Everyone hopefully knows that one Jes’ favorite activities is to just enjoy being outside in the fall, looking at the leaves as they change colors, exploring corn mazes and pumpkin patches, and just generally enjoying the crisp fall air. We wanted to make sure that Oliver also developed this love of being outdoors in the fall, so a month or two ago we made plans to spend the day with the Henry’s driving up through North Georgia, visiting pumpkin patches, spending some time on the town square and just generally enjoying the fall. Yesterday was the day that was chosen, and we could not have asked for a nicer day. The weather was warm in the sun and cool in the shade, which made for a very pleasant day indeed.
We started off the day in Dahlonega town square to spend some time with Ron’s aunt and uncle, who had not had the pleasure of meeting young Oliver yet. For those of you that don’t know, Dahlonega was the site of the country’s first major gold rush in 1829, and as such, most of their “small town charm” is centered around that long since past gold rush. And for a little more recent Dahlonega history, it is also where Jes and I had dinner the evening I proposed at the corn maze a few miles away, so it holds a special place in our heart. But getting back to present day times, Ron’s aunt and uncle were obviously over joyed at getting to spend some time with Oliver (as anyone who has met him would be) – and it was great for them to get to know him.
After lunch we headed over to the pumpkin patch that we had picked out. Jes and I wanted to ensure that Ron and Kate actually had some real family photos and essentially forced them to allow us to direct them. Or least 2 of them. Ron and Kate take direction extremely well, but Oliver…. well he needs some special coaxing 🙂 In between fits of hunger and dirty diapers, we would have about 10 minutes at a time of a happy baby, and as photographers, we jumped all over that time. Unfortunately Oliver is just a little too young to be able to support himself on a pumpkin, so we will have to get that sort of picture next year, but we definitely were able to get some family photos that we are hoping they will cherish.