Friday, October 24, 2008

Visit to the pumpkin patch!!

Aunt Chris and I took the girls to the pumpkin patch last Sunday and we had so much fun! Fred and I usually go to the same farm every year, but I decided to change it up this year. The usual place is nice, but very Halloween themed and I really just wanted to enjoy the fall season.
Alena was quite clingy at first which is normal for her in a different setting or when there's a crowd and she would have no part with the pony ride, but she got better! It was a little chilly, but we had a great time and finished the day with some hot watery cocoa. =]
Tomorrow we are going to a pumpkin carving party with a magician. Should be a good time and the costumes are all set for next week! Sophia will be "candy corn" as she wished (!) and Alena is going to be a big flower that I found in the Children's Place.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Love the fall!!

I do miss the summer, but the fall season is just so beautiful and refreshing.
The girls have both started gymnastics at the The Little Gym and they are loving it. We enrolled Sophia to help her out with gross motor skills and I am amazed at the improvement and her confidence level in just three weeks.
We decided to give Alena a go at it after she watched an hour of Sophia in there and repeated over and over, "My turn?"!! The instructors put her in the age group above hers with the confidence that she would do fine on her own and she would not require the mommy & me class. The first session was hilarious. She needed a little coaxing from her big sister, but then joined the group. The teachers hold the kids hands when they do certain activities, which Alena was "tolerating". She loves to jump. All the time. SO, they completed an activity where you climb foam stairs, hold hands and jump off onto a mat. While they were all lined up and marching on to the next event, Alena breaks out of line, runs over, up the stairs and does a flying leap off and onto the mat!! I thought I would die! She stood up and laughed and the teachers looked mortified! I opened the door and let them know that she was just fine and would probably "prefer" to take things on herself!! She went on to do the same thing with the balance beam. Too funny.
Fred and I went to New Berlin for the weekend two weeks ago. We stayed at a beautiful B&B and went to see some friends race motocross. We had SO much fun.
This past Sunday was a beautiful day, so Denise and I took the kids apple picking at a local farm. What a great time we had! We took a tractor ride through the orchard to pick our apples, had lunch, then cider and ice cream and bought some hot fresh cider donuts to bring home!
On the home front, we attended the Planning Board meeting last night where they also held our Public Hearing. The board gave us the approval to build and no one attended that was opposed. Phew!!! So, we are that much closer.
Just have to figure out how this will work with mom's house being back on the market now. We have someone coming to look at it tomorrow. We shall see!
We're looking forward to pumpkin picking soon! Hope you're all enjoying the fall season!

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