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How Tall This Fall?

When Miss Butterfly lived in Chicago, we had a fall tradition of going to Didier Farms to get pumpkins and apples. We would also pose Miss Butterfly in front of the cute “How Tall This Fall?” giant pumpkin growth chart. When the family moved to Texas last year we all agreed that the annual pumpkin patch visits must continue. My first visit to their new home in Dallas was last Oct. and on a 90 degree day we went to a pumpkin patch.

This year it worked out that my project in Chattanooga wrapped up and allowed for some vacation time to head to Texas to hang out with Miss Butterfly & Miss Doodlebug. The 6 day visit was full of parties, fun adventures and just hanging out at home.

Dallas Highlights

Our first adventure was the annual trek to the pumpkin patch. As we drove to the farm, the weather turned cold and when we parked in the field it was pretty close to bitter. Thankfully we had lots of layers for the girls but it was a quick trip through the farm. We quickly fed the animals, posed for some pictures (including “how tall”), went on the hayride and picked up some pumpkins.

The adventures continued throughout the trip. On Saturday we had 2 Halloween parties. Miss Butterfly was the cutest ladybug ever and Miss Doodlebug was the cutest little pink flower. Sunday was time with both sets of grandparents and a bit of shopping. Monday was preschool and the Halloween parade and classroom party. Monday evening we had an early birthday celebration for me – Miss Butterfly helped her mom make the yummy lava cakes. Tuesday was ballet and then a trip to the carousel at a local mall and lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. It was Miss Doodlebug’s first time sitting in a booster seat & she had to do everything that Miss Butterfly did. Halloween evening was bustling…the girls went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and also helped hand out candy to trick-or-treaters at the house. Miss Butterfly even went to the “scary” houses and was a brave little ladybug – the next day she said the scariest house was her favorite.

When not “on the go” we had lots of play time at home – dress up, art time and of course reading stories. Both girls love to read! When I was in Chattanooga I picked up a cute book for Miss Butterfly that highlighted some of the Scenic City attractionsPardon Me is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo? by Ellen Eady. I gave her the book on Friday morning & I think by the time I left we had read it at least 20 times. I had a secret knitting project with me & one evening I pulled it out to work on – as soon as Miss Butterfly saw it she said “knitting like Grosi” and had to sit next to me while I knit. A couple of times throughout my visit she would “help” me knit by holding the ball of yarn. Each time I asked what we were knitting she would gleefully should out “A xxx for yyy!” (can’t spoil the secret) Another new favorite thing to do became tumbling on M’Amy – Miss Butterfly discovered that she could do a somersault up my legs & that was just too much fun.

Before I knew it my time in Dallas was done and it was time to come back to Chicago. Between my travels this fall I seem to have missed most of the “fall like” temperatures – it has been quite chilly back here, although there is a possibility of Indian Summer later this week! I’m getting into the routine of working downtown and being home. Since I’ve been back from Dallas my knitting “bug” has returned & my hands have been constantly busy – yeah!


  1. What great pictures Amy! thanks for sharing 🙂 It sounds like you all had a great time, I’m so happy that you got to spend some fun time with the kids and relax after your busy travel schedule. Can’t wait to see all the knitting!

  2. Such great pics. Glad you had a good time. Dontcha just love visiting the pumpkin patch!

  3. Looks like you had quite the trip. Something about kids and pumpkins and fall that makes me happy.

  4. Love the pics! The girls are so cute in their costumes. Looks like you had a great time. Fall went really fast here in PA.

  5. I’m glad you and the girls had such a good time! Looks like lots of fun. Such a good helper too! Minus maybe the acrobats. 😉 You need to come out to California. We’re still getting days in the high 70’s.

  6. How could you come back from a trip like that?! Those girls were adorable. I have never been to a pumpkin patch. It looks so autumnally fabulous.

  7. HI Amy- Just had to join in and wish you a WONDERFUL birthday today!! Glad to hear that you had a relaxing and exciting weekend. Nathan and Ellen love fall trips to the pumpkin patch as well. :0) HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Ruth


    Hope it’s happy…I love you! 🙂

  9. Dad and I are signing in with more birthday wishes for you as well! Have a fun evening out and enjoy the box when you get it! LOVE you bunches and bunches

  10. Happy Birthday – see you tonight for dinner!

  11. What a great photo collage!! Looks like the visit was wonderful. And happy birthday!!

  12. i am glad Dallas treated you well! looks like ya’ll had fun 😉 happy b-day!!!!!!

  13. I have made many a trip to Didier Farms. I used to take my kids on Columbus weekend until last year. It was also a favorite field trip when I taught preschool. Fun memories.

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