Tag Archives: kids

Greetings from Cleveland, OH!

04-IMG_2256

All packed and ready to go!

05-IMG_2258

My Co-Pilot!

Hello!  The first half of our drive from Atlanta to Cleveland was filled with tears, but also inspiration for a funny blog post.  I had snapped a few pictures entering Tennessee and had a rolling voice note in my phone of all sorts of witty things to write about.  You’ll just have to take my word for it, but it included lost hits from the 80’s & 90’s, cows wagging tails, llama farms, monster mini-vans, and I’m sure so much more, and I think it was funny!

07-IMG_2266

Pretty shot through TN!

Once we hit Kentucky, all of those thoughts faded and the drive because so very stressful (and I’m not including the pouring rain which accompanied us through TN.)  My 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, going around 70 miles an hour, proceeds to completely shut down and kindly tell me to “Stop Safely Now.”  So I drift over to the shoulder of I-75 and do just that, shut down.  Thankfully Steven was close by in our rented Budget truck, but he had 2 dogs with him, and I had 1 dog, and 2 kids with me.  200 miles to our 1st stop in Dayton, OH, 400 miles from Cleveland.  Panic set it.

10-IMG_2272

It was pretty though – wish we could have enjoyed it more!

I start-up again and for the next few hours I grasp the steering wheel white knuckled and hold my breath at various points and have both words of anger and pleading with my Creator.  It happens 7 more times on the way to Dayton.  We do some research, seems like a common problem, albeit annoying.  Could be a computer glitch, could be a small problem, could be major.  We decide to push forward Sunday morning and TRY to get to our final destination. (After enjoying a nice night with family!)

I do need to mention that my kids are ROCKSTARS, seriously.  They are the best passengers I could have asked for during this time.  What should have been maybe 12 hours in the car, turned into closer to 16, and they powered through.  Much better than I.

09-IMG_2270 08-IMG_2268

8 more times this happens between Dayton and Cleveland.  I plead with AAA, they can tow my car, but can only call us a rental or a taxi for me and my small kids.  Yes Steven was there, but we all couldn’t fit in that truck.  And it was Sunday, no rentals available, and I’m not even going to guess what cab fare from middle OH would be.  We push through.  And we made it Sunday afternoon.

So to the point of this post, we are in our rental house at our intended destination.  I’m sure I have a few more gray hairs, my kids have heard words they shouldn’t have, and we apologize to anyone that came in contact with us yesterday.  But we are here and things can only go up from here.  We had some great family help us unload, received our first welcome basket, and are started to get unpacked.

We were hoping house searching would commence this week, but our new plan – buy a new car.  Now don’t think I’m crazy extreme, but from what Google is telling me, they haven’t pin-pointing this issues, so it COULD happen again – you just don’t know until you go 100-300 miles on the highway.  Not risking that ever again.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
Psalm 107:6

But in conclusion, we were delivered, yet again, and as always by our gracious, yet always teaching God.  Not quite sure what to take from this lesson yet, but all I can do is be thankful it is over and push forward.  I miss you all and look forward to some happier posts, but for now – greetings from Cleveland, OH!

1-2009 03-IMG_2252

And just for fun (as I have a million pics from the last few weeks – here is Steven and I when we moved into our house in June 2009, and when we moved out in May 2014!)  We did have  of the pups, but look how our family has grown!  So blessed!

 

10 Comments

Filed under Calling, Children

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Gift Idea)

This is actually not a book review, rather a gift I am super excited about giving to my kids this year.  They’ll love the book, as Dr. Seuss books are some of their favorite (like Green Eggs & Ham for my LM and they’re both loving How the Grinch Stole Christmas! this time of year.)  But I’m taking it a step further and hoping it is something they will come to cherish.

I purchased two copies, one for each child, wrote a letter to them on the inside cover, and then made the back into a travel log.

photo (9)

The letter includes our prayers for them as they grow up and that God will be their ultimate guide in life and that we pray they come to know Him personally and trust Him as their guide.  Some of the scripture I included (and I’m sure there are so many more good ones) are:

the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:8

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. Proverbs 3:23

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11

Then the back is to record all of our travels as a family, and I hope they continue to record their travels when they (tear) are on their own.  I’ve listed the date, place, and reason/who we were with.  It’s something I would have loved, and I hope we can bring out each year to update and reminisce.

