Sunday, October 14, 2018

PUMPKIN PATCH 2018

We do it every year.  It feels like the epitome of fall, and this fall is moving so fast I can hardly catch my breath.  I CANNOT believe we are half way through October, and I still haven't even figured out Halloween.  😱  The weather yesterday was pretty awful, but the clouds moved on today, and we ended up having an unexpectedly lovely afternoon at the Pumpkin Patch.

Our normal patch was closed due to the wet weather when we got there, so we ended up at a nearby barn with a corn pit, face-painting and a hay-ride.  We felt pretty good about life, though we were missing pumpkins.

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The hayride was long and right next to the AR River complete with cows that ran after us through the field.

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As we were departing from Plan B, we realized that our normal patch was open and headed over there to continue the fall fun.  We managed to spend about 3 hours total patching today, and our kids were worn plum out this evening.  (we all were!)

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So, though we didn't get to ride into the actual pumpkin patch due to the muddy conditions, we squeezed a LOT of fall fun out of the afternoon.  And we came home with plenty of pumpkins, lots of treats and great memories of an afternoon with family!

Here are our past years in the patch - Happy Fall, Y'all!

{2017} {2016} {2015} {2014} {2013} {2012} {2011}

Friday, October 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO BONUS DAY

When we were planning our Napa trip (Part 1 and Part 2), we knew we wanted to stay an extra day in San Francisco to see some friends.  And then we checked the baseball schedule, and lo and behold, the Dodgers were slated to play the Giants on that very day.  So, we dropped our Little Rock friends off at the airport and drove the rented Suburban to San Francisco and straight to AT&T Park.

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It was the last regular game of the season, and playoffs were still up for grabs which made everything more exciting.

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As if we had not eaten enough in Napa, we made sure to also eat well at the ball park - some of these choices were healthier than others.

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After the Dodgers won that game 15-0 🎉, we spent a tiny bit of time being tourists in San Fran.  We were there a few years ago and had about an hour this day, so we headed over to Pier 39 to see the seals, which we missed last time.  They were so fun!

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From there we headed over to Oakland to see our friend Mary, who we met on vacation 4 years ago.  Our other friend, Kristin, was sick and unable to come, and we so missed seeing her!  We had dinner at Drake's Dealership which was super cool, and I had maybe my favorite pizza ever - it had lobster chunks on it.

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It was so great to catch up with Mary.  We caught a quick night of sleep before flying home to our babies on Monday.

None of this would have been possible without my parents or John's parents who graciously and capably stepped into our home with our children.  We SO SO SO appreciate their help and love towards all of us.  Getting time away is so critical for us, and we are incredibly thankful for the opportunity.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

BELLA IS EIGHT!

I honestly can't believe that it's been eight years since I birthed a baby.  That baby girl is now 8, and we are loving seeing who Bella is becoming!

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Bella has a zest for life and learning.  She goes at everything she does full force and with enthusiasm.  School comes naturally for her, and she relishes reading whenever she gets the chance.  She's been playing soccer this season, and it's been fun to cheer her on and see her love being on a team.

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I had lunch with her at school today, and then we went out as a family tonight for dinner.  I'm working on planning her party, but due to being out of town a bit, I feel pretty behind. 😬😳  We'll get there. 🤞🏻  I did make her a cookie cake today to help her feel extra special.

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Bella has a natural sense of humor and greets people by name whenever she sees them.  I am regularly amazed at how many people she knows and keeps track of from all the different places.  There are things we are working on at home, and I pray that God continues to grow and shape her into who he means for her to be.  We certainly love getting to see how unique and precious she is.

For a walk down Bella's memory lane - here are the past seven years!  These are the moments when I realize that I've been blogging for a minute, and I'm glad about it.

Happy Birthday, Bella!  We love you so very very much.

Bella Turns Seven
Bella Turns Six
Bella Turns Five
Bella Turns Four
Bella Turns Three
Bella Turns Two
Bella Turns One