Pumpkin Patch Memories

Hubby’s headless horseman.

Posting about pumpkin carving with pre-schoolers led me down a crunchy leaves lane of nostalgia. Decorating our house and preparing costumes weren’t our only Autumn traditions. Cherished were our drives to Ort Farms in Long Valley, NJ where we’d take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, pick as many pumpkins as we could carry, and load up on apple cider, doughnuts, and honey sticks. After saying hi to the farm animals, we’d head home. Every year, Hubby got increasingly skilled at carving pumpkins. (Check out his haunted house below.)  

Hon, what Fall traditions does your family share?

Holiday Card from New York City

Teen Daughter (on right) and friends at Rockefeller Center, December 2007
Teen Daughter (on right) and friends at Rockefeller Center, New York City, December 2009

Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

My Plus One outside of LIncoln Center, NY after seeing the opera, Hansel and Gretel, 2009
My Plus One outside of Lincoln Center, NY after seeing the opera, Hansel and Gretel, 2009

Cousins reunion, Lincoln Center, NY, 2009
Cousins reunion, Lincoln Center, NY, 2009

Some of my favorite things things to do in Manhattan this time of year are wonder at the detail of miniature trains displays, visit Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and ice skaters, check out the department stores’ holiday windows, warm up inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, visit family and, most of all, absorb the holiday spirit that infuses the air.

Two songs that say “It’s the holidays” to me are Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time and Paul McCartney’s The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).

What songs put you in a holiday mood?  What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Teen Daughter and me, Rockefeller Center, NY, 2010
Teen Daughter and me, Rockefeller Center, NY, 2010

Autumn Haikus

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My triplets plus one pumpkin picking.
My triplets and Plus One pumpkin picking, ages 10 and 3.

Colorful and crunchy leaves make me nostalgic for the time when my children were little. If you read my recent post, 19 On the 19th (Happy Birthday To My Triplets), then you know I’ve been strolling down memory lane since September.  Every year, we would

drive to the a country farm,

ride in a wagon,

pick pumpkins,

decorate our house,

carve pumpkins,

jump in leaf piles

and, of course, go trick-or-treating.

Topping off the holiday season was the best entertainment around, the elementary school Halloween show. Soon after Thanksgiving arrived and we feasted with extended family at our home.  Heaven!

I recently came across my big kids’ third grade Autumn Haikus.  I couldn’t wait to share them with you, along with a photo of each kid, all grown up now.

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"Baby A"
“Baby A” and me.

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'Baby B"
‘Baby B” and Hubby.

Autumn Haiku M

Tween Daughter, Me, "Baby C"
Tween Daughter, Me, “Baby C”

Do you and your family have favorite Fall traditions?  Hon, I’d love to hear them.

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