Visiting the Pumpkin Patch every October is my VERY favorite, fall family tradition. When Sophia was just a year old and barely walking, Trey and I took her to the Flower Mound pumpkin patch. I still remember taking pictures of her in front of the hay bales, while she was wearing pink butterfly tennis shoes and tiny ponytail on top of her head.
Since that first year, Trey and I drive from Lewisville to Flower Mound to take the kids to the pumpkin patch every October. They are always excited to play in the bounce houses, eat kettle corn, get their faces painted and pick out as many (mini) pumpkins as they can carry. Sophia and Tallen point out their favorite movie and TV characters, like Scooby Doo and Strawberry Shortcake, and run to take a picture with them. We have pulled wagons filled with kids through the field, trying to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch! Then I force everyone to take a family photo in front of the pumpkins.
2007 Pumpkin Patch
Our very FIRST trip to the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch was in 2007. Sophia was only a year old and we were excited to take her to see the pumpkins. I didn’t know it then, but we were starting a family tradition of visiting the pumpkin patch. You can tell that I loved to dress Sophia in pink and she was little enough to let me get away with it. The mini pumpkins were her favorite, probably because they were the only ones she could pick up by herself. Even at one, she wanted to do everything by herself!
2008 Pumpkin Patch
Another year older, we headed back to the pumpkin patch in 2008. I stepped up my Halloween game and dressed her in pumpkin crocs, a Boo shirt and of course a bow in her cute, blonde curls. I was newly pregnant with Tallen, so I choose not to be in any of the pictures. It was exciting to see Sophia point out her favorite characters and she started to smile for pictures.
2009 and 2010 – No Pumpkin Patch pictures
In 2009, Tallen was a newborn and we didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch. I was probably too tired to care. Apparently we tried a new pumpkin patch in 2010, but it didn’t compare to Flower Mound.
2011 Pumpkin Patch
During our trip to the pumpkin patch in 2011, Sophia was 5 and Tallen was 2. Sophia loved watching Scooby Doo and Daphne was her favorite character. She still let me dress her in pink and Tallen loved running through the field in search of the biggest pumpkin. I managed to get a family picture this year!!!
2012 Pumpkin Patch
In 2012, the kids were excited to go back to the pumpkin patch. At 3 years old, Tallen loved to follow his sister around and do copy her. Which means I got crazy faces instead of smiles for most of my pictures. Tallen started getting more excited about the characters this year.
2013 Pumpkin Patch
In 2013, Tallen started to ask to pose for pictures and wanted me to take one of him in front of the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch sign. Little did I know, Sophia was at the end of her “girly” phase. This was the last time she willingly posed with her favorite characters. Warning, it all goes downhill after 7 years old! Snow cones and mini pumpkins are still family favorites!
2014 Pumpkin Patch
I think it rained a lot this year, because the pumpkins were muddy. But were managed to make our annual trip to the pumpkin patch! I only found a few pictures of the kids, Tallen on the pumpkins and Sophia with Mr. Peabody characters. I could not find my annual picture of Trey sitting on a pumpkin!?
2015 Pumpkin Patch
Although we tried, we never made it to the pumpkin patch last year. Sophia remembers that she wanted to go, but Trey said it rained a lot and the fields were muddy.
2016 Pumpkin Patch
Up until last weekend, I thought my family enjoyed our annual trips to the pumpkin patch. What’s not to love about the bounce houses, picking out pumpkins, posing for pictures, and eating snow cones and kettle corn? However, when I asked Sophia, Trey and Tallen if they wanted to go to the pumpkin patch last Saturday… Sophia said No! Then Trey admitted that he didn’t really want to go either!
The heart-breaking truth is, my family does not enjoy our family fall tradition as much as I thought!
After spending at least 10 minutes trying to convince Sophia and Trey that it would be so much fun, I gave up and decided to just take Tallen to the pumpkin patch. By myself. My sweet boy is 7 years old, which means I don’t have many years left with him at the pumpkin patch! He LOVED having my full attention and getting to do all the activities by himself. We went to the bounce house, found the biggest pumpkin in the patch, got his face painted, and stood in line for a snow cone.
The best part? I did not have to deal with a grumpy husband/daughter who would have complained about the crowds, the heat and the picture taking. Tallen LOVED smiling and taking ALL the pictures that I wanted.
At the end of the day, we filled our arms with as many mini pumpkins as we could carry and headed home. It was another fun year at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch.