Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Carving Night...

Earlier this week we had our big pumpkin carving night. K was beyond excited about it and was extra helpful clearing up after dinner. Then she quickly assembled the necessities required to make the evening a smooth event.

First step was laying out her plastic map to help the pumpkin gut clean-up go quickly.

Then the carving tools were carefully laid out.
(looks like an operating room)

Patterns were picked.

The victims (um, pumpkins) were gathered.

Holes were cut...

and guts were picked through.
We toast the seeds. :)

This one was scraped clean.

After a little (LOT) poking and sawing,
here are our finished Jack O'Lanterns.

Out front this evening....


This could be found on K's door the entire month of October!!

Let's go inside her room....

She admitted she is ready for Halloween to be over.

Now, onto Thanksgiving....

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fall Family Fun

A few weeks ago we took a family trip to a pumpkin patch in Virginia. It was nice to get together and share in the fun and provided a chance for K to spend time with her grown up siblings. Something a child 10 years younger then her youngest brother doesn't get to do as often as she'd like. The day even had a bonus of two sister in laws!! Can't get much better than that.

The place had quite a few animals which makes this farm a winner in K's book.

We met this curious little creature....

...and even fed him. He followed us around after that, but that just meant I could get some more pictures of his cuteness.

Take a look at those long lashes. Go on the picture and take a closer look. I'll wait.

I caught him in the corner trying to blend in with our group. He's just hanging around enjoying the family vibe...or maybe it was the bag of kettle corn in our hands.

Nah...he just wanted to come home with us.

Okay, enough about him....or her.

The farm had goats. I adore goats. Don't know why, but I do. I'm sure that probably says something about my character....



Turkey, anyone? These just happen to be some unattractive birds,


turkeys are quite handsome compared to this!

There was no sign cluing us into what kind of bird this was. If you know...drop me a line.

Like any good farm, there were


pigs, and

piglet races.

You can't possibly have more fun than watching piglets race!! Those little oinkers were FAST, too.

The day was filled with...


time out for....

a few unruly family members,

slide races between

brothers and spouses,

embarrassing photos,


swinging bodies and

swinging golf clubs!

Great Country Farms even had a....



two or three or a hundred million.

When it was time to go the pumpkin patch, my kids did what they do best.

Quickly divide and conquer!

Everyone secured the "PERFECT" pumpkin in less than two minutes.

While I just took in the scenery (in less than two minutes!).

All in all, I cannot think of a better way to spend a few hours on a cool fall day.

Here's one more animal picture, just because....

Good thing this little bunny was behind a cage. I think either K, T or I would have found a way to sneak him home otherwise!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A happy coincidence...

Today I was reading Lynn's blog over at Midday Escapades. On Wednesday the 14th she posted about journaling. (go ahead, check it out) At the end of her post she asked readers which journal she should pick. I was feeling a little journal envy and kind of wishing I had a new one to write in. Don't you just love fresh pages in a journal or notebook???

So, wouldn't you know less than an hour later our mail came and there was a bunch of junk mail AND a large padded envelope for ME! A little bit ago I entered a blog contest over at
Forever Daisies
and Kim AKA: Crazy Daisy let me know that I had won one of the prizes. It had slipped my mind....but I was so excited when I saw the envelope.

What did I win???

A brand new journal. What a happy coincidence!!

Now...what to write??

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Taking it all in....

One of my favorite things to do this time of the year is to get out of the house and enjoy the changing season. I love sunny days with a slight chill in the air. If you add a little wind it's even better.

I happen to have a lovely daughter who is a "Nature Beast". She loves all things living and fortunately loves taking the time to quietly observe what's going on around her. This is something that I think is so important to start teaching our children at a young age. They don't have be crazy in love with nature...nor do you. However, I believe it's an incredible gift to pass onto your child. I just know how much calmer and focused I feel after taking the time to just walk around slowly and take in all that is occurring around me. Listen, look, smell, feel....and taste if you happen to know what's in front of you.

The best part...we don't even have to leave our yard. Sure, taking a walk in fresh new territory is exciting. However, you don't even have to have a lot of time or energy to get out and enjoy nature. It's happening in your own yard.

The past few weeks we've been walking around our yard just checking out things. We've listened to a squirrel complain quite loudly about something bothering him. We've felt the sun's warmth and the cool breezes chasing away that warmth. We've looked at the changing autumn landscape and K showed me her favorite "looking" spot in the yard. We've smelled pine as we walked under the trees and also the smell of our neighbor's fireplace. We've tasted the last of the honeysuckle and hold onto the expectations of next year's bounty.

Here are a few snapshots of our nature walks around the yard. Click on any picture to see it up close the way we did. Wish I could share the sounds, feels, tastes and smells....

Take the time to get out and really experience what's going on around you. Teach a little one how to stand still and use their senses.
It's worth it!!