I’m sure others have done similar things.  I do this in addition to a yearly photo album, which in the back I try to record what we did each month (where pictures were taken.)  I’d love to hear of any unique way you record things for your kids!

Here is another item that I was thinking about getting for the family someday too – a map to do something similar:

1020392National Geographic ”My World” Personalized Map

What gift are you most excited about this year?

4 Comments

Filed under Calling, Celebrations, Chapters, Children

Joy for Christmas (Advent Series Part III)

Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Joy is another amazing gift and one that I’d have to say makes everything else worth it.  Don’t you live for those moments of pure joy, for me it’s through my children.  And as they get older, the JOY in Christmas is even clearer.  (Stay tuned for my post about meeting Santa!)  And here is my LL when I told her to show me joy this morning:

1-IMG_0995

Then the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
Luke 2:10

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:18

Joy is mentioned so much in the Bible, it’s hard to narrow it down, so I picked a common Christmas verse and another great one from Habakkuk.  I try not to do “too much” research when composing my posts, I don’t want to ever be guilty of stealing anyone else’s thoughts and ideas.  I try to pour out my raw emotion as I pray over and think over each topic, song, or verse I choose to include.  But I came across this article that includes tons of scripture and thoughts on JOY.  The author hits the nail on the head when he mentions that true joy cannot be fabricated and can only come when we feel secure, have direction in our life, are honest with God and ourselves, and live each moment in God’s presence.

I know I try to thank God and praise him even more in times of JOY.  Don’t get me wrong, I praise Him through my storms too, but it’s hard when you’re in them.  But the joy that will come will be amazing.  Time and time again, God comes through.  And it’s in those moments of JOY that I feel free, I know my God came through and I feel His presence and loving arms around me and I want to shout it to the world.  My goal will be to keep that joy in my heart always.  If not the JOY, but maybe the HOPE for it, or the PEACE that may precede or follow it.  Three beautiful gifts (and spoiler alert – the best one comes next week!)

It was hard for me to pick a song this week as so many songs exemplify JOY to me.  I did go with the most obvious, Joy to the World.  I’m sure it’s becoming overplayed, but not to me.  Chris Tomlin has a way with songs, that I can just never tire of.  He took this song, in a similar way that he took Amazing Grace (My Chains Have Gone), and added the catchy “Joy – Unspeakable Joy”, that has me singing as loud as I can when I hear it!  (A close second and one for you to check out as well is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” by Barenaked Ladies – LOVE this version!)

Enjoy this song.  Sing it out, LOUD, to our GOD, who wants us to experience JOY, during the Advent season and throughout the year.  It will have to be earned, much like peace, but it will be so good.  Amen!

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)
Chris Tomlin

And like last week – here are a few glimpses of JOY in my world:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

See first posts in this series here:  (and stay tuned for LOVE next week!)
Part I – HOPE
Part II – PEACE

4 Comments

Filed under Calling, Celebrations, Children

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

We kicked off the Christmas season at the Member Premiere night at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens this past Thursday night!  See details of our last visit here – so much fun – we joined the “elite” group of members!  For my mom’s (aka Grandma’s) birthday, the kids and I surprised her with an early dinner at Loca Luna, and one of the very first walks through the garden this holiday season!  (And got to cross off an item on my Christmas Bucket List!)

This is the third year of the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, and seems to be improving with time.  Last time we went was in November of 2011, right before our LM was born (see my big belly below).  I think it may have opened earlier then (as you can see many of the pictures are still in daytime!), but this year – it was all dark, which made it all the more magical!

Here is a peak at the layout of the garden and a few fun things going on that night.  I believe there are more events going on throughout the season too – check those out on their webpage.  But the carolers were great to put Christmas songs in their air and really get you in the spirit.  The ice carver had a large crowd around him as he chainsawed a train.  And the kids (not ours this year) could make s’mores over an open fire and make crafts in the Orchid Center.  I packed the kids a “cleaner” version of s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate chips – in a bag!

01-photo (3) 1-photo (5)

It wasn’t too crowded and we really enjoyed strolling along all the different paths throughout the garden and inside the buildings.  It’s a lot of walking, and while the kids wanted to walk themselves some, the double stroller definitely came in handy!

