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Six Years of Pumpkin Patch Visits

October 5, 2011

Every fall, we embark on our annual visit to the famous pumpkin patch at Bates Nut Farm. We take pictures, picnic, visit the farm animals and marvel at the pumpkins, then go home and decorate the house for Halloween. We made our trip to the pumpkin patch this past weekend. But before I share this year’s adventures with you, I thought I’d take you down memory lane with me to see the pumpkin patch visits of the past.

2006 – First visit to Bates Nut Farm with our children, Casey and Romeo.

2007 – There was no trip to the pumpkin patch this year. I was swollen and 8-months pregnant. I was not about to traipse through a pumpkin patch, no matter how much I love Halloween.

2008 – Sophie was nearly 1 and just started walking. We decided to make it an entire family adventure and brought the dogs (for the last time – poor dogs). Romeo was wearing a boot because of a foot issue.

2009 – This trip was probably the least successful. See case in point (crying Sophie in a squash patch). Sophie sampled fudge for the first time and loved the farm animals. The pumpkins? Not such a hit. Still, we managed to have fun.

2010 – Sophie’s favorite part of this trip was hanging with the Big Mac pumpkins and riding a pony. You can see all the photos from this trip on The Great Pumpkin Patch post.

2011 — And then there was this year, probably the best trip so far. Here’s a glimpse of our visit.

34 Comments
  1. October 5, 2011 3:58 am

    Adorable! We always had a great time selecting pumpkins and then carving them into jack-o-lanterns.

    • October 6, 2011 11:09 pm

      Thanks. I remember those memories fondly of when I was a kid too.

  2. October 5, 2011 6:03 am

    What fun! Love your photos. I haven’t been to a pumpkin patch in years, but your post makes me want to go.

    • October 6, 2011 11:09 pm

      Treat yourself. Go to a pumpkin patch in the late afternoon and get a little pumpkin for yourself. You’ll be happy you did.

  3. October 5, 2011 6:32 am

    I have to say baby pumpkin hat pic is my favorite, so adorable!! :) BUT wow, how Sophie has grown! What a big kid she is now!!

    • October 6, 2011 11:10 pm

      Thanks, Julia! She has really gotten tall, hasn’t she? That pumpkin beanie picture is a classic though.

  4. October 5, 2011 6:43 am

    Just look how time flies!!! Sofie is so grown up! I love how you dress her up for the occasion!

    • October 6, 2011 11:11 pm

      Of course, Ariana. We have to be decked out in our Halloween gear for the pumpkin patch!

  5. October 5, 2011 7:46 am

    What a fun way to see the passage of time! All great pictures — the 2008 picture with the pumpkin beanie is adorable!

    • October 6, 2011 11:11 pm

      Thanks, Caryn. That one is a classic, isn’t it? She still likes to wear that beanie too.

  6. October 5, 2011 9:00 am

    The picture of Sophie with the pumpkin hat on is absolutely priceless. I particularly love that one. It’s nice to have a record of all your trips, keep it up!

    • October 6, 2011 11:11 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I mentioned to another commentor that she still loves to wear that hat too.

  7. aig63 permalink
    October 5, 2011 9:19 am

    Where’s the snow? I have a few pumpkin patch pictures with all of us in parkas! UGHHH!
    Adorable sequence of photos – keep it up!!!

    • October 6, 2011 11:12 pm

      Thanks so much! I wish we had snow! But we were actually sweating our way through the pumpkin patch that San Diego afternoon. I must prefer fall chill though.

  8. October 5, 2011 10:54 am

    My book club girls and I are going to a corn maze/pumpkin patch, and I know it will be a ball! Thanks for sharing your pictures and memories. Sophie looks adorable as always!

    • October 6, 2011 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Jolina. Just think you have all that ahead of you. Time to make wonderful memories with your little girl. I envy you!

  9. October 5, 2011 2:09 pm

    Love this! I love your pics too! My favorites are with Sophie sitting on the Granddaddy sized pumpkin! What fun! It is all so precious! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • October 6, 2011 11:13 pm

      Thanks, Kim! I really like that photo too. It shows how she’s grown.

  10. October 5, 2011 4:28 pm

    OMG! Sophie grew up right before our eyes! Wonderful idea, and wonderful pictures.

    • October 6, 2011 11:13 pm

      Thank you. Isn’t it crazy how she’s grown? The transformation from year 1 to 2 is particularly amazing.

  11. October 5, 2011 8:56 pm

    *sigh* she is SO cute! What a great visit to the pumpkin patch. Thanks for sharing all the years with us!

    • October 6, 2011 11:14 pm

      No, Ann, thank YOU for reading! Truly.

  12. October 5, 2011 9:38 pm

    Precious! The knit cap was adorable!

    • October 6, 2011 11:14 pm

      Thanks — isn’t that hat cute? She still wears it every so often.

  13. October 5, 2011 10:47 pm

    You know it’s torture for me to come here and see Sophie! However, I am easing off my homesickness from my college bound daughter since seeing her recently. I was never a big fall person, other than loving the colors. Our big traditions, aside from Christmas, is Easter and egg dying. I do love the photos of your family amongst all those pumpkins.

    • October 6, 2011 11:15 pm

      Thanks, Brenda. When I was a kid, I loved dying Easter eggs with my mom. It was so fun. I’m glad you’re less homesick for your daughter. Although I can’t imagine it will go away completely until she’s home again.

  14. October 6, 2011 10:23 am

    What a fun tradition to uphold! Loved the photos through the years :) MJ

    • October 6, 2011 11:16 pm

      Thanks, MJ. I look forward to the pumpkin patch tradition every year (probably more than Sophie).

  15. October 6, 2011 11:16 am

    Love this precious moments Leah. What a wonderful job you’ve done creating traditions that will carry throughout Sophie’s life. What a wonderful mommy!

    • October 6, 2011 11:17 pm

      Ah, thanks. I love doing those things too. And I hope she enjoys them as she grows. I think she will, considering that I love Halloween so much partly because I remember the decorating and pumpkin carving with my mom.

  16. October 6, 2011 4:04 pm

    Leah–you were so smart to catalogue this over the years–priceless! Beautiful photos of you all and Sophie, as always.

    • October 6, 2011 11:17 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m blessed I can do this. It’s a pleasure for me too. Thanks for reading.

  17. October 17, 2011 4:27 pm

    I remember going here as a child….too bad it’s 110 degrees in So Cal at this time of year. I went to a pumpkin patch in Massachusetts once and it is a whole different story over there, of course. Hot apple cider, etc. ;-( Not here! But I love the recap over the years.

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