Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More pumpkin patch and other happenings

Remember that cold miserable pumpkin patch experience? Well every other day before and after that has been gorgeous! So later that week we tried again, this time with the whole family and Rob's sister's family. It was a gorgeous day and we were able to do some activities we hadn't done before.

The corn box was still a popular spot.

And the maze. Seth went with Kristy's boys to the corn maze. It was huge!
Grant and Russ had both begged to ride the train during the preschool trip so this time they got their wish.





The jump house slide was awesome!





The boys had a good time with the pumpkin launcher.




Looking pretty tall...




One Saturday on a whim we got some bark for these planter areas in our back. We couldn't stand the weeds any longer :). It was amazing how much better it looked instantly!



(Here is an after picture...)

halfway done...

Before...






Last Sunday the kids very eagerly helped me make cookies...pumpkin cookies!!






Today I canned applesauce. Grant was a super helper and cranked the apple peeler for all of the apples! His little arms kept getting tired so I would switch it around on the table so he could use a different arm. He did not want to quit, though! Russ thought it looked like fun, too, so he helped on the last few.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Preschool Pumpkin Patch

Grant's preschool class took a trip to the pumpkin patch on Monday.
We experienced a hay ride,

selecting a pumpkin,







playing in a box of corn kernels,




playing on the tires,


and a much needed cup of hot chocolate when we got home.




I know the pictures make it look like it was a warm sunny day. Unfortunately what you cannot see in the pictures is the dependable Idaho wind blowing at 15 mph that chilly morning making it a very, very frigid morning. We were not dressed for the weather and were very happy when it was time to get in the car and go home. Hopefully we will find a chance to go as a family this season so Grant can have a better time.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We love our Backyard

Last week-and actually most of September- was 90 degree beautiful sunny weather. I loved it of course. We swam in our neighbor's pool, got out the slip-n-slide... it was great. Here are some pictures of the little boys enjoying the grass.
There is something fascinating about turning on and off the hose... apparently.
Grant a little tuckered out after an afternoon of play.






This was taken one Sunday afternoon while the kids were entertained by an animated Bible story on the LDS church website.



My kids have all been bitten by the bookworm. I know I have posted similar pictures before, but here we are again. Seth has had the book reading fever for a year now, but Brenna has just caught it in full force. She read TWO chapter books just today. In fact, they were both begging me after dinner to let them go read. What is a mom to do? I finished up the dishes so they could read. As you can see, their younger siblings followed their lead.





Grant has been so excited about these monster teeth he got from a friend. He actually wears them all the time. I have never known a kid to tolerate them in his mouth for long.




I love Russell's hat and amazingly, so does he! It reminds me of my good friend in Oregon who always had her three cute boys in matching plaid Old Navy hats (love you Kari!). He wears it all the time, and it is usually so low on his head I am not sure how he sees where he is going.




This week has cooled off considerably. I guess I have to accept the fact that summer is over. Today was a gorgeous fall day, though. You know the kind that is crisp and sunny? It was a great day to go out and get some yard work done. I started pulling up my garden today.
Here is a summary of our harvest:
35 quarts of green beans canned
30 quart bags of green beans frozen
10 quart bags of corn frozen
4 quart bags of zucchini shredded and frozen (lets not mention all the ones that just got thrown away because no one wanted them including me!)
15 pints of salsa, canned
4-6? pints of pickles (we will see if they are any good)
4 quarts of pickled beets
4 quart bags of beets, frozen
and let's not forget the many things eaten fresh: corn, beans, carrots, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, lettuce, peas, potatoes... (and the five pickings of green beans I have given away- they are still producing!)
It was a fun garden, but I am glad it is almost over :) Brace yourselves- I am going to make a positive comment about winter:
ahem... One good thing about winter is weeds don't grow.
There, I said something nice.
That's all.