the pumpkin patch.

On Friday, we drove up to Hill Ridge Farms to pick out our pumpkins for Halloween. It was over two hours away from Fort Bragg, but we had planned a trip up to Trader Joe’s to stock up on wine/chocolate/pumpkin butter/other delicious things you can only get at TJ’s and wanted to make a day of our trip up north. Apparently Hill Ridge is the place to go for pumpkins if you’re in the Raleigh/Wake Forrest area.

After closer to two and a half hours in the car (traffic and a stop at Chick Fil A slowed us down), we were saying things like, “This place had better be worth it!” and “Watch- they’ll be closed or have no pumpkins left!” But upon arrival, we quickly checked our pessimism at the silo. Hill Ridge Farms did not disappoint.

For $20, we were treated to farm animals, playgrounds, a hay bale maze, a huge tube slide, a corn house (like a sandbox but all corn kernels), a hay ride, two pumpkins and some amazing memories. Madeline had the best time, running from one activity to the next. The whole experience was exactly her speed. There was so much that we didn’t take advantage of because Maddie was a bit too young, like pony rides, a moon bounce and gemstone panning. Next year at Hill Ridge promises even more fun with our little chicken!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a selection of my favorite photos from our time at the pumpkin patch. I’ll say it once, I’ll say it a thousand times- HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!

Madeline romping in the pumpkin patch
Looking for her perfect pumpkin.
Madeline smiling with pumpkins
The cutest punkin in the patch!
Maddie and Mommy with pumpkins
Shy guy.
Mommy and Maddie looking at a pumpkin
Mommy and Maddie
Daddy holding tired Maddie at the pumpkin patch
Tuckered out.
Maddie on Daddy's knee at the pumpkin patch
Daddy and Maddie
Maddie on Daddy's shoulders at the pumpkin patch
Can you tell he’s her favorite?
Maddie sitting with her pumpkin
It’s the great pumpkin!
Madeline waving with her pumpkin
A couple of punkins in the patch!
Happy baby with her pumpkin
My favorite- the giddy pony and her pumpkin!

And for reading this far…a bonus clip of me and Madeline on the big tube slide! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!


  1. Omg LOVE your pumpkin patch photos! I’m in love with her overalls and baby TOMS. Also love her unimpressed look after the slide. Like, “yeah Mom, really? Were those sound effects REALLY necessary? Let me toddle my way over here to Daddy. He gets me. He has snacks. He understands my struggles.”

    (side note- she is the cutest.)


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