I am so excited about the line up of posts for this week! I have some guest posts from some pretty amazing ladies! Welcome to "Fall Favorites" everyone :-)
Fall is by far my favorite season. I love everything about it! The colors, the clothes, the smells, the crisp feeling in the air.. but my favorite part of Fall is the activities that come with it. I know a lot of people that have a hard time staying inside in the spring/summer where the weather is perfect for doing stuff outside. I'm the complete opposite. I find myself making excuses to be outside in the Fall.
To me the first day of Fall, and my way of kicking off the holiday season, the day we go to the pumpkin patch. There is just something that I absolutely love about getting bundled up, taking a hay ride out to pick out pumpkins and getting lost in a corn maze. I don't know why but I absolutely LOVE it!
The last couple years we've gone with Paul and Brandi when they take J to the pumpkin patch. Last year we made a whole "Fall Festivities Day" out of it (you can read about it here and here). So a few months ago when Brandi and I sat down to plan out the "Gil-Born Family" (that's what we call our happy little family of 5) holiday schedule we decided that we wanted to do the same thing this year. We didn't get to do everything like we did last year because Paul ended up having to play in a softball tournament that day, but we spent the whole day together outside enjoying the cool weather so it all worked out in my opinion.
Anywho, because of the time that Paul had to be at his games we decided that we wanted to be at the pumpkin patch when they opened at 9:00. We miss judged how long it would take us to get there so we ended up sitting in the truck for about half an hour before they opened. Anyone that has sat in a parked car with a three year old who was excited about going to the pumpkin patch knows that it's not all it's cracked up to be. He just couldn't understand why we had to sit in the truck and wait when we so obviously were AT the pumpkin patch. Needless to say after about five minutes we were trying to find ways to keep him entertained. "Driving" Uncle Dennis' truck kept him busy for a while.
Side note: I can't believe how much he's grown in just two years!
I know I already said it, but I LOVE going to the pumpkin patch! We went to the petting zoo, climbed up the hay pyramid, got lost in the corn maze and ended up coming back out the entrance (guess that's what happens when you let a three year old decide which way to go) and took pictures by the big Country Mercantile sign. Oh, and Brandi and I did it all in heels.. why you ask? The better question is, why not! However, I will say that climbing the hay pyramid in heels was not exactly easy. We still did it... it just wasn't easy.
It would have been nice to get one of all five of us together but there wasn't anyone else around to take it. I think that the pumpkin patch should set someone up by this sign to take pictures for the guests... or maybe next year I'll try to remember to take my tri-pod.
After making it through all the other fun stuff we got down to business and loaded up on a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch. The nice thing about going to early in the morning was that we were practically the only people there. There was only one other family on the hay ride with us so we pretty much had the whole thing to ourselves.
I was able to take some pictures without having a bunch of people in the background and J got himself two pumpkins. They were small so technically they should count as one big one. In my book that's grounds for counting the trip to the pumpkin patch as a total win!
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