Sunday, October 14, 2012

How Tall This Fall?

It's that time again, faithful followers...time for our annual trip to Schaake's Pumpkin Patch! This was our fourth year going and it was just as much fun this year as always.  I know, I know, I expound on the virtues of Schakke's every year...but you just can't beat a free pumpkin patch with a free hay bale maze, free play area, and free hay rides.  I do so love that place.  It was freeeezing this year, but we came prepared and all bundled up and it wasn't too bad at all.  Anyway, onto the picture overload!

We started off the event with our must-have How Tall This Fall pictures.  Unfortunately, I cropped off the top of the sign that says How Tall This Fall...but trust me, that's what it's called.  promise.
(to see how the kids measure up to previous years, go here (2011) and here (2010 and 2009))

Georgia Marie, almost 5.5
It's so nice to see a smiling, happy Gee.  She's had a rough couple of months.
Scarlett Caroline, 4 in a couple of weeks
 Scarlett was just a baby the first time we took her here and had to be held up to have her picture taken.  Now she's posing like a pro. craziness.

Oh look, there's the sign.  proof.
Ezra Emil, 7 next week
Gah! He's looking so old!  It's especially crazy to see him standing in the same spot year after year...he's just so much older now.

Oak Gideon, 16 mo
Poor little man was tired and grumpy.  He was not pleased at all.  Luckily he had cheered up by the time we hit the actual pumpkin patch.

Ezra and Georgia celebrating at the top of the slide in the middle of the hay maze

Scarlett's attempt at smiling with wet panties.  Poor girl had an accident when she got stuck in the middle of the maze.  Luckily Daddy had a hand warmer that we put it down her tights.  (I know, I know, it sounds all sorts of odd, but it kept the cold away)
(ps-if that hat looks's because it is.  It's a 6-12 mo hat that she's worn pretty much her entire life.  true story.)

Dad and Oak on on the hay ride down to the pumpkin patch

cheesin' it

Oakie was so proud that he managed to pick up this teeny-tiny pumpkin

Ezra with his choice.  He picked it because it's "so dark that it's almost a bat."

 Scarlett couldn't resist the temptation to pick out a bright yellow pumpkin, her very favorite color
Georgie showing off her perfect, round, wart-less orange pumpkin.  She was adamant that she wanted to go classic.  None of those new-fangled, fashionably colored gourds for this girl.

Posing with the loot

Cherish it, folks, 'cause it's the only smiley picture of Oak we got all day

After picking our pumpkins we hit up the playground for one last hurrah.

Oh look, two homeless children we found on the tire swing.

Ezra took Oak on his first big kid slide.  I was worried it'd scare him to death but the boy, in true Lifferth fashion, loved every exhilarating second of it.

Well, that's a wrap, folks! I do so love the pumpkin patch yearly post.  It makes me happy.



Kim said...

Oh Whitney, I love that you are so dedicated about your pumpkin patch post. and honestly I love that you just keep posting (I want you to know that even if I don't comment, I read every post you write. Lots of blogs I skim. But yours-I read). I miss those kiddos! While I was reading this post I was whining about how I miss them and Ben threw out the idea of visiting you guys for Christmas. Most likely won't happen...but a lovely thought nonetheless.

Sorry. I wrote all of that and really all I wanted to say is that you could not have named Oak more appropriately. Your other kids are so Lifferth-y. But Oak is completely you in his looks. I love it! Congrats on finally getting your genes through ;)

Kristin Hanson said...

Oh, look! One of the homless tire swing kids wants to go home with you ;) I love that your kids look just like mine - tonight E was dancing to the songs in the Muppet movie wearing a longsleeved blues clues shirt (a few sizes too big), striped jammie shorts, pink fluffy eskimo boots complete with pompoms, gloves and a hair band. I wish I had snapped a photo.

How in the world is Ezra over 4 ft tall?? Yeesh. Its been faar too long since we saw each other. Blast living on opposite ends of the country.

cooper said...

That was seriously fabulous!! I loved looking back on the kiddos and see how much they grow from year to year. They grew quite a bit in height!! They're still adorable every year. :) I had to laugh about the hand warmer incident. Poor Scarli. Georgia looked so beautiful (as did Scrali) and grown-up in her "How Tall?" pics. I loved the kids' selection on their pumpkins...their personalities shined through their choices. So cute. Also, you are beautiful. Those pics of you...boom, chicka, wa, wa. You're simply beautiful. I also can't believe how much Okie as grown since the last time you visited. I loved seeing him carry his own pumpkin. What a proud boy. He wants to be so big like his siblings. He sure works at growing up...really hard. :) I love you and I kept thinking how much fun it would be to go together. We have yet to visit our pumpkin patch...communal living--now that's where it's at.

Caldwell Family said...

Oh how fun! I totally love this! I really need to get our family into some fun traditions. :) When we settle I guess. :) You family is so cute and getting so big. Hope you are enjoying this wonderul fall season!

PatShala said...

WOW! I am really jealous we don't live near that pumpkin patch! How awesome. I love the picture of you and Ezra and Georgia, soooo cute! What a fun family outing.

Alabama Apples said...

Oh, I love these posts! I love the absolutely fally-ness of them, I love seeing your littles in their coats, hats and mittens and I adore seeing their darling grins! Oooh, I just want to squeeze Oakie's little cheeks! I had to laugh at Scarli's hat...snow hats and infant socks...definitely items of clothing I make my children wear forever. :) I loved their choices of pumpkins, they really fit their personalities. You are freakin' cute! Uggh, how can a mamma of four be so darling...not fair...why did you take all the good genes :\

Aubrey said...

You're awesome. And we will hopefully be doing a pumpkin patch this weekend. Although not half as cool as yours.