Ever since my boys were little we've always carved pumpkins....once they were in high school they would moan and groan but they still managed to put time aside to carry on this tradition with their mom. My boys are so creative so they always took carving pumpkins to the next level.
Fast forward to college and I remember one weekend Davey was home and Autumn was visiting from Florida. (When they first started dating) They came into the house carrying pumpkins and carving accessories and they had big smiles on their faces as they said they were going to carve pumpkins. In the back of my mind, I thought wow...Davey must be in love, he's not grumbling and complaining like he did religiously for his mom....Then Autumn said IT WAS DAVEY'S IDEA. I wanted to cry... not only must he have enjoyed it all of those years....but he was also carrying on a tradition. This weekend we are CARVING PUMPKINS.
Every year my parents do what we call their annual "Fall Fest" at the family farm in Westminster. It's almost bigger than Christmas or Thanksgiving because this is the one event that all of my cousins attend. Other holidays we tend to spend with our immediate families so we truly look forward to this each year. The only two NOT in attendance were my oldest son Travis who lives in Oregon and my one amazing cousin who is an officer in the Army and stationed in Alaska. Their presence was definitely missed.
My Dad, bless his heart....creates a pumpkin patch that the little ones travel by hay wagon to choose their pumpkins. I'm not sure if they realize that it's not really a pumpkin patch. Lol
Here's a few pictures from the fall fest....me with my baby son (he's 25, but still my baby) and me with my cousin Wadie and Uncle Wade....we could seriously have done without the Raven attire. Lol. There's also a picture of my baby brother and niece, Davey and his cousin...Lots of pictures of cousins AND... the best one, our annual haunted hay ride that ended in the pouring down rain....far, far from home. We were soaked by the end of the ride!!!!! I have an amazing family that I thank God every day for!!!
A big thank you to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. What an honor it was to be the MC for their Light the Night Walk last Saturday at Baker Park in downtown Frederick. I met so many amazing people and heard so many inspiring stories. There were lots of tears and lots of hugs......They had 400 walkers and raised $75,000. Yay!!!!!!
I've been invited back next year to work with some of the most compassionate people I've ever met and I gladly accepted!!