With four children spanning a large age range, I must admit, my younger chickens miss out on a few of the "classic" opportunities. Our oldest two attended the best preschool, enjoyed play groups at the park, had picnics in the rain, walked slowly at the zoo to investigate each animal, sat on Santa's lap, rode the firetruck, visited the police station, grew beans in an egg carton, made play dough, finger painting at will, dove head-first into freshly raked piles of leaves, and went to the pumpkin patch each fall to select their own pumpkins. But it does get old. Taking the almost 13 year old man child, the 9 year old diva-born princess along with our own 4 year old comedian elect, and the bustling baby boy to experience these precious moments isn't the same. It's repetitive and a bit mundane. I was sure it lacked the sparkle and intrigue of the new world we have entered: Pre-teen Domain. It's not that I'm resistant to repeating this memory, it just looses it's oomph and urgency the third and fourth time around.
This year, since I am president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and act as social director of the East Texas Gladney Family Association, I put together the gatherings for the group. Great chance to kill 2 birds with one stone. We headed for some forced family fun at none other than the Moore Pumpkin Patch. And truth be told, it was splendid. I had forgotten how much fun those simple moments as a family without electronic based excitement, the next thrill, the sardonic nature of a group of teens, or the "newest thing to do" could be. All of it was fun, feeding the pigs, shucking corn, pumping water, playing tag in the hay bail maze, and finding the choice pumpkins. My favorite moment remains: Preston announced to all on the hayride, "I chose a girl and a boy pumpkin. See, look how long HIS stem is." Somethings really are priceless. I loved watching my cute pumpkins find their gourds, and I thought you might enjoy the pictures.