Only in October…

October always turns out to be such a fun month. With pumpkin patches, fall colors, costume shopping, Halloween parties, pumpkin carving, and of course trick-or-treating, there always seems to be something exciting going on. This year was no exception.

DSC_0020-1We have always enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch, but it had been a few years since we had been near one. This year we came upon a small patch in Williston. It was slightly different than we were used to, with pumpkins being delivered as opposed to actually growing out in the field, but it was still fun to select our perfect pumpkins.

DSC_0988-1They had pedal cars and a rope climb and rubber duck races, all things the kids enjoyed. In attending these events, I realize just how big our kids are getting. They were among the oldest kids there, but I love that they still have such a good time at events like this.

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Pumpkin carving took place on Saturday morning. Liam had already carved a pumpkin as school, but all three kiddos were able to carve their pumpkin patch selections. They had a lot of fun and their pumpkins turned out great. This morning I roasted their pumpkin seeds, so they will have a tasty snack after school. : )

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Trick-or-treating is always a big hit. I love the variety of things people hand out these days. They came home with everything from stuffed Halloween snakes to rubber duckies to juice boxes. Our kids do not seem to mind that we still walk along the street with them while they run from house to house, and I am grateful for that.

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Of course, watching them run along only reminds me of when they were little, back when we had to hold their hands and help them up onto porches. And now, as I look at my beautiful babies, I am only too aware that my little ones are not so little anymore… But they sure are awesome big kids! I hope you all enjoyed October as much as we did!

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October, here’s to you. Here’s to the heady aroma of the frost-kissed apples, the winey smell of ripened grapes, the wild-as-the-wind smell of hickory nuts, and the nostalgic whiff of that first wood smoke. ~Ken Weber, in Providence Journal-Bulletin

 

Catching Up

I had forgotten just how hectic this time of year is for us. It is great being back in Kentucky and we enjoy being back to work at Amazon, but between work and school and trying to get a little sleep from time to time, there is not a whole lot of time for anything else.

Things are in full swing, though. Rob is on his last work-hardening week and then he is on full 10-hour shifts, as I have been for the last couple of weeks. We are both picking, meaning we are getting a lot of exercise walking around the huge facility every night, picking items people have purchased. Last year we both left here a few pounds lighter, so we will have to see how that goes this year.

Back on the 13th of October, I ran my first official half-marathon in Midway, Kentucky. It was such a wonderful experience running the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country. Horses were running the fence lines with us and were just amazing to watch. After not running more than twice since my marathon three weeks prior, I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I was able to run the whole way and finished in 2:18:55. I even met Jeff Galloway! I followed his training plans for my marathon and it was neat being able to meet the person who made it possible.

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We have gone fishing a couple of times. It is nice to be able to relax a little bit while the kids explore. The fish in the area are new to Rob, so he is still learning how to catch them. He can catch trout like a master, but the bass and catfish and crappie are a little different. He did catch his first Kentucky fish, but it was so small that he wasn’t too excited about a picture with it. Notice his “Please just take the darned picture so I can throw the darned fish back in the darned lake,” look. It still surprises me that he keeps me around…

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I have already made reservations at an RV park down in Florida, so at least we know where we are going from here. Now we must make it through Peak season at Amazon while keeping up on the kids’ schooling. But today is already the 23rd, so we only have two more months here, and if it is anything like last year, it will fly by.

 

My 52: Week 44

This week’s featured photographer is… drumroll please… my dad!!

Due to the fact that I myself have failed to get any bird pictures this week, and the fact that my dad just happened to email me several great ones, I have decided to share a couple of his pictures. I should probably point out that I failed to ask for his permission to do this, but due to the late hour, and since today is my My 52 deadline for the week, I am hoping that he won’t mind if I share his wonderful talent with you.

These ducks are currently residing in Albertson Park in Boise, Idaho. I love wood ducks and rarely see any myself, so this one was a special treat, and the handsome mallard seemed very excited that he was having his picture taken.

I have a feeling that somehow my dad knew I would be needing his help this week. Thank you, Daddy!!

Right before my very eyes…

Between working and schooling and keeping on top of everyday things, there is not a whole lot of time for blogging, which happens to be one of my very favorite things. So once again, I am offering pictures.

My children are growing up. Some days too fast. Some days not fast enough.

But growing. Always growing.

Right before my very eyes.

 

My 52: Week 43

I had so much fun taking pictures of the horses this week that I forgot to get any of the birds. Thank goodness for the fence outside our front door! This little guy stopped by for a visit earlier this week. He had a friend with him, but she didn’t stick around long. Apparently she didn’t like me sticking my camera out of the window…

Another Beautiful Fall Day

It was a beautiful fall day, one perfect for taking a drive. I thought we were heading to Lexington, Rob thought we were going to Churchill Downs, the GPS sent us to Louisville. Nobody complained.

The Kentucky Derby Museum was beyond amazing. It was impossible not to feel the excitement and thrill of the race. The grounds were immaculate, despite the fact that the facility is undergoing a 9-million dollar renovation.

There is currently a movie being filmed at the track (50 to 1, I believe it is called.) When we were there, they were working on the part taking place in the Winner’s Circle.

Churchill Downs honors every winner from the Derby’s long history. The banners from the 11 Triple Crown winners hang in the Great Hall. Each year, the horse in the museum is redecorated to match the silks of that year’s winner.

After an amazing experience at the museum, we headed into Louisville. We stopped in for a quick visit downtown, and then went to see the Ohio River as daylight began to fade.

We all had a really fun time, and we will have to go back. We weren’t able to make it to the zoo, and the Luisville Slugger museum is there as well. But today, it was simply another beautiful fall day, perfect for taking a drive through the heart of Kentucky.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

“Happy” is a beautiful fall day just perfect for taking a walk in the woods.

“Happy” is a stroll down the trail, enjoying all that nature has to offer.

“Happy” is hanging out with your brother, because even though he drives you crazy and you want to strangle him most of the time, he really is pretty cool.

“Happy” is watching a loved one master a new skill, like starting a fire without matches, something Rob has been wanting to do for quite some time.

“Happy” is a tasty lunch, grilled to perfection over an open flame. The smell of the campfire is an added bonus.

“Happy” is a day spent with family, exploring and learning together.

“Happy” is watching the sun slowly set over the lake, knowing that it was a day well spent.

“Happy” is… knowing that you are surrounded by those you love. Always.