As a family, we’ve not all been together for long enough to have many traditions, but a few are slowly emerging. Trying to get Harper on ice skates each winter is one (not too successful so far) and getting a photo of her on Santa’s knee is another (some attempts are better than others). But there is one tradition that’s been fixed in place since she was born – going to a pick-your-own farm at the start of the summer for strawberries, and then again at the start of autumn for pumpkins.
So just recently we went to our favourite, tried-and-tested PYO farm, Roundstone. Going twice a year really helps us chart how both kids are growing up. At the start of the summer, Grayson was mildly interested in the tractor that took us from field to field. This time, he was obsessed! He literally followed it down the track as it drove off, and hasn’t stopped calling every vehicle, person, or inanimate object a “tac-tor!” ever since.
Meanwhile, Harper spent last year simply trying to lift the biggest pumpkins she could – but this year she showed a lot more interest in picking her produce carefully, asking questions and playing jumping games across the field.
Last year, we lumbered around with four huge pumpkins, which we ended up carving, but only after they had gone a little whiffy (well, we did pick them very early). This time, we just got one big pumpkin to carve, plus a fee small sweet dumpling squashes, which Harper has already enjoyed painting, and covering in glue and glitter (pausing only to cover herself and Grayson in glitter too).
I seem to take the same photos each time we visit. Goodness only knows what the kids will be like a year from now, and whether or not we’ll be able to prise Grayson off of the tractor, but at least I will have photographic evidence of how my Little Buttons have grown over the year!
~ Laura xx ~