A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

My kid is obsessed with Halloween.  When people hear me say that he has loved the holiday since he was only nine months old, they often respond with, “Ohhh…of course he does because it’s all about candy!”  Nope.  I purchased a few Halloween books just before his first Halloween and he became fixated.  The same books still remain some of his favorites two years later.  Halloween isn’t just focused on come fall, its a year round interest for my little guy.  His excitement for Halloween has nothing to do with the candy.  That’s just a random element that he is aware of but it doesn’t fuel his love.  One key component?  Pumpkins.  Ryan is completely fixated with pumpkins.  Last year, we ended up at that pumpkin patch several times because it proved to be such a rewarding activity for us as a family.  David and I couldn’t wait to recreate that experience again this year!

Our favorite little local pumpkin patch opened this past week so we headed out as soon as we had time.  We love going to Upchurch Farm in Cary, NC.  It’s not overwhelming like some of the massive patches which feel more like  fairs.  There is a corn maze, a corn kernel pit, animals, a jump pad, a straw playground and they offer hayrides.  That is perfect for us at this point in Ryan’s life.

When we told Ryan that we were heading to the pumpkin patch, he began asking us questions non-stop.  (Yep, we have officially entered the bazillion questions a day phase.)  David and I were so psyched that this was just as exciting for Ry as it was last year, if not more.

We started the morning out by heading to the patch to find some pumpkins.  Because Ryan was so much older this year, he was able to more involved.  He selected his own pumpkins and also made solid attempts to help David pull them out of the patch.  He could have walked around all day long.  The only way we were able to pull him away was by telling him that it was almost time for our hay ride.  This proved to be the winning activity of the day.  The fact that my truck-obsessed kid was able to ride in the back while a tractor pulled him was golden.  It really was a pretty magical morning, all in all.

We ended up at the Farmer’s Market this past Sunday to hunt for some white pumpkins.  Ryan had overheard me tell David that I would love a few white pumpkins for our front porch and so he began telling us that he “needed” a white pumpkin.  We got out of the car at the farmer’s market and he spotted the massive amounts of pumpkins and literally began to skip-run.  Thankfully, the trip to the farmer’s marker (aka. no entrance fee) proved to be a far less expensive way to bring some pumpkins home.   This Saturday, we are heading with my family to The Museum of Life & Science in Durham for their annual Pumpkin Patch Express.  Basically, you ride the train there and at the end there are activities…and a makeshift pumpkin patch.  I’m pretty sure that our front steps are going to crack from the weight of all of these pumpkins.

I wish that I could say that the ones from the museum will need to be the last ones that make their way to our house but my nieces have the day off of school next Monday and so will are planning on heading back to Upchurch Farm one final time.  My sister-in-law made me feel better (about the amount of pumpkins we are accumulating) by saying that it’s not like we are going to Target repeatedly and buying toys.  This is such a wonderful activity for Ryan and she reassure me that allowing him to hunt for pumpkins isn’t the same as spoiling him with plastic objects.

Here are some pictures of our time at Unchurch Farm…crazy to believe that we will have two littles in these pictures next fall!

Hope you all have beautiful day!



Celebrating Baby Love

Last month, Lindsey announced that she and David were expecting a sweet baby boy.  Once I found out, I immediately asked her about her dream baby shower.  Lindsey didn’t have a theme per se, but she knew she loved the idea of incorporating burlap and using the phrase “Baby Love”.   After everything came together,  “Burlap, Bow Ties & Baby Love” best described her special day.

Lindsey’s mom, Lynn, hosted the shower at her beautiful home, which was the perfect venue.  We had lots of natural light, a neutral palette and plenty of space.

Since the shower was at 12:30 on a Sunday, Lindsey decided that she wanted to serve lunch.  La Farm Bakery in Cary catered the food and it was delish!  We had a fruit & cheese platter, pastries, three types of sandwiches and salad.  If you are ever in need of a caterer, you should check them out.

We displayed the food on the island/bar in the center of the kitchen.  Lindsey had found a few kits to make tissue paper tassel garland, so we assembled those and hung on burlap rope to add some texture to the food display.

DSC_0479For our beverage station, we provided ‘Baby Love Punch’ (same recipe as we blogged about here) and ‘Over the Moon O.J.’

DSC_0450Guests could grab a mason jar adorned with cute burlap tags and polka dotted straws to serve their drink of choice.  We purchased the burlap tags from Michael’s along with a stamp of baby feet.  We then simply stamped each tag using white ink and attached them to the mason jars using burlap twine.

DSC_0442Of course, we provided bubbly for the guests who wanted to spike their punch or turn their O.J. into a mimosa.

DSC_0494Since we were serving lunch, we decided to have a place setting for each guest.  Lynn and Lindsey had ordered burlap linens for the dining room table and two other round tables.  Once we put the linens on, we placed chargers, white plates, silverware and silver coasters at each setting.

The English Garden in Raleigh provided all the flowers.  They were the perfect touch to soften the tables.

DSC_0430At the smaller tables, we alternated white napkins containing rolled silver and khaki napkins with the silver displayed.

DSC_0485For the white napkins, we decided to add a little baby’s breath under the napkin ring, just for a little something extra.

DSC_0481We also made this ‘Baby Love’ burlap banner and placed it on the windows behind the larger table.  We will also blog on how to make this at a later time.


After we finished lunch, it was time for cake!   The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh made the masterpiece, which anchored the food table.  Not only was the cake beautiful, it was lemon flavored and delicious.  A perfect balance between cake and icing…divine!  Southern Sugar Bakery provided the yummy sea salt chocolate chip cookies (as well as the favors), and all several dozen were almost gone by the end of the shower.

DSC_0460Once we were all stuffed, it was time to open gifts.  Lindsey’s nieces were a huge help with opening gifts.  They were so excited to see all the great items for their baby cousin.

DSC_0571One of the last gifts that Lindsey opened was this sweet wooden rocking horse from her Aunt Pat.  There was something about this gift that really touched Lindsey.  By this time, David had made his way to the shower and there was a special moment between the two of them that left everyone in tears.


During the shower, we decided that we would play two games.  I’m sure you all have heard of the game where you can’t say “baby” during the shower.  This game is typically played with a clothes pin, however we exchanged the clothes pins for cute bow tie bracelets.  We will blog how to make these at a later time but they were a huge hit.


We place the bow tie bracelets in a crate with a chalkboard front. We printed the game instructions on paper and placed in a white frame with burlap as the “mat”.

How cute are these??

DSC_0523By the end of the shower, Becca had collected 5 bow tie bracelets, which made her our winner!!


Becca & Lindsey

Here are a few more pics of the mom-to-be with friends and family.


Lynn (Lindsey’s mom), Blair and Lindsey


Me, Lindsey and Becca

Lindsey’s friend, Candice is also pregnant so we had to get a pic of them together.  How cute are they?!


As guests left, they were given these cute favors topped with bow ties, clothes pins and twine.

DSC_0241The great part of the favors was the cookies inside.  Not only were they the most adorable onesies and bow ties, they were a little taste of heaven.  As mentioned previously, they were provided by Southern Sugar Bakery.

DSC_0233The shower was a huge success.  Lindsey was surrounded by family, friends and lots of love.

Lindsey, you are one of the most caring, thoughtful, courageous, strongest women I know.  You have a heart of gold and I can’t imagine the love that your baby boy will feel when you meet for the first time.  I think I can speak for everyone at the shower when I say:  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special time in your life.  We are all honored to celebrate with you.

With lots of love,