We’ve sadly been a little slow on the pumpkin patch bandwagon this year. We were supposed to go a couple of weeks ago as a school field trip with Clara’s preschool class, but it got postponed thanks to a ton of non-stop rain. Since we know it’s still in our future (early next week) we haven’t really gone out of our way to pick up any pumpkins in the meantime… until we stumbled upon this makeshift patch at a local garden store last week.

We had stopped to look around for some shrubs for the backyard, but we happily took in the fun variety of pumpkins and gourds they were serving up too. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a diverse display before, so we had quite a time picking favorites.

We posted this picture on Instagram (since Clara appeared to be vogue-ing) and got a lot of comments about the “interesting” looking pumpkin to the left. We affectionately called that guy the zombie arm.

They also had a moon bounce and a haunted bus which we skipped on this particular visit (we were past due for dinner) but we took the Bowers back when they visited this weekend and the kids had the entire moon bounce to themselves.

Oh, and we did bring some pumpkins home too. Sherry always gravitates toward the weird looking ones (not as weird as that zombie arm though…) and we ended up with these two. After finding the very caterpillar-esque green one, we decided to another insect-like one to complete the set. It looks vaguely tarantula shaped, right? Sherry wants to carve or paint them to mimic those two types of creepy crawlies since Clara has a love of all things bug, so we’ll keep you posted.

We also do want to get some traditional pumpkins to carve before Halloween (and for Clara to paint or paper up somehow like she has the last few years with us). Not sure if we can wait for this field trip much longer though…

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Clara Conversations

Convo #1
Clara: I know what letter computer starts with! A Q! Qua-qua-computer!

Convo #2
Clara: You call them chopsticks, but I call them chompsticks because I use them to chomp things.

Convo #3
Daddy: Did you have fun riding in the car with Grammy and Tom Tom?
Clara: Yes! They have songs from The Lion King like “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be Clean.”

Convo #4
Mommy: Do you see that long line of cars in front of us?
Clara: Wow! Look at all those cars! I think that one’s a mustang. Like a mustache.

Convo #5
Clara (walks into the kitchen and sits down next to me at the table): So mom, how’s it going? 

Psst- Check out dozens of other conversations with Clara here.

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