This year, we drove out to Valley Center, California for our annual trek through mud and squashed gourds to find the elusive perfect pumpkin. I did a quick scan of what San Diego County has to offer. When you think of fall harvest, southern California probably doesn't come to mind.....but we did have some options. I chose this one based on the reviews and Merrilee confirmed it was good.
What would I do without her? Everyone needs a Merrilee in her town.
I knew we'd feel at home here.
I didn't even go in. DIDN'T GO IN!
A. Wasn't up to deterring three children from touching everything in the store.
B. Wasn't up to deterring myself from buying everything in the store.
Jack......you are a delightful child. Look how you brighten this picture!
Not sure why they chose to display a public lynching of Phineas (or is that Ferb?).
In an outhouse, no less. Kids didn't seem to mind.
We fed goats.
And, bebe cows.
Lainey squealed each time they tickled her hand. I love this child. I do.
In between the tantrums....and the constant "Huhs!" in disapproval of anything we're doing....and the dirty looks....and the late nights....and the time I took sending in her application to the Hoarders TV show....and the relentless crying....and the hassle it takes to include her entire entourage of kitties wherever we go.......she squeezes in tiny little moments like this that I won't ever forget. Having a daughter is such a blessing.
Hello, ostrich. He looks friendly and goofy and harmless. But, he's not!
"Wook at dis big punkin, Mom! We need dis one."
Hold the phone. 3/3 smiling? 2/3 looking at the camera? I think we have a winner here, folks!
And, it's over.
Jack's back to being Jack.
There he is. Anxiously awaiting the
It's still kind of surreal for me to put my 3 kids on a ride and watch it go away.
It was awesome. They loved it. Well, Lainey cried a bit, but Carter comforted her like the good big brother he is. Jack was in awe, as he is on any "train".
But, as usual, nothing can compare to the bathroom hand dryers. I really should get these kids out more.
Mountain drive home.......glorious.
Back soon with a spicy Question of the Week. Sit tight!