Some Fall Fun

If you know me, you know I like a schedule. Especially, for the boys.  It has been, and still is, very hard for me to deviate from a schedule when it comes to them.  I have this character flaw trait that can make it very very (you see where I’m going with this) hard for me when things a.) do not go according to plan, b.) do not have a plan, or c.) do