It is no secret that I love our annual trip to Burt's Pumpkin Farm. I think we've now been there 12 years straight. It's also no secret that one of the main reasons I love this trip is that everyone involved understands that getting some updated photos while we are there is a very high priority. It's important to me! And thankfully I have a good little family who humors me and goes with the flow - that includes Berber and Pappy too!
This year our trip was looking kind of iffy! I normally look at our family calendar for the month of October with my fingers crossed looking for a decent weekend day where we don't have anything scheduled. There aren't any of those this year. (ACK!) We don't have a single Saturday or Sunday without at least 1 event until Halloween and that's just too late for a trip to Burts.
So I went with plan B. We would go up there during the boys' fall break. I had a couple of days off and we figured that would be a great time for a little trip up into the mountains. For all the planning I do, there's still one thing I can't control - the weather. As we neared our planned Burt's day, the weather was looking very bleak. Cloudy, rainy, generally gross. If this wasn't such an important tradition to me, we probably would have bailed and gone out to Publix to buy some pumpkins for our Jack-o-Lanterns.
Thankfully my dad convinced us to give it a shot last Thursday and I'm SO glad we did! We drove through nasty mist almost all the way there, but while at the farm the weather was actually pretty nice. We even saw a peek of sun!
And I got my pictures! A whole bunch of them! Going on a weekday has set a new bar because we had the place completely to ourselves. It was awesome! And the boys were awesome! And the resulting pictures - awesome!
We started with some traditional pumpkin pictures - with the giant pumpkins as our backdrop/props.
I love this ornery face!
And then we moved on to the group pictures. I always use this as an opportunity to try for an updated family picture. I think easily 75% of the family pictures I have are from Burts.
Berber and Pappy with the boys
After getting the required group pictures we normally let the boys run off some steam. They always love roaming around the pumpkin patch. This year there was a contest to see who could find the most expensive pumpkin. I think the winner found one that was $110 bucks - but I can't remember who found it. There are usually more casual, candid pictures while we are just hanging out.
Berber and Pappy
Spencer was hanging out by the tree being mischievous, but I still managed to get a good picture of my handsome teenager. You can't fake smile wrinkles like that!
After a while we decided to take a hay ride. In what I would call serendipity, we happened to be up there on the first day of hayrides for 2015. So we got one of the very first rides of the whole season. So much fun - even if I was pulling hay out of my back pockets for days.
Our annual trip did not disappoint! I already can't wait until next year - when you can bet we'll be visiting Burt's on a weekday again!