By: Jennifer Murray

Pickin’ Pun’kins

We took advantage of a beautiful fall morning to continue our pumpkin patch tradition.  Much has changed since our last visit to see the "kunkins" (translation: pumkins).

Here’s a look at the Now vs. Then:

NOW – 4 little boys exploring the pumpkins

THEN – Mama misses her pudgy pumpkins!

Here’s some more shots from our pumpkin morning…

Quick, Freeze, Snap the picture!
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      Isaac Patting the Pumpkins                         Brooks’ Sweet Little Profile  
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Clark loving freedom without seatbelts                       Mum’s the Word, Henry
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Isaac decided that his pumpkin belonged back in the grass, not in his wagon. 
So long pumpkin! 
I love when someone comes along and volunteers to take a picture of our family. 
It MAKES the outing!
Now we have 4 cute little pumpkins perched on our front porch, waiting to be carved/decorated.  Any carving tips from you experts?  I need to "carve" out some time to make pumpkin chocolate chip bread this week!

37 Responses to “Pickin’ Pun’kins”

  1. Anonymous
    October 7, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    Maybe the boys can help you paint them (or maybe they are too young for that)? I have no idea! We can put pumpkins out because Cubby likes to eat them.

    Amy C.

  2. Lindsay
    October 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    Loving the before and after photos of the boys 🙂 Maybe you could carve their initials into them?

  3. Rachael
    October 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm #

    what wonderful pictures! the family picture is great and it looks like you had a lot of fun! i cannot wait to make our annual trip to the pumpkin farm this year, i am hoping to go this weekend! we missed it last year because the peaches were so itty bitty!

  4. Anonymous
    October 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    those boys are just getting more and more handsome, no tips here we do not do pumkins in AUS…. have fun and cannot wait to see the costumes
    oh i love the snap and freeze comment, that is my house too!

  5. Luckygirl
    October 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    SO SO SO CUTE! And wow, your boys look so alike, even the fraternal ones.

    Ideas for pumpkins – what about carving Obama, McCain, Biden and Palin’s images into the pumpkins? Or maybe just the two that you are voting for and then one pumpkin can say Vote and one can say USA. I found the patterns for the faces online by googling it. If I had any carving talent, I might try it. Oh! And I found Pooh and friends patterns – that would be cute (and time consuming:)

  6. Andria
    October 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    GREAT family shot! I need more of those. I get a little wierded out asking complete strangers to take our picture. For you though, how could one NOT offer! You’ve got the best pumpkins around!

  7. Mary Anne Whiteley
    October 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm #

    Your photos are always quite beautiful. What kind of camera do you use and what do DO to get them so vivid and the photos just pop out!

  8. Amy from Occupation: Mommy
    October 7, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    With young toddlers, we like to strip them down to a onesie, cover the table with a vinyl tablecloth and let them have at the pumpkin with fingerpaints. Usually they sit on the table, but with your guys you could probably just have them sit in their special table. Lots of great photo ops!

  9. Moni Graf
    October 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Jen, your photography skills are incredible! I think that every time I check out your blog (which is like every day).


  10. The McNulty Family
    October 7, 2008 at 5:49 pm #

    I LOVE these pictures. Jen they are so grown up!

    Miss you so much.

  11. Pam
    October 7, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    Jen, my sister and I took our kids to the very same place on Sunday for the festival. We had a great time and took pictures on that same pile of pumpkins. Your boys look adorable. Your pictures always look great.

  12. Spectrum Momma
    October 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    I agree. Your photography skills are awesome! I can only imagine how hard it is to get a decent shot of four boys at that age, but you manage to do it.

  13. Busy Momma
    October 7, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    wonderful pictures! looks like so much fun. we have to get our pumpkins from a grocery store here…just not as fun!

  14. Anonymous
    October 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    AaaW Jen! Doesn’t seem possible they are already walking when this time last year they were just little babies sitting on those punkins!! How precious and sweet picts. ~Sioby. Also, I hate to bug you,LOL, but can you write me on facebook at your earliest convenince?

  15. Brad Shotton
    October 7, 2008 at 9:05 pm #

    I love the picture of the four boys – they look like young Kennedys (I hope you take that as a compliment – I LOVE JFK, Jackie, John, jr & Carolyn!)…

  16. Kate
    October 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    GREAT pictures!!!
    Last year I went to the Better Homes and Gardens website to get free pumpkin carving stencils. You could play around with all sorts of stuff and create your own face, then just print it out. Don’t know if they’re doing it again this year, but I’m sure they’ve got some fun stuff on there!

