the great pumpkin


My family’s annual pumpkin-picking festivities in New Jersey commenced this past weekend. The boys (my nephews, for those that don’t know) were incredibly excited for it. I mean, we’re talking happy dances and chants of “we’re going to the pumpkins, the pumpkins! Ah yeah!”

gourds and a doughnut


I was pretty thrilled too. Pumpkin-picking, corn-mazing, hay-riding and cider doughnut-eating are all activities that I feel are necessary for that true fall experience. Or at least, what I’ve come to know as the true fall experience. It helps me to appreciate the season a little more, despite my usual whiny “But I don’t wanna!” attitude about it.

bob and jill


straw crawl

Bob picked a 10lb. pumpkin despite my argument against having one half the size of our kitchen counter occupying precious space in our apartment. “Because it’s the reason we’re here“, he told me,  and very matter-of-factly at that. I think a small pumpkin can be just as festive, but one thing about this guy of mine is that once he decides he wants something, he’s completely committed and there’s almost zero chance of talking him down from it. Don’t even ask me how I talked him out of buying a Spiderman statue the other day. It came thisclose! And so a 10lb. pumpkin, along with my fun-sized one, was brought home with big carving plans in mind. Jack Skellington portrait, anyone?


Now I’m off to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. That’s as scary as I get for Halloween.

6 responses to “the great pumpkin”

  1. Lauren says:

    Oh, this looks great! Like awesome fun. My son went to a Haunted Bat Mitzvah party this weekend at a farm that goes all out for Halloween. Can you believe that? Haunted hay rides, scary corn mazes. Fog machines. As my husband went to pick up the boys we were carpooling, he saw a clown with a chainsaw. Yours looks more my speed!

  2. rooth says:

    The boys (and you) look adorable! And 10 lbs? Your counter doesn’t just collapse under that weight? Let us know what you end up carving

  3. Lena says:

    I love this–John brought home a giant pumpkin the other day, too, but not from Jersey!

  4. ashley says:

    I love the little dorothy. And you didn’t miss all those brunches just to buy a Spiderman statue 😛

    • Jillian says:

      That was EXACTLY my argument! Also, I reminded him that Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure if he put it on his wishlist, someone (aka me or his mother) would buy it for him.

  5. Jaclyn says:

    That picture of a donut has me salivating over my morning coffee. Looks like a wonderfully fun time!

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