This weekend we headed over to our favorite Fall stomping grounds… Lendts Pumpkin Patch.  This place is overflowing with activities and photo opps. and of course, pumpkins.

This year they added the giant chair.  As touristy and cheesy as it is, I piled my kids up there and told them to freeze long enough for me to get a picture or two!

They loved it.  Its now a given in my life.  If there is a giant chair, we will be climbing in for a photo.  Cause it seems to me there are lots of giant chairs around here.  Is that  midwest thing?



Hard to believe that my little baby is five already.   Parker stepped into his Big Boy shoes and tried to show off his muscles every chance he got.  Of course, I was that lame annoying mom,  ‘Oh sweety!  Look how strong you are!  Oh my!  You are the strongest boy!”

I think I saw hubby roll his eyes.

There were just so many cute moments.  I was thrilled that I forced everyone to wear their matching Nautica polo’s.  Mama loves a matching family!

I don’t even want to think about life ten years from now.

Where I wont be able to force them to hold my hand.  Or delight in the simplicity of strolling through pumpkin patches.  Or even spend a whole day with mom and dad.

I like to think of us as fun cool parents, but reality is knockin on my door.




Family faces are magic mirrors looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. 
— Gail Lumet Buckley

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Reader Comments

  1. Such great pictures!
    Your family is just too cute, and everyone is getting so big!
    We went to the pumpkin patch this weekend too 😉

  2. Ahhhh, I love the matching polo’s I cannot believe how big your little girl is. Time goes by way to fast. Im glad you were able to geat some great photos at the pumpkin patch. Your family is so cute……no really they are!!
    P.S. I went for a walk the other day and walked down that road behind your house and got to take a peek at your adorable back yard. You have it so cute and homey back there, with a little trail. I have to admit I had a streak of jealousy go through me.

  3. We have a giant chair here in Tennessee. And we used to have the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket (for realz), but then some vandals burned it down. Booooo.

  4. We hit up the pumpkin patch yesterday! No matching shirts for us, though. You got some great pictures! Glad you had a day to enjoy!

  5. I think this is amazing! We’ve mentioned wanting to do something like this every fall, and somehow we manage to never make it happen!
    Oh goodness …
    I will say, however, that if you love on your kids endlessly and make them realize how much of a priority they are in your life, 10 years from now they will still want to hold your hand (just maybe in the privacy of your car instead of the public eye at the pumpkin patch)! I have an almost-14-year-old girl who still treasures in that sweet time, and we’ve only been in each other’s lives for almost four years.
    God has been good to us in that regard, and I think He will be good to you, too!
    I miss you, beautiful friend! Let’s get together for real sometime 🙂

  6. I’ve been a very crummy friend/reader. The kids are getting so big, how’s it possible that you have a 5 year old now? I love the pictures and I want more big chairs in my life, I can tell you now that at 10, Jacob would probably not be overly “thrilled” with being made to sit in it, but I’d make him anyways. Sigh…it goes by just way too fast. I love that you enjoy the big and little moments.

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