Pumpkin Patch 2009!!

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009

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It's that time of year again!! We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch with the kids this weekend! I really love fall, and although we don't always get the pumpkins carved, we have never missed a year of going to a pumpkin patch...complete with hayride of course!! :)

We have tried a few different farms over the years, and this year's choice was by far our favorite!! The hayride was great; fun AND educational! We saw a few different animals on the ride, and not only did our driver slow down to see them, but he stopped and told the kids all about the surrounding crops int he fields, as well as the animals in front of us. The kids got to see and hear about the cows, goats, peacocks, and even the 2 hound dogs that run through the fields and follow the tractors. :)

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While on the hayride, we stopped at the pumpkin field where not only were the pumpkins sitting around the field, many were still attached to the vines. :) There were even some other gourds and such scattered in the field.


After the hayride, the kids went into the play area which included a small maze, some barrel cows to sit on, a slide, and a few pens where they could pet the animals that came to the fence; including a goat, donkey, sheep, and piglet. There was corn all around to feed the animals as well!

At the end, we tried to go through the giant corn maze, but got lost and had to backtrack through the whole thing! After one last stop into the store for a few ham biscuits, and some chocolate covered peanuts, it was time to pack up our pumpkins and head home.

We really had a great time, and look forward to going back next year!!

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Operation Baking Gals

>> Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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If you are like me and you like to bake, but know you don't need to eat a few dozen cookies, have I got something to tell you!! While flipping through my newest issue of Taste of Home, I happened across an article on a group of women who bake cookies and send them to soldiers overseas. The website is www.bakinggals.com Immediately the wheels in my brain started turning...Ok, so I get to bake, but the cookies don't hang out and taunt me for days afterward. (Oh and I can always swipe one....Just to make sure they taste good of course)

The soldiers that recieve the goodies get to experience a taste of home when packages arrive. Not only do the sponsored soldiers benefit, but generally they get enough goodies to share!!

When you sign up and visit the site, you can review the teams for the current round, and sign up for a team. For each team site, you will be able to read a blurb, and sometimes see a picture of the soldier that team is currently sponsoring. I know that it is hard to pick a team, but you don't have to limit yourself to one. As a team member, you can bake as much, or as little as you want to; one dozen, or a dozen boxes. :)

This is my first time participating, and I can't wait to get started!! I actually signed up a bit late for this round, but am hoping that I can still get in. If not then I will be first in line to sign up for the next round!!

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Yesterday was a tough day...

>> Monday, October 5, 2009

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I really am going to try to keep this blog up beat, however since this blog is about my life, sometimes it drifts... Yesterday would have been my Granddad's birthday.

He was born in North Carolina, and was one of 5 boys. I have had the pleasure of hearing a plethora of stories from him about being poor, and working on the family farm. I wish that I could have recorded some of those stories, since many of the details have gotten lost over the years.

He was in the army and served in World War II.

When I was little, I remember visiting him in North Carolina sometimes. He lived up here, but had an apartment down there during the week. He was the plant manager for a feed company, and I still have vague pictures in my head of what his office looked like, as well as the view from the big window that looked down on the rest of the plant. He retired when I was around 7 or 8 (I think), but he didn't slow down a bit.

My parents are divorced, and my mom was a working mom, so my grandparents had me after school during the week. In addition to going to church Wed nights and twice on Sundays, my Granddad was also a deacon, and in the choir. While I was in Middle School, both of my grandparents started voulenteering at my school, and my Granddad voulenteered there for years after I left.

Being an only child (that lived in my house, I have 2 half sisters that live with my Dad), I was very self sufficient when it came to entertaining myself. I stayed outside in the Summers, and was always looking for supplies and making things from my highlights magazines! :) I don't know what most girls did when they entertained themselves, but I was always one to be playing with bugs and dirt.

My granddad taught me how to make a homemade slingshot (and how to use it) and showed me how to tie a string to the leg of a June bug, so it was kinda like a kite. (something I don't condone, but it was something he did growing up!) I ALWAYS was catching bugs of some kind to keep as "pets"

My Granddad was always there for me, and anyone else that needed him. I really don't know how he did all he did.

He called me his "buddy", or "Jackass" depending on what mood he was in. :) He always had a sense of humor...dressing up like a woman for skits on many occasions to go visit home bound church members.

He was one that knew how to have fun, could always help me with my homework, and was always there if I needed him to be. He lived by his motto... "It only takes a little more effort to go first class"

My Granddad passed away 3 years ago from Cancer. He will always have a big place in my heart, and I will never stop missing him. I know that he is in a better place, and he will always be watching out for me.

I feel VERY blessed and privileged to be a part of his life.

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I'm An Aunt!!

>> Saturday, October 3, 2009

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I know I am posting this a week late, but my nephew was born last Friday! My lil' sis had an AWESOME labor ( I am SO jealous) She was induced, and they broke her water around 9:40 in the morning. about 45 minutes later, her contractions picked up, and were starting to get a little more painful. At that point, the doctor told her she could get her epidural at any time, so after about 15 more minutes she went ahead and ordered it. (Epidurals REALLY are an amazing invention!) The nurse told her it would be a while before the anesthesiologist could come, so she offered to give her some stadol through her IV. Well as soon as she got it, she felt like she had 3 vicodin LOL About 5 minutes later the lady was coming in to give her the epidural!

Here is something else that makes me very jealous about the whole thing...I had epidurals with BOTH of my kids, and while it was amazing, and took the edge off, I still felt 100% of the pressure.....I was still in pain.

Anywho, she got her epidural and was in NO pain. She felt NO pain until the very end, and even then it wasn't bad at all! She never felt the urge to push, so we had to tell her when she had her contractions. I was privileged, not only to be able to be one of the people in the room with her, but I got to hold her leg while she pushed!!! It was SO amazing.

If there was any doubt about how her labor was going, in between pushes, there was no screaming, no crying, no grimacing, there was laughter.....lots and lots of laughter!!

My beautiful, perfect nephew was born weighing in at 7lbs 5oz. He also was born with the thickest head of dark hair you could ever imagine on a newborn.

So far he has been a perfect baby too. He sleeps ALL the time, only waking to eat, look around for a few minutes, and go back to sleep.

I am in love!


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