It’s Fall Y’all!

It’s Fall – perhaps the best season of the year! Sadly, we don’t live in a geographic location where we can really feel it, but we still can celebrate it, and boy did we this year!

We started our Fall celebrations promptly on October 1 with a visit to Pumpkin City when my mom and sister were still in town visiting us. Vivian got to ride a pony, pet goats, bounce in a bouncy house, ride little rides, and run all over.

Pumpkin Patch with Nana and Aunt Anna

Pumpkin Patch with Nana and Aunt Anna

First Pony Ride of the Season

First Pony Ride of the Season

We're All Getting Tall!

We’re All Getting Tall!

Our Family at Pumpkin City

Family Photo in the Pumpkin City Pumpkin Patch

In the middle of the month, we attended the Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill Historical Park, near our house. Vivian got to meet her favorite princesses, go trick-or-treating, get her face painted, and, again, run around.

Walking Through The Little Mermaid Exhibit at the Autumn Harvest Festival

Walking Through The Little Mermaid Exhibit at the Autumn Harvest Festival

Then, we went to our second pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms with our friends, the Bullocks. Vivian watched a pumpkin cannon shoot pumpkins across the fields, rode in a wagon around the farm, picked pumpkins, pet more goats, and walked through a corn maze.

Farmer Vivian

Farmer Vivian

Family Photo in the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

Family Photo in the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Haul

Pumpkin Haul

We carved the pumpkins that we bought at Tanaka Farms that evening. We carved them way too early in the month and right before a heat wave. They didn’t last through the week and had to be dumped into the trash five days later. Oh well – we had fun carving them!

Carving Pumpkins in a Pretty Dress

Carving Pumpkins in a Pretty Dress

Our community hosted a Halloween event where Vivian crafted and ate chocolate apples.

Family Photo at Baker Ranch Halloween Event

Family Photo at Baker Ranch Halloween Event

We stopped into Home Depot to pick up something and even took a few pictures in their indoor “pumpkin patch.”

Home Depot "Pumpkin Patch"

Home Depot “Pumpkin Patch”

At the end of the month, we attended our HOA’s community Halloween event. Vivian picked pumpkins, got her arm painted, had a balloon animal made for her, played carnival games, jumped, played ball, and had her caricature drawn (as did Lillian).

Baker Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Baker Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

Jumping

Jumping

Cat Princess

Cat Princess

Two days before Halloween, we attended a neighborhood potluck at the park and we all had fun talking to our friends and watching the kids run around and play.

Family Photo at our Neighborhood Potluck

Family Photo at our Neighborhood Potluck

With one day left before Halloween, we visited our final pumpkin patch of the season at the Irvine Park Railroad. We all rode on a little train and a straw ride. Vivian also rode a pony and bounced in another bouncy house. It was a perfect rainy, cool, Fall day.

Family Train Selfie on the Train

Family Train Selfie

Waiting for the Straw Ride

Waiting for the Straw Ride

Cowgirl Vivian

Cowgirl Vivian

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Almost Three Feet Tall

Almost Three Feet Tall

Ye-haw!

Ye-haw!

On Halloween morning, the girls dressed in their best costumes before daycare.

The Princess and the Pumpkin

The Princess and the Pumpkin

And on Halloween night, we all went trick-or-treating. Vivian had a BLAST and Lillian really enjoyed being out-and-about.

Trick-or-Treat!

Trick-or-Treat!

Chambers Family Trick-or-Treating

Chambers Family Trick-or-Treating

Lillian slept in her pumpkin jammies that night, just as Vivian did two years ago.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Whew! I think we did it ALL this FALL! (I would have loved to have gone apple picking, but Lillian was still a car screamer during apple season, so we had to skip that this year.) In between all of our Halloween fun, we spent many evenings watching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown over and over and over. And now, on to my favorite time of the year and favorite holiday – Thanksgiving!

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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2 Responses to It’s Fall Y’all!

  1. Robini says:

    Wow – that all looks like so much fun! I am amazed at the selection of pumpkin patches and activities you have in your area. Lillian looks adorable in her pumpkin Jammies, and Viv is seriously rocking those cowgirl boots (and the tractor!). That is a bummer about apple picking – it’s not an option here, but I have other coastal friends that love it – but, there’s always next year!

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