06-IMG_0611 02-IMG_0605

LL was a bit disappointed that many of the topiaries from our last visit were taken down – but they kept the snakes and the Garden Goddess – which were very pretty!  (I think some of the snake’s lights are out here though!)

1-IMG_0643 04-IMG_0607 03-IMG_0606

A definite favorite of the kids was the dancing lights.  Here is a glimpse of them dancing to the “snoopy song!”  These as mesmorizing and a lot of fun!

10-IMG_0619

The indoor areas were a lot of fun to walk through too, especially the Radiant Rainforest.  I didn’t get any  pictures there except this one with Grandma in front of the big Poinsettia Tree.

13-IMG_0633

We ended our visit with a trip to the model train display.  This was fun for the kids to watch.  This, and the ride-on train coming soon, may warrant another day visit.  With LM’s train birthday coming up – I want him to be super excited!

Here are a few more pictures:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And I’ll leave you with this quote etched above the outdoor fireplace.

Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.
Epicurus

08-IMG_0617

Thanks for stopping by – check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Garden Lights, Holiday Nights – you won’t be disappointed!  (And I hope Grandma had a fun birthday – Happy Birthday Mom!)

5 Comments

Filed under Celebrations, Children

Messy Morning

1-IMG_0532I’ve been loving many of the mom blogs I have recently found (many through BloggyMoms) that are devoted to activities with/for your little ones (see a very short list below).  Don’t get me wrong, we do our share of arts/crafts/games/activities over here, but every once in a while I get motivated to get a little dirty!  (For those of you who don’t know me – I’m a pretty organized, Type A person, so this is a big step for me!)

Thanks to these 4 sites for mutual likes, for the encouragement to try some new activities with me kids, and for constantly coming up with new things!  It’s so easy to get started looking at one of their blogs, then get directed to another, and another, and forget where you started!  The blogging community, I’m learning, is an amazing one, full of great connections.  So check out these sites and they will open up a whole new world of not only activities – but new blogs too!  So thank you all for great blogs – I’ve enjoyed them so far and still have lots I want to try!

P is for Preschooler
Where Imagination Grows
Wildflower Ramblings
Happily Ever Mom

After some time browsing online, I laid out the big checkered plastic table cloth I picked up awhile back (for just this type of day!), put a smock on LL, took off LM’s shirt, and set to work.

8-IMG_0527

I did 3 activities, which I don’t have a specific link for, as I kind of combined them from common sensory activities found around different blogs.

1.  Some sort of play dough/cloud dough.  I saw one that was just cornstarch and oil, but I didn’t have enough cornstarch, so I saw another that used flour, so I combined cornstarch, flour, oil, and then LL even added in a few little containers of play dough we found around the house.  I’ve made my own “official” play dough before, so that wasn’t my goal here.  My goal was simply to create a “product” that felt different and see where it took the kids.  LL definitely had more fun with it.  LM just wanted to throw it.  (And Baxter just wanted to eat it!)

2.  Sensory bottles.  Again, there are a million different ways to do these as well.  I opted for a few plastic containers I had in recycling, add in water, a little soap, food coloring, then whatever I could find to put in – rocks/pom-poms/toys/beads (I did wish I had glitter though!)

3.  Lastly, the tried and true finger paint.  Usually done outside (see chalk paint here from over the summer), and a bit of painting here from last February, it was raining out (thus another good excuse to find activities inside!) so I held my breath and gave it a try.  They do say they are waterproof – right!?
I tried the baggie approach again but LM wanted nothing to do with it.  So they used fingers, brushes, q-tips, and whatever else we could find around the kitchen to paint with.  LL also found some squeezable t-shirt glitter paint I had stocked away – so she had fun with that too.

About an hour later (which I would have sworn should have been 4 after all that work), I put projects out to dry, shook out the table-cloth, cleaned up the kids, and went on to paint some toes, listen to some Pandora, eat lunch, then nap time (blog time) for us all!

2-IMG_0535

Thanks to all the bloggers out there that come up with these crafts for our little ones.  Next time I think I’ll plan a little ahead and maybe tackle something harder.  But the kids had fun, maybe learned/felt/did something new and that is all that matters!  Please let me know of your kids favorite activities!

