Blogging about pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating six days into November seems a bit irrelevant, but you guys know we DeSpain girls have been on the move lately! I would love to share these sweet pictures (and a few bloopers!) with you, if you’re still interested in reading about some October fun. 🙂
Since Hadley was a baby, we’ve visited a pumpkin patch the first Saturday in October. We weren’t able to meet this tradition this year since I was in Utah, so I waited until we got to my parent’s house in Alabama to have some pumpkin patch fun.
Conveniently, my dad’s company was having a family night at Tate Farms in Meridianville the Friday evening before Halloween, so we penned that in as our night to have some family fun. The weather was so gorgeous, and boy oh boy – Tate Farms was INCREDIBLE.
We’ve been to several pumpkin patches the last few years, but wow – 2.5 hours at Tate Farms was not nearly enough. We could have spent at least two or three more hours there having fun.
Petting zoo, a track for tractor races, this huge, brand new house with tons of slides, tons of corn pits, hay rides, acres and acres of cotton and pumpkins, a store, grounds to picnic and eat, massive trampoline-type bags, and more.
If you’re within driving distance of north Alabama next October, put a visit to Tate Farms on your calendar. What a clean, impressive, well-run farm.
My mom wasn’t able to attend because she had to work that night, so my grandma took her ticket and joined us. We were so glad! Her softest side comes out when she’s around the littles, which is so sweet to see. The kids adore her! Also, can you even believe that my sister is 28 weeks pregnant in this picture? She looks so good!
The cousins spent 10 days together, and I believe this is the only shot we got of all of them at least looking at the camera! 🙂
You know when you take a picture and realize instantly that you’ll look back on it and likely cherish it forever? This is one of them – my nearly 80 year old grandma with her 18 month old great-granddaughter hunting for the perfect pumpkin.
Even though I did several loads of laundry before coming home to Kansas, I still managed to find three kernels of corn in my lint tray here at home. Ha!
Fast forwarding a few days, the girls spent Halloween morning with Tante Jenn making funny face pancakes. There’s no question why Hadley thinks my sister hung the moon. She’s always done cute stuff like this with her!
On Halloween night we headed over to my sister’s in-law’s neighborhood since it’s busier with kiddos than my parent’s neighborhood. A few weeks ago I realized that I hadn’t even thought about costumes yet, so I grabbed the gift card I had to Marshall’s and let Hadley pick out both her costume and Sadie’s costume. Easy!
Hadley wanted to be a mermaid…
…and she wanted Sadie to be a fairy. I thought her picks were cute!
I tried my stinkin’ hardest to get a semi-decent picture of the two of them…
… but the bulk of my camera roll from Halloween night looks something like this!
Meanwhile my niece Carly was absolute perfection. I have never in my life seen a cuter elephant. Roll Tide, my girl. 🙂
My mom and Jenn’s MIL walked around the neighborhood with us for about an hour while the grandpas stayed home to hand out candy.
When we got back to my parent’s house, I told the girls to go up to the front door and ring the bell. My dad hadn’t seen the girls in their costumes yet, so he smiled so big when he opened the door and saw them. 🙂
They took about two minutes to show Grandpa their earnings from the night, and then my dad decided to spontaneously take Hadley out for trick-or-treating round two in their neighborhood. I honestly don’t know who had more fun – Hadley or my dad!
I realized last year that October is hands-down my favorite month of the year. The weather is awesome, the outdoor activities are everywhere you look all month long, and it culminates in a night of simple fun for the entire family.
- Where is the best pumpkin patch you’ve ever visited?
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo