Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fall Family Fun

I guess I'm like a lot of you out there. I'm struggling to maintain the blog! Facebook takes up my time and even when I sit down to update my blog, I somehow find myself logging on to facebook instead. It seems easier and quicker, BUT, documenting family activities on the family blog is something I'm going to try to do better in 2010!

To kick off my better intentions, I'll do a clean sweep of family fun from the fall and begin to bring us up to date!

For the first time in about 7 years, we headed out east to Joe's Place farms for our family pumpkin patch outing. We hadn't been out there for fall fun since Megan was about 3months old. It was a beautiful fall afternoon and we had a great time! We started off with a hay ride and they gave us some yummy apples to munch on during the ride.

Next we were off to pick out our pumpkins. Not sure how many more years they will be able to hop on for a ride, but they were able to talk their dad into it again this year!
The girls and I with the lovely fall sun beaming on us in 2009.....

and just about the same spot and time of day 7 years prior. That's Megan in the front pack. That year, we tried to pick out a pumpkin that weighed as much as she did!Here's that sweet baby girl 7 years later having a "hay day" in the hay maze. Wow, the years fly by so fast! We found hay in her hair later that night as her hair was almost the exact same color!

We enjoyed attending our cousins football games! Nothing says fall quite like the helmets crashing and whistles blowing! The girls loved cheering for their cousins (the fact that Casey's team was The Bears made it even more fun! How many 7 year old girls out there have their own Bears jerseys??)

In late October, we took the girls to Disney on Ice. I remember going as a kid (they were called Ice Capades back then before Disney ruled the world) and it's something we've wanted to do with the girls for quite a while. I'm actually proud of myself for holding off for as long as we did. I typically jump the gun and want to take them places when they aren't quite old enough to enjoy it. They were the perfect ages to enjoy it for the first time. We all had a blast (Nana came with us too) and can't wait to go back!

Megan wanted to dress up like a disney princess but Katelyn did not. I promise you, when Megan left the house, none of her belly was showing....lesson learned by mom!

I got to chaperone Megan's class on a fieldtrip to the Fire Department. We were close enough to walk and had a great weather day. They learned about safety and what to do in case there was a fire at home. They also each got to knock over a cone with the fire hose. What a fun outing!

I am so thankful that Megan makes friends fairly easily. Her best little friend moved away last month and I'm very thankful she has made some new friends making it a little easier to not see her friend every day. This is a picture of Megan and a new classmate. They really enjoy each other's company and every time I volunteer in her class, her new little friend tells me what great friends they are! What a couple of cutie patooties!

To be quite honest, Halloween is my least favorite "holiday" with the kids. We focus on the non-scary and spooky aspects and do our best to celebrate the fall harvest season instead of THE actual Date. Katelyn made cute Dorothy and Megan made an adorable little kitty. Here are some front door shots before we headed out for the evening. Megan did a great job of staying "in character" for each photo op!

Before we headed out to our harves party, we stopped by our neighbor's home to say hi to our friends. All the girls looked so cute!

family photo!

We had fun at First Evangelical's Harvest Party. Katelyn attends preschool there, so she enjoyed seeing some friends and they both enjoyed playing games and winning prizes.

Our last stop of the evening was a drive-by to the Storaci's neighborhood to say hi to a few friends in the neighborhood. What a fun night!

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Glad to see you pledging to catch up in 2010 - this was a great all encompassing post. I am disappointed to see so many of the bloggers who I enjoyed reading who have disappeared to facebook - tragic in my opinion and I think in an effort to be more organized, lose weight, blog better, etc. everyone could do more and do better if they'd just get off of facebook or at least control their addictions - I am quite sure there will be Facebook Anonymous support groups in the near future for all of the true addicts out there! You have a BEAUTIFUL family and if I didn't say it over the holiday, you and your husband have my ultimate and sincere thanks for being Ellie's Sunday School teachers this year - so faithfully volunteering and your husband is so great with the kids - you are a great family and I just so so so much appreciate your ministry to the kiddos!