October at the Pumpkin Farm 2018

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Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthAre you all sick of pumpkin photos now? Am I about to get heckled with this post? I realise it’s now November, and I did plan to have this post up before October came to an abrupt end but hey life got in the way and here we are. I just loved these photos so much though that I didn’t want them to fall into unblogged obscurity like so many others so figured I better post them sooner rather than later, before you’re all ready to throw a pumpkin at me for even mentioning the colour orange.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthSince having Evie, I’ve found myself constantly wanting to create little traditions for us as a family. Things we do together year on year/ month on month/ time after time, things that we’ll be able to collate photos of in the future and that Evie can look back on fondly.

I had a similar desire when it was just the husband and I of course, but the type of traditions were very different. Mostly based around how many cities we could travel to, or all the places in the world we could take a jumping photo together. Often circling back to food, memorable meals or little things we’d do for each other on anniversaries or birthdays.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthNow our ‘traditions’ are taking the form of more wholesome family activities – days out and experiences that we can mark certain occasions with each year, adventures we know Evie will love to hear about when she’s older and little quirks about those adventures that we can claim as ‘our thing’. Only last weekend we found ourselves sitting on hay bales in a large green tractor, Evie in a Dorothy costume and a pair of wellies, as we were driven down a bumpy road towards a farm full of Halloween activities and animals to visit. As we sat and smiled at all of the other parents also choosing to spend their weekend at what was essentially a giant kids party in a farm, my Husband turned to me and said ‘One good thing as a parent is that your free time gets filled with some pretty unique experiences doesn’t it? I mean, we would have never done something like this if it wasn’t for Evie’. And he’s right of course, without Evie our weekend might have been filled with drinks or Halloween parties, we might have got a long lie or got to slob on the sofa all day, but instead we found ourselves running through mud chasing after an excitable toddler, watching baby goats be fed and seeing Owls up close. To be honest, I know which I’d prefer. And considering Evie’s been talking about the ‘white neigh neigh’ she met ever since (now crowned her favourite animal) it was definitely worth the pricey entry fee and bumpy tractor ride. Watching your children experience the world with fresh eyes really is one of life’s most wonderful joys.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthMaking memories. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? And I’m kind of obsessed with making memories for Evie (even though I know we’re doing that by default every day anyway). I think because I can look back on my childhood fondly and remember similar little family activities and adventures. Things we used to do every Christmas or spring, those family walks that we got dragged on every Sunday and thoroughly protested at the time, the little family quirks that made our holidays uniquely ours. I want that for my children too.

Sometimes they’re well thought out traditions – things we want our family Christmas to be known for for example – and sometimes they’re accidental traditions – things that just so happen to align and you find yourself with the beginnings of a yearly occasion.

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One such accidental adventure, which now that we’ve found ourselves doing two years in a row has automatically been bumped into ‘must happen every year’ tradition territory, is pumpkin picking. Last year it wasn’t quite as hugely popular an event in the UK, but I’d seen enough cliche Instagram shots to know that it would be something I’d enjoy and provide me with plenty of Instagram fodder for the month of October (don’t hate me but that was kind of my motivation first time around). When we discovered there was a Pick your Own farm nearby us where we lived in Kent at the time, I persuaded my Husband (and Mum who was visiting at the time) that it would be a fun day out and we could get one of those cute photos of Evie sitting on top of a pile of Pumpkins. We all bundled up, and I couldn’t resist dressing both myself and Evie in matching mustard knitwear for the occasion. And you know, it turned out to truly be one of the MOST FUN days, and something we’ve talked about ever since. Evie was only 8 months old, and truth be told at a tricky stage in terms of sleep/illness/general disagreement with the world, but she LIT UP that day. She was happiest little soul and her little face peeking out from her Dad’s chest in the sling was one of pure joy and excitement. She giggled non stop, chased her Granma around the field and didn’t complain once despite the fact it was freezing. We got some utterly adorable photos of her and it’s a day all of us look back on and smile about.

And so, how could it NOT become a tradition, when the outcome from that accidental adventure was one of wonder, and excitement and joy?

