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Today was our annual family pumpkin picking day! My family looks forward to this day every year, and it’s always so much fun.
The great part about being in a family that does foster care is that when you have annual traditions, your family is always very different. In most families’ pictures from year to year, it’s nice to see how children are growing or if someone has changed their hair or lost weight. In my family, it’s fun to see which kids we had each year at different times. Two years ago, my family of eight went pumpkin picking. Last year, I’m pretty sure only seven of us went, because my brother doesn’t come home from college a lot. This year, eight of us went, but my brother wasn’t home and we had a new sister instead. It’s crazy to keep up with the changes each year!
Pumpkin picking is a day that my whole family enjoys, because it’s a wonderful day out for all of us. The place that we go to has lots of activities for the kids, like a hay maze, bounce houses, and a barn where you can walk through and see all of the animals. They have a haunted house, a hay ride, and you can walk around the field and pick your own pumpkin.
One of my four-year-old sisters was terrified of the haunted house, while the other was having a great time. The two-year-old had no problems, and my brother wished there were scarier attractions to see. It’s funny how different everyone’s personalities are in my family. The same thing goes for the pumpkin picking, where everyone’s personality really shows through which pumpkin they pick. My sister picked the biggest one she could find, and one of the twins took forever to pick the tiniest pumpkin in the whole field.
Does your family go pumpkin picking each year? What other fall traditions do you have?
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.