Monday, October 28, 2013

Piper Pumpkin Post

Well, hello.
I almost forgot what it felt like to sit down and open up a "new post" page.  
We've been taking it very easy as far as computer visits go these past few weeks.
Piper's busy taking an early evening nap.  And I figured, I better get to postin', as I have a few more that I'm hoping to put together in the next week or so.  I mean, Piper's going to be seven months on Friday, and I still owe my blog-a-roo a six month post.

First, here's a good ol' Piper Pumpkin Post (say that four times fast).

Grab a pillow, your favorite blankie and make yourself comfortable.

Pips, your binkie's upside down, girlfriend.

I've had these photos uploaded for quite some time.  I just sat and looked through them all again.
And as almost always, I'm feeling pretty emotional. 

These next two photos were taken last October...
The pumpkins were kinda sparse.  The field, mostly brown and looking rather thirsty.  A tractor passed by, as families enjoyed a hayride.  I was about four months pregnant.  And feeling overly giddy about the little pumpkin growing in my belly. 
I remember my mind wandering.
Wondering and dreaming about October 2013's visit and just what it would look like for us.

And three Sundays ago, 
I didn't have to wonder any longer.

That same field...
It was green and bursting with big, jolly pumpkins.

And my was exploding.
Our baby girl was sitting next to those big, jolly pumpkins.

This picture gets to me...
Piper was busy admiring the pumpkins, when her eyes caught the hayride.
It was one of those "I wonder what she's thinking" moments.

That Sunday felt like Sundays are supposed to feel...

I made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast before we went to the patch.
I didn't burn the house down, and even managed to not set the smoke alarm off.
And Steve didn't have to ask "Hun, do you need some help?" or "What in the hell is that burning smell, Maria?!"

I made Piper a baby pancake and ground it up with some banana.
She begged for more.
This girl can eat.
But that's a whole other post.

Sorry, I got a little sidetracked with the pancakes...

As I was saying...
What this year at the pumpkin patch looked like for our little family...

A little video...

Daddy held Piper as they walked toward the hay bales, pumpkins, gourds and animals.

The sun was shining...perfect excuse for Pips to sport her shades.
She loved the hay bales and scratching her fingers on them.

Oh, the faces.

She checked out the piggies with Dee Dee and Daddy.

Pippy thought those piggies were pretty swell.

She loves her Deeds.  (And ripping her nose off).

And she was definitely captivated by the pumpkins.

Of course, she tried to eat them.
In hopes they would taste like ice cream.

She dished out smiles and signature Pippy faces to Mommy and Daddy.

 Mommy dished out some signature "Maria faces and moves" too.  I stood up from digging for what looked like the perfect lil' pumpkin for Piper and discovered I was covered in what looked like creepy leech-like creatures thistle.  
I had to Google it.  I didn't believe Steve.  I didn't realize thistle was so terrifying.

Let's just say the pumpkin patch got a free show.  I was THISCLOSE to taking my shirt off.
And I howled and screamed at the top of my lungs as I ran and galloped towards Dee Dee and Piper.  Daddy just shook his head.  And Deeds and Pips...
they ran for the hills.  (After Dee Dee almost peed her pants).

I admit, I laugh whenever I see this picture.

Brush it off, Piper.
That's my girl.

The line at the creamery was out the door.  Piper pouted at the thought of no homemade ice cream.
We made it up to her with a trip for burritos.  She discovered guacamole is almost as good as ice cream.

Later that night, my mom and I took Piper to visit my dad.
It was her lucky night.  Not only did she get to see her Papa Bear...she got her ice cream.
In fact, she and Papa Bear shared some (his first in quite some time).
My dad gave it two thumbs up.  And I'm gonna guess, by Piper's chocolate-stained kitty bib...she did too.

I swallowed the lump in my throat, watching Piper and him take turns with each spoonful.

These days lately, are ultra bittersweet.  Emotions running wild.


I thought I'd throw in another pumpkin-y day...last Saturday.
Piper and I woke up bright 'n early and had a splish splashy mornin'.

We let Daddy sleep in and headed out for some consignment shopping.

Afterwards, we met Dee Dee and GiGi for some garage sale fun.
I could garage sale it up every weekend.  You never know the treasures you'll find.

Like this adorable wooden bench Dee Dee found for Piper.
It was a whole two dollars.
(And Aunt J, if you're's real wood.) :)

We stopped at Uncle Ryan's for a quick breather.

Pips truly shopped 'til she dropped.

She needed a pick-me-up when she awoke from her nap.
What better than a dollop of whipped cream.
Dee Dee, if you're reading...I found the video.  
And I did a happy dance when I found it hiding in my phone. :)
This girl...her love of's awesome.

Steve, Piper and I met up with Aunt Kim, Uncle Adam and Noah at a local fall festival, later that afternoon.


The air was cool.  Piper enjoyed people watching just as much as we did.  There were children running around everywhere.  A pumpkin patch.  Pumpkin painting.  I painted a Piper pumpkin.  Aunt Kim painted a minion pumpkin.   There were fried Oreos and funnel cake.  We ate them and Piper tried a finger-lick of the powdered sugar.  There were cider doughnuts.  We took some home with us.  Those fun face cutout stands...Piper tried to eat the cutout.
She took a nap on me in the Bjorn and I took in every bit of it, knowing that next year she'd be too big for me to carry her in it.

