Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Patch

Some of my fondest memories from growing up were spending the holidays doing the traditional, western-style activities as kids: visiting the easter bunny for Easter, huge firework show at the local University for 4th of July, visiting the pumpkin patch for Halloween, shopping til' we dropped the day after Thanksgiving, and visiting Santa at the 'North Pole" before Christmas. These are traditions and occasions that still, to this day, my family holds on to. I can admit that I went to the pumpkin patch every year with my family well into my college years. Some of these traditions I have never let go of, but for the last few years, a pumpkin patch visit just hasn't been on the itinerary. 

When I was pregnant with Raj I made a vow to my husband and his family to always honor their practices and traditions from their culture and religion with Rajan. It has always been important to me that my children know their roots. In doing this, I also started to realize and appreciate all of the practices and traditions that had been part of my family over the years; and although they may not necessarily always be revolved around religion, they are certainly of value to my family and my own childhood, and I wanted these traditions to be carried on for my kids as well as their Indian ones. It may be cheesy, but visiting the pumpkin patch in October is definitely a tradition of my family's that we all look forward to! 

It came as a surprise to me that after making the plans to go to the patch, my husband admitted that prior to dating me, he had never been to a pumpkin patch, not even as a child! Although I understand why, and know that his family did such an amazing job of accepting Western style living and holidays and traditions, I started to realize that it actually made this visit even more special, not only because it would be Raj's first time, but also because this is something that I was now able to share and teach my husband about, when most of the time it is the other way around!

We really ended up having a fantastic time and a wonderful day. It was fun to see Rajan be a 'boy' and crawl around in the hay and get dusty and dirty, meanwhile D was running right behind him chasing him with wipes. It is so much fun, something you can never really put into words, experiencing life with a new one. Everything is SO new to them, and every occasions is an adventure to them, which makes you realize as a parent how wonderful the simple things can be!

I honestly love nothing more than capturing the candid moments of my husband and baby. This picture makes me melt...

We loved having a day at the Pumpkin Patch and left grinning from ear to ear thinking about how next year Raj will be running around chasing after the animals and wanting to bring home every pumpkin in sight... I already can't wait!

Happy Halloween Week!

With love,

On me:
Sweater // Target
Tee // Target
Denim // Gap
Hat // Target
Shoes // Steve Madden

On Raj:
Shirt // Peek
Pants // Peek
Shoes // Freshly Picked 

On D:
Shirt // Old Navy
Denim // Seven for All Mankind
Shoes // Timberland

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