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Sunday Funday: Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

To celebrate the first weekend of October, we went to Stepp’s Orchard to enjoy some fall festivities. We walked around the farm, enjoyed the sunflowers, picked out pumpkins, devoured pumpkin donuts, and ate excellent BBQ from a food truck (yay for food trucks!). The weather was perfect – sunny with beautiful blue skies. I just love fall’s blue skies!

The kids had so much fun; running around in large fields, picking flowers, and sitting on pumpkins. But I believe Ada’s favorite part of the day was eating pumpkin donuts!

Ada viewed the pumpkins from a comfortable distance and would eventually get up the courage to touch one with one finger. My poor, cautious girl!

 

I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off October then visiting the pumpkin patch with our dear friends! I hope you are all enjoying all that fall has to offer. Happy October ya’ll!


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Welcome to Oz: Our Halloween

I have been patiently impatiently waiting to do family costumes for Halloween for a long time now, and this year my dream came true! We had a blast dressing up together and I hope to continue to do so for years to come!

This year we were : Glinda the Good Witch, little Dorothy Gale, and the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz!

For mine and Randy’s costumes we were inspired by the movie, “The Great and Powerful Oz.” Plus, it was easy to replicate their versions of the characters. I don’t exactly have a big, pink ball gown laying around, like what Billie Burke wore on, “The Wizard of Oz.” 😉 But I do have a dress similar to what Michelle Williams wore. All I had to add was a crown and ta da! Glinda the Good Witch.

Randy just wore one of his suits and I found a bow tie and top hat for him to wear from Amazon. Ada’s dress came from a consignment shop and I have been holding on to it for about 6 months now. Luckily, it fit her beautifully! Her shoes came from Gap and her red glitter bows came from BeckandBelle. I did get some thick, white tights for Ada to wear because it is always freezing cold on Halloween. But this year, was the first year that I can remember that it was in the high 70s for Halloween. Say what? But I was grateful for the beautiful day, because we were able to enjoy outside and take cute pictures of Ada.

Those pigtails just kill me!

We celebrated Halloween by taking Ada to a local petting zoo that was having a Halloween party. She had a blast! She loves farm animals right now. She “moo-ed” and “baa-ed” all through the zoo. It was the cutest ever! Our dear friend came along, too, with her adorable son.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

I think Ada’s favorite animal was the bunny. Her lovie that she sleeps with every night is a bunny, so she just loved seeing and petting a real one.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

They had music playing and a dance party as well. They played Ada’s favorite song, “Old MacDonald”; which she tries so hard to sing, “E-I-E-I-O”. Makes my heart melt every time!

Halloween 2016

After the petting zoo, we all came back to our house to have a simple Halloween party. Our babies were about to lose it about this time, so Ada did not stay up long after getting put into her costume. But we still had fun together taking photos of everyone! I made this photo backdrop to use for our pictures. The kids thought it was awesome and tore up all the yellow brick road bricks and hid behind the rainbow.

Isn’t Aldrick the cutest scarecrow? It was even better when he was walking around and his little scarecrow feet were flopping around.

And here we have the scarecrow and the cowardly lion. They are so cute!

Overall, we had a wonderful time and look forward to doing it again next year!


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Our Anniversary Weekend

This past weekend, Randy and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We made it to the “seven year itch” – as some people call it. But the number 7 is my lucky number, so I see it more as the “the lucky seven.” 😉

We celebrated with my brother and sister-in-law, who celebrate their wedding anniversary a couple of days after us. We enjoyed the beautiful fall weather by going to local breweries, shopping downtown Boone, and eating pumpkin ice cream.

We stopped by ASU to visit the spot where Randy proposed. On campus, there some structures that are laid out in the configuration of the constellation Orion; this is where Randy proposed. So when people ask me where Randy proposed, I say Orion’s belt. Very romantic for us physicists. 😉

And we stopped by the tunnels, where Randy and I had our first kiss while listening to the acappella group sing.

Jonathan and Katherine joined in on the fun, too!

My two favorite things all in one place – craft beer and a food truck!

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We had a wonderful anniversary and we always have fun with my brother and sister-in-law.

Happy 7th Anniversary, my darling! I love the life we have made together and I couldn’t imagine spending this adventure with anyone else! I love you, always forever!


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Our First Day of Fall

When the first day of fall arrived, so did the beautiful fall weather. It has been wonderful! We pretty much hibernate during the summer. I swear I lose more weight during the fall/winter months than I do in the summer months! I guess because we stay inside a lot more during the summer to hide from the heat. But as soon as the temperature drops, we are out the door every chance we get! The first day of fall, we took full advantage of the wonderful cool weather and took Ada on a little hike.

Bear Wallow Mountain is practically in our back yard. It takes us about 10 minutes to drive up to the trail head. The hike is relatively easy, but it is a constant up hill climb. But the view up top is worth it. I am pretty sure that it is my favorite view in the Asheville area. On a clear day, you can see for miles. 🙂

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At the top, is a pasture of cows, which Ada loved! She kept say, “moo!”, every time we got near one.

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We had such a wonderful time taking Ada out for a hike on a beautiful fall day. I look forward to many more fall adventures with her! Happy Friday ya’ll!