Sunday, October 10, 2010


I LOVE fall. It is my very favorite time of year. I love the way the air feels crisp. I love seeing the leaves turn colors and fall. I love the smell of the first fireplaces lighting up in the evenings. I love mums and pumpkin chocolate chunk muffins and dressing up for Halloween. I love cooking insanely large Thanksgiving meals for our friends and family. And I love trekking out to the local pumpkin patch for some great fall fun.

This year, we tried out the pumpkin patch at Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. It was about an hour away, but well worth it for some great family fun. My dad and his friend, Michelle, were in town visiting and joined us for the day. We had such a great time! The kids started off the day with some strawberry lemonade to revive us after our long drive (Sweet Berry Farms is a pick-your-own berries farm in the summer, so you can imagine how yummy the lemonade was!). Then we headed off to paint pumpkins. We ate hot dogs and chips, then went to feed the goats and ride a horse. Aubrey and Aiden both LOVED the horse rides--neither one wanted to leave their horse when it was over, and I don't think Aubrey closed her mouth the entire ride, she just kept staring in open-mouthed awe at her horse!  We went for a short hay "shuttle," over to the other section of the farm and walked through the huge fields of beautiful flowers, then went on a long hay ride through "Scarecrow City" where there were all sorts of crazy scarecrows acting very silly. We met some more farm animals, then went over to stuff our own scarecrow and pick out pumpkins to take home. On our way out, we decided to get some of the pumpkin ice cream everyone was raving about, only to discover they were sold out--so we settled for homemade vanilla with strawberry sauce, which was delicious. Then we piled back in the van and headed home. It was such a fun day. The only thing that would have made it better--if daddy had been able to join us. We all miss him terribly and can't wait 'til he comes home next month!

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