Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Fall Day

I grew up in a family that is big on traditions. From big traditions like our Portuguese Christmas breakfast to smaller traditions like my mom dying our mashed potatoes and milk green for St. Patty's day. Although Dirk didn't grow up with many family traditions he has excitedly joined most of my family's traditions. As my our little girl continues to grow we have been discussing the importance of family traditions, both big and small and decided that we would start a new tradition for our family. Fall Day!

So today was the first official Dallas Family Fall Day. The day started off by going to church. After church we headed over to Starbucks where I picked up a Pumpkin Spice Latte (half-caf. of course). We then headed over to Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch. Dirk first went to this pumpkin patch with the design department last Fall. I keep seeing pictures of all of the amazing pumpkins and have been dying to go there.

Dirk found some pumpkins that looked like a boa constrictor (or so he said)

He also decided to take a bite out of some abnormally large, deformed pumpkin.

Here's our first family picture at the pumpkin patch:

We ended up with a pretty good assortment of pumpkins

Dirk pushed them around in the wheel barrel like he does this every day.

After we finished our time at the pumpkin patch. We headed home and I cooked a "Fall" meal. Apple braised turkey thighs. It was a new recipe and they turned out REALLY yummy. Here's the finished product, it doesn't look so pretty on the plate but it was really good. I'll post the recipe another day this week.

And to finish the night off, we had caramel apples that we bought from the pumpkin patch. We had a great day and kept talking about how much fun it will be to celebrate Fall with our baby girl next year.

Next year at this time she'll be around 7 months but for now here she is at almost 20 weeks. Yes, my belly is getting ginormous!


  1. I love belly shots. I love going back and looking at how much my tummy grew with Nick. One thing I wish I did was hold up a sign next to my belly that says what week I was in. It's hard to remember later.

  2. Kristin, that's a good point! I'm gonna have to make some notes on my file so I can remember for her baby book.

  3. woohoo for posting a belly shot! You look great. I liked how you talked about family traditions in this post because I believe they are so important in keeping the family close and having those fun times to look forward too. Whether they are big or small, traditions are to be cherished.

  4. Awesome Fall Day! We went to that place last year and it was so much fun! We didn't have many traditions growing up so I always talk to Justin about which ones we can start with our own brood.

    I had a blog friend take pics of her tummy with notes of which week it was and then she did a little slideshow with it, it was way cute.

  5. I love how you displayed the pumpkins in your house!