I’ve learned over the years that when things in your life aren’t going so great, you can either wallow in your self-pitty and suffer the consequences from that garbage mindset, or you can take the bull by the horns and create your own happiness and future destiny by just putting one foot in front of the other, and make the most of what you’ve got, and find the beauty in the little victories and small blessings.
Well here we are now, 6 years later, still enjoying our Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Carving tradition! Even though not everyone has been able to join us each year, it’s always worth it to me and I am grateful for the memories - especially now that I have children. And of course I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take a zillion pictures at these gatherings! So here they are!
We went to MacDonald Ranch in north Scottsdale - where we typically go every year. It was 90 degrees that day and therefore WAY hotter than I am used to now that we live up in the mountains. Next year we might try a different ranch up north to keep things cool; and just to try something different in general.
The first thing we did when we first got to the ranch was let Gavin ride the horses! It’s my favorite part, of course! And it was Gavin’s very first time so that made it extra exciting!
Being a world-champion equestrian, I was super proud to see my son on a horse and how happy his face was while up there! He looked so pleased with himself. I love that my son is brave and not afraid to try new and daring things. I hope I can teach all of my children not to be afraid of horses (and how to ride them!). It’s still on my bucket list to own a ranch and teach kids horseback riding lessons! Some day....
After the horseback riding, we headed over to pan for gold. Gavin was so cute and really enjoyed finding the "treasures” with his daddy. He proudly carried around that little bag of gold for the rest of the day. Kids make little things like that so fun!
I think Garrett's favorite part at the ranch was the photo props. He rushed over to each one he saw to take a photo. It made all of us laugh - his enthusiasm is contagious. I love that he gets excited over simple things like I do. He’s like having a big kid around! We tried getting Gavin into it too, and at first he wanted nothing to do with it, but once he saw all the fun Uncle Garrett was having he finally decided he wanted to be part of the action too. It is funny how a 3 year old's mind works like that! Total "fear of missing out." Haha.
Halloween is Gavin's favorite holiday so every time he saw pumpkins or scarecrows he got really excited and wanted his picture with them. I love his enthusiasm for the holidays (and just his enthusiasm in general - he is such a fun kid). It's hard not to take a million photos when there are so many great photo opportunities and special moments everywhere I turn!
The boys had fun picking out pumpkins. Gentry was especially fascinated with them. Gavin loves pumpkins and all that stuff so he could have stayed there all day if we let him.
Hope everyone has been having a great October and start to their holiday season!