Monday, October 17, 2011

Harvest Day

This year was the 5th "Harvest Day" celebration for my husband and I. As we were reflecting back over the Harvest Days we realized how much it has evolved and grown.
 Our first Harvest Day together was as a dating couple trying for a creative date day! [2006]
Oh, if I only new how prophetic this picture was. (Who am I kidding? I was probably hoping this was a picture of what was to come between Chad and I.)
Our second Harvest day was in our first year of marriage and 8 1/2 months pregnant with our first child. [2008] (We took a year off from Harvest Day because we were planning our wedding!)
No pumpkin required for this photo, yet it is pretty close in size to the first "pumpkin pregnancy" photo above!
Our third year we had our own little punkin to hold! [2009]
In addition to adding a family member to Harvest Day we decided to invite some friends to join us too!
Our good friends showing off their prized pumpkin. 
(Prophetic picture #2. They will be showing off their son in the fourth year of Harvest Day pictures!)
Year four we now had two lil' punkins in our patch! [2010]
Our friends too had their own punkin to hold this year!
Along with another of our close friends who would be showing off their punkin the year following.
Year five. It is a true miracle that a picture of us all smiling was captured. [2011]
 The girls would not sit still long enough to make it over to the haystacks with all the pumpkins. More tears than smiles occurred in most pictures due to complete exhaustion. 
This picture was more typical of our time at the pumpkin patch this year. My determination for a cute picture and my girls' utter disdain of being controlled. 
But it was such a fun year too! More friends joined us with their lil' punkins! And yes, we have another punkin on the way that will adorn our Harvest Day 2012 pictures next year. 

With each passing Harvest Day it has grown more fun (and perhaps a lot a little more work). It has turned out to be one of my favorite family traditions that Chad and I have! It feels like the kick off to the holiday season. We always start at Starbucks with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Usually iced because it is 75 degrees in the middle of October in Southern California!) Then we end the day with pumpkin carving and roasting pumpkin seeds. 

Thanks to all who made this year so much fun and can't wait to see who all joins in on the fun next year!

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