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…
Our Fourth of July weekend was pretty jam-packed and we were grateful to be able to carve out some time to enjoy the holiday. The fun kicked off Thursday (July 4th) afternoon with a family walk around a new park we’d never been to. It was hot, but too beautiful not to be outside.
Actually, one of our favorite parts (partly because it was completely shaded) was a tunnel that went under the road. Clara could’ve spent all day in there.
It’s where we got this cool shot we posted on Instagram that day.
Oh, but did we mention it was hot?
After we got home, cooled down, and napped (well, Clara napped) we walked over to a neighbor’s house for a little BBQ. It made us feel quite welcome to the neighborhood to have already been invited to a get-together like this. And Clara had fun running around their backyard with another little girl/her new best friend.
But our 4th fun didn’t stop there. Around 8 o’clock (Clara’s usual bedtime) we headed out to meet up with my family, who was gathered to watch some local fireworks. There were going to be fireworks after the Squirrels baseball game, so we camped out (with tons of other people) in the nearby parking lot of the Science Museum to anxiously await the end of the 9th inning. This was among the ways we kept ourselves entertained. You know, just making weird faces and picking a winner (Todd won in case you’re wondering).
The baseball game dragged on so long that we actually ended up watching some other fireworks that were going off in the distance of a nearby closed off courtyard area.
By that time it was nearly 10pm, so we called it a night so we could all get some rest before more guests arrived the next morning. Clara’s cousins Elsa and Edison (along with their parents, of course) came to hang out for the day and become our official first overnight guests in the new house.
It was a pretty low-key day. We played on the deck. We went to lunch. The girls ate lemons. We played outside some more.
Oh yeah, and we all took advantage of the free friends & family night at the local pool that evening.
The festivities ramped right up again the next morning, which just happened to be my sister Katie’s birthday (she and her fam had come down from New York for the weekend). We offered to host a casual birthday breakfast in our oh-so-beautiful kitchen.
I even got up early and “decorated.” Okay, so I just made one of my mom’s traditional birthday signs. I blurred her age out as a courtesy. But I didn’t blur the 80′s Bon Jovi picture I added to the banner (she was a big JBJ fan back in the day).
Things didn’t get much fancier when it came to the food. We whipped up some pancakes and scrambled eggs while my family contributed some other yummy stuff. We appreciated the excuse to use up some leftover party plates.
The morning was an interesting test to see how well our home functioned with six kids under age four running around. Don’t be fooled by this calm picture of them, it was a bit of a madhouse. But they had fun and the house survived just fine. As did Burger.
When breakfast wrapped up and we wished our morning guests on their way (Elsa and her family went home to Northern Virginia) we enjoyed a bit of downtime before our next round of visitors came by. Sherry’s brother Dan (aka Uncle Monkey), his wife Ali, and their dog Sasha came down from New Jersey for a quick visit which included, among other things, a trip to one of our favorite parks.
Clara is getting old enough that our walks involve more of her actually walking than being pushed (somewhere her stroller is shedding a single tear). But I kinda like it because it means more exploring.
Although it also sometimes means more routes that aren’t stroller friendly. So when Clara ditches her ride halfway through our walks, I end up doing things like this.
Stroller or not, we had quite a fun visit from Sherry’s fam. And I seriously don’t think Clara could love her Uncle Monkey more.
Dan, Ali and Sasha hit the road the next morning to try to beat the end-of-holiday traffic, which meant we were left with a day to ourselves for the most part. Which was nice because that day just happened to be our wedding anniversary. But that’s a story for another post…