Fall has always been one of my favorite times of year. Around here, the last few weeks of October are some of the only times you can really enjoy being outside. My oldest will be two next month, and we always look for activities to keep him entertained. He likes to be able to run freely and touch everything he sees. Luckily, we have found zoos and botanical gardens a great way to get fresh air and keep him entertained. We took a weekend trip to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. In the fall, they have a special event called “Autumn at the Arboretum,” with a village built from 90,000 pumpkins.
I had visions of taking beautiful pictures of my boys in the pumpkin patch, but of course reality always hits. I was lucky if I could catch either child still long enough to take a decent picture. My oldest spent half the time snacking on crackers and throwing fits whenever I asked him to say “cheese.” When we finally got them to the pumpkin village, I realized how impossible it was to get an infant and a one year old to look at the camera and smile at the same time. I eventually gave up, and spent the day enjoying the trip instead of taking pictures. Here are my candid, real life photos. They aren’t perfect, but neither are we.