Festive Fall Weekend Rewind | October 2018

We had a super fun weekend filled with fall festivities.

Friday evening we surprised the kids with tickets to THE GLOW: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The enchanted 1/3 mile trail featured more than 5,000 expertly hand carved, illuminated pumpkins including tons of iconic figures from princesses and superheroes to movie & music artists, larger than life structures like 16 foot tall dinosaurs, sharks and dragons (Tom’s favorite), a ghostly 30 foot long pirate ship, a ferris wheel and more. The kids went wild over it. We ended the experience with light up pumpkin necklaces, a family photo and a funnel cake.

Saturday morning Matt took Tom to soccer and then to get a hair cut while Caroline and I ran around the mall grabbing outfits for our family Christmas shoot. Nothing like the last minute to get it all together!

Afterwards we took the kiddos to Wise Acres to pick pumpkins. They lasted about 5 minutes in the patch before they decided they just wanted to go to the playground and drink apple cider slushies instead. Fine by us because it was SUPER hot so we gladly cut the trip short.

Caroline’s Dress | My Sunglasses

Previous Pumpkin Patch Visits: 2017 | 2016 |2015 | 2014

After pumpkin picking we grabbed lunch at Pure Pizza before heading home to watch football for the rest of the day! GO GATORS!!!!!!! What a game!

On Sunday we had our fall family photoshoot with Taylor. But first, Sabrina from Be Pretty came over to beautify me. I told her how recently Caroline has been coming home from school and telling us that her hair is “ugly”. (Yes, one million daggers to my mama heart) Caroline hates her hair right now and only wants to wear it in a pony tail no matter how many times we tell her that God gave her those absolutely gorgeous curls and she is perfect. So once my hair was curled we had Caroline come sit in the beauty chair and have her hair “done.” Sabrina was such a doll to make Caroline feel like the most special girl in the whole world with her curls and clipped her bow in. And for the first time in weeks Caroline happily and confidently wore her hair down.

And that was a wrap on the weekend! Family photos coming to the blog soon!



  1. October 8, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Oh my! Caroline’s sweet little face in that chair! I hope she always feels as beautiful as she is. <3

  2. October 8, 2018 / 9:34 am

    That looks like so much fun… Even adults like to still be kids sometimes 🙂 Also can we just talk about how sweet & adorable it is to look at Caroline’s face in that chair? She looks so happy I love it.. Hopefully she will always be that way!

  3. Christine W
    October 8, 2018 / 10:04 am

    So much fun! If Caroline is into Doc Mc Stuffins there is an episode about this with a doll named Curly Q. Caroline is absolutely precious and I know you want her to know how beautiful God made her.

  4. Steph
    October 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

    The Glow looks like so much fun!! And that funnel cake…oh my.

  5. October 8, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Oh that breaks my heart!!! Why on earth does she think that?!!? Bless you for letting her be prettified right there with you. Glow looks super fun — they had one in Nashville last year and I didn’t realize it was a one-year-only thing; wishing we hadn’t missed out! We haven’t bothered to put up our fall decorations or do anything remotely autumny yet since it’s been 90 degrees ALL SEASON. Just pulled out the box on Saturday… maybe this week’s forecasted 60s-70s will motivate us to do something seasonal. Fingers crossed!! Oooh, and love your tortoiseshell earrings! Are they Laura Cox?!

  6. October 8, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    That looks like soooo much fun!!!!! Childhood struggles are the worst!!!!!!

  7. Jordan
    October 8, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    I love that you do your family photos at the same time every year. Is that so you have photos ready for Christmas cards?

  8. Sara
    October 8, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Caroline’s comment about her hair breaks my heart. Maybe you could try showing her some pictures of others kids who also have curly hair, sometimes they just need to know they are not alone.

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