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Beware the Pumpkins

By January 27th, 202149 Comments

Beware the Pumpkins
Growing up, everything scared me- – the dark, Uncle Billy’s Jheri Curl, sand, being buried alive, throwing up, the Tooth Fairy, Michael Jackson (started with Thriller and persisted), the basement, the attic, ants, gnats, those paintings where the eyes follow you, the sound biscuit cans make when you tear them open, ghosts, dolls (because of their ability to come to life) and my own shadow. So I find it only fitting that I’d birth a child equally as phobic.

Put a pin in that…

For the second time in two months my parents drove the 13 hours from St. Louis to State College to see their beloved grandchild. The sun hadn’t shown itself since their last visit (twice, tops), so when I spied blue skies this morning, I told Momma-dukes to pack up Boog so we could hit the pumpkin patch. For why? Gia needed some fresh air, to feel the grass, to take in the scenery, and of course, to be photographed amongst the pumpkins. I’m not one for cheesy, staged pics, but dammit, I wanted a ‘boog goes pumpkin’ picking’ picture. You know, one of these–

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Anyway, we hopped in the car and entered the address in my iPhone. 11 miles. Cool. So we’re rolling, I’m torturing Mom with my favorite tracks from Watch the Throne and 4 and after about 25 miles, I was all, ‘Haven’t we been driving for a while? We should’ve been there by now.’ I was right. We had long since missed the obscure exit… the farm was on some no name street, up some no name mountain and my usually infallible phone succeeded in getting us super turned around. In the end, we drove about 35 miles out of the way, but it was all good… the sun was shining and I was gonna get that photo. So we finally arrive, and this is what we see–

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Nice, right? Central PA stand up!

We parked, walked through the ‘country market’, perused the arts and crafts fair, and finally made our way to the pumpkin patch… which was really just a small field with some not so lively looking pumpkins scattered about. The time had come… my Kodak moment… the ideal photo opp that would make the hour long, country ass drive worthwhile.

Momma proceeds to put Boogie down. I’m ready on the ones and twos–

note GG’s running stance and cautious expression
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Gia- ‘that ish cra!’
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Momma tries to walk away so I could quickly snap a pic before the tantrum–

Beware the Pumpkins Not. Happening.

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So there you have it. My day in pictures. Never got the money shot I was hoping for, but one thing’s for sure. She get it from her momma. She’s afraid of furry things, fuzzy things, bumpy things, big bright things, balloons, water, grass, our dog Lady, difficult poops and now, pumpkins. My child.

Beware the Pumpkins


  • maiah says:

    HA! Oh, I just love this story. Poor baby girl – I feel you both, I have almost all the same fears. Adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Maiah // Writing with Wine

  • MommieDearest says:

    Great pics and hilarious story. Gia's pumpkin patch misadventure reminds me of a Christmas picture my niece took when she was about 3 or 4. She was NOT feeling Santa Claus that day. At. All. She was kicking and screaming the whole time. When they finally snapped the pic, she was stretched out on Santa's lap, yelling at the top of her lungs. My sister bought the picture anyway. It will make great blackmail material later on when my niece gets her first boyfriend.

  • Nia/Chic Working Moms says:

    OMG! I'm dying over here. We took Zoe (2 y.o) to the pumpkin patch this weekend too and she was not all about it. I love "this ish cra". You are hilarious.

  • Raqstar says:

    Awwww..this is absolutely adorable…its crazy how we can pass traits down to our children without even knowing it…makes you love them even more… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, I too was afraid of my shadow as a child. To this day, my parents still get a kick out of that when they reminisce on my childhood. Glad to know I wasn't the only one who experienced this. LOL!


  • Anonymous says:

    OMGosh! Absolutely HILARIOUS!!! With your verbal details and the pics…PURE COMEDY! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the laugh!


  • Anonymous says:

    what a wonderful way to start the week off, shots of "boogie" that made me laugh so hard. Why do i feel like if i saw your child out i would know her,lol, that is so cool, and i appreciate your site so much, you are doin the darn thang, u go girl! u and ms boggie! LOL!

  • Iamsonotmyhair says:

    LOL! Aww, poor baby. Well maybe she'll also take after you in the story telling department cause that was too cute and funny:)


  • Candace4life says:

    That is a hilarious story and the pics are to adorable.

  • Anonymous says:

    Adorable and funny story! You are a great story teller Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree, it was just tooooo funny! Those are great pics too. You'll never forget that outing!

    However, if it is really bothering you, then you may want to try to prepare her before she goes into new situations like that.
    My son used to be terrified of his Gran's cat and scream at it until he grew taller than it. Now he loves cats.

  • I Am Your People says:

    *crying laughing* I really can't get enough Boog!

  • Anonymous says:

    So adorable!

  • Mary says:

    That's way cuter than any staged photos would've been! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Yay Watch the Throne

  • hairscapades says:

    *huffing and gasping* Oh … mah … gawh!! LOL!! This was too funny!! I was cracking up for several minutes! The pictures of Gia trying to cross through to the "other side" via you mom's thighs is HEE-larious!! As so many said, you'll be so happy you have this picture over the cute, smiling, happy and boring one when you all continue to laugh over this one in the years too come. This was priceless! Thanks for sharing Nik. We live for your Gia moments:)!

