Halloween Season (Part II) ~ (2008 – 2010)


It’s “Halloween Season” Monday, again. Today, I’ll blog about Katelynn helping me carving pumpkins, Sara’s First Halloween, and more visits at the pumpkin patch and the zoo.



Katelynn wanted to help me with the pumpkin carving. So, I’ve got her a little pumpkin she could play with and get the pumpkin guts out. She always loved to say: “We need to get all the pumpkin yikes out!” And then she played with the gooey inside of the pumpkin.



Sara was only twelve days old, when we celebrated Halloween in 2009. She was such a cute little Pumpkin. Katelynn wanted to help with the pumpkins again, while her little sister took a nap. Katelynn was very proud being a big sister. She really enjoyed taking Sara out for her first Trick-or-Treat. All bundled up we walked through the neighborhood and collected candy on this cool October night. The fresh air was good for the little munchkin.



Katelynn loves going to the pumpkin patch, because she can jump in the bounce house, go on hay rides and pick a pumpkin. Sara just enjoyed crawling around between the pumpkins. Every pumpkin had to be tested by giving it a good slap on top. We also went to the Pirate Days. Unfortunately “Boo at the Zoo” got rained out the day, we went to the Fort Worth Zoo. But it wasn’t the end of the world, either. The girls got out and had fun, anyway.


… to be continued next Monday, October 15, 2018 …


Halloween Season (Part I) ~ (2003 – 2007)


Hello, everyone! Since it is October I will post our past Halloween celebrations, every Monday. Over the years, a lot of photos have accumulated in my files. Last year I had “Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins”-Friday, where I introduced all the Jack-o-Lanterns I carved for the girls over the years. This year, it will be a little bit of everything. I will begin with 2003. This was the year, Katelynn was born and when she had her first Halloween.



This was Katelynn’s First Halloween. She was only 27 days old, when I carved the Kitty pumpkin for her. The story behind the pumpkin itself can be found here under this link:Β  https://underthepecantreephotography.com/2017/09/22/pumpkins-pumpkins-pumpkins-part-i/



Katelynn was at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch for the first time. Oh, she had so much fun playing with the straw. Kevin and I had to fish it out of her clothes later, Because she was so busy throwing the straw in the air, it went everywhere. The next day, we dressed her up as a lamb. I made the costume myself. The head was a bit big for her. But she enjoyed going to Trick-or-Treat with it.



It was the first year, we celebrated Halloween at our new house. I made a DIY-Diddlina candy bag for all the goodies, we would receive from going to Trick-or-Treat. On theΒ  other hand, Katelynn was still little and a bit unsure, if she really liked this whole “Trick-or-Treat” thing. When we walked from door to door, she wasn’t very happy. Once she had some candy, it wasn’t near as bad anymore. But she did not like the door-to-door walk at all. A year later, this would be a whole other story. …



… This Halloween season was completely different from last year’s. Katelynn was excited to go to “Trick-or-Treat”. She knocked on the doors with a happy “T’ick-or-T’eeeeat”. Since she couldn’t pronounce the “r”, the neighbors thought she was adorable and gave her a lot of candy. After three houses we had to walk home to empty the bag, before we could go out there and get more candy. Oh my, so much candy and no melt downs anymore. πŸ˜‰



In 2007, Kevin had to go with Katelynn to Trick-or-Treat. I was still recovering from a knee injury and rather stayed at home. It was fun. Katelynn was dressed in her “Snow White” costume and received plenty of candy, while the neighbors and I were busy giving out candy. But I have to admit, I missed the door-to-door walk that year.


