Thursday, September 29, 2011

Field trip to the farm

There is just something about children going on a field trip, then you add in going to a farm, and the excitement is contagious! Our first class field trip was to Schappacher's Farm. We visited this farm last year but that did not hinder Holden's excitement. On this field trip the kids did not have to wear their uniforms but instead they were encouraged to wear "farm clothes". Now Holden took "farm clothes" to mean his cowboy hat, boots and belt buckle. I really did not feel like arguing over clothes so I went ahead and let him wear his outfit. I am sure you can find him in each picture in his 10 gallon hat!When we arrived at the farm, Farmer Schappacher greeted us and told us all about the farm. Then it was time to feed the cows. But when we walked over to the pasture, there were no cows. The kids held out their corn cobs and look who came walking up. Holden was a little nervous about feeding the cows but then he finally found the courage to feed one. Just look at that tongue! Yuck!

Next the kids feed the donkeys. Then it was time to visit a new addition to the farm...turkeys!

We could not visit the farm without a hayride to the pumpkin patch. After searching for the perfect pumpkin Holden finally settled on a one.

Animals, hayrides, pumpkins ,and fun with classmates, all equaled a perfect field trip to Schappacher's Farm.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A packed weekend

It was one of those weekend. You know the ones where you have something to do all weekend. There was footaball, a birthday party, a movie, and some fall planting. Earlier in the week the forecast was looking as if it was going to be a complete wash out but luckily it was not as wet as expected. It all started Saturday morning with Holden's flag football game. Did I mention it was raining? Oh yes, what fun standing in the rain! Rylan was kind enough to share his umbrella with a cute little girl. After our wet morning, we played around the house. Then it was off to celebrate Miss Avery's 1st birthday! Isn't she a doll!

I have to back track here, earlier in the week, I promised the boys we would go to Prasco Park for their fall Family Movie Night. Obviously, I was not thinking about how busy our Saturday was going to be when I promised this outing. As we were leaving Avery's party, I was hoping that the boys had "forgotten" about Prasco Park, not because I did not want to go but because they were both exhausted and were starting to fade rather quickly. However, they did not forget and when I suggested that we just go home, the tears started. So you know where went next? Prasco Park! We met up with my friend Holly and her family and enjoyed Family Movie Night. Yes, I know I am one of those parents who can not say no. But after all I did promise earlier in the week, and a promise is a promise.
On Sunday, it was all about fall planting. We planted mums and lots and lots of tulip bulbs! I even had little hands helping me garden.Our weekend was a busy one but not too busy to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and activities together.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Having fun with food...

It seems that every activity this week somehow revolved around food. Since we have a couple of extras pounds of apples lying around we decided to make caramel apples. They are extremely messy but everyone loves them!

For a little fall treat we made acorns with mini vanilla wafers and Hershey kisses. Look again at these chocolate faces! What a mess! And lastly, some more fun with apples, vampire teeth. Cooking and crafting with the boys is always a big mess but well worth the time to see these two smile and enjoy our time together.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fall Traditions

The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to change and it is the beginning of one of my favorite times of year! Yes, Fall! One of our favorite fall traditions, besides all the fall festivals, is apple picking. However, after last years outing to the local Apple farm, I was left a little disappointed by the lack of good apples. So for the past year, it was my mission to find a new Apple orchard for us to visit. With that said, while we were picking strawberries this summer I asked the owner if she knew of any great apple orchards that have U-pick crops. Her recommendation led us to A&M Apple Farm and I must say what a great recommendation it was! There were rows and rows of apple trees! When we told the boys earlier in the week we were planning of going apple picking the first thing they wanted to know was, "Is there going to be a tractor ride?" My little country boys were in luck! There were tractor and wagon rides. Just what they needed to hear! We rode the tractor to the U-pick crops. Talk about luck, the crops were plentiful with several different varieties of apples to choose from. We decided to pick a little of each variety. While Rylan decided to taste all of them! Seriously, every time I turned around he was eating another apple.Our little monkeys "volunteered" to climb the trees and get the best apples. After picking several apples we spotted a field of...pumpkins! Can you believe it is that time of year again! We let the boys pick out one to take home. Finally it was time to weigh our apples. 30 pounds! You may be wondering what on earth are we going to do with so many apples!? Trust me they will not last long with all the recipes I have planned.

I think we have a officially found a new apple orchard to continue our family tradition of apple picking.I can not believe I am saying this but Welcome Fall!