3-IMG_0534So blessed and thankful for each day, each hour, and each minute I get to spend with these 2!

8 Comments

Filed under Children

Look to the Sky!

I believe I have mentioned how much I enjoy Fall!!??  These last two weekend did not disappoint.  My mom (Grandma/Grann) and I headed up to downtown Atlanta last weekend to take the kids to Disney on Ice’s “Let’s Celebrate” and afterwards we headed to picnic in Centennial Olympic Park, right underneath the new SkyView Atlanta.

skyviewI guess Atlanta needed one of these?  To put them in lines with London and whoever else.  Although it was randomly erected in the parking lot of a music venue downtown across from Centennial Olympic Park.  Great views south and west of the city, not much of a view north or east.  And not cheap (see here!)  Thanks to Grann, we took a trip and it was quite enjoyable, but definitely a one-time thing.  It said we would get 4 rotations, due to it not being too busy on a Friday AM, we scored an extra loop!  Nice enclosed compartments to fit up to 6 people, so the 4 of us were very comfortable.  All climate controlled as well, although the day we went it actually would have been nice to have it open-air!  I would maybe would go again at night, but we can check that Atlanta to-do off the list.  Check it out if you are in the area, but nothing to rush downtown right now to see!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

ggaslogoaIn keeping with the “looking up” theme, on Saturday (the 12th) we headed to Peachtree City for the Great Georgia Air Show.  Thanks to a Groupon, we scored a pretty good deal to get in, way below door prices.  It included parking (off-site with a school bus shuttle), 4 admissions (under 5 was free), a program, 4 hot-dogs, and 4 drinks.  We were able to take advantage of the first few, but my biggest complaint was they had 1 (ONE) tent to pick-up food, and when I inquired how long it took to get through, I was told 45 min!  No thank you.  Being the diligent consumer that I am, I did send them an email with “feedback”, not negative, but just an honest opinion of my experience, and they were very receptive and made it right – so kudos to their team on that!

Tons to do, very spread-out.  I think we only grazed the surface of all their was to see and do.  According to their website they offered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, Warbird rides, monster truck rides, a wind tunnel, rock climbing, simulators, a 4D Theater, and so much more.  Many activities geared towards the older kids, so definitely something we will revisit when kids are older.  And this year they offered a night show with fireworks that I was told was AMAZING, again something for maybe next year.  They offer many VIP packages as well, which may be worth it.  It was pretty warm for October, and all the seating was in the direct sun, so that could be nice!

Overall a great event in Peachtree City, GA and something that should be on everyone’s to-do list.  Bring chairs/blankets and prepare to stay awhile.  The show was so much fun to watch.  It didn’t hold the interest of the young kids as I hoped it would, but my husband pointed out they may just think that is normal from all the cartoons they see doing similar things!  Good point!

And while we’re on the topic – I can’t NOT (yes I know double negative!) post a few pictures from Disney on Ice.  Not exactly a Fall Fun outdoor activity, but fun nonetheless, and the kids really enjoyed.  A good preview to the real thing…someday (maybe next year!)  And a fun way for Disney to be brought to you & your city!

01-IMG_0194 02-IMG_0239

Thanks for stopping by!  (Did I mention I love fall!

Other activities have been:
Pumpkin Patch
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Carl Miller Park
Doggie Walks

Leave a comment

Filed under Celebrations, Children

Scarecrows, Ogres, and Shaggy Dogs!

04-IMG_0366

What do all those have in common?  Why they are all fun things to view this fall at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens!  We packed a picnic and headed up there this past Sunday AM.  (Another item to add to our Fall Fun list!)  Right now, two fun events are going on, as it looks like they change seasonally.  (We checked out the Garden Lights a few years back and it did not disappoint!)

First is the Imaginary Worlds | Plants Larger Than Life.  This included:

“The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – include a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, greets visitors in the Cascades Garden.”  (Description from website)

Here are some of our pictures.  The kids favorites were the Shaggy Dog and the bunnies (I think LL found 6!)

