Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Skinny Little Pumpkin Patch Post

You know that moment when you're talking to a friend, and suddenly they start telling you - in detail - the exact story they've told you before ? And you start to interrupt the story to remind them, but then you stop yourself, just in case it's a different story with the same beginning ... and also you don't want to embarrass them ?

I think I've experienced that a hundred times - only it's me telling the story. And then halfway through telling my story, I see the person I'm talking to half-smiling like I have food stuck in my teeth. So I self-consciously run my tongue over the front of my mouth, to make sure there's not a big piece of spinach there, when suddenly the lights come on and I realize - it's not the spinach, it's my story. I've told it before, and now I look like my old neighbor, Mrs. Krebbs, who would tell the same story to me and my brother and sister probably two or three times in the same week and never even realize she did it. (She also had a large piece of corn stuck between her two front teeth at our dinner table one night, while she was re-telling a story - I remember my siblings and I trying so hard not to look at each other during dinner, lest we spit out our chicken in a fit of spontaneous laughter. But that's a different story for a different blogpost. Unless I've told you that one already ??)


I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure every October on my blog there's a post entitled "My Big Fat Pumpkin Patch Post". And although the pictures might be different, and the children in the pictures are a little bit younger, the story is probably very similar in each post ...

"It was the perfect weather for the pumpkin patch" ... "My kids made crude jokes about odd-shaped pumpkins resembling different body parts" .... "Sam wheeled and dealed with the owner of the pumpkin patch, convincing her that because we have so many kids, we should be getting the group discount normally reserved for school field trips" ... and finally - "Lily plus boots plus pumpkins equals the cutest pictures on the planet."

Or something like that.

So instead of retelling the same story today, I'm just going to post my pictures with a few corny captions, and you won't have to read along pretending it's the first time you've ever heard me talk about how much I love pumpkin patches. And thankfully, you won't be able to tell if I have food stuck in between my teeth while I do it. (Because I'm not joining the Vlogging craze any time soon, for that precise reason ... among a host of others.)

And also - in case you didn't notice - I changed the title of my blogpost, just so you know it really IS a different post than the previous five years.

Here we go ....

Noah Stephen

The Lilybird

my two cuties

lily, hayden, and unnamed child that Kenzie babysits

kenzie and her new friend

Sorry, but all I see here is BACON !!! Times two.

this is a turkey. not to be confused with a rooster. see my instagram for details.

I love pumpkin patches !!! and cool barns.

hayden loves caprisuns

^^^^ favorite picture of my husband ever.

The Rebel Rice kid  ^^^

Caleb's pick

^^^^ He picked it out himself :)

SEE WHAT I MEAN ???? Lily plus boots plus pumpkins. Swoon.

Kenzie took this picture, and Tyler was at the post office getting his passport. He's going to Israel next month with a tour group from our church, and we won't discuss my anxieties about that or we will ruin my Skinny Little Pumpkin Patch Post. Jason and Josiah and their beautiful families made their own trips to the pumpkin patch, and we won't talk about how kids have to go and ruin my family pictures by growing up and making their own fun memories .... for the same reason we won't talk about Tyler's impending trip to the land of suicide bombers and headline-worthy events like that.

No, we are not going to talk about that here on my happy little Pumpkin Patch Post, okay ??? Don't even try to make me do it. This post is like Disneyland - leave all your troubles at the gates, just come on in and have fun and smile and eat an overpriced candied apple or two.


Moving on ....

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures from last week. Most of these were on Instagram - if you missed the post a few pages back, I explain there why I went private on IG and reduced my audience to a fraction of what it was. I was overwhelmed by the kind response there and requests to follow... if you would like to follow there again, read THIS POST, because I'm not retelling that same story twice either. But THANK YOU to all those who left the kindest comments on that post ... you all bless our socks off !

seriously - she is cuteness on steroids !!

And now for the two blog features I promised to add (you thought I forgot, didn't you ??)


If you've been reading here for any length of time, you know my addiction to Jude & Fi clips on Etsy.

These clips are not only darling and unique, but they actually stay in Lily's fine hair better than any other clips we have used. That's because they are made with wig clips that grab onto the hair without causing any damage, and secure the clip tightly. They come in a huge variety of colors and styles, and if I could, I would purchase every single one of them.

The creator of Jude & Fi clips is a sweet mama named Shannon - I met her via blogging when our girls were just babies, and her Fiona shares Lily's extra chromosome. I love supporting moms who work from home, and I love that every clip I purchase helps Shannon's business venture ... check out Jude & Fi today for these adorable hair clips.


Abigail made these amazing Princess Vanilla Cupcakes with Decadent Chocolate Frosting last week and they were TO DIE FOR. Literally, I think three of my kids killed each other fighting over the last one. 


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper cupcake liners. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat the butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter has melted. Beat the sugar, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla with an electric mixer in a large bowl until it has thickened slightly and is lighter in color. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until just incorporated. Slowly pour in the hot milk, beating until just combined.
  3. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

*Note : Before passing them out to your family, make sure they are evenly distributed, without any leftovers. We cannot be held responsible for any deaths that result from sibling cupcake wars. You've been warned.

A few more pictures before I sign off - it's Sunday night and I hear my pillow calling me LOUD AND CLEAR. 

Tomorrow is another level two ultrasound out of town . This one is the big echocardiogram that will determine if our Baby Bunny has any heart defects. Please be praying that all goes well ... we are so excited to have a chance to see Madison again, and I will post an update as soon as time allows.

