pumpkin patches and corn mazes!

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after apple picking in the fall, what feels more festive than a pumpkin patch and corn maze?! we stopped by one on our drive home from boston to help break up the long time in the car. my girlfriend lizzie knows all the best places in connecticut and recommended castle hill farm.

i think we must have just missed the peak of the pumpkin picking season, since there weren’t many pumpkins left to choose from, but the corn maze was quite the experience because it is ginormous, and it was our family’s first time walking through one together! i will be the first to admit that while our photos of the corn maze below might seem like we all had the best time ever, i had insane mother-anxiety in that corn maze (even on the easy route) and was certain we would lose a child in there forever with all three of my kids wanting to run ahead or straight into the corn while playing hide and seek. the kids had the best time ever in that corn though! also, they had some of the sweetest little farm animals that stole my heart and for a quick minute i was like, “LOOK at the baby animals! let’s move to a farm!”


jumping off pumpkins! conrad counts down from 5, but he usually just climbs onto the pumpkin, says “FIVE…..” in his blast off voice and then yells “GO!” right after. who needs, “4, 3, 2, 1” anyway?!


brother helping brother. i love this photo so much.


thanks to the sweet group of teenage girls who helped us take a family photo!


counting and getting ready to go find where eleanor went hiding in the corn!




just look at him, sinking into one hip as happy as can be feeding his tiny friends. this is the moment that stole my heart and had me telling josh on the drive home that that whole idea of moving our family to a farm he once was really voting for is maybe growing on me.

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the sun flare happening by conrad’s eye looks like he has super powers!

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we also stopped by ferris acres creamery nearby afterwards (another tip from lizzie) and i’m confident in saying it was the best ice cream i have ever had, in my entire life. if you’re ever in the area, you must go. i couldn’t believe it. i haven’t stopped thinking about it. so good.


ps. wearing this turtleneck in color dusty blossom, these acid wash jeans, similar booties (more here) and hat here (beige color here).
samson’s cowboy boots here and conrad’s little red rainboots (that once were eleanor and samson’s).


  1. Carly

    Pumpkin patches are just the best thing ever and your kids look like they loved it! I bet it was the perfect way to break up a long car ride.

    Agreed, on the corn mazes causing anxiety. I went to one with my family last year and it was huge. I was so convinced we would never find our way out of there. I can only imagine what it’s like with 3 kids running through it.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly from http://www.AModernMomBlog.com

  2. Aw these photos are so sweet and so beautiful! Is it just me or do kids always choose pumpkins more than they can handle? x

  3. ahh Conrad’s Boo! face is too cute!! When I was little, I always liked going for the super big pumpkins, but as of late, I’ve been adoring the tiny little pumpkins :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  4. Karen

    These are wonderful as always – I hope there are still some pumpkins at the patch when I go!

    Best, Karen from Life in its Natural State

  5. brittany

    gosh, these are beautiful!!! your family is so sweet. and the sunshine in these photos! to die for!! makes my heart happy. :)

  6. Lisa

    Nature is just so important for kids, great you give them these opportunities!

    xx Lisa | Joy Della Vita Travelblog

  7. Carrie

    Looks like you all had so much fun! We are going this weekend to pick pumpkins – I’m crossing my fingers there are still some good ones left!

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

  8. Erin

    Ferris Acres Creamery is amazing!! Though I always tear up a little every time I drive through Newtown.

  9. Eleanor’s freckles are the same colour of pumpkins!!! So lovely ☺

    Kisses from France

  10. Julie

    Hi Taza, love those light hearted pics! You certainly did not look anxious on the pics;) but I’m with you on the maze stress, the corn field certainly looked so high and so easy to get lost in! We went to a ‘pick you own’ farm at the weekend to get our pumpkin, the kids really love it – it’s a bit of a new tradition for me as in France we never really celebrated Halloween – and we had such fun trying to find the biggest one and the heaviest one…So lovely to follow your adventures on the other side of the pond! Hugs from London, Julie


  11. Paige

    We just went apple picking and pumpkin patching in upstate NY last week and it was just so gorgeous! I love being in New England in the fall!


  12. Jenn

    So Fall drenched! I’m envious. It’s still in the 90s here in Texas. I’m so curious – how did you wean Conrad?! I’m a desperate mom of a 22 month old who’s not interested in weaning…help!

  13. Hi Naomi!

    Beautiful photos!! Can you tell me what camera do you use?

    Tks **

  14. hanna

    Looks like so much fun! –Hanna Lei

  15. Lauren

    So cute taz!

  16. Samantha

    So lovely! Our corn maze here in Calgary tends to have survived sub zero temperatures by the time it’s October and accepting visitors for the holidays. It never looks quite like the one in your photos!!