Last month, on a perfect fall Sunday afternoon, we took a little trip to a pumpkin patch to celebrate the season. Picking out your own pumpkin is a rite of passage for any kid not to mention loads of fun and one of the best ways to create memories. So memorable was this day that it will forever be known in our family as "Tiger Day" - it has also become the baby's favorite bedtime story.
"One day, when the sun was shining and the air was warm, we took a ride in the car and we went to..." "Pumpkin Town!" exclaims Lucia every single time. "When we got there all of the children had their faces painted and Lucia said, 'I want to paint my face too! Like a....'" "Tiger!" says Lucia and she starts to giggle like she's telling me a little secret that no one else should know.
I've never seen her sit so still and so quiet. She was mesmerized. Even the painter said no two year old she's ever met was so sweet and patient.
Maybe you have to be there to hear her sweet baby voice and to see the way her eyes seem to dance with anticipation. She knows the story by heart and she lived the moment but every time we snuggle up for stories before bed and I (half-jokingly) ask her what story she wants to hear first (I had to put my foot down and limit it to three a night or else she'd never get to sleep), it's always "Tiger Day!" I'm already feeling sad for the night that she doesn't want to hear it anymore but for now I will enjoy every minute of it and at least we'll always have these photos to remember it.
If you have kids, what are your night-time routines? My girl is a creature of habit and loves to tell us what comes next. Our bedtimes always start with a warm bath and end with a big hug and kiss before being tucked in to her beloved crib while I sing whatever song it is that she's in love with at the moment - last week it was "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and the week before that it was "Tomorrow", but this week it seems to be the theme to "Diego" which I'm not at all embarrassed to admit that I memorized months ago!
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She took her time to pick her pumpkin trying in vain to pick up the biggest one she could find until she found the one that was just right. But she wouldn't turn around long enough to let me take a photo.
We rode this choo-choo-trolley three times around the patch. Lucia pointed out several times that "This is not a train. It's a choo-choo-trolley." She loved it.