Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Weekend

Friday started off a bit on the wrong foot, so I was afraid that this weekend was going to turn out to be a disaster, but we ended up having a great time.

After work Friday, B met me at the car dealership to drop off my car as they finally have the parts in for my recalled passenger airbag!  Hallelujah!  The plan was to swing by the vet and pick up Maui and then swing by Carrabba’s to pick up some take out, but we got held up at the vet FOR-EH-VURRRR.  Long story short, we had to start using a new vet, and this was our first time at this new place.  Apparently when your pet goes in for their annual check-up and they call you to say that you can come pick them up, you can’t just come, pay, and pick them up. 

You have to wait 30 minutes in the waiting room until an exam room opens, and then you have to wait again for the veterinarian to come in and talk to you.  Then you still have to pay and then you have to wait again for them to bring your pet out to you.  What should have been a five minute wait turned into a forty-five minute wait, and when you have hangry kids waiting in the car, that’s just not acceptable.  Needless to say, I’m not sure that we will ever be going back there again. 

Anyway, by the time I got back out to the car, the kids were about ready to kill each other because they’d been stuck in an unmoving car for 45 minutes at that point.  We hightailed it over to Carrabba’s to pick up something for dinner, and on the way there B got a call from work saying that they needed him to do something, so he unexpectedly spent the rest of the evening on and off of his laptop and on conference calls.  Ugh. 

On top of everything else, B had finally succumbed to a minor sore throat and runny nose, and after a couple of days of having some gunk in my throat I started feeling my throat close up as all of the gunk (and swelling) was moving to my voice box again.  Just like five months ago when I had something that seemed similar to croup.  Sure enough, Friday evening I could barely talk and then Friday night I didn’t sleep well as my breathing was labored due to my throat being constricted.  Fortunately I had some leftover Prednisone from last time, and I was able to take a dose of that Saturday to open everything up.

So like I said, not off to a good start!

Saturday morning we had already planned to go to the pumpkin patch, and since I didn’t feel bad – so weird, I still had no voice but had no sore throat, no runny nose, nothing else – we decided to go ahead and go through with our plans.  And boy are we glad that we did! 

We swung by Starbs so I could get something warm (and pumpkiny) for my throat, and then we took the kids to get donuts before heading out.

The pumpkin patch that we went to this year was one that we had never been to, and this one did not disappoint.  There were plenty of things for the kids to climb on – tractors, tire swings, big pumpkins, and there was a hay maze, as well as some animals for the kids to see – pigs, goats, cows, and chickens.  The kids loved the hay maze more than anything else!

We picked up some tickets for the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch, and Olivia loved every second of the hay ride.  She was cheesing the entire time!  Each of them picked out little pumpkins for their bedrooms and then we headed back.

Saturday afternoon was spent watching Georgia lose (sigh.) and icing Jacob’s head (it is still swollen, y’all!).  We decided to skip church this weekend just in case any of us were contagious, so we picked up some Cracker Barrel veggies and biscuits for a quiet dinner at home, followed by some bubble blowing and watching the sunset on our back porch. 

B and I got the kids down for bed early, and then we had time to watch three episodes of Friday Night Lights.  My PJs and a big mug of herbal tea and local honey accompanied me as I was still nursing that throat that was still not allowing me to talk.  So weird.  And side note, it is nearly impossible to parent two young children when you have no voice.  #TheMoreYouKnow

Sunday we awoke to the sound of rain pitter pattering on the roof, and we stayed in bed until almost 9… even though the kiddos had awakened us around 7. 

We spent the morning eating leftover donuts and watching Halloween movies.  Thanks to all of you who gave me suggestions for kid-friendly Halloween movies the other evening on Instagram.  We watched the Curious George Halloween special this morning and Jacob loved it.  We’re probably going to be hearing about no-noggin’ for a long time to come.  Haha.

The rain cleared up mid-morning and left behind a nice cool, cloudy day.  Perfect for some time on the playground and a nature walk. 

We finished the weekend off at my parents’ house with some White Chicken Chili and wine, and it was the perfect end to a weekend that turned out to be pretty great despite the way it started.

Happy Monday!

*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


  1. What a great weekend!! Hope you get your voice back!
    What pumpkin patch did y'all go to? We are thinking about going to one this weekend!! :)

  2. So frustrating about the vet. That definitely makes for unhappy kids. Otherwise it looks like a great weekend! Gotta love the pumpkin patch.

  3. Y'all had a fun filled weekend despite you not feeling great!! The pumpkin patch looked so fun!

  4. Even though the weekend started out blah - it sounds like it really turned around. The pumpkin patch looks awesome and holy cow that sunset! Gorgeous! I love a good rainy morning, especially when you can stay in bed! Hope you are feeling better and have a great start to the week!

