Sunday, October 11, 2009

pumpkin train

I'm a little pumpkin orange and round. Here is my stem, there is the ground. When I get all cut up, don't you shout! Just open me up and scoop me out!

Saturday morning Nana picked up Hannah for a playdate. They stopped by the farmer's market and our little bug went ga-ga over the pumpkins. Nana called from the market to tell me that Hannah called them balls and wanted to pick them all up and carry them around. She warned, "You'd better get your pumpkin patch trip in! Not much time left!"

Yes, Nana! Today (Sunday) we went out in search of pumpkins. Well, I call them pumpkins but Hannah says they are "ballzzz." I dressed her for some camera time and we headed for a local lady that sells pumpkins along the highway. Gotta get the camera out for the good shots before she's full of boogers and has dirty hands and knees. I've been thinking this stand on my way to work every day as her pumpkins are piled on an old wagon, and thought I might be able to arrange pumpkins in front of a wagon wheel for a few shots. Unfortunately, it was barely fifty degrees and too cold to take photos of my little bug without a jacket on for very long. I'll be posting my pumpkin patch photos on my photography blog as I work on them. Kevin bought a BIG pumpkin for Hannah and a widdle cool looking nubby pumpkin, and then we headed out to lunch at Cracker Barrel. Mmmm. Hannah can really put away the chicken, green beans, mac and cheese, cornbread, and apples.

After lunch we went to the New Haven and Little Erie Railroad just east of Fort Wayne. It is a privately owned small gauge railroad that hosts pumpkin train rides on the weekends in October.

former Craigville Train Depot

This old building was the former train depot in Craigsville, Indiana.
They must have had the building moved. Very cool.
There is an old bench outside that is covered with
lichen and looks awesome behind my lens.

waiting on a train

Here's Hannah waiting for the train in front of that bench I love.

pumpkin train 1

When we got on the train, Hannah wanted to sit
in her own seat and didn't want us to hold her.
When did she decide that she was such a big girl?
She's sporting her new Stride Rite shoes. The physical therapist would approve.

pumpkin train 2

Chugga chugga chugga chugga choo choo!
The train went around the track one and a half times,
and then stopped at a pumpkin patch.

pumpkin walk 3

Wow! Look at all of these big orange ballzzzz!
Notice how her eyebrows perk up when she's excited, and she drools. Heehee!

pumpkin walk 2

There was a maze mowed through the fields and woods.
We decided to take a little walk.

pumpkin walk 1

Aaaa! I found another big orange ball!

We ate a couple of apples while waiting for our return trip on the train. Once again, Hannah had to sit in her own seat. We loaded back up into the car, had some juice, and she drifted off to sleep... dreaming of pumpkins all the way home.


  1. What a great day, thanks for sharing your fun day. I love Hannah her jacket!

  2. There's something about pumpkins that makes them irresistible to little kids. When you figure it out, let me know.

    Look at that little girl walking!

  3. These are truly adorable. I say that every time don't I?! Its so true though... Have you ever considered a little modeling on the side? I'd probably buy whatever she was wearing 'cause it looks so darn cute of her! The pics are wonderful!

  4. look at the girl walking! addie thought they were balls too. she'd pick up the small ones and chunk them (not a good thing!). beautiful colors and of course beautiful pictures of your little angel!

  5. The pumpkin close up is a real gem! Gosh, I LOVE it! OH, we have been pumpkin patch dreaming too and maybe this weekend it will thaw a bit?? Fingers crossed.....we've had flurries I tell ya!!

    That train/depot looked beyond charming and your lil pumpkin is simply adorable. That sweet Autumn jacket is darling!!

    Boo-ti-ful girl!! :)

  6. I love these pics- looks like a fun day. I am sorry we were never able to collaborate on a patch trip :(. Work has been kicking my butt. I would love to get together in November if you have any time!

  7. Totally love the pictures!!! She is just precious!!!

  8. ok, headed to the pumpkin patch tomorrow, weather is supposed to be great, what are the odds that I will have cooperating children?? I hope mine are as half as cute as yours!! I did have a great teacher ya know??!!


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