Hot: Vala's Pumpkin Patch
It's stupid expensive to go only once so we splurged on season passes. It's been worth every penny mostly because we refuse to NOT get our money's worth. We recently got Stella to ride the adorable ponies and found out that the little goat by the scarecrow band escapes. So beware. We also hit up the "haunted" houses, John Deer tractors, story book village, paintball, graveyard golf, bonfire and obviously the corn pit. We still have to do the apple sling shot, see the pig races and go on the hayrack ride. We also refuse to finish the season without trying one of those $5 s'mores. You're killing us, Vala's!
Not hot: Vala's parking lot
Panicked parents, gravel roads and dirty cars are not really my cup of tea. Also not hot? Car troubles. I use the term "trouble" losely because when you full blown jump your car with cables only to find out that it's in drive, it's not really trouble at all. It's also not considered "car trouble" when you try starting your car with keys to a different car. That my friends, is certainly NOT hot.
Props goes to Sarah Ludacka for putting up with me.
Hot: Cross Country
Sammy ran this fall for Russell and he loved it. It amazes me how much he loves running. No clue where he gets it from. We loved that cross country wasn't a huge commitment because we already have plenty of those. We also REALLY loved that it's free! We did NOT have any of those activities yet. He plans on doing it again next year and we look forward to many more 5K races until then. The kid is addicted.
Although much better than last season, the KWAA Chiefs have quite the reputation. For loosing. Sam is not loving it so much this year and mostly because he misses baseball. He regrets not playing fall ball and claims that this is his last season of football. FOR-EV-ER. Mama is not sad.
Hot: Rainbow Looms
Although I'm still a little irritated that this genius idea what not my own, I give major ups to the Loom inventor. You have convinced every child, both male and female, that these tiny colored rubber bands are highly fashionable. And according to Stella, can be worn so many different ways. Also, because a package of colored rubber bands really shouldn't be and can't be sold for more than $4, I will buy several. These tiny pieces of gold also keep my children of 3 completely different ages and genders playing together nicely and quietly for hours on end. Brilliant.
Not: Rainbow Looms
Have I mentioned that Holly is a total slob? Organized is not part of her vocab. So Holly + 2 rainbow loom cases FULL of miniature rubber bands + 2 toddlers on the loose + her lack of attention to detail + a slightly OCD mother = NOT HOT
As in the 1982 movie. Stella watched it for the first time over the summer and it was love at first sight. Of course she loves a practically black and white old fashioned musical. Be still my heart. It makes complete sense. She even requested to be Annie for Halloween.
The convo went like this: "Mommy, I want Annie's dress and Annie's shoes!" After my heart skipped a beat, I replied with "only if you promise to wear Annie's hair."
|you'll never guess what she's watching...|
Not: Watching Annie at 7:00 in the morning.
Not: Watching Annie when she should be napping
Not: Watching Annie at 10pm and/or 11pm.
Not: Putting Stella in timeout when she's screaming "I WANT TO WATCH ANNIE!"
Hot: life group
Being surrounded by great friends that care and pray. It feels good and we are blessed. Mandy, Shireen, Anna, Elisha, Deanna, and Lauren. You gals and your hubsters are gifts in our lives during this season of life. Also hot is Sarah Zeleny. Figuratively and literally. For being a great friend that I can count on 24/7. Speaking of friends, Alli Bryant I haven't seen you in like A MONTH and I'm starting to have withdrawals. Strike class Monday? I'll bring an inhaler, JIC (just in case).
Not: life decisions
Buying houses, selling houses, having 2 houses, having no houses, save money or spend money? Questions that are not going anywhere and we are dangerously close to making decisions but not close enough to risk them being the wrong decisions. Being grown up is tough and even though it's crazy hard to trust there is a perfect plan for us, I'm so so thankful that we are surrounded by praying friends and family who care for us. And THAT is my most favorite fall fact.