Here is my 24 week picture ...

Thank you again for all the love and prayers.

xoxo Patti


Che fatica said...

Hi Patti, I am following you from Italy. I got somehow "addicted" to your family and I would like to follow you also on instagram. I was among the followers when Hayden was born... Would you mind to accept me?
best regards,

Pogue Mahone said...

I was in Israel a few YRS ago and we were fine. I admit I felt some apprenhension too given the political climate and instability of the area but we never had any problems. It was an amazing experience,actually, to have walked where Jesus walked, and to see where He lived, taught, preached, grew up,and died.Very spiritually enriching!

Kelly Marin said...

I love your pumpkin patch posts Patti but maybe cause it's featuring my favorite Oregon Rice family 😘 no seriously I can't believe how big Hayden and Lily are getting! We all miss you guys and please keep the Fall pictures coming I miss that sooo much!!

Patti said...

Alessandra - what is your name on IG ?

Race Bannon said...

The kernel of corn was on her lip…and as I remember it, you started wiping your lip, in a very exaggerated movement, and then yelled, "Hey Mrs. Krebbs, do you feel anything in this area here?!" and waved your hand around the outside of your lips, and then you said, "Not so much here…" and pointed to the top of your head, and then said, "…but here, around this area?" and again motioned around your lips. Anyway, that's the way I remember it.

Patti said...

Race ... That was Hope.

Grammi Faith said...

Re the last two comments: OMW! Even as supposedly mature adults you cannot stop casting aspergens. Stop already!!!

I LOVED ALL the pictures, as usual. Can a person feel happy and sad at the same time? I know I do when I see ya all having so much fun: I am happy for ya all but sad for me as I am missing out on it. Oh well!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Anne B. said...

COMPLETE CUTENESS!!!!! Praying for your Bunny Baby!!!!! (((HUGS)))!!

Danielle said...

Race's comments ha ha ha ha ha....

Also that pic of Lily & Hayden in bed is to die for - or maybe it's the color combo with your bed spread... but i WUV it!!!

Also I can't believe Pastor is smiling/laughing at the bottom of that slide... it hurts your tooshy something fierce. I could NOT figure out how the kids were enjoying it!!!

:) Love you all!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Patti, my name is Cosima, I'm 21 years old and I have been following your IG account for almost 2 years from Germany. I loved seeing the spirit and love you share within your family and it really inspired me. I'd be so happy to follow again but of course accept if not! Best wishes, Cosima

Unknown said...

Hi Patti, my name is Cosima, I'm 21 years old and I have been following your IG account for almost 2 years. I loved seeing the spirit and love you share within your family and it really inspired me. I'd be so happy to follow again but of course accept if not! Best wishes, Cosima

Our victory! said...

Hi Patti! I love all the pictures!! Beautiful family! Lily and Hayden are the cutest ��Love to see their pictures! You look great like always! Praying for baby bunny�� Best wishes! God bless you all!

Becca at One Girl said...

I am totally the person who tells the same story multiple times to the same friend or family.

stephrn06 said...

Hi there! I am a pediatric nurse in Portland and would love to have the oppurtunity to learn from you on your family again. I was an IG follower preciously (maybe found you through etst)... Anyhow.... I enjoy your perspective and learning/teachings. Thank you! Krup14 on IG

Patti said...

Cosima - did you send a request on IG ? What's your user name ?

Patti said...

Thank you so much ! :)

Patti said...

I'd love to have you follow again, send a request on IG ? Xo Patti

nicole said...

Oh Patti, you look so beautiful!! Your family is as precious as ever and I can't believe how big Hayden looks!

Unknown said...

Thanks Patti! It's cosimasl
I just sent you a request on IG

Unknown said...

Hi Patti, it's cosimasl
I just sent you a request, thank you! Greeting and blessing to you and your family

Unknown said...

Ok I don't know why but IG doesn't let me follow you, so maybe you find me if you don't mind?!

stephrn06 said...

Just re read my post and am embarrassed by my mispellings! I guess multitasking is not always a good thing! 😊

goldenleaves said...

Hey Patti! I love your blog and would love to follow you again on IG. My IG name is jackieweldon. I also have a daughter with Down syndrome :)

Meghan C said...

I've been an ig follower since right after Lily was born :) my account is m3ghan_xo I would love to follow along again! I'm more of a "liker" and admire through reading your stories! But if not I will continue to check in here on the blog :)

Emma said...

I miss you on instagram! Actually, we used to be facebook friends:( Your Lily and my Ruby are close in age, we miss seeing her:) Hope all is well.

DramaQueenEL said...

Hello! There is a little girl, Charlotte, that you previously wrote about. (Mother, Kelly Dirkes) This little girl's picture stole my heart 5 years ago when we were going through the adoption process. However, my husband did not feel he could take on a special needs child. I remembered that she had been adopted and that they had named her Charlotte, but that was all. After watching the new show, Born This Way, I felt compelled to see if I could find her blog. I was not having any success and then randomly stumbled upon her picture which led me to your blog. I am not a blogger, and realize Kelly's blog is private. I would simply love to know how she is doing and see a recent picture of Charlotte. Could you possibly help me make contact? Thank you!
Erica S

Unknown said...

Hi there,

Grew up with a brother with Autism, love following your family on instagram. Would love to continue following you on Instagram.