  5. So glad y'alls weekend got better despite the start it had. I can't even imagine that wait on Friday night. Good Lord! That pumpkin patch looked pretty fantastic too. We are supposed to be headed to a field trip to a corn maze today but it is supposed to be 91.... WHAT THE HECK?! I am so over this warm weather. I hope you have an amazing Monday.

  6. Ugh I'm sorry you and B got sick but so happy you were still able to enjoy your weekend! I cannot wait to visit the pumpkin patch, we go every year with Ricks family and we couldn't all get together until the 23rd, I'm really hoping it's not like 40 degrees when we go!

  7. Oh man! Those long waits at any office are terrible. Especially when kids are waiting, too! I was stuck at the car dealership last Wednesday for 3 hours!!!!! I went in for an oil change and I had Eliza with me. Luckily she was great, but Oh.My.Gosh, it was ridiculous. Luckily, I'm sure they saw my RBF (Resting B**** Face) and gave the entire oil change and the inspection to me for free! It was nuts!

    Looks like you guys had a fun weekend. Jacob looks like he's healing well! Oh what a sweet boy.

    Can I also mention that I'm loving the "Starbs" and totally intend on now using that word from here on out?!!! Ha!

    Have a great week, lady!!!

  8. OMG LOL! They look soooo tiny compared to that big ol' tractor!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  9. Your donuts are putting my little donut to shame girl!! Ahh so sorry that you and B were sick but man oh man are you guys troopers for having such a fun filled weekend!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  10. You guys are the cutest in your matching Georgia gear

  11. Precious lady! Poor you, poor Jacob! If I lived closer I would come nurse you all! At least once a year I get laryngitis, the doctor said it is a bug just like any other, but I never get sick from it, just the scratchy throat and can't talk, My husband said he loves it, ha ha, LOL!

    1. Haha, I'm sure that Brian loves this as well... he doesn't even know what to do with himself in the evening with all of the quiet!

  12. Aww, I'm so sad that you guys got sick! But I'm glad you were able to still go to the pumpkin patch! It looks like it was a blast - the photos are too cute!

  13. Glad things worked out, Lindsay! Some of the kids at school have a yucky stomach crud going around...seriously hoping I don't get it. It's that time of year though, for seasonal and non-seasonal yuckiness. Hope you guys are doing better and it doesn't turn into a full on sickness. Maui looks adorable in the candy corn bandanna! Hope you guys have a great Monday!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  14. So glad the rest of your weekend turned out to be a fun one! Looks like you all had a great time at the pumpkin patch. As much as I love this time of year I can't stand all of the germs. Hoping you and Jacob are back to yourselves soon. Beautifully Candid

  15. Parenting without a voice would be so hard!!! Looks like you had a great weekend though. I hope you are feeling 100% real soon!!!

  16. Glad the weekend turned around and got better for you guys! How frustrating to have to wait so long just to pick up your pet! Sounds like they need a better system or better organization skills! Those donuts look so delicious (and festive!). The pumpkin patch looks awesome. And I am swooning over that fireplace, the stones, the wreath, the lanterns, the farmhouse sign and the pumpkins. And how cute are your littles in front of it? Looks like a wonderful weekend. Great pictures!

  17. So festive! It looks like you guys had the best time.. And those donuts look ah-mazing!

  18. Such a fun weekend. Ben would have been having a field day with those tractors. Love it! The place you went looks like it had so much to do, and it doesn't even look that crowded. Those donuts and coffee look just about perfect too. Glad it was a good one, but hope you feel better soon!

  19. OMG, I can’t believe that crazy wait time at your new vet. I wouldn’t go back either. It’s nice that you can drop her off, but that’s way too much of an ordeal to pick her up. Ugh, and ending up sick to top it off, I’m sorry. Get better ASAP, girl! Love the pumpkin patch pics!

  20. I would have been so .ad about the vet! Ugh!

    Poor Jacob! He's such a trooper.

  21. I love all the pumpkin patch pics, so cute!!

  22. beautiful pictures.
    hope your throat and Jacob's head feels better.
    parenting without a voice.. I couldn't imagine.

  23. Nothing better than a pumpkin patch weekend! Sorry about the waiting - ugh!

  24. I'm glad you were still able to have fun this weekend despite your sickness and injuries! The pumpkin patch pictures are super cute! I've been sick this past week too and drinking TONS of tea and honey!

  25. I missed out on what happened to Jacob, so I will look into that. Even though you felt under the weather, it seemed like it was a good weekend still. Love all the pumpkin patch photos. And I love your merlot shirt.


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