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthOf course, when something accidental like that turns out to be so great, there’s always the fear that it might just have been a one off. That maybe when you try and recreate the fun and make it a tradition, it might fall flat. But when I found a farm near us here in Manchester doing a similar ‘pick your own’ idea, I knew we should make it two in a row. And I just knew Evie would love it this time around too, this time able to run around for herself and wear her beloved welly boots in a muddy field. When it worked out that my Mum was once again visiting, it felt like everything had aligned and a family tradition was well and truly in place.

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Wearing… Dungarees – Topshop | Cardigan – Fashioned from a Primark jumper

Trainers – Converse | Headscarf – Lace and Liquor Girls


I let Evie choose her own outfit this time, and she requested her denim dungarees to be ‘same as Mummy’ and how could I argue with that? Seeing as she once again had a cute mustard cardigan this season, I dig out that same mustard knit I had from last year and cut it straight down the middle to make one of my own, and we were ready to go in our matching farm gear.

(Funny story actually – when I was pregnant and thought about being a Mum, I’d always said I wouldn’t twin with my children, especially not if I had a girl. Not that I think there’s anything wrong with doing so, but I was just terrified about projecting my personality and likes and dislikes onto my daughter. I wanted her to be free to be her own person, to have her own personality and for her to decide what she liked and disliked instead of me choosing for her. I think because I myself am, admittedly, quite a ‘girly girl’ in that I love pink and all things pretty, I worried that I’d somehow force that onto any daughter I had when really, I wanted them to decide whether they liked clothes, or shopping or baking etc etc. Now here we are, almost two years down the line of parenting a very strong willed girl, me defiantly trying to let her be who she wants to be, and it turns out, for now at least, all she wants to be as ‘same as Mummy’ LOL. I’m SURE it won’t last forever, but right now nothing makes Evie happier than matching with me. Whether that’s us wearing matching aprons when we bake, or whether she demands I also wear wellies when we go out to find muddy puddles, or just when she gets irrationally upset if she has slippers/socks/jeans/shoes on and I don’t. You can try your damnedest to parent in a certain way, but ultimately your kids will always be the boss!)

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthAnd so off to the Pumpkin farm we went. Evie was excited from the minute we got in the car, and it’s safe to say we had another very memorable day out. This time getting to enjoy that cheeky little grin as she slowly figured out exactly what the aim of the game was and found her prize ‘Evie’ pumpkin – the world’s cutest little gourd that was the ideal size for tiny hands. She ran around that field, once again chasing Granma, picking up pumpkins so we all had one each, eating a ‘nic nic’ with all the other kids and then finishing off her day setting up camp in the little wooden wendy house in the play park, and driving a toy ‘blue Evie’ (her favourite colour) tractor.

We chose our own prize pumpkin ready to carve for the doorstep, plus a few extras for a mantelpiece display and then took ourselves into the cafe to warm up from the cold with homemade Pumpkin soup and mugs of tea. There was even a little pet rabbit outside for Evie to feed grass to.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthOnce again we got some adorable photos of Evie from the day (most of which I’m keeping just for us sorry) and I’m absolutely certain that this activity is now set in stone as a yearly event. For at least two weeks after, Evie requested a ‘Pump partee’ in the kitchen each evening when Dad came home from work, which involved us all holding our chosen pumpkins from that day and dancing round the kitchen singing ‘pumpkin, pumpkin pumpkin patch, pumpkin patch, pumpkin patch. Pumpkin, pumpkin pumpkin patch, pumpkin pumpkin patch’. 🙂

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthIt’s memories like those, and funny little mad family quirks, that make us, us, and are exactly the type of things we’ll be telling Evie about when she’s older. Showing her the photos and reliving the experience all over again.

Do you have any fun family traditions that you do regularly?

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  • Lewis Craik says:

    I can’t really think of any family traditions yet, but I guess they may form when #2 is here!

    I can totally relate to originally not wanting to twin with Evie, I was the same with Owen, but he’s now a proper little mini me. He often chooses to where what I’m wearing, or asks me to wear my blue coat if he’s wearing his. We got so many comments from old ladies when we were in town together in our matching coats last week.

    • Jaclyn says:

      Oh I can just imagine the oldies loving that! It’s funny isn’t it? I guess it’s just them taking stuff in from who they are with everyday and learning to it themselves. The mini me thing just seems to happen naturally – very cute though! 🙂

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