Our family pumpkin patch misadventure:
Pumpkin carving was the birthday girl’s idea. She’d chosen an outing to a pumpkin patch with the hope of carving jack-o-lanterns together afterward. But Saturday wasn’t at all like we’d planned it. It was rainy and muddy. I guess that’s to be expected in this area. But who would have anticipated that there’d be so few decent or affordable pumpkins left at the pumpkin patch? And none at all at the grocery stores. We couldn’t even find a pile of pumpkins at Fred Meyer or Safeway or Albertsons or QFC to set the kids in for pictures!
At least Isla stayed dry, thanks to this umbrella.
Lani kept Gideon under cover inside the pumpkin patch store, at least at first.
We did find a few ornamental pumpkins, but they were warty and not so good for carving.
Too bad this pumpkin wouldn’t stand up.
We still managed a fall theme for the day, though. We warmed up with some hot caramel apple cider at Kelsie and Graham’s after our chilly pumpkin hunt, played “Apples to Apples,” and then made pasta with butternut squash for dinner. Yum!
Isla: 14 months old.
Isla continues to be fascinated with her cousin!
Gideon at 6 weeks: asleep…
Kelsie’s new haircut
The birthday girl!
Who needs to carve pumpkins to have a good time, anyway? Just being together with family can make for a great day…at least for us grandparent types. And we’ll find those elusive pumpkins next year…won’t we?