01-IMG_0359 05-IMG_0369 13-IMG_0379 14-IMG_0380 15-IMG_0381

Second was the annual Scarecrows in the Garden were various companies, organizations, and school from around Atlanta participate in constructing their own scarecrows.  These were SO fun to look at as they lined the trails throughout many parts of the garden. I just noticed a Scavenger hunt on their website – we’ll definitely have to print that one out for next year for the kids! Here are a few favorites: (the first was named BooBee for Breast Cancer Awareness – by far my favorite!)

07-IMG_0371 09-IMG_0373

Another big highlight was the Children’s Garden.  A surprisingly large section of trails with a variety of activities for the little ones.  It included (but is not limited to); a treehouse, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, digging for dinosaur bones, a sunflower splash pad (we’ll have to go back in the summer to check this out!), a little house, a little cavern, and just lots of “little” places to crawl/walk/whatever through!  Definitely need to go back and spend some more time there!  And bonus this weekend, they had little stations set up where kids got the hands painted, made a hat, and went pumpkin bowling – extra fun!

After taking in all the kids could handle (and actually joining for only a little bit more plus free tickets to bring friends!), we walked right into Piedmont Park and set up to picnic.  Did I mention how pretty the weather was?  Then we went to the playground, which I was very impressed with, and then strolled around a little.  The AIDS walk was going on, so we walked over to the main green space to observe and dance to a great band playing some of our favorite songs (Moves Like Jagger, Don’t Stop Believin’…), before calling it a day.

18-IMG_0384

20-IMG_0388 19-IMG_0386

Kids both fell asleep on the way home, and we came home exhausted, but refreshed from a perfect Sunday morning together and outside!  The perfect way to celebrate God’s glory and rejoice in it!

1-IMG_0383

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. Psalm 145:5

4 Comments

Filed under Calling, Celebrations, Children

Kids Book Review: The Pajamas of My Dreams


The Pajamas of My Dreams
by Laurie Collins (Author) , Margie Florini (Illustrator)
The book was provided to me free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A neat premise and I love the inspiration behind the book, although it tugs at my heartstrings quite a bit.  The non-profit Cradles to Crayons did a pajama drive that inspired this book.  It looks like a great organization whose mission is below:

Our vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need

…to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. Through the Giving Factory, we provide those essentials, as donated clothes, shoes, books and school supplies to homeless and low-income children. We also offer meaningful volunteer opportunities to hundreds of corporations and thousands of individuals and families each year.

I hugged my little lady (LL) a little closer in reading the introduction to the book where the author states that not all kids have a nice warm pair of pj’s to go to sleep in each night.  I am thankful that my children don’t and hopefully never face that challenge, but pray for those who do, and will add that to our prayers each night.

They way this book ended could easily be turned into a prayer, and that is actually what it felt like, so we did give a big AMEN at the end.  Overall a cute book but in learning that back story, just left me kind of sad.  But that is me – the parent.  My daughter seemed to enjoy, although I think this is more geared towards older kids as the font is small (I was reading on a computer though) and there are a lot of “bigger” words.  Good for discussion and explaining to her, but still I felt I probably won’t revisit this for another year or so.  (She is almost 4)

In the pajamas of my dreams, I climb into bed, pull the covers up tightly, close my eyes and…

Each page has a cute picture of someone dreaming of things based on what pictures are on their pajamas.  I like the potential it implies; that kids’ possibilities are endless and to keep dreaming.  Reactions from my LL were mixed – I wouldn’t want to work with bugs all day!  But helping people or animals would be fun! Or I know someone who does that! I think we’ll look at our PJ’s each night a little differently now and maybe project some dreams based on them.  LL likes to do that – tell me what she is going to dream about and then when I ask each AM – sure enough – that was it!

Overall – fun book, great cause, great for opening up communication and imagination with your kids, and a positive message that you can be whatever you want to be!

Follow-up question for LL:  What do you want to be when you grow up?  A soccer player.  (Never played but all her friends are starting – so we’ll leave it at that for now!)

6 Comments

Filed under Chapters, Children

Kid’s Book Review: Hocus Pocus Takes the Train

Hocus Pocus Takes the Train
by Sylvie Desrosiers (Author) , Remy Simard (Illustrator)
Book provided to me free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Second installment of Book Reviews with LL (Little Lady).  (First Installment Here!)  This book presented a little bit of a challenge because it has no words!  But actually that ended up being a good thing to spur the imagination.  Which by this picture below you can see is a big one already (my little princess!)