  17. Barbara Manatee
    October 7, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Great photos (as always…). Looks like you had a blast! We have yet to make it to the punkin patch…soon hopefully!

  18. Courtney
    October 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    With 20 month olds, I suggest stickers for decorating! However, for pumpkins to light up, “Martha” told me to use metal cookie cutters. Last year I used a star and hammered my cookie cutter through all over the pumpkins…it was pretty cute. You could probably go back to my October postings to see what I am trying to explain…but failing at!

  19. Doug & Stacy Fournier
    October 7, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    wow, look how far the boys have come! it’s amazing what happens in just a year! i love all the pictures. we are going to our local pumpkin patch in a couple of weeks. i love the boys haircuts, it makes them look so grown up! anyway, i hope you have a great week! i hope to keep up with the blog better now.

  20. Brandi
    October 8, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Love the pics! Looks like they really enjoyed the “kunkins”! question…I think you have something before about it, but I can’t remember…are two of your quads ID? Or am I a nutball with a faulty memory! LOL

  21. spatch
    October 8, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    Hey, Jen…it’s Christine. Thanks for the fun time yesterday. Sorry my little angel turned monster on all of us. I loved getting to know you and I have a billion questions for you on how you make it work…for another time.

  22. Fulton Quads
    October 8, 2008 at 11:58 am #

    LOVE the photos! Pumpkin Patch’s make the best photo ops! I SO wished we lived up north so we could experience the fall weather! Happy Fall! love, Cathy

  23. KSDallas
    October 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    The pictures are so cute! I love the age when they start to explore and take things in like that. It is almost like you can see the wheels turning.

    Anyway, I suggest using paint sticks or permanent markers and letting them decorate the pumpkins as they see fit. Of course do this in old clothes outside! I saw someone said finger paints – I would have suggested that, too but I didn’t think they would stick to the pumpkin.

    Another thought is to get some hats, glasses, yarn for hair, etc. You draw a face on each one and let them “accessorize” them.

    I can’t wait to see the pictures of whatever you do decide to do with them.

  24. Emily
    October 8, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Its amazing how much they change in just a year! Great pictures

  25. Nicole
    October 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks for the comment. I have been following your family for the past year, you have a beautiful family. Your pictures are outstanding. Thanks for sharing all of your adventures I love heraing about them!

  26. lisa
    October 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    You should carve their names in each one and take individual photos of them.

    I’m a Murray Crew fan. Thanks for sharing your story!

  27. Following HIM
    October 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    I LOVE the new family photo! The boys are so different than last year and are as usual and always precious! Glad they had fun!!

  28. Kate in Austin
    October 8, 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    You are such a great author and excellent at the puns. All the pictures are really wonderful.

  29. Shelly
    October 9, 2008 at 7:32 am #

    Your boys are so adorable! I have two boys (not multiples) and they are so much fun!
    We do the pumpkin picture thing every fall, too!

  30. mommy2twindaughters
    October 9, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    I love the now/then pictures. You took some lovely pictures at the pumpkin patch.

  31. Suzanne
    October 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    just as precious as can be….that last pic just melts my heart! they seem like the sweetest little guys…i just wanna give em a HUGE HUG! all at the same time…all four boys squished cheek-to-cheek in my arms! little buddies…love you guys and miss you TONS!

  32. eMOM
    October 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    Total cuteness! Congrats on making

  33. Anonymous
    October 10, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    Jennifer – forgot to put my name on my guess….Aunt Darla guessed “Fruit of the Loom guys”…I tried to send a follow-up – but I don’t think it went through. 🙂 So that was me writing…Love the family photo in the pumpkin patch!!! Love – Darla

  34. Anonymous
    October 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    I love these comparison shots! You just have to love this time of year and the beauty of God that’s all around! Beasley’s is the BEST! =)

  35. debi9kids
    October 16, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Wow! Amazing how much they have changed in just a year! They are such BEAUTIFUL boys!
    LOVE these pictures and your family portrait deserves a frame. B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L

  36. Nikki
    October 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm #

    Just followed the link from Rocks in My Dryer. You have a beautiful family. I’m impressed that a stranger was able to take such a great picture of the 6 of you in the pumpkin patch. Enjoy your weekend!

  37. Quad Squad!
    November 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

    Hey! I made this pumpkin bread yesterday and it is SO good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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