Saturday, November 1, 2008

Howell's Pumpkin Patch

I am very excited for this post because it brings the long awaited debut of the Nelson family. The Nelson Family consists of parents Tom and Kim and their twins Taylor and Michael. They were our "family" while we lived in Des Moines, IA. I met Tom while working at Iowa State Bank. He invited Matt and I over to their house for an evening of food and games. We had a Blast and it was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. Everytime Matt and I would leave their house we always felt so happy and uplifted. This family has a great outlook on life and are such strong, faithful people. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us and helping us grow into better people!!

So since I was so close to Iowa while out there in KC, I really wanted to meet up with the Nelsons so why not go to the coolest pumpkin patch I have ever been to. Maybe I love it so much because it is in a place that is magical to me (Iowa) but really I think it is so adorable. It is called Howell's Pumpkin Patch and they have a whole slew of things to much that we didn't even get the chance to do it all.

Here we are in our group picture. Tom and Kim are the back right. Taylor is on mine and Carter's left and Michael is on our right. Then there is my mother-in-law Bonnie next to Taylor. There is also someone else making his debut on my blog. The guy on the back left is Ryan. He is Whitney's (my sister-in-law) boyfriend. This was my first time I got to meet him and he passed with flying colors.
The Nelsons spoiled Carter all day starting with a gift that he has hardly left alone since, a Thomas train engine.

There was an adorable horse tire swing there that we all took turns pushing Carter on it.

They had these great pushing bikes that Carter had a blast on.
Then of course the Tractors. These things were so heavy Carter needed the men with muscles to come help him out. And of course Tom put Carter on the red one. Tom is a HUGE Iowa State Fan and converted Matt and I while we were in Iowa.
Ryan taking his turn.

Carter wondering, "Hmm, what do I have here?"
Michael taking advantage of a great photo opportunity.
While in the area we also went to the Covered Bridges of Madison County festival.
Here is our last photo op by the bridge. In my hand I have a gift that Tom got for Matt. It is Cale Sanderson's signature who was an Olympic Medalist, a Mormon, and most importantly :) an Iowa State Cyclone.
It's so sad to say goodbye.
Michael is one of the sweetest boys I know. He loves to give hugs and hold hands. I think this is why Michael got one of the best hugs I have ever seen Carter give. P.S. I need to mention that not all these pictures were mine. The same with the below post. With so many great people taking pictures it's so fun to share them. So thanks to all those who donated their pictures to my blog.
And Thank You to the Nelsons for meeting up with us and sharing your wonderful selves with my family again. Hopefully, we will have plenty more opportunities to do more of this.


Scott, Kara, and Paul said...

What a fun trip! That is a way cute pumpkin patch. I'm glad you guys had such a great time. Carter is looking older each time I see his picture, he is so so cute!

Hillary said...

Carter is such a mini-matt. He looks exactly like him! I can't get over it.

Mark, Holly and Boys said...

Hey! I remember the Nelsons! You invited us to join you at spending the 4th of July with them in Iowa one year. They were so kind to us. I'm glad you got to spend some time with them, I know how much their friendship meant to you & I bet they loooved hanging out with Carter! :) Cute pictures too - it's funny that seeing that Iowa stuff can manage to make me feel "homesick" feelings...since I'm at home in Utah, but it does.

Mark, Holly and Boys said...

...actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure that it was just me that joined you guys that day & that Mark had to work. Either way, I remember that I had a nice time!

Becky T said...

Okay, I'm totally "homesick" now. I did not realize you made it to Iowa!! That is SOOOOO awesome, I'm so happy for you that you got to go. And to see the Nelsons too, how fun! Your trip sounds so awesome, especially to meet up with some of your Iowa "family". I too remember the Nelsons and they were such good friends to you guys, how fun to meet up with them! Oh, I miss Iowa and you guys so much!

Cook Family said...

We loved the covered bridges festival! We went every year we were there. Our gas has yet to get to 1.50 but I just filled up at 1.75 today. Like I said I am just happy that is under 2.00.

Whit said...

do you have pictures of mr. giraffe????

The Jones Fam said...

It was such a fun surprise to see you in Winterset! I am glad you and Carter had such a great time on your trip. How come we all fall in love with Iowa? I have a feeling I will have a hard time leaving this place behind.

tonya said...

I am so jealous that you were in Iowa. What fun. Your little boy is getting so big. How fun! We really want to try and get together with you guys. Maybe we can go to Hershey if you have not already been. Hope all is going well.