    And yeah lady, your hair is looking lusciously GORGEOUS!!


  • Anonymous says:

    I'm over here LOLLOLOL!!! Poor Boog. The picture of her hugging your mom's legs — just priceless.

  • Natasha says:

    Just too adorable. Truly priceless pics.

  • TheRYL1 says:

    TOO FUNNY! And too cute. LOL at "that ish cra"!!!

    My 19-year old is and always has been scared of BIRDS. SMH We live in L.A…a beach town…she doesn't like it because of the seagulls. Embarrassing, really! LOL

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thank you guys! Wish you could've seen it… Boog stayed between my mom's legs for like 10 minutes… I probably took 20 pics!

    @Auset, HAHAHAHA!!! Especially at birds of prey!!! I once read about a phobia of being chased around a kitchen island by a wolf, on linoleum, with socked feet. Nice.

  • Auset Abena says:

    TOO CUTE! I'm a phobic queen myself. I was once scared of firemen (I thought there were gonna take me away in that big red truck), big and/or mean dogs (still am since I was actually attacked by one), heights, escalators, eagles and other flying animals that swoop down and grab their prey, clowns and mascots.

  • Pazia says:

    Even if you didn't get the pictures you wanted, the pics you got are just priceless, she is adorable. I love the black and white of you two. Just enjoy the ride. Time passes too quick. I have a 2 year old,(2 1/2 in Dec.) it seems not too long ago she was your babies age. Savor every moment!!

  • GGmadeit says:

    Lmao Gia was like "YOU have lost your mind!" she was serious! Priceless!

    I agree your mom hasvthe prettiest hair
    I agree that you will enjoy Amish country
    I totally agree your hair looks fab!

  • Anonymous says:

    someone earlier posted to go to the Amish Country, good advise it is beautiful there I went alot as a child. I know there has to be better and more real pumkin patches out there in Farm land and some beautiful farms.I know I haven't been in PA in a bit but they're out there. Every kid is afraid of something I knew a kid afraid of white colored food that's funny. She's a cutie, the best pictures are the unpredictable ones and they always have the best stories behind them.

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought I was the only one afraid of their shadow! I'm 27 years old, and to this day we still get a kick out of the pictures of me running from my shadow as a toddler. You'll be happy that you have these!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh!! So cute!!! You and you're mom looks great too!!!


  • Melodee says:


    Thanks for sharing Nikki!

  • Alisa says:

    too cute!!! i had alot of the same fears as you as a child.

  • DrChuck24 says:

    Nikki you are hilarous. Too cute of a story! And I'm sorry but the pic with the girl peering out from behind the pumpkins….creeeeeepy. Now that's a picture where the eyes follow you haha…

  • Honeysmoke says:

    Oh, you definitely got the money shot. When she's older, you can use that photo to your advantage.

  • Anonymous says:

    CN you look beautiful,what did you do to your hair?

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Awww, poor baby!

  • Anonymous says:

    i'm at home suffering through the flu but this finally got a smile on my face. Gia's hilarious!

  • Anonymous says:

    I feel your pain NIkki, driving from the DC museum and looking at my unsuccessful photos of my chums. Thanks for the giggles ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    So funny but definitely some priceless shots. One of my cousins was terrified of velcro (on sneakers / clothes).

    On another note, take a ride out to the Amish country, it's absolutely gorgeous. Just watch out for the bus loads of "tourists!"

  • Anonymous says:

    I feel Boogie's pain! Too cute

  • naturallyme09 says:

    Too cute and very funny!!! Love the pics!

  • Shanna says:

    Awwwww she has a look on her face in the first picture like "What in the hell is that?!" lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't stop laughing! OMG, Nikki! Your Boogie adventures are so funny and these pics are perfect. Much better than the money shot you wanted!

  • Rhonda C says:

    NOTE: The death grip that Gia has on your Mom's shirt! Now, that was/is a Kodak moment. I love it! I hope you, nonetheless, captured the photos and catalogued them in her book. One day, she will truly appreciate these moments.

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  • Deia@LoveInTangles says:

    Seriously…! My boys (2 under 2) weren't scared. The baby never really looked up and my oldest rolled them like they were basketballs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • NtrlGAGirl says:

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Whew….This is waay better for y'all to laugh over when she's older than that money shot you were looking for.

  • BabyBZ says:

    Loved the pic of her hiding between your mom's legs. BTW, I know she probably hears this all the time, but your mom has the most gorgeous silver hair. Against her skintone, it's beautiful!

  • Stacy says:

    hilarious! I'm dying @ this ish cra……she wasn't having it, ubber cuteness!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki I had to get on my ipad to comment on this post for some reason I couldn;t post on my laptop. My comment just disappeared when I clicked on POST COMMENT.

  • wisecurls says:

    Priceless. That was hilarious!!!! Especially the pic of Gia trying to get away.

  • Anonymous says:

    LMAO! Nikki these are so much more adorable than simple staged photos! When she's older you're gonna look at them together and laugh your buttocks off while reliving the funny moment. A picture with a story much better than thsoe staged ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

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