Pumpkin Patch Perfection

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.

But just to be clear, I am NOT all about the pumpkin spice, sorry, I just can’t do it.

I am however, all about the colors, the sweaters, the smells, and the pumpkin patches!
Every year I have this idea that we are going to go to the pumpkin patch and it’s going to be magical. It’s the kickoff to the holiday season and the boys get so excited for it. And every year I think this is the perfect opportunity for some good photos. Take the boys out, let them explore the pumpkin patch and then pose for a few perfect fall time photos. Super easy, super quick, and really I just need one good picture to post to my social media so I can show everyone how amazing of a time we had! (Isn’t that really why we take pictures now days?)

#pumpkinpatch #weonlydofunthings #bestparentsever #keepingupwiththeWelches

So last weekend we decided it was that time. Time to kick off the season. The sun was out, it was a beautiful day, let’s do this!

We went to the pumpkin patch and had a blast! It was the best day ever! According to my instagram picture, see:

Well, it was almost the best day ever.


Here is what Instagram didn’t get to see.

I just wanted a couple more shots.

But there is always that one kid…

Or two kids…

Just a few more tries. Can you just smile once for mom. Please guys?

Really?  Try again…

Ok forget that, maybe I will just go for some individual shots. Yeah that will be better. Just get one kid at a time to look at the camera with a somewhat happy face…

I can do this…

And that is what they gave me to work with.

Now I start to get frustrated. I just want them to focus for 2 seconds so I can take a decent picture. They are getting frustrated because I keep making them take pictures. But we also keep telling them to stop smashing pumpkins, or stop pulling the tops off of pumpkins, or did you seriously just drop your brother’s pumpkin again?

This trip suddenly took a turn for the worst and before we knew it this was happening:

Yep, crying at the pumpkin patch… and of course I took a picture of it. Why? Because that was a better representation of how the day was really going.

#weonlydofunthings #bestparentsever #keepingupwiththeWelches

#itssometimesfun #okayestparentsever  #wecryatthepumpkinpatch #reallife

So I lied.

It wasn’t the best day ever and we didn’t have a blast the whole time. It’s true what they say that things aren’t always as they appear.

So isn’t it better to be honest and say sometimes it just falls apart? Sometimes we as parents just lose it too, and things don’t go as planned. We all have bad days. Sometimes there are even bad days at the pumpkin patch. But the important thing is how we recover. Can I look back and laugh at these days, learn from them, and realize it didn’t need to be a ‘perfect’ day?

No day needs to be perfect.

Instead, I will choose to focus on finding perfect moments in the midst of the not-so-perfect days. They will be there, you just have to look for them.

(And just between you and me, It’s really ok if you don’t get a good picture of it. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, just enjoy it!)

Oh, and I thought the rule was you had to be able to carry out your own pumpkin?


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