10.20.2014

FALL IN NEW YORK


Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I run up to Huck's little school to pick him up, learning and friends still flush on his cheeks. As we walk home he tells me about his day and about all his friends (his favorite right now is a boy named Victor, but Huck says "Fukter," which . . . well that's the whole point of having kids, I think), he teaches me the new songs he's learned and I tell him some of the things I did while he was at school. Each afternoon, as the leaves crunch beneath Huck's shuffling feet as he walks his little boy steps home, he'll eye the swirling leaves on the sidewalk carefully before asking, "Mom, is it still fall?" And I'll say, "Puppy, it is still fall!" He turns this over in his mind, trying to spin it into a positive I guess (now that he's decided winter is his favorite on account of snowmen), and then he'll say, "Is it at least Halloween then??" Without fail. Friend, you don't even know. Fall is rockballs awesome. Get with it!

The changing seasons have been so much fun this year. Having a Holbrook so new to the concept of things like crunching leaves and bustling winds, corn still in its stalk, that certain buttery yellow sunshine, warmed hands around a cup of something hot . . . the joy of brushing cinnamon and sugar off on your pants after eating an apple cider doughnut . . .  caramel apples! Sharing it with a curious preschooler is some really great stuff. We are all loving it. 

ALTHOUGH: kid ate his first caramel apple the other day the way you'd eat a slice of orange, leaving the caramel peel behind, handing it to me, all "here Mom, I'm done," like he was tossing scraps to a dog, and I'm like, Dude. We need to talk about this. 

We've watched a lot of It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and Huck had been jonesing for a pumpkin patch of his own, so we set off this weekend to find ourselves the most sincere pumpkin patch in all the land, with not a sign of hypocrisy! Just sincerity, as far as the eye can see! On the drive up we passed Tarrytown, and to distract Huck from his mild car sickness (whyyyyy?), I told him the story of old knobble-kneed Ichabod Crane and his fearsome headless horseman. I told it with flair, Randy Lovin would be so proud. When I was finished--songs and all--Huck asked me to tell it again, and then again, and then again, and after the third time Brandon threw his hands in the air and said, "No more! I can't take it!" That story got real detailed there by the third round. What color was Katrina's dress again, Huck? What was the Van Tassel primary crop? Anyway, I've long dreamed of the day that old grouch pants Brandon would be outnumbered by a family of Natalie nerds and let me tell you, it is just as magical as I imagined! 

And now is when I throw some pictures at you. From the drive up . . . 


. . . and a few more from our day at the patch.



27 comments :

  1. now he's a cutie pie but in the future he is gonna be such a handsome young man! I can see it. he's gonna be very popular with the ladies. Also: when you mentioned Tarrytown I yelled: "SLEEPY HOLLOW!!!" Yes, I'm a bit in love with Ichabod (both Depp's and Mison's). So when you started with the stories I smiled like a kid.
    I wish I was there... in the North hemisphere. Autumns are wonderful!!

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  2. Oh my, his poses!! They are the cutest! I so wish I could see some of those golden trees and crunch some leaves of my own!

    allienotsally.blogspot.com

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  3. That first picture is like a sucker-punch straight to the heart; I love it.

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  4. You are such a funny writer, I love the image of you telling the story in the car & Brandon yelling "enough" LOL!!

    Loving all your photos....gorgeous pumpkins & thise is my favourite ever outfit of Hucks's....those boots!!!

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  5. Huck is just absolutely precious! You and your photos are too!
    Looks like so much fun!
    Leah Faye
    the clover field

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  6. Wait, what songs?
    Huck is looking tall these days!
    -Emily

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  7. You guys look great in your popping red color! I am very surprised that mr huck doesnt like the caramel? ...what!?!

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  8. oh so pretty! so much beauty! Huck looks so happy with all those pumpkins!...my boy is really into fall! he loves collecting leaves, all the leaves! his stroller basket looks like a nest by now...

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  9. such wonderful photos! i'm dying to go to the pumpkin patch!

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  10. Absolutely adorable photos! Makes me want to go to a pumpkin patch myself! :)

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  11. He is such a model, haha. Too cute

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  12. Oh my God, Huck is just adorable! And you are such a lucky mum! Take care of them, darling!

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  13. Great story and beautiful photos to go along! you are a wonderful mama to that boy of yours. love it all.

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  14. These pictures are absolutely stunning - prettiest blog pictures I've seen in a while! Enjoy the season - we are having a lovely Autumn in London too.

    Lex

    http://thelexchapter.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Carry Sea Bands in your purse for Huck! They are a lifesaver and at every drugstore.

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  16. my friend told me a rule that he's passing down to his kids regarding the pumpkin patch: you can only pick a pumpkin that you can carry yourself. so... even now, he picks the biggest pumpkin because he's an adult and can carry those huge ones! but if his baby girl can only pick up those tiny little ones, that's what she gets until she's big enough to carry a big one. I think it's so adorable!

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  17. looks like you guys were successful! those pumpkins are about as big as huck. and your photos are so gorgeous!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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  18. Your day looked beautiful!! I love Huck's boots! You both look very stylish (as usual)!!

    xo
    Rachel

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  19. Love pumpkin patch posts :o) We went this weekend and it was a blast... though I totally miss the way colors change in NYC for fall. Beeeautiful. Also, Huck looks adorable and silly. Looks like he had a blast.

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  20. huck's cheeks are perfect. what a doll!

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  21. Huck looks like such a GROWNUP in that last photo of him!!

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  22. Huck looks like a man, almost too big!

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  23. Now it's not very often that I'm moved to comment on a blog post, but blooming' hell this is beautiful! Huck rocks my socks! Thanks for sharing! :) x

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  24. awesome pictures! love the swan/duck gourd, so cool! and huck is a cutie, of course. :D

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  25. well, he definitely has your face -- in that second to last photo!

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  26. These photos are all gorgeous -Hanna Lei

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