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Pumpkins!

  • October 8, 2009 7:26 pm

pumpkins

It’s October, and time for all things Orange!  One of my favorite Fall things is making my kids pose around a mountain of pumpkins.  They love it, too.  Or maybe they just humor me, I’m not sure.  I figure it’s the least they can do; I did give them life.  :)  We actually took my daughter to our local pumpkin patch when she was just 4 months old.  She was pumped too; you can tell by the expression in her little baby eyes.  I think it was the first documentation of her “Mom, are you really doing this?” face.   Since that first field trip, it’s been a little tradition to make a field trip to a pumpkin patch or two so I can get those great pictures, the kids can pick out their Great Pumpkins, and we all can catch a hay ride or two.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch:  This was the first Pumpkin Patch I ever visited.  I think it’s “the” pumpkin patches of all pumpkin patches, and it has a ton to offer:  bounce houses, hay rides, wooden cut-outs, hay mazes, train toys, and HUGE MOUNTAINS of beautiful orange pumpkins, all stacked up for your photographic needs.

The Pumpkin Express:  This one is in Argyle, and lends itself more to the “haunting” side of pumpkins.  There are a few more Halloween decorations and fun sound effects through the different sections of the park.  There are also bounce houses, mazes, but also, a pirate ship, and a superfun train that surrounds the entire Pumpkin Village. 

Blackcreek Pumpkin Patch:  If you’d like to stick closer to home, you can visit this pumpkin patch, just past town off FM730.  Even though it’s smaller in scale, we had a great time petting the goats, jumping in the bounce houses, picking out pumpkins, and of course, going on a hay ride.  I think I see a pattern here with the necessity of a hay ride in any pumpkin patch field trip!

Pick one, or pick them all!  But sometime this month, you HAVE to pile your kids in front of some amazing orange gourds and capture those precious Kodak moments!  They’ll be great to have for Senior Congrats Pages or that Wedding Video Collage coming in their future.

I have this friend…

  • September 2, 2009 9:22 pm

She won’t come to Playgroup because she thinks all the moms there have everything together.  I keep trying to tell her that NOONE has it all together-that’s the beauty of hanging out with other moms!  I’m pretty passionate on this issue; look at this little “online playgroup” we’ve started right here.  I know there are some amazing moms out there who think of every detail, sew their own costumes, bake their own cakes, create their own crafts, and read every parenting book.  I salute you.  We all salute you.  And, I think we all strive for perfection, but sometimes our own perfection is a little imperfect.  I’m getting comfortable being ok with that, and I hope we all find that comfortable place in imperfection. 

However, my friend still insists these moms show up with perfectly packed lunches, including individual containers of peas and carrots and organic homemade brownies.  When, in reality, some slap a PB&J together while loading the car, some grab random pantry items walking out the door, and others stop at McDonald’s on the way.  Her next argument is that her 2 year old is “the worst toddler in the history of toddlers,” and she will be embarrassed and stressed out the entire playtime.  After matching her story-for-story with something from the antics of my own 3 year old, I explain that ANOTHER bonus of playgroup is SEEING that your own children just aren’t that bad.  They are NORMAL, and you are normal for thinking they are so crazy.  All kids are crazy.  It’s some kind of rule.  I also plug the other moms by passing along the wisdom I’ve learned from many years of hanging with some smart gals.  It’s WONDERFUL to find simple answers to difficult problems, and sometimes just a new perspective makes that possible.  Playgroup makes that possible. 

But still, she hasn’t fallen to my peer pressure; however, I have faith I’ll win one of these days.   One of these days her little guy will do something so outrageous she’ll seek out some validation of her own sanity.  And, I promise I won’t say “I told you so.”  I’ll be too busy eating my perfectly cut celery and hummus.  :)

Working Moms, don’t walk out on me just yet…

  • August 31, 2009 9:11 pm

I probably lost some of you with the last post, but stay with me.  Before I write one more word, or tell one more story, I want you to know that this is a Mommy Blog.  This is not a Stay-at-Home Mommy Blog, or a Working Mommy Blog.  This is simply a Mommy Blog.  I am not here to preach, to judge, or to condem.  On the contrary, I am here to unite, to welcome, and to befriend.  I have been on both sides of that equation, and from where I stand, Mother’s Guilt, Mother’s Doubt, and Mother’s Worry are Universal-whether you carry a briefcase or a diaper bag.  Both are Mom Bags, and both bags are welcome at Playgroups of any kind.  :)

Playgroup

  • August 31, 2009 8:57 pm

I’m a big fan of Playgroups. When I first embarked on my stay-at-home-mommy journey, I combed the internet looking for a Mom group. Noone really told me the necessity that such a group would hold for me, but as a now 6ish year veteran of not one, but two playgroups, I will tell you-they are a must for the stay homers. It’s very easy to get sucked into your own little world with your babies, to detach from the realities of things like World News, Make-Up, and Adult Conversation. Once, when my middle child was about 3 months old, I was riding in the car with my husband not knowing what to do with myself-no screaming child, no baby music to find, no bottle to fill. At that point he stopped down, looked at me, and told me to get out more-that WE needed to get out more WITHOUT the kids. The way he said it startled me, but at the same time I knew he was right. I was going a little nutso…enter Playgroup.

I found said Mom group, called the Mom in charge, and on a Tuesday knocked on a stranger’s door. They welcomed me with open arms; they introduced my oldest to the other kids; they fed us both lunch; they told stories of their own children and family lives. They made me feel normal. From that moment on, there was no stopping me from missing Tuesday Playgroup. If we were well, we were there-because yes, the kids had the opportunity to play, but also I formed a connection with these moms. They saw me at my most vulnerable-a new mom, and they still liked me, reassured me, and laughed with me. They gave me advice without sounding condescending. They gave me hugs when I knew I was sending my children into future therapy. They assured me that all the craziness in my life was normal, and that I would gain some control over my surroundings eventually. They said all this because they were in the same place I was-needing the same reassurances thrown their direction. We shared our Tuesday mornings, we shared our children, and we shared our lives. They were a lifeline for me, and I dearly missed them upon our Big Move to the Little D. I mourned that support system. I felt naked with only my crazy thoughts and even crazier children to surround me.

But, slowly, I began to form friendships here, and put out a few feelers to these Moms to see if they would like to meet and play. To my surprise, they jumped on the chance-maybe needing those connections and bonds as much as I did. Last year, we met at McDonald’s and the park. We went on a few fieldtrips over the summer, and this year our little group has really molded into something quite special. We celebrate our blessings, hurt for our hardships, and look forward to that weekly retreat into friendship. A friendship that feels safe, accepting, and fun.

It’s because of the joy Playgroup brought to me, that I want to pass this treasure onto you.  I’ve put a link on the sidebar of the menu for a Yahoo! Group site associated with the moms in the Decatur Area.  I’ve mapped out a calendar for the next few months, just meeting at a few parks around Decatur.  I invite you to go to those parks, and look around for other Moms pushing their kids in swings, or putting their kids in time-out.  Either way, you may find a kindred spirit, and just a tad of your own sanity.  :)