Changing Seasons

Five years ago I took my kids on a nice October day to a local farm to pick out pumpkins for Halloween. It was during my first holiday season as a divorced mom, and I remember feeling determined — DETERMINED — that we would have a fun day (dammit!). Back in 2003, I pulled a cart full of 20 pounds of pumpkins and 70 pounds of tired, whiny (albeit cute) kids, wondering how the hell was I going to do this on my own and what the future would bring.

Today, I took the kids back to that same farm where we’ve been going each year. I wasn’t anxious about making it a fun day because I knew it would be — just because it was gorgeous out and we were together. Five years and many hairstyles later (thank you, I’ve embraced my straight, dark brown hair!) T-Rex knighted me for my pumpkin-picking efforts…

…and wouldn’t you know — my kids took turns pulling the cart for me?

Pumpkins ’08, originally uploaded by onewomanshow.

Is my kid on crack?

I’m glad you enjoyed my last few posts — crazy things men say, crazy things kids say, and now this…yesterday’s Halloween-inspired drawing by my son. It either shows great intelligence and imagination or it’s just plain crazy.

(I don’t have any fancy photoshop tools, so I will have to explain the drawing below.)

Crazy pumpkins, crazy kid

The jack-o-lantern on the far right is on the phone. He is calling the other pumpkins, who have lost their phones — note the cords sticking out of where I presume their ears are (if pumpkins had ears). The one on the far left, with the particularly frowny face, has a black mouth because it is full of cavities.

Makes sense to me.

I’m going to Phoenix tomorrow for a few days on both business and pleasure (visiting with my college roommate and her family). My friend has 3 1/2 year old triplet girls and a 9 year old son. She also has a husband and there may be a dog in the mix, too. I’m staying at their house Sunday night and will be promptly retreating to a cushy hotel thereafter. (A Holiday Inn would suffice after that!) Seriously, I’m excited to see her, as it has been about 3 years. I’ll chime in at some point, but enjoy the rest of the weekend and the start of the week!