the pumpkin patch

Last week we went on a field trip with No. 3’s preschool class to the local pumpkin patch. 


#3 is in a class with two of his best buddies {who happen to have mommies who are two of my best buddies, with older siblings who are some of #2’s best buddies} so we all went along to join in on the fun.


We went on a hayride :


{K.C. and the kids}

We played in the corn room :

image corn room

{what kid wouldn’t like jumping into a huge room full of dried corn kernels?!}

We took a ride on a cattle train :


Walked through the corn maze :

corn maze

Did a little bit of learning :


{did you know that for every silk tassel on an ear of corn, there is a kernel inside receiving it’s nutrients from it? Fascinating stuff can be learned at the farm on a preschool field trip.}

And, of course, we chose some pumpkins :

choosing pumpkins londan pumpkin

When we reached the top of the hill after selecting our pumpkins, we saw this :


I really wish a photo would be able to capture the beauty of Mt. Rainier on a sunny day. It is pretty spectacular.

Which got me thinking : I had just returned from Florida where I was pretty impressed with the climate, the sandy beaches, the southern hospitality.  So impressed, I started questioning why we live where we do.

And yet, there I stood surrounded by beauty of a different kind. The air was crisp, the leaves were turning, the ground was muddy and the mountain was out.  It made me realize for a moment that I really do love Washington state. It may rain a lot {did you notice my new rain boots? My first pair since I was a kid : it was about time!}, it may not have the most ideal climate, but it sure is beautiful in it’s own evergreen kind of way. 

So lesson learned. I will appreciate where I live and enjoy the beautiful autumn season we enjoy here.

And I’ll probably drink a few pumpkin spice lattes while I’m at it.

36 Responses to the pumpkin patch

  1. Stephanie October 22, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Wow. I just love that picture. I too live in Florida and find that I itch to go ANYWHERE else. I ask myself often “why am I here?! Why did God put me here?”. So yes, looks like the grass is always greener. I miss seasons.

  2. Dawn October 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    Looks like the perfect day.

  3. Marissa October 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Feel free and stay where you are- I’ve heard it’s pretty cool. However this Floridian wants you to know that you’re welcome any time. Oh, and the best REAL Florida places are away from the beaches. They’re close to the beach (check) but far enough away from the transplants that you get to know us. Like I said, if you ever reconsider, you’re welcome any time! :P

  4. Mandy October 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Can I tell you, the first thing I thought when looking through your pictures was, “I wished I lived somewhere that I could wear rainboots like that.” They are super cute. I live in Texas so I don’t have much use for rainboots.

  5. Ashley @ the handmade home October 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I live in the south, and what we would do to see a glimpse of the mountains every day! beautiful! You’re right. every place is beautiful in it’s own way. Love your rain boots. you were rockin’ em!

  6. Charlie October 18, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    Believe me Florida is not all that it cracks up to be.

  7. Misty October 18, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Wow! What a beautiful shot :) You know, I have lived on the gulf coast of Texas my entire life with the warm weather and beaches, and I must say… just last week I was saying I wanted to live in Seattle, so I could see some rain ;) It’s funny how things seem greener on the other side. Thanks for the perspective!

  8. Lora October 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    What a fun day…building tons of memories! It’s fun to see other Pumpkin Patches around the area (love the corn kernel room)! We had a fun time at a farm in Snohomish over the weekend! http://mamacookscottage.blogspot.com/2011/10/day-at-farm.html

  9. becky mercado October 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Oh…it seems like yesterday we were taking my little ones to the pumpkin patch.
    Enjoy every minute….they grow up overnight!

  10. Sarah October 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    I love seeing Mt. Rainer, it’s so beautiful. We haven’t had a chance to visit it yet, but I’m hoping to soon before the weather gets terrible. We’ll see. For now it’s nice just having it in the distance, I missed having mountains close by when we lived in North Dakota. My husband says it’s neat seeing Mt. Rainer from the flight line every day. I think this area can be pretty spectacular. :)

  11. Sarah D October 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    May I ask what pumpkin patch that is? (thanks!)

    • emily October 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Sure … it is called Maris Farms in Bonney Lake. It is a good one!

  12. Angela October 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Hmmm… I love where you live. I have so wanted to move there (off and on) most of my life. It was for the weather of course. My sister lived in Oregon for many years and we would always visit she and her family in the fall. The Pacific Northwest has the most fabulous pretty little roadside stands in the fall, every few miles it seems. They are beautiful sites – almost magazine-ish and filled with things that you just don’t find where I live in SW Missouri. Ah well. Love where you live and visit (a lot) where you don’t live!

  13. Jane October 17, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    This post made me miss the times I took my little twin girls to the pumpkin patch many years ago (they just turned 25 on Saturday). I live in Seattle, and often marvel at the beauty of our state – even when viewed through rain drops! ;-) Your pictures were adorable; now I want to go to the pumpkin patch, too!

  14. Katie Sellers October 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    As a Floridian I say, enjoy that beautiful fall weather, enjoy your long-sleeves and jeans and boots, your changing leaves and your pumpkin spice lattes to warm you up, because in Florida right now it is a muggy 86 degrees and we would love a little fall :)
    We always want what we don’t have. Here is to loving what we have and traveling for the rest!
    Happy Fall!

