These are letters to Jack, my son, and my daughter, Audrey. You have given me the gift of motherhood. This is just a little gift back. I want to share my experiences with you of your childhood from my perspective of watching you grow - of being your Mom.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Pumpkin Patch 2008


We all have our family traditions and one of ours is the annual trip to the pumpkin patch which also includes the pictures of you amongst the large pumpkins looking cute as pie!

These next ones were my favorites! I wish I could show them to everyone!Of course, we aren't the only family to have this tradition. It seems to be a universal type of tradition and our family is no exception.We sometimes are lucky enough to be able to combine our family tradition with the traditions of other family members and we get these cute keepsake photos:I hope you understand why you see so many of these pictures when you look through them.They are all impossible to resist and must all be preserved for always!

The whole pumpkin patch experience has changed a bit since I was a kid. I remember a playground full of wooden climbers and the big pumpkins to climb on, but the pumpkin patch of today is a fairground of sorts with rides and animals and so much to do.... The patch itself, though, is exactly as I remembered and expected it complete with the large grasshoppers jumping amidst the pumpkins in their jumbles of vines. You were an absolute wildman in the pumpkin patch.You ran through the pumpkin patch at top speed stopped only when a tangled vine brought you down in a full body tackle or when your foot pushed through a rotten pumpkin and I got to dig you out of the goo.I've said it before, but I have to restate - if they could make a pair of pants for a toddler that captured and stored energy - we could power our house - maybe even the neighborhood -with the amount of energy that pours out of you!And, yes, you DO detect a hint of jealousy there, because I would LOVE to be able to keep up with you step for step! I knew by this time that I was pregnant again, but we hadn't shared this with anyone, including you. Still I was sure that it was obvious to all the world which is hard to explain unless you've been there yourself. You just feel so different that you figure everyone else can tell, but I'm guessing I'm the only one that sees it when I look at this picture. I could say that our activities in participating in the fair environment of the patch were entirely for you, but it would be lying to say we didn't get something wonderful out of watching your enjoyment! Here's the World War I flying Ace intent on his mission....Giving a shout out...Familiarizing yourself with the equipment....Checking out what is coming up...Leaning into the turn....HI MOM! HI DAD! :)We tried this barrel ride next and I'm quite proud of myself for not hurling chunks everywhere because it did not make my stomach feel good.But there is no amount of motion that could make you sick. YOU LOVED IT!It was a wonderful day!



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