AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Adventures turned traditions DATE: 10/21/2009 09:16:00 PM ----- BODY:
Last year I wasn't blogging in October. Let's hear it for internet stalkers! There was this one afternoon last October that I took off with Little Bird on an adventure, and I never wrote about it. I wanted to, because it was like this great turning point with us. We were a team, out to find the fun in life.

Granted, it was just a pumpkin patch, but for this mama, who barely left the house the first six months of Bird's life, it was more than that. It was freedom.

Bird and I hit the farm and rode the train, watched the goats, took a hayride, and picked out the most perfect pumpkin we could find. We left the stroller at home in favor of snuggling in a sling. Bird passed out on the way home, exhausted with I hope was sheer joy. It was also the first time I had that feeling of wishing he would remember the things we did together - that long term memory.

This year, Kevin wanted to join us. Since Lovely is tracked out in October, we planned the trip for when she was with us. The day was cold, windy, and it kept misting. It was not a great day for a pumpkin patch visit in Kevin's eyes, but I thought it was perfect. I love it when the weather starts to foreshadow the winter to come. We bundled up, piled in the Jeep and headed to Youngsville.

Bird may not remember our trip there last year, and he may not remember the one this year, but we will. We'll remember how he stomped out ahead of us all, leading the way to the train. We'll remember how he bounced in the hay and waited for me or Lovely to hold his hands, count to three, and help him jump. We'll remember how he ran through the rows of pumpkins, pointing at pumpkin after pumpkin, shouting "PUMKIN" like we wouldn't see them if he didn't tell us about them.

Fun afternoons and adventures are turning into traditions. Family traditions. I really love that.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mamma DATE:Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 11:20:00 PM EDT I can't get over how much had changed in what seems like such a short time--I know it really hasn't been that short.

You deserve all of these amazing things!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous myrelish DATE:Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 12:08:00 AM EDT Awesome photos and fantastic memories being made. Great to hear you had a wonderful adventure in the pumpkin patch. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy DATE:Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 9:17:00 PM EDT Sounds like a blast! (and I'm loving that belly of's so cute!) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Convertible Girl DATE:Friday, October 23, 2009 at 11:02:00 AM EDT Such fun -- and great pictures!

Check my blog for your Honest Scrap Award :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amo DATE:Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:46:00 PM EDT I love pumpkin patches so much! They are one of the greatest things about fall! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous whymommy DATE:Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:01:00 AM EDT YAY!!!!!

I love to hear about these new memories, and traditions. ----- --------