Tuesday, November 2, 2010

La chasse pour une citrouille!

Moving to Hawaii has been everything fantastic, it's been all that was hoped for and more. There is however one element missing from this paradise island: my family and the changing leaves. Okay, so that's two things. I've never been a home-sick person. I'm determined to make where ever it is that I am become completely our home and to enjoy the people there. Enjoy the now. It's part of what I love so much about discovering new cultures and peoples, always figuring out what makes the community work and then to become a part of it. But this year a tinge of longing has hit me for my siblings and parents in Utah. Mainly because it was harder than I'd anticipated to take Teya away from her soul sister Ava Lynn and their side kick Cohen James. Kids have a way of taking the priority in our lives making things more complicated... in the best possible way bien sure! I admit though that I have let my mind wander to what it would be like to smell that distinct smell of fall, the magic of the leaves, the harvest food on the table, the family kickin' it at Grandma Bella's house on a lazy cool Sunday evening....
But these moments aren't drawn out or remorseful, I'd be a fool to not appreciate and relish the home we have now,  but Autumn has always been my favorite (if brief) time of the year. I'll soon feel just fine once I get word that the first snow has fallen in good 'ol Ut-izz-ah!! 

To the point! I had to implement as much of this wonderful season as I could into the  month of October with the resources available. First item of duty: find me a pumpkin! Luckily the Laie Playgroup was doing that for me by rallying the troops and taking a field trip to the pumpkin patch. I say "the" because it's the one pumpkin patch on the island:) 

 No, I didn't run into Christian Bale (see Sarah's blog) but we got the second best thing! We met these two!! Teya was uber affectionate to Mr and Mrs Sweet Onion. I wonder if it's because they seem like giant stuffed animal toys come to life... I couldn't think of any other reason for her tender love shown to them. Several hugs, kisses, hand holding, waving, high fives, little dance jigs, and even a drawn out farewell hug and kiss when we were leaving the patch must have made those two feel like the champions of her world! (I just noticed this, when I enlarged the picture above I could see the onion man's face peering through the sunglasses... kind of creepy! Click on the picture, then magnify or zoom it and you'll see what I mean...)

 She just couldn't help it. Has aunt Boozie been giving her lessons?

 Pas mal, non?  (Not bad eh?) It felt like a real traditional Autumn moment for a while, never mind the patch was surrounded by a banana tree plantation and other tropical fares. I just made sure they didn't get in the photos to ruin the effect.