It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!


“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” has got to be one of my favorite movies.

I love Linus’ unwaivering belief in The Great Pumpkin,


Snoopy’s Sopwith Camel fighter plane and his battle with the Red Baron,
for some reason he reminds me of my younger brother Richard, who had a passion for war airplanes.



Charlie Brown’s “I got a rock.”, his costume full of holes


and how Lucy tenderly carries Linus home, takes off his shoes and tucks him in bed.

I love the movie: “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!”

Last week, my son suggested we visit a pumpkin patch, so we did a quick search and found this one..

The Calgary Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

It was a brilliant sunny day for a photo shoot so we tossed on our fall sweaters and headed south towards timeworn, sepia prairie landscapes.

My kids were definitely the oldest there, but it was perfect for our annual fall photo shoot.

What a great place for toddlers and young children. They have a massive corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and a cute tractor ride for the little ones.

Cow Tractor RideP I N this to pinterest

Family PicP I N this to pinterest

We were content with taking photos and even stepped in and took a few for another young family.

It was the perfect outing and the dried corn husks just felt like fall.

Phil and I were both expecting a more “natural” looking pumpkin patch like they have in Kelowna, so we will have to look for one of those next year…

Along with the Great Pumpkin!


I noticed the other day it has been forever since I made a video/slideshow and thought this would be the best way to share these photos with you..

I’ll be posting some up under my Photography link later this week.. so if you don’t have the patience, you can check them out there.

In another life, I think I’d be a family photographer, it’s so much fun, especially with a setting like this one!
I highly recommend taking a series of photos of your family like this! Editing was done using the free Picmonkey photo editing software.
I used the filter called “Tranquil”.

The best time to take photos is later in the afternoon, but our schedules meant we were there at high noon.  Surprisingly, I think the angular shadows and bright sun feels more like fall anyway.

So as the sun’s journey continues inexorably closer to fall’s trees on earth, so moments like these with our children tick away, counting down the moments on life’s clock.

I cherish these..


 The song was recommended by my son and it feels perfect. “Atlas Hands” by Benjamin Francis Leftwich speaks to the ambivalence of choosing freedom while longing for the past.

Atlas Hands

Take me to the docks, there’s a ship without a name there
And it is sailing to the middle of the sea
The water there is deeper than anything you’ve ever seen
Jump right in and swim until you’re free

I will remember your face
‘Cause I am still in love with that place
But when the stars are the only things we share
Will you be there?

Money came like rain to your hands while you were waiting
For that cold long promise to appear
People in the churches started singing above their hands
They say, “My God is a good God and He cares”

I will remember your face
‘Cause I am still in love with that place
When the stars are the only things we share
Will you be there?

I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned
I’ve got a plan, I’ve got an atlas in my hands
I’m gonna turn when I listen to the lessons I’ve learned




Love, Smidge




  • Charlie Brown Christmas will always be my fave but who can ever forget “I got a rock..” Poor Charlie. What a good looking family there and love your outfit with the boots and all. On a side note – turns out a distant relative of DH had something to do with THE Sopwith Camel.ReplyCancel

  • Marilee

    Lovely montage of family and fall…great song, good looking family too!!ReplyCancel

  • I agree with Marilee! Tell your son he has awesome taste in music! Your post made me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Perfect weather, perfect outing and perfect family, thanks for taking me along on your trip.
    Your last paragraph “….. so moments like these with our children tick away, counting down the moments on life’s clock.” so true and happens too soon.ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos of your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • It does look like a special time and day out for you as a family. The colours and the lighting are gorgeous and it doesn’t look like it’s too cold at the moment. Am I right in thinking your daughter looks a lot like you? My husband and I ran a photographic studio for 10 years. We specialised in family portraits and we loved it. When the families would come in to view their images we would sit them in front of a projector then show them their images just like this. They would be set to music and often the mothers would be very teary during the viewing. We loved that business but unfortunately, technology and the GFC made it impossible for us to keep the doors open. It’s a bit too painful to talk about actually! xxReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Oh, Charlie.. I can understand why that would be a difficult subject to write about. I can imagine you had an incredible business judging by the quality of your blog posts. It’s a shame there isn’t more room for artisans in this world. Thank heavens we have blogging as a place to share talent, I’m so glad to have met you and enjoy reading your blog:) xxReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post, beautiful song and a beautiful family 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful family Smidge! I love the photos in the slideshow. The color and light are perfect. I think we may watch Charlie Brown tonight! Thank you. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Me too, Kristy, it wouldn’t be Hallowe’en with Charlie Brown:D Might just have to rent that one tonight!xxReplyCancel

  • Your family is beautiful!! I love this video, and lovee the song you paired with the photos!! Such a perfect fall adventure!ReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous family Barbara, and indeed a perfect setting for the photoshoot. Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. Hope you had a very happy thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

  • Fabulous. Gorgeous family photos!! Impossible for them *not* to be, though, given the models. 🙂 What a sweet tribute to the family, the season, and embracing change.ReplyCancel

  • I doubt you could have found a better setting, Barb, for your photos. A sunny Fall day with corn stalks and pumpkins about made a great backdrop and your family looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing them with us.
    By the way, it’s not Halloween if I don’t see Linus sitting in the pumpkin patch. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What beautiful family photos, Smidge. I enjoyed the slideshow very much, and think the music you chose was perfect. You would be a wonderful family photographer. But where would you ever find the time? You’re too busy creating beautiful memories. oxReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      Oh, Deb.. I would just have to find the time, somehow.. But I could never give up blogging:DReplyCancel

  • Love your family photos and you did a wonderful job of editing and I can almost feel the warmth of the autumn sun on my shoulders. Photos you will always cherish. That reminds me I really need some family photos while we are here in HK. Teenagers are always trying to escape getting their photos taken. Were your kids that way? Always covering their faces and hiding from view. Happy Halloween! BAMReplyCancel

  • Definitely a staple to watch for Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • What a great time you must have had! Wonderful looking family! And I love Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, too! Really excellent post – thanks so much.ReplyCancel

  • Love this post …. About a special family day, fantastic day to share – we don’t have anything like this … over here – at least not what I know about. The video is so great edit, but I wouldn’t expect anything else. A wonder family photo – beautiful family, and I’m truly surprised that you have such grown up children … you look so young yourself *smileReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

      It was a lovely, lovely day, Viveka.. and yes, I have grown children and I started late, so that might be a clue:DxxReplyCancel

  • I’m not sure why but I came here feeling a little blue this morning, Smidge. Glad I did because I’m leaving happy! I love Charlie Brown. (Snoopy toasting marshmallows by the campfire is my laptop background and does usually put a smile on my face)
    Thanks for sharing this and your treasured time with your family.ReplyCancel

  • Smidge, what a beautiful, and much more importantly, obviously loving family you have! This post was a sheer joy, thank you for sharing it and all your gorgeous family photos with us! xxxReplyCancel

  • Ari Seth ~ You’ve done it again! How is it you are able to find these beautiful, eotraxrdinary, marvelous ladies?! Not just once or twice, but daily! I hope you’ve had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing all that you do. Gentle hugs!ReplyCancel

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