Pumpkin Patch Photo Shoot with Otis

Recently we took a family trip to the pumpkin patch. We go every year and I was so excited we could keep the tradition alive during this Covid pandemic. We went to Tanaka Farms and their set up this year was so great. You need to purchase advanced tickets so they limit capacity for safety reasons. We ALWAYS go on the last tractor ride of the day because there is nothing more magical than the pink skies at sunset as well as the temperatures are always much cooler this time of day. I always find that the last time slot of the day you get a little extra time to yourself as people are leaving.

When we arrived, they checked our temperatures and scanned in our tickets and we walked through a covered and shaded line queue. It was truly socially distanced and I felt very comfortable with it personally. Everyone was mandated to wear a mask as well. The wait in line wasn’t very long which was great because Otis is NOT very fun waiting in line. Toddlers, am I right?? Once the tractor (wagon) arrived, families were spaced into the corners of the wagon. Again, the spacing felt comfortable to me so that was a big relief. They take you through the fields and things are decorated everywhere. I have to say the wagon ride was really fun and likely about 15-20 minutes in total. At the end, you stop by animals that you can see from the wagon which was fun for all the kids as well.

Once the tractor stops, you get out and got to pick your own veggies! Which was right next to the flower fields so we stopped off to grab some photos and they were so beautiful. Carrots, beets, and cilantro is what we picked. Then we headed over to the pumpkin patch. To be honest, once Otis saw the pumpkins, he started to run toward them. What was nice is because they are controlling the crowds through ticketed entry, it was not crowded at all and was super easy to space out, pick pumpkins, and take some photos without our masks on. I almost didn’t think to do the pumpkin patch this year because of the state of the world but I am SO so happy we did. We all had a blast and I am thankful that the farm made the experience feel safe for everyone. Important to note that with the purchase of a ticket, you get to pick a pumpkin which is included in the price. I tried to get Otis’ height next to the cute signs on the way out… but he was NOT having it. Maybe next year. HA! On the way out, we stopped for some tiny pumpkins and a new lawn sign that they sell. We had THE best time. Hope you enjoy this family moment with us through these photos.

Also, just a little note on this outfit, I feel this is one of my all time FAVORITE dresses. i swear the silhouette is so epic and it comes in multiple colors. I have the black and white. Such a good investment piece for your closet.

On Kim // dress: free people / shoes: golden goose / sunglasses: ray-ban / mask: evolvetogether

On Otis // shirt: old navy / jeans: h&m kids / shoes: vans / sunglasses: real shades

On Blake // shirt: old navy // jeans: paige / shoes: vans

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Fall & Halloween Decor For Patio & Yard

I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS. Halloween is the start of Fall and you know we decorated early before October 1st. I think because everyone is spending more time at home, it’s extra special this year decorating. For us, Otis is now VERY into checking everyones decorations out on our daily walks so it’s extra special to decorate for our little guy this year. I have never really decorated our doorway as much as this year but it is given me such a smile on my face. All the items found here are from Pottery Barn and linked below. I particularly love the faux pumpkins this year. It’s still been in the high 80s and 90s here (Indian Summer in Southern California) so I am glad not to have real pumpkins out there with the heat we have had. But also, they look shockingly real for faux. Seriously they are so good. The ghost lights are on a timer with batteries so they go on and off automatically. I did get a remote for these faux candles and you just go an turn them on and off with the remote. I could never have real candles in there with the heat… I have tried years past and they melted. Love love love decorating for the holidays and hope I inspire you to do the same.

Light Up LED Ghosts / Ghost Light Up Doormat / Caleb Handcrafted Metal Lantern (15″, 21.5″, 36″, and 42.25″ sizes) / Premium Flickering Flameless Candle Remote Control / Premium Flickering Flameless Outdoor Wax Pillar Candles (4×8 size) / Crow Wreath / Faux Pumpkins

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