Making fun of the famous girlie pose.

These days have been busy but oh-so fulfilling.
  Some downright exhausting, some insanely energizing.
These days are filled with moments of such aching, deep, deep love.
The kind that makes you think and dream and dig deep inside yourself.
The kind that makes you live and breathe in each and every moment.
Because life truly is
 such a gift.

Now, go have yourself a relaxing night.
And a pumpkin pancake or cider doughnut.

Much love to everyone. <3

Pumpkin Lovin'


Judy Haughton-James said...

Piper certainly got a wonderful first experience of Halloween preparations. The pictures are so beautiful. I just love her cool shades. I am glad you, Steve and Piper have been able to have such happy moments. Memories to treasure forever and ever. Happy Halloween to you, Steve and Piper. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best wishes always!

Rian Eidson said...

The thistle pictures!!!! Oh my gosh! I laughed so hard. Piper is so incredibly beautiful!! I love all of her pictures and videos. Still thinking and praying for your dad and for you.xoxoxox

Wendy said...

Love this post and all of the sweet Pippy pictures! She is about the cutest thing EVER! So awesome that she got to visit with your dad for a bit too! Hope you guys have a wonderful week! XOXO!

Wendy said...

Love this post and all of the sweet Pippy pictures! She is about the cutest thing EVER! So awesome that she got to visit with your dad for a bit too! Hope you guys have a wonderful week! XOXO!

Lacey said...

So I pretty much died at the thistle pictures! Lol you crack me up.... But I must admit, they kind of creep me out too..
I can't believe piper is almost 7 months old!

Fifi said...

Maria, it has been a wonderful journey watching Piper growing in your belly and now seeing her grow daily with your pictures. Beautiful pumpkin patch photos. I can't wait till my lil pumpkin Vincent is born, he will be about 9/10 months for next years Halloween. I can't wait!!

JP said...

It looks like a pumpkiny trip was had by all! So fun. I really just want to follow you around and eat where you eat! All your food looks so delicious! Pips is adorable as usual. Have a great day!!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Is it totally crazy that I have tears streaming down my face?! This post is filled with so much love! Those pictures of you and Steve last year started my sob fest! It seems like just yesterday you found out you were pregnant and shared the amazing news with us! Piper is absolutely adorable and she brings everyone so much joy! I always love seeing pictures of her cute little faces! Happy Fall to you all! Much love!!

Jess @ said...

I find with kids it really is the little things that bring the most enjoyment and hold the most meaning. So grateful for your little pumpkin this year!

MrsV said...

You and your family are so adorable it makes my cheeks hurt :D

About the bjorn, it's life will be shorter lived than you would expect. One word. Tula. Check it out, I think you would love it and you can get years of wear out of it :) they also come in super adorable patterns.

I am glad to see some mention of your dad, I hope he is doing well. <3 I've wondered how he was doing.
later friend

Faith said...

I just love your outlook on life! You are a breath of fresh air!

And Piper! The expressions, her love for food! I melt!

It was so sweet to read about your trip to the patch last year and wondering how it would be this year. And then seeing how it was and knowing that in your wildest dreams you never would have imagined it so sweet.

Faith said...

Oh and the thistle pictures made my skin crawl! I would have handled it a lot worse than you did! I vote thistle the ugliest. After the creepy crawlers of course.

Heather @ Notes from the Nelsens said...

I have the biggest smile on my face after reading this! I was cracking up at your "free show" at the patch! HA! And Piper's "shop til she dropped" picture is priceless! Your photo captions always get me laughing. I love the way you started out with the picture from last year and all the hopes you had about what this year would look like. I'd say it's been a pretty great one. :)

Happy 7 months, Piper!! I can hardly believe that much time has passed.

Hope you and Steve have a sweet weekend, Maria!!


Alex[andra] said...

I love the comparison to last years pumpkin patch photos to this years! So nice that Piper got to help pick out a pumpkin. It's even nicer that she got to spend some time with her grandfather. I hope he's doing well!

I'll Love You Forever said...

Love love love these pictures. That is so sweet that you went back to the same field and got pictures of Piper by the pumpkins! She is rocking that outfit! Beautiful family indeed! She is growing way too fast! I love her! :) And you!
Happy November Friend!!

M said...

She's growing up soooo fast! She just gets cuter every day :)

Anna said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like such a fun trip! :)

Camille said...

She is soooo cute! That little bench is adorable. And I love the family pics!! Beautiful post, I can just feel how much love you have for your little one. :)

Jodi Stuber said...

Beautiful pics of you and the fam :) piper is quite the ham! Love it

Brittany said...

This could be my favorite posts of yours ever. And that's saying a lot! Just so much cuteness here!! Pips in sunnies...I die. She is a baby movie star! And I laugh everytime I see the picture of you with the "bugs" funny! I would've spazzed out!

Your family is so beautiful. I've read these posts several times now but am just getting around to commenting. Hope y'all are having the most special fall! Love keeping up with Pippy on insta...she is the most photogenic baby ever!

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