Where Are the Pumpkins?

We had a day off from school at the end of September, and my original plan was to take Lily and Emmy apple picking. We had so much fun apple picking last year, but when I checked around, many apple orchards in our area did not have apple picking available. Due to the strange Spring we had and then the summer drought, apple orchards did not have a good season.

I decided that we should take a trip to the pumpkin farm instead! We arrived shortly after the farm opened, and there was already a line to get in. The girls went to play among the pumpkins that were laying in neat rows just beyond the entrance, and I was itching to get out my camera and take pictures of them. I couldn’t lose my place in line, however, or we’d have to go to the end and start all over. I could take pictures of them playing in the pumpkins later.

Wristbands finally bought, we entered the farm.

Frog Jump!

First things first; we had use of our wrist bands until 1:00, so we were going to take advantage of them! Lily and Emmy went on every ride they could, and on some of them twice.

No pumpkin pictures yet.

Lily picked the motorcycle; Emmy’s driving the Mustang!

Still no pumpkin pictures.

Big Rig Girls

Still no pumpkin pictures.


I thought the tractor would take us to the pumpkin patch. I was wrong. We went into the cornfield and saw a plethora of skeletons.

Still no pumpkin pictures.

These prisoners were held a tad too long in the County Jail.

And then there was the petting zoo and the art booth and then we were starving, so we had to eat some lunch. By this time I was ready to pick out our pumpkins for heaven’s sakes so we could go home already! We grabbed our wagon, headed out to the pumpkins, and Lily and Emmy each picked out two. I had major picture-taking-fatigue. The camera stayed in my purse as I finagled two tired girls and four pumpkins to the mini-van. Wait! We forgot to pick up our art projects! Back to the art booth, then finally…to the van!

Pumpkin Picture!

Over two weeks later, I finally got around to taking a picture of The Pumpkins. Not quite the way I imagined, with the girls frolicking among the bright orange pumpkin patch on a sunny day, but it’s the best I can do.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Spin Cycle at Second Blooming

Linking up with Mama Kat for PUMPKINS! and with Gretchen for AUTUMNAL!


Just 5 or 10 minutes…

Swish, swash, swish, swash. The dishwasher moves the water around noisily as I sit on the couch with my laptop. I’m preparing to write about this Writer’s Workshop prompt: “Listen to the sounds in your house for 5 or 10 minutes. Write about what you hear.” I’m thinking, “5 or 10 minutes to write a blog post! I can do that!”

Just as I open the “Add New Post” browser I hear footsteps on the stairs. A little voice says, “Mom, I can’t sleep.” I look up at my 7 year old and sigh. She has a big test tomorrow, and I’m supposed to make sure she gets plenty of sleep. Lately she hasn’t been going to sleep by 8:00 the way she used to. I take her upstairs to her bedroom. As I lie down next to her, she starts talking about what makes a sentence, and how it takes more than just a capital letter and a punctuation mark to make a real sentence. My tired brain has a hard time following what she is saying; we are whispering so that we won’t disturb her little sister. Her mind is churning with information she has learned at school today, and she seems far from sleep. I know that if I stay, she won’t be able to stop talking. I tell her it’s time to be quiet; she needs to sleep. I tiptoe downstairs.

The dishwasher has run through the wash and rinse cycle, and is now quiet. The window is open. The crickets chirp. I settle back on the couch to write my blog post. The only sound I hear from upstairs is the whirring of the fan in the hallway. Finally I have 5 minutes to myself to write this blog post. Until I hear the key in the front door, and Ed walks in.

Mama’s Losin’ It


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