Ramblings & A Fall Hike

Happy Thanksgiving week! We just returned from a trip to Montana where we were visiting family. We all had so much fun, especially the girls. Blake’s brother lives there and his house/yard is like a petting zoo. The girls loved playing outside with all the cats and dogs, chasing wild turkeys every day, and watching “big bucks” come into the yard. Lillian was pretty sad to leave and told us numerous times during our flight home that she wanted to sell the house and move in with Uncle Brandon.

We’re busy catching up and getting back into a routine this week. Thanksgiving kinda snuck up on us and we’re pretty unprepared. Right now it’s looking like we’ll be at home cuddled up on the couch, watching the parade and football, ordering pizza, snacking on a few Thanksgiving themed appetizers, and finishing off the day with pie or cheesecake (I haven’t decided yet). That’s about all I can handle this year. We had turkey and all the fixings last weekend in Montana so I don’t even feel bad.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to share some fall photos from last month. The fall season is beautiful here but so short. It seems like the leaves change overnight and are gone within a week or two. I really wanted to make a point to get out with the girls and enjoy a nice hike before the leaves disappeared. I’m so glad we went when we did because a huge wind/rain storm moved in days later and that was the end of the beautiful fall colors.

















Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving!




Papa’s Pumpkin Patch

We just arrived home from a week long trip to North Dakota. It was a great time but we’re tired. We are usually so busy every time we go back to visit. It seems we always have a packed schedule with lots of places to go and people to see. We spend two entire days on planes and in airports and most of the trip in a car driving all over the state. It gets to be a lot, especially for the girls. They never really get settled. We wanted this trip to be different. This time we wanted it to be relaxing and a lot more low-key. And it was. We decided to spend the entire week at my mom and dads and just stay put. Next month we’ll be heading down to Montana to spend a week with Blake’s family. I’m really glad we planned it like we did and that we’ll get to spend quality time with both of our families.

On our short list of North Dakota must-dos was a visit to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. I haven’t been since I was a kid. Every fall season I see tons of pictures of my friends and their families having so much fun there. And, because I have FOMO, I start to feel sorry for myself. We don’t really have a pumpkin patch up here. Well, we do. It’s a reindeer farm where a new set of pumpkins is laid out each morning in a field for visitors to choose from. Guessing they come from Costco. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine for what it is and we’ll probably go this weekend, BUT IT’S NOT THE SAME. Anyway, as if the endless pictures aren’t enough, the Travel Channel just named Papa’s as one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in the country. I insisted we go and I was pumped!

*insert Blake rolling eyes*

We went on a Tuesday afternoon and it was still pretty packed. Just know, if you go during the week some of the attractions are not open. It wasn’t a big deal to us because the girls were too little for most of them anyway. There were plenty of other things to do. This place is huge! It was a little overwhelming but a lot of fun.

Hazel is obsessed with slides so Papa’s was her heaven. So many slides! She also loved the horses, which she called moose during our entire stay in North Dakota. #alaskakid But her favorite was pulling a wagon around and filling it with pumpkins. Lillian was feeling a little under the weather and wasn’t her normal self. We could tell she was still trying to have fun though. Poor thing. Her favorite was the corn crib and wee zip-line.


























We could’ve done without the North Dakota wind and Lillian being sick, but we really enjoyed our day at Papa’s. Right before it was time to leave Lillian announced she was exhausted. Blake took her to the truck while Mom and I put back the 102 pumpkins Hazel gathered. We let her pick out two small ones to take home and she was happy.

Hope everyone is having a great fall. The temps are rapidly dropping here, there’s a lot less daylight, and the leaves are nearly gone. We’re trying to enjoy the short season as much as we can before winter arrives. I have a feeling it’s right around the corner.




An Alaskan Style Pumpkin Patch

In October we did what all young families do in the fall… we visited a pumpkin patch. And by pumpkin patch, what I really mean is a reindeer farm with a handful of pumpkins scattered around a field. An Alaskan style pumpkin patch! It turns out we decided to go on the busiest day of the month, so by the time we arrived there were literally 10 pumpkins left in the field. But that was ok because we were really there for the reindeer anyway.

We visited this same pumpkin patch last year and had a blast.

I was looking forward to heading back with Lillian, knowing she was at an age where she could enjoy it more. She had a fun time picking out a pumpkin, checking out the reindeer and elk, and running around the farm. She had a bit of a meltdown in the hay maze (after getting trampled by big kids!!), but it was nothing her dad and a few Crunchies couldn’t fix.



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Even though this took place way back in October, I still wanted to post about it and share the pictures. They kinda have a Christmasy vibe with the reindeer, right?!?!

I hope everyone is enjoying these last couple days of hustle and bustle before Christmas. Things are finally slowing down around here. We got all of our Christmas cards mailed, a few goodies baked, a tree chopped down and decorated, and last night we finally visited Santa. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Much love,

Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm

Located just north of us is a magical place called Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm. It’s a U-Pick farm, where you pick your own produce to take home for a very reasonable price. A few weeks ago they had a Harvest Festival to celebrate the season and share the bounty of their farm. This could not be left off of our “fun things to do while Blake is gone” list.

We woke up to gorgeous weather on the day of the festival, so Lillian and I were extra excited.




There was lots to do on the farm. Hayrides, face painting, a petting zoo, a leaf fight pit, yummy food, great entertainment. The list goes on and on. And you guys, they even had a real live unicorn!!


All that looked and sounded great, but we spent the entire day walking through the fields and picking produce. Lillian loved playing in all of the mud puddles. It was fun to let her loose and watch her run through the fields. Finally, an activity where she could run free and I didn’t have to be running after her yelling “NO”.




Serious running face. She’s gonna be fast like her daddy!

We picked broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage to take home. It was all delicious.

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I took Lillian’s shoes off to change her socks after we were done in the fields. This is what I found… and this is how I know she had an awesome time.

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It was a good day. Happy fall y’all!

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