… to be continued next Monday, October 8, 2018 …

2018, In The Garden

Little “Peter Rabbit”

Yep! Every year when we grow vegetables, we have a little “Peter Rabbit” in our garden as well. I just looked through my photo files and got reminded that I still have these photos, I’ve captured five years ago. Little “Peter” hides out from the gardener (me). And when he thinks, he’s safe form the gardener and the cats, he explores the vegetable patch. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


Wild Berry Farm In Sadler, Texas

Kevin, the girls and I drove to the Wild Berry Farm in Sadler, this afternoon. When we arrived, we paid our entry fee and entered the farm. Katelynn and Sara went down the slide, before we went on the hayride. Kevin grabbed some fish food, and on the ride we went down to the pond. At the pond, we stopped for feeding the catfish. These were some big fish. But they also get fed very well by farm visitors throughout the day. The farmer said: “By the end of the day, the catfish might have a belly ache! ;)” We all hopped back on the wagon and rode back to the farm house.

After the hayride, we walked through the wild berry fields to get to the Pumpkin Patch and the Sunflower Maze. There were some beautiful pumpkins sitting in the field. In the Sunflower Maze, the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Admirals, all sorts of bees and bugs fluttered and flew from one sunflower to the other. It was fun to watch them. Katelynn and Sara were fascinated by the different kind and sizes of bees.

Walking back through the berry fields, Katelynn was leading us through the Corn Maze. A cool fact about the Corn Maze on the Wild Berry Farm: When you put a drone up in the air, you can see that the maze is grown in the shape of the Texas Lone Star Flag. Katelynn did very good walking us through the maze. And it was fun!

Katelynn and Sara enjoyed looking at the farm animals. There were some chicken, goats and sheep on the farm. Some chicken were scratching a hole in the ground. I guess, they tried to find some bugs or tried to get to cooler soil on this warm day. The other chicken were happily clucking and walking around. The goats nibbled some grass, and the sheep were busy eating in their barn.

Seeing the whole farm, the girls wanted to play in the “Rat Rollers”, then went down the slide several more times, and played some “Football”. Before we left the farm, I picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter. I’ve never had any. But I want to try it. It was a beautiful, sunny day. And we enjoyed our visit at the Wild Berry Farm. My goal is to drive up there and pick some fresh berries next Spring, early Summer.


The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm

Last year, we visited the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm/Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas.

October 2, 2016

Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, and I visited the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at the Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas; for the first time at this morning. After we paid admission, we got each a cup of fodder for the livestock and tickets for hotdogs. The girls wanted to go straight to the animals. Katelynn enjoyed feeding the goats, sheep, cows, and longhorns. On the other hand, Sara wasn’t so sure about that. She was a little bit shy, and didn’t want to get her hands bitten. But after Katelynn was showing her, how to hold the fodder in her hands, she fed the smaller goats and the lambs.

We also enjoyed the hayride. A tractor pulls five wagons around a trail with a hay field in the middle. While riding along, we read signs about a β€˜missing farmer’. The story is a little bit spooky at first. But at the end we all were laughing. The pond had several ducks and β€˜Texas-size’ bullfrogs sitting at the edge of the water.

While Kevin and Katelynn walked through the hay maze, Sara wanted to finish feeding the animals. This time she was more courageous and fed the bigger goats, too.

After the walk-through, we enjoyed our hotdogs, which were yummy. We went through the store to look at some hardware items. And the girls had their eyes on some farm toys, before we left the farm.

Overall, we had a wonderful Sunday morning on the Preston Trail Farms. Since we went there early, we avoided the crowd and the heat. The girls loved to spent time with the farm animals.

The farm will have β€˜The Big Orange Farm’ event until November 23, 2016 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). They are open from Sunday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. And the admission is $8 per person. The fodder, maze, hayride, and hotdog were included. We also purchased chips and soda for $1.50 extra per person. During the week the farm offers pumpkin pie, instead.

For more information visit: Β http://www.prestontrailfarms.com/dallas-pumpkin-farm/


October Is Here!!!

Hurray! October has arrived. It is my favorite and busiest month of the year. Both my girls are born in October; the State Fair of Texas began a couple of days ago; Halloween is only 30 days away; some of these weekends will be spend in a pumpkin patch; and the weather is being a little bit cooler. I love October! And I will blog about our fun adventures throughout the month.

The girls raised this little pumpkin in our garden back in 2013.