  15. Chinelle October 17, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Amen. :)

  16. jody October 17, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Looks like a lot of fun. Beautiful picture of the mountain. I have always wanted to visit Washington State – maybe someday.

    My number three is also named Mason – how funny:)

  17. {darlene} October 17, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    love your thoughts here in this post. The grass is always greener… or the sand is always lovelier…. on the other side. How hard it is to rest and enjoy anew the blessings we already have!

  18. Tracy October 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Fun! I too grew up in Seattle and there really is no place prettier in the late summer. I have lived in Alabama and LOVE the beaches, and humidity, followed by Missouri where I get the best of the summer with good ol’ freezing winters.. but that picture of Mt Rainer..there is just something so majestic about it.

  19. Pamela Craven October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Wow, the pumpkin patch looks just like the one here in Minnesota, that we went to on Saturday. Only thing missing is Mt. Rainier!!! You do live in one of my favorite place!!

  20. Rebecca October 17, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I live in New Orleans and could relate to your post of the warm climate and southern hospitality. I am originally from the Midwest where the leaves change color and we can go to pumpkin patches in the fall…. we can’t do that in NOLA. I love Washington (my aunt used to live outside Seattle so I have been there a few times) and really enjoyed your pictures. I could never move there because it is too far away from family and my husband is a southern boy. But thank you for the pictures, it reminds me of other places I love that I don’t get to visit often!

  21. GinnyMae October 17, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I live right near that farm and get to enjoy the mountain view daily. Coming from the midwest last year, I am constantly amazed by the views around my new home. This is one of the most beautiful areas to live – even with the rain!

  22. Maria McClure October 17, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    What a beautiful day! Your final comments bring to mind the adage, “Bloom where you are planted.” It’s not a matter of “settling”, but rather appreciating the beauty and blessings of the place we are in. If we just take the time to look around we are bound to find some aspect of our lives we would miss if it were gone.
    Thank you for your thoughtful posts. You always make me think!!!

    PS in case you track e-mail subscribers… just wanted to let you know I unsubscribed – but only because I already have you on my Google Reader. :)

  23. KellyB October 17, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    You had a beautiful day for it! Our visit will be this Saturday. I grew up on a farm in Olympia with Mt. Rainier right out our front door (or so it seemed), so magical! I hear you about the rain, but when it’s nice I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any place more beautiful. I’m off to buy a new pair of boots…..fortunately for us, rain boots are now incredibly darling ;)

  24. Fonda October 17, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I love this post — it pretty much sums up fall — right down to the pumpkin spice latte :]

  25. Tonya October 17, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    It really is all about perspective. The funny thing is, I’ve actually wished on many occasions that I lived in the Pacific Northwest! Over the last couple of years I’ve begun to have a greater appreciation for the area I’ve lived my entire life (Lancaster County, PA). It helps to try and look at it from an outsiders perspective, as they are more inclined to see the beauty we take for granted with fresh eyes.

  26. Tonya October 17, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Such a cute group!

  27. Seriously Sassy Mama October 17, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    My sister lives in Seattle, and she was just talking about how the weather is really changing. When I visited last, there was a clear day I got to see Mt. Rainier. So beautiful, and ominous at the same time.

  28. stephany October 17, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I’m off to the pumpkin patch with my little guy’s pre-k class this morning!
    We truly are blessed in the Pacific Northwest.
    I am originally from Colorado (lived there the 1st 30 years of my life) and my husband is from New York, but we love it here in Oregon…rain and all!!

  29. Coley Arnold October 17, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Did I sopt your skinny jeans in the photo?? I think they look really cute on you! Looks like you guys had lots of fun! It is still 100 degrees in Phoenix so we can’t get into fall yet :( Have a great day!

  30. rachel October 17, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Looks like a fun day! I’ve never been to Washington state, but it looks really pretty!

  31. mary beth October 17, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Thank you for sharing a little of Seattle! I want to visit/live there someday. I’ve lived on the east coast all growing up and moved to the midwest this year…the weather and lack of beaches has me definitely questioning where we live. So thanks for the reminder to be thankful and find the beauty wherever we live.

  32. Christy October 17, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Celebrating fall and the pumpkin patch go hand in hand. I enjoyed this post! I traveled to Seattle several years ago for business and it has become one of my favorite cities. Mt. Rainier was visible the first day I arrived…what a beautiful sight! While I will never give up my vacations in sunny Florida, I look forward to the day when I can return to Washington state.

  33. cailan October 17, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Questions like that pop into my mind too, esp as the cold weather comes in. But truly it’s not where you’re at, it’s who you’re with and I LOVE the people I get to live with and close too. : ) AND I need to get us out to the pumpkin patch quick!

  34. rosita October 17, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    I live in Florida and I’ve visited Washington and I know what you mean. Every place has its own kind of beauty. Loved this post!

  35. Jo(ke) October 17, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Seems like a beautiful day. And I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. We all need to be thankful. But man, I wish we had pumpkin patches in Europe. :)

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