Hi, guys! I’m alive.
Last weekend we drove 50 mins out of town to Ramona, CA exclusively for the pumpkin patch at a farm called Mountain Valley Ranch!
I was determined to find the perfect (and not overpriced) pumpkin patch to meet my goal of giving Noah the ultimate experience and take a perfect family photo (or fifty). If I sound ~dramatic~ it’s because we didn’t get to do this last year since Jarrod was away for about 7 months in Mississippi for A-School. He just returned from a 2 month underway in Alaska and was about to leave again for another in Hawaii, so you know your girl had to make the most of the time we had 🙂
It was warm. No, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was hot. The temperature read 83 but it really felt like 90. BUT, we intentionally got there at 4 PM, which was perfect so we wouldn’t bask in the still heat. We actually did that for ~golden hour~ for the sake of getting good pictures. It was Jarrod’s idea and I was impressed! He has come a long way when it comes to taking photos and actually enjoying it, hehe. Oh, and the weather gave me the perfect excuse to pair my OTK boots with my black denim skirt 😉
We rode the hay ride and got a tour of the entire ranch, petted their farm animals (there was a BISON), and spent a lot of time letting Noah pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home. His favorite part must have been picking up several different pumpkins! We would say, “ohhh! You are SO strong! You got it!” Haha. I’m not sure if the “terrible two’s” are real, but they sure seem to be for Noah. His temper and impatience test Jarrod and I daily. Granted, Jarrod doesn’t get to handle it as often as I do, but gosh, I’m sure the light at the end of this tunnel will reveal itself soon!
My favorite was getting to watch the sunset on the way home. A part of the drive was going through elevated hills and it gave such a breathtaking view of the linear , pink sunset peeking between the sky and the marine layer. I tried to get a few pictures but they don’t do it justice. Then we had In N Out for dinner because come on, unless the slow cooker was on, I was a little too tired to cook dinner.
I hope you’re all enjoying the change of season and the perks that come along with it. I hope we find joy in the most mundane of things like the leaves changing colors and the crisp air.
Thanks for catching up!