There are a few things in life that I love all the time, no matter what is going on in my life. These are things that will lift my spirits and bring a smile to my face without a doubt. The pumpkin patch is one of those things.
I look forward to going to the pumpkin patch all year long and every year I go to a different one as I love to try them all out. This year my dear friend Karla and I decided to hit up Lee Farms in Tualatin, OR which is about 20 minutes South of Portland.
It was a beautiful day here in the NW, which is something that we are increasingly thankful for as summertime clocks out for the season. Lee Farms is great and it has a little bit of everything for everyone, including 2 twenty-something girls who met in college and are eons away from having kids and still think that Christina Aguilera's song 'Fighter' is one of the best songs EVER to listen to after a break-up.
Just throwin' that out there in case any of y'all are in need of a kick-ass, I-can-do-anything-don't-tell-me-I-can't-and-who needs a guy-anyway kind of songs. Okay - back to pumpkins.
Here is the iconic tractor coming out of the corn-maze pulling the kids from the pumpkin patch picture. Say that 5 times fast.
For those who are not so inclined to trudge through the muddy fields, there is a sea of perfectly plump pumpkins already picked for you.
Ever notice how some people, when they say the word pumpkin, they say it like "pung-kin"?
"Hey there Billy-Joe, what you got?"
"Well Randy, this here is my pung-kin."
Yeah - something like that. Anyway, I hate when people say "pung-kin." Please don't forget about the second "p" in the word...it feels really left out when you replace it with a "g" and, quite frankly, the letter "g" and the letter "p" never really got along in the first place.
One of the things that I loved best about Lee Farms was all of the animals that souls of all ages could pet and love.
So cute. Those floppy ears. Those dainty little feet. Oh man...it kills me.
Hey there little lady, you look very nice today.
Nom Nom Nom - this piggy had no other care in the world except chomping on this pumpkin...
...except maybe for these little piggies.
Cue Jocelyn and Karla making lots and lots of "ooohhhh, aren't they cute" kind of remarks (and by "lots and lots" I mean, an annoyingly ridiculous amount of comments).
But can you blame us? Look at their little noses, their little ears, their little feet.
Dan, can I have a little piglet for Christmas? Thaaanksssss!
Then we came across these lab puppies for sale. I'm telling you, this place was an animal lover's dream.
Here is Karla saying hello to the Mama dog. Karla is probably one of the most passionate lovers of all animals that I have ever known and is famous round these parts for her ever expanding animal family at home. As soon as she saw these puppies for sale she grabbed my arm and said, "Joc, do NOT let me go home with a puppy. DO NOT!"
Here she is checking them out but keeping her distance. That beautiful cocker spaniel in the photo is her dog Lady. Lady is, as far as I am concerned, just another girl in our group and she has many Aunties who love her dearly.
Just as we were about to finally get to the pumpkins, we came across this wooden crate with kids surrounding it. As we pushed our way through all of the little 'uns, we saw that it was full of chicks.
Is there anything much cuter than this?
Karla wasted no time.
That little chick head is maybe one of my favorite things in the entire world. 0.0087 seconds after this was taken, I actually contemplated becoming a vegetarian.
1.03 seconds after this was taken, I remembered what chicken piccata tasted like and I silently apologized to this little guy. It's a tough gig in life being so delicious.
Ah yes, another beautiful day in Oregon. Yes it rains a lot here. Yes we consider "cloudy" as a good thing. Yes some people here think it is okay to wear denim to the opera. But, at the end of the day, I live in a beautiful, beautiful part of this world that I love.
After we finished petting all the animals, we each picked out our pumpkins, got some cider and tasted some fresh apple cider mini-doughnuts.
Fresh apple cider mini-doughnuts. Process that. You should be jealous of me at this moment.
All in all, it was a great pumpkin patch experience and I loved every second of it. It was also great to spend time with Karla who I always feel I never get to see enough.
I hope that you all are enjoying your Halloween preparations, and, if Halloween isn't your thing, then I hope that you are enjoying just the general beauty of this time of year, wherever you may be.
Cheers and Happy Autumn!