It’s the Great Pumpkin, Nolan Wayne

21 Oct

Holidays with a baby are just more fun then they are as an adult. There are many reasons for this, but most of them start and end with the fact that adults don’t know how to have fun anymore. They are way to focused on the stresses that life presses onto them…  so they aren’t fun. Babies, are. The old saying “ignorance is bliss” could not be more true; the more you know the less happy you are innately.

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Picking the right one…

So now that we’ve established how big of scrooge’s adults are, let’s re-state the obvious: Holidays with a baby are just more fun then they are as an adult! In the Jar, we’ve already managed to navigate several key holidays — Easter (with a baby fresh out of NICU), Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and now… Halloween. For our fledgling family these fall holidays have been some of the most enjoyable for us, as Nolan is really starting to show off his personality. Every day it seems he is more observant, more mobile, and more interactive. On the other hand, these fall holidays are also not-so-gentle reminders of how much and how quickly he is changing.

This past weekend just happened to be the ideal weekend to go pumpkin hunting, so that’s exactly what we did! The weather was on the verge of perfect — brisk, cool, and sunny — especially for late October in the Mile High. As a kid my family didn’t usually go to a pumpkin patch, at least not that I remember. That was probably because there weren’t many patches in the area to choose from. So when the Mrs introduced me to pumpkin hunting two years ago, I was hooked from the get-go. Basically I was like a little kid, running up and down rows of pumpkins with a red wagon and a pair of cutters. This year I was more the wily old veteran and let Nolan bet the excited little kid. Yeah… Something like that, right? In any case we found some perfect pumpkins (and a handy bale of straw) for our front porch. It was a successful weekend to say the least.

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Nolan, carving up a pumpkin

Some of the things that made it successful weren’t found in that pumpkin patch though. We are completely blessed with lots of friends and family, and the fact that we were able to have lunch with a close friend of ours and his parents, and then stop by another friend’s house after the pumpkin patch for a quick visit really was the perfect cap. Even better was the fact that Nolan’s Grandma (Grandma Soup as she is lovingly called) got to come along on the whole adventure as well! It is definitely that time of year when life slows down, even if just for a little bit, enough to reflect and be thankful. We in the Jar have plenty to be thankful for, and that was never more true then on Saturday.

The carving happened while watching football on Sunday as is our family tradition. I am not a crazy dad, believe me. I also have some beautiful water front property in Arizona that I once sold to George Strait. Hey, I totally understand that Nolan will have no memory of this first Halloween. But that does not stop us from including him, and I think that is an important part of raising a child. The more integrated they are with you, with their life, the better off they are. It’s a personal opinion so we’ll see how correct I actually am. In any case, Nolan was right in the middle of the pumpkin carving. He was digging in the pulp and even tried pulling a pumpkin over. I cherish the fact that we will have memories, and that those memories will be passed along to him some day. 

I have a hard time complaining during these last few months of the year. Surrounded by family, friends, and perfect holidays…. it really takes a lot of effort to find something worth griping about. I don’t like putting that much effort into being pissed (believe that or not), so I just don’t do it. Instead I can’t help but smile when I think about all the love that surrounds us here in the Pickle Jar. So to all of you.. THANKS!

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Hangin’ with the jack-o-latern’s!

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