Between my husband’s family and my own we have family living all over North America. My mom and dad are the only family living anywhere near us. Staying in touch with the rest of the family isn’t as hard as it used to be. We have Skype, texting, Facebook, phones and email to keep us connected and interacting, but once in a while we like to change things up a little. It’s not conscious, necessarily, but someone might suggest a friendly competition like Fantasy Football or March Madness brackets to keep things interesting.
This year, The Green Bay family and the Colorado family are growing pumpkins. Not just any pumpkins, but winning pumpkins. We’re each plotting and planning to see who grows the largest pumpkin. There’s no prize, just laughter and fun. We started looking at seed catalogs in December or January. I tried to get my parents to go along with growing the ridiculously large SUPER pumpkins, but they wouldn’t go for it. Instead they went with the Big Moon variety by the Livingston Company. Several weeks ago my mom and my son sprouted and planted a few seeds indoors to get a jump on things. They’ll coming along nicely indoors, but it looks like we’re doing such a good job spoiling them that they’ll be too big to keep inside until the weather is warm enough to transplant them inside.
No word yet on how the Colorado pumpkin is progressing, but I’m confident that whether it beats our pumpkin seedling or not, it’ll be a winning topic of conversation all summer long.