Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

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 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 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!


  1. I love these pictures. Those animals OHHH MYYYY GOOODNESSSS. Gosh, I love animals. I feel like having tons of comfort food right now.

  2. How did you leave without commandeering one of those lab puppies?

  3. There just had to be puppies didn't there???


  4. Trust me, I'm jealous right now! The pumpkin patch, the cute animals, the Fresh apple cider mini-doughnuts.... and you are funny, sigh. Can I come live with you? I will leave as soon as Dan and you move in together, please?!

  5. My wife made some Pumpkin Bread this past weekend. Good to the last crumb!

  6. Hi!

    Thanks for stopping by! Wow, what a coincidence. We were probably at the UO about the same time. I began in 2000. Did the whole dorms and Ducks Village thing. I was actually back in Eugene last weekend for the first time in 3 years for to be in a wedding in Monroe. Now I live in Fort Lauderdale! It was great to be back in Oregon though. I miss the Northwest. :) I'm so happy for you that followed your heart in film.

    Oh, and those pigs are too cute. On my drive in Oregon, I saw little lambs and contemplated the same Vegetarian thoughts, even had the discussion with my family about it. But in the airport was enticed by lamp chop recipes in Saveur. You can guess whats in the fridge! Oops.

    Thanks again for stopping by. :)
    xoxo, nicolette

  7. What a wonderful day and gorgeous photos...thanks for sharing! Oregon is a beautiful state - I lived in Cannon Beach for a time and in Portland - very short lived but alot of good memories! XXOO

  8. Oregon sounds like my kind of place.

  9. You can have a little pig for christmas, in the age old English tradition of a backon sandwich !!! Bread and ketchup.....yum !

  10. This is all well and good, but it doesn't beat midgets and miniature replicas of whole towns, does it?


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