A Little Garden Therapy

Lately, I’ve been battling more anxiety than usual. It’s typical that my anxiety goes up and down, yet it always seems like a surprise when it comes back. I know why it’s been worse, there’s been some stressful situations as of late, but no time to sit down and write about it, which I know I need. In fact, today isn’t the day to discuss panic either… Today, I want to talk about some beautiful gardens, and how a little nature, beauty and family time can wipe the blues and nerves a way.

harvest

Saturday was Husband’s 30th birthday. We did a lot to celebrate his big day, and it all began at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. We try to visit Cheekwood at least a few times a year. Fall is one of the best times to visit because it is stunning! The leaves are changing and Chrysanthemums of every color are planted everywhere! There is also a “Cheekwood Harvest” throughout the month of October.

bridge

The Harvest includes family ‘art’-tivities, live music, storytime, garden tours, museum tours, a pumpkin patch and a lot of locally made scarecrows. My original plan was to arrive early, and hit every single activity, as well as a reserved lunch in the Pineapple room restaurant. Bbuuuttttt as my good plans go lately, it was an epic fail. Between all of us being sick, trying to get sleep, a late Birthday breakfast of bagels and everything else that comes with a baby, we didn’t get to Cheekwood until lunch time. I wasn’t feeling very calm or peaceful when we finally arrived. I felt like Husband’s Birthday plans were very quickly falling apart. And, because I was already down, it just made me feel like a failure.

luna and dad

 

Something happened when I entered the gardens. Something changed. I stepped into the sunlight and felt it warm my skin. The scent of a myriad of flowers and herbs filled the air. I couldn’t help, but dance a little to the live music wafting through the gardens. I looked at Husband, looked at Luna, looked around at the other families enjoying the beautiful Saturday and began to feel grateful. Happy and grateful. Nature does that to me sometimes. I don’t know if it’s the fresh air, the vitamin D or the walking, but with every step I took I felt more and more like myself. The more we toured the more I noticed my beautiful family and the less I noticed that nasty panic monster. Sometimes a sunny day with the people I love just washes the anxiety away. Even if it’s temporary, it’s lovely.

my outfit

We had a great day at Cheekwood. Everything we’ve previously done seems brand new now that we can experience it with Luna. We let her play on the pumpkins in the patch, which she drummed on to her hearts content.  We walked around the scarecrows and tried to guess which each one was before reading the descriptions. Most were easy (especially the 4 Olaf’s), others were a little harder to decipher.

scarecrow
Look at dat wittle baby scarecrow????
Harry Potter
Clearly, one of my favs

pumpkin patch

The day just kept getting cuter. Luna danced her little booty off to some live bluegrass in the herb garden. She also had her second art lesson. She “learned” to use tissue paper to stain paper, glue and do some more water color. Although, she was much more interested in eating her art than actually making it…

dancing luna's art

Cheekwood was a great start to Husband’s 30th Birthday celebration and a therapeutic trip for me. I think we will be back soon.

me and luna

Cheers!

Pumpkin Patch as a Family of Three

gentry farm

I am just returning from a whirlwind of a trip to NYC, and oh my do I have LOTS to share and review! But, first, I’ve got to share our first experience at a pumpkin patch as a family of three. We visited Gentry Farm for the first time last year on the day I found out I was having a girl. I told Husband that visiting Gentry Farm and picking our own pumpkins is going to be an annual tradition for us. One year later, we’re picking out pumpkins with our baby Luna.

white pumpkin

We went to the farm with a couple of our close friends and we all walked around the patch picking out green, white and orange pumpkins and crazy looking gourds. I decided to mix it up this year and get a little bit of everything. I loved walking around and showing Luna all the different colors and sizes. I think we ended up with seven pumpkins to take home. (Don’t worry the pumpkin carving contest will be soon!)

wheel barrow

I love the pumpkin picking, but there is so so so much more to at Gentry Farm. The fun really began after we picked our pumpkins and entered the farm. They had tons of activities for kids of all ages and grown-ups too. The corn maze is always one of my favorite activities, and this year we did the “munchkin maze” too.

corn maze

 

This was the first year we did the Nature Trail and I was thoroughly impressed. It was gorgeous, had a nice view of the Harpeth River and cute little signs with Tennessee nature facts along the way. It was shaded, a good walk and very enjoyable.

love simply trees water

 

After the mazes and the trail we had fun playing on the farm. We played horseshoes, talked to chickens, explored the barn, ate snacks, played on little wooden tractors, looked at the sheep and took lots and lots of photos.

chickens tractor teepee

I’m already looking forward to next year. I hope Luna always loves our family tradition at Gentry Farm. The Gentry family is so sweet (you can always find many of them working when you visit) and it’s a family-friendly, fun and education environment. I see enjoying the farm for many many years… and if the weather is a nice next year as it was this year, than I think we will pack a picnic to enjoy near the pumpkin patch.

truck

If you are planning a visit to Gentry Farm, check out their site and keep in mind that they are open Saturdays, Sundays and Monday mornings.

Cheers!

 

Picking Out Our Pumpkins

Apparently one day on a farm with my parents just wasn’t enough. After our gender reveal party, we took them to Gentry’s Farm. Gentry’s Farm is a very large family farm that offers a pumpkin patch and a myriad of other fall family activities. I have never actually picked my own pumpkin from a pumpkin patch so I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about.

gentry farm

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It was a rainy day, but not enough to keep us inside. The pumpkin patch on the farm was enormous! We walked up and down the rows and searched through hundreds of pumpkins to find the “perfect” pumpkin. There were orange, green and white pumpkins. There were lumpy, smooth, big and little pumpkins. I couldn’t quite decide what I wanted so I ended up with a wheelbarrow of seven pumpkins.

searching

"Uncle Steve" picking some large pumpkins.
“Uncle Steve” picking some large pumpkins.

all mine

(BTW, these “pick-your-own” pumpkins are a steal! It cost $17 for all seven pumpkins!)

pumpkins

After our pumpkin picking we decided to check out what else the farm has to offer. It costs to get into the rest of the farm, but it’s reasonable ($7/person). Our first choice of activity? The corn maze of course! My Mom, who’s claustrophobic and not quite as adventurous as her daughter, was scared of getting lost or stuck. So, being the bratty children we are, Husband and I took off running through the maze, losing my parents the best we could. It didn’t last long…turns out my parents can keep up.

corn maze getting lost butterfly

We spent the rest of the time walking around the farm watching the families play. There are chickens, goats, pigs and turkeys. My favorite were the goats simply because their names are Lucy and Ethel.

lucy and ethel

There are so many fun activities for kids and families. There is a hay bale maze, a mini-corn maze, a nature walk, tire swings, corn hole, treats and of course the hayride. They also have a little market that sells pre-picked pumpkins and gourds and all natural farm-raised beef too.

welcome outhouse corn hall barn

While walking around the grounds we actually ran into Mr. Gentry himself. Mr. Gentry is so friendly and warm. He immediately started up a conversation with us and ended up telling us about what it was like to grow up in the Great Depression, how he lived off of catching squirrels and rabbits and how his life has been now on the farm. He is a very interesting and entertaining man.

mr. gentry

I loved walking around the farm and couldn’t help, but imagine returning next year with our little girl. I am certain this will become a family tradition for us. Baby Girl is going to have blast picking out her own pumpkin every year!

quote

Three generations.
Three generations.
Husband and his Grandpa
Husband and his Grandpa

leaving

If you are interested in visiting Gentry Farm, then check out their site for more info. Keep in mind that the fall festivities are open on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and be sure to pack your camera!

goodbye

Does anyone else have a fun fall family tradition?

Cheers!