We had been given pre-approval to be Mina's family, but we still had no idea when we'd be bringing her home. Every family "tradition" felt flat without her.
This year, my heart has never felt such thankfulness...
It did feel strange not going to our sweet, little pumpkin patch in the Oklahoma country.
This year's pumpkin patch was a little different.
After driving almost an hour outside the city, parking illegally in the massive overflow lot, and spending more money than I care to mention on the "Pumpkin Village Pass" -- we realized we were a long way from Oklahoma....
But, to help ease our Sooner State blues, our friends from Oklahoma (who are only here for one year just like us) came too!
Oh these two...
Both first-born girls who are smart as whips, highly competitive, and who wear their emotions on their sleeves. There seems to always be a disagreement that sprouts forth when they get together, yet the minute we have to say good-bye they are heartbroken and constantly asking when they get to see each-other again.
Basically, they're typical girls. ;)
Mina in overalls?
Heaven help me.
It frightens me how quickly she's growing up.
Turning into such a beautiful, big girl...
Now, believe it or not, our Pumpkin Village Passes did not include getting to pick an actual pumpkin.
But that didn't stop Mina...
Aubrey focused her attention on the apples, which were also not included in our pass.
But nowhere did it say we couldn't find and pick four-leaf clovers!
But I didn't need that to tell me how lucky I am...
Not one little bit.