2018 Pumpkin Patch Portraits

Another year and the kids grow older. Last year was a disaster – the twins did NOT want their photos taken. We didn’t get any good portraits. This time everyone was game and we got good portraits – at least the first time around. When we reconvened a little later, the kids were over the idea of pumpkin photos, or at least Scarlett was.

This year the kids were actually strong enough to carry pumpkins, so they did enjoy adding to the chunk of pumpkins that were used for the portraits.

Kids hunt for pumpkins
Kids hunt for pumpkins
Stella brings a pumpkin
Stella brings a pumpkin

This year Scarlett felt too old for the hay maze while the twins loved it.

The kids were all finally old enough that everyone loved riding the horses, especially Sam.

Sam rides a horse
Sam rides a horse
Stella's turn on the horse
Stella’s turn on the horse
Stella's turn on the horse
Stella’s turn on the horse

I’m not sure for how many more years we’ll continue the tradition – part of me hopes it can go past the point where they’re ironic portraits of teens or young adults way too old to be taking pumpkin patch photos. Because if we’re doing that, we’ll have successfully taught the kids not to take themselves too seriously.

But, no matter what else, when it’s time to go and someone wants one more picture – at least one kid’s going to be upset about it.

Easter at the Farm

This Easter we went to the farm so they kids could hunt for eggs there and then enjoy the farm. Unlike my childhood, Easter’s pretty cold up here as you can see.

Stella and the Goat
With Aunt Dina’s help, Stella gets over her fear of petting goats.

It’s pretty ridiculous to me, considering almost my entire childhood consisted of going to the local park.

Stella’s been enjoying horseback riding for a bit now, but this was the first time she was old enough to do it on her own without me holding onto her the entire time.

Stella on Horseback
Stella on Horseback

Sam made big strides this time by actually allowing us to put him onto a horse.

Sam gets over his fear of riding horses to the degree that I can stand far away to take the photo.

And no trip to the farm would be complete without a session of feeding the goats. This time with Stella losing her fear of feeding them.

Feeding goats
Feeding goats