure of foot, and when we have non-walking babies we don't go out to the patch. So we still kept tradition in a weird sort of way. :)

And since we were going to be saving a bit of time, we let the girls get out of the stroller and play around in the Fun Corral. We managed to get a couple of smiles out of Evelyn.

Evie always gets a kick out of feeding goats!

We stopped for a little photo opportunity...because that's what we do. 

And now I present to you: The pumpkin swipe. 

Yup, don't mind if I do....

These pictures crack me up, because I captured another one of Grace's famous faces. When she does something that she's pretty sure she's not supposed to, she gives her parents a little sideways glance to see if we're looking - just to test if she's going to get away with what she's doing or not.

The day was getting cooler, and so we skipped out on frozen custard and funnel cakes and all of the wonderful things that make our annual pumpkin picking trip our annual pumpkin picking trip. We needed to score the one thing we came all this way to get!

Grace tried to become a pumpkin. 

One of these things is not like the others. :)

We made our selection and tried to get the girls to hold out for a just a few more minutes to take a picture with our prized pumpkin. As you can see, it was only getting windier. We needed to book it out of there as soon as possible! 

I think this could have quite possibly been our shortest trip yet. Lesson learned: Do NOT wait until the day before Halloween to pick out your family pumpkin. While a few events beyond our control delayed us this year, I'll know not to skip perfectly good days (even if they are 80 degrees) next year. Still, we captured our prey and brought it home safe and sound and waiting to be carved up for a fun night. Maybe I'll share our pumpkin carving experience in another post. :)

My overall assessment of the day: It wasn't the trip in my dreams, but the smiles I got out of Gracie made my heart melt. She didn't care that we were almost blown away...she was just thrilled to be out and doing something fun! Evelyn is usually easy going and up for whatever we throw at her, but if I can get Gracie into it, then it's definitely a successful day. I give us a solid "B" for effort and for keeping good spirits in less than ideal conditions. Another family memory on the books. 

And now to interrupt regularly scheduled programming...I am SO ready for the weekend! Man this week has been long, and I need a date night out with just my husband in a really bad way. Just one more day, friends! Come on, Friday....


Heather said...

Hahaha...I am loving all of those pictures...but especially the one of Evie standing alone. That girl can rock a pair of jeans!

Adrien said...

I just told Evie that you said she could rock a pair of jeans, and she said, "Oh boy, mom! That's wonderful!" Baha.

The Pettijohn's said...

Such cute photos. I really love the one on the wagons with the wording in the back round.

Heather said...

Hahahahaha!!! Love that girl!

Cassie said...

LOVING Grace in those pictures!! Too cute. And that Evie is just a doll. Cute cute cute babies!!

Ashley Mitchell said...

Love the "pumpkin swipe" so cute! She even looked out of the corner of her eye to make sure no one was looking! Priceless!

Jackie said...

Your girls are so cute!!! could just eat'em up!!!!

Katie said...

Haha I love Grace's little sideways glance as she's grabbing that pumpkin. So cute :)


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