Pumpkin Carving

October 28, 2017 | We painted pumpkins last year, so I thought it would be good for E to see how carving a pumpkin goes for her 3rd Halloween! I had a feeling she’d love the goopy insides, and boy did she. She kept saying “EEEEEWWWW!” with a big smile on her face as she scooped out the seeds. I may have sliced open my thumb — side-note, we need better knives — but it was so much fun.

Cell phone pics of the goop, and a happy kid with her finished gourds… 🙂

the Cider Mill

October 16, 2017 | Another Monday, another Fall tradition! Going to the Cider Mill on Mondays is the best because it’s basically empty. No lines, plenty of donuts that are still hot from the fryer, and delicious cider slushies! I’m passing my love of pumpkins on to E in a big way…much to D’s horror.  A busy day means a night of chillin’ and dinosaur bath time!

Pumpkin Hollow

October 9, 2017 | Monday with E’s in the Fall means as many pumpkin-oriented activities as I can schedule… 🙂 Pumpkin Hollow is definitely a favorite…I mean, horse carriage ride to the “patch” that is full of activities for the kids?! I think we were there for 4 hours that day? I had to drag her out to go eat lunch, but some of the phone-pics from this adventure are my favorites of her to date. She’s so fun and expressive!

the Pumpkin Patch

September 30, 2017 | One of my fave times of the year — Pumpkin Patch time!  This year it was HOT out there…I think you can see the sweat on E’s head in some of these shots.  But this place is still just as fun as last year, and watching E run around with her cousins is awesome.  I think she could have stayed on that potato-sack slide for an hour, but we had to drag her into someplace with some shade (corn shed). Jared had a splinter that the kids were SUPER interested in.  Apple cider slushie was delicious, and I ate way too many donuts… 🙂

the Sunflower Field

September 1, 2017 | It’s that time of year again, when the giant Sunflower field blooms and hoards of people make their way out there.  But we attempted a sunrise arrival instead!  Which meant no crowds and easy parking.  The lighting was ROUGH for sure…but trade-offs when you’re dragging toddlers out there.  These cousins are just too darn cute!  Thanks to the grandparents for helping control the kiddos, and holding up the scrim to assist with the blinding sun… 🙂

Shootout Weekend

August 26, 2017 | It was time for the annual trip to some of our best friends’ lake house for the Shootout! While we may not actually SEE the boats racing these days…because really, toddlers can hang on a small boat for hours on end…it’s so much fun just to spend some chaotic time with friends!

The cell phone photos reminded me of some tidbits:

  • inflatables on the deck are hours of fun for toddlers
  • the inflata-BULL made his first appearance (possibly his last thanks to rough waters) and is hilarious, especially watching Joel
  • K&J didn’t bring their kiddos this trip, but K was great Snapchat entertainment
  • B received the Fight on PPV for his birthday, and waiting until 10:30 PM for it to start was not ideal for our E, who doesn’t sleep in our arms like some other little girls we know… 🙂

BBQ Contest

June 23, 2017 | Another year, another BBQ! It’s another one of those events that we say we are going to quit, but when it rolls around we really want to see these friends again. It really was a great year, and we ate more BBQ than I care to count. Including some of the NASTIEST stuff I’ve ever tasted, and I’m still unsure if it was a total jerk-move by the cooker, or if he really thought that it was good? I’ll never know, but I was pissed.  The rest of our teams shared great stuff, including beers and treats, and it was one of my favorite years overall…so let’s see if 2018 happens? 🙂