Now that I have kids, the holidays are not only becoming fun, but are also becoming much more meaningful. Because of that, I am constantly on the lookout for fall activities such as adventuring out to a pumpkin patch or even putting together my own pumpkin decorating party. To say the least, anything that has to do with "fall" or pumpkins is on my radar. Most recently, our family ventured out to a nearby pumpkin patch. Of course, I dressed the kids up in fall-appropriate outfits and brought the camera along to document the experience. These are the moments I have longed for and I want to maximize them as much as possible!
Lincoln (our first) loves any sort of adventure, especially pumpkin patches. In fact, one of my favorite memories from last year was one in which we ventured out to a pumpkin patch in Virginia. There is something about the warm, orange color of pumpkins mixed with the cooler, cozy fall weather that gets to my heart. You pair that with two cute little boys and a handsome husband and it is the perfect recipe for a fun outing (and to collect some adorable family photos)!
This year Lincoln picked out two pumpkins. This is the first year that he was able to communicate with his words which pumpkin he wanted. Another wonderful milestone about the holidays. Each year your kids experience the holidays in a unique way depending on what stage of life they are in. For instance, with V, since he is a little baby, I will be able to dress him in fall clothes and will be able to explain to him the changing leaves ... and might possibly even feed him some fun fall favorites like pumpkin pie.. for the very first time. On the other hand, Lincoln will have an entirely new experience of fall and Halloween as compared to last year. Like I said, this year, he can actually talk and put sentences together. He was able to tell us which pumpkin he wanted and will likely tell us what he wants to be for Halloween. He will also be able to cherish and enjoy the holidays a bit more since he knows what is going on, whereas the last two years I'm sure it didn't make much sense.
As a mama and with the holidays approaching, I've gotten to thinking about how special this time of year truly is. Each year brings special and unique memories that you only get to experience once dependent on where your child is in life. Every moment is sweet. As such, I want to maximize all of my kids' experiences and my memories of them. The truth is, I won't get these moments or years back. Our time at the pumpkin patch solidified that for me and also encouraged me to make the most of this year's holidays.
Cate and I hope you create countless memories this year with your family. We recommend you plan a fun and unique family outing every other weekend. Nashville mamas, check out Nashville Parent as on online resource to schedule your family adventures. And for you mamas outside of the city, I'm sure there are plenty of online resources to help you plan your fall outings.