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October – officially pumpkin washing time! :) Kole and I carried out our annual tradition of spraying off the pumpkins and cleaning the front porch and decorating it for Fall last week. It’s so funny to me that this even became a tradition! For anyone new here this all started when Kole was little. We bought some pumpkins at the grocery store one October years ago and they were dusty. I set them outside when we got home and told him to spray them off in an effort to keep him busy while I unloaded the car. He had so much fun cleaning the pumpkins (he has always loved spraying the hose and anything to do with water!) and asked if he could do it again the next year.
And so it began. :) We always look forward to this and have now added on a fun mom/son activity together after the pumpkin/porch washing. This year we played tennis and had lunch. Traditions that just naturally form are always the best traditions.. aren’t they!? I love letting my kids take the lead. It’s so fun seeing what things they want to repeat every year during the holidays. We went to Starbucks and all got pink drinks and hot chocolate one year before our Christmas Eve drive to look at lights in pjs and now of course we can’t have a Christmas Eve without a Starbucks run! I love the holidays. :)
I had Kole move the pumpkins out into the sun to dry and this straight line me smile. He is just like his mom with a touch of that OCD/perfectionist side. He is hands down my tidiest child. I like the pumpkins in that perfectly straight line too buddy. Peace and calm in order. I get it. :)
You might notice that my pumpkins are all green! I didn’t really plan on a green pumpkin porch but when I went to the store the green pumpkins were just sort of calling my name. Before I knew it I had a cart full of green pumpkins and thought.. hmm. wonder what direction I think I’m going with these? Ha.
So here she is! My unintentional green and white Fall porch! I kind of love it. But I love everything green so no surprise there. :)
The real stars are my beautiful faux weeping eucalyptus trees. Gah! Could not love them more. They fill in the sides of my porch so nicely, I love the pots they come in and I mentioned before they are so realistic! Very nice quality. I’m beyond thrilled that I don’t have to maintain them!
I added two smaller real plants (they are white azaleas and just haven’t quite bloomed yet!) and then I bought these black pots for them. (The pots aren’t pictured.. I bought them the day after I took these pics but thought I’d share in case you need good, basic black pots.) I love using small stools to add a little height to my pumpkins. :)
I added my long time favorite black metal lanterns and am going to add some candles with a timer inside so that they light up at night. I need to find some that are larger than this set I already have (on the to-do list!).
For my porch rug I layered this beautiful hand woven jute rug (in a 4×6) with this fun scattered tan rug. Love them both! Such a cozy look for Fall. My plan is to keep the jute rug out for Spring and Summer too. I can use it along with my faux trees all year long and just switch out the mat and a few things on the sides for each new season. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that years ago!? I guess I had to live through the dying (and bird nesting) of multiple real trees to finally see the light. Ha.
I love the different shades of green and the various texture in these pumpkins!
Kind of fun to mix things up this year! I hope you like it too! I know green pumpkins aren’t for everyone but they definitely make my day when I pull into the house. I’m thinking I’ll add some fun bats going across the door when it gets closer to Halloween. Kole is a fan of the bats in October. :)
I’m lucky to have such a good helper this time of year.
Growing so fast but he’ll always be my littlest pumpkin in the patch. :)