LL101013

I asked LL if she liked the cover: Yes.  What do you think this book will be about?  Hocus Pocus the bunny, or is it two bunnies?  Hocus and Pocus – there are two bunnies on the cover.  But I guess they will take a train.  But there will be a mean lion on the train (which I believe is actually a dog!)

The book is 36 pages, all pictures, a few sound words.  Rather than the story being laid out for you, each page provides guidance and a general story-line, but allows the readers to make up additional details and story-lines that may or may not have been intended.  For instance – do you think the magician wanted coffee or tea or hot cocoa?  And what kind of bone was the dog going to get?  What do you think the purple bunny’s name is?  What about the baby?  Then sometimes I don’t prompt a question and see what details she came up with.

More questions to ask are; What do you think they are thinking/saying/going to do?  How do you think they are feeling?  Why?  It allows the children to make predictions and then see if what they predicted happens on the next page.  Then the end brings the story-line back the beginning and allows the children to recall what happened at the beginning that was then being resolved.  Lots of cause and effect.

Great pictures and a fun type of book to really engage with your children.  Definitely will check out others in the Hocus Pocus series and in this genre and you should too!

(And side note – happy 100th post to me!!)  More kids books to come!

1 Comment

Filed under Chapters, Children

Ole McDermitt had a farm….

01-IMG_0088(Not from Ole McDermitt’s but a fun fall family picture to kick things off!)

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more fall family fun posts this month since October is the best month EVER!  This past weekend we opted for a longer road trip (Dramamine packed for LL) to Carrollton, GA to visit Ole McDermitt’s Farm.  We had never been before, and having sworn off our more “local” pumpkin patch/family farm, we opted for the longer drive.  It was quite a hike, through farmlands and countryside really not much at all (but much nicer than the views of the ATL interstate!).  Although I wish I had taken more pictures of the drive, as it was beautiful.  We finally arrived at Ole McDermitt’s farm and I think were the first ones there!

Not a huge area, although we were told the large corn maze consisted of 4.5 acres, the space they had was packed in with perfect fall activities for the lil’ ones!  Upon arriving, you enter into barn full of beautiful fall decorations and directly inside are two large corn boxes.  And bonus, packed with toy trucks and tractors.  I think LM could have stayed in this the whole day and been perfectly content.  There were also picnic benches, a small snack bar, and roaming roosters, chickens, and a large dog.

02-IMG_0121 03-IMG_0122

Once we pried LM away from the corn box, we went to check out the animals.  If you know me (or even if you don’t) nothing can make my heart hurt more than uncared-for animals.  Our previous fall farm visit was guilty of this.  Luckily though, these animals looked pretty happy (as happy as you can with people posing for pictures and trying to pet you all day!)  They had goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, and my favorite – the llamas (or alpacas – not sure the difference).  LL got some carrots to feed them too!

 

Other attractions were the mini-corn maze where the kids could push wheel barrows. 12-IMG_0139

A scarecrow dress-up station – meet princess scarecrow!

14-IMG_0144

A hayride.  15-IMG_0149

A little playground. (And face/arm painting)

10-IMG_0133 11-IMG_0134

A haybox to search for pennies.  A rubber duck racing station.  Cornhole.  Haybales and tractors for perfect picture ops.

And OFCOURSE – pumpkins.  LM kept going around to the biggest ones trying to pick them up saying “Big Punkin!”

18-IMG_0156

Pumpkins in hand and lots of fun under our belts, we headed out in search of a picnic spot.  Close to both Chattahoochee Bend State Park and McIntosh Reserve, we went into McIntosh Reserve to eat a quick lunch before the long drive home.  This is a great part that we “think” we may have visited way back when…but it has plenty of trails, many of which are used by horses.  So the kids (and me) really enjoyed seeing all the horses around the park.  And LM even cried half the way home for a horse.  Not sure if he wanted to ride, or pet, or what, but definitely another activity to keep in mind for the future.

Overall a beautiful fall day, spent with my beautiful family!  More adventures coming soon, including Disney on Ice (ok not really fall themed – but LL is SUPER excited!) and the Great GA Air Show!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

4 Comments

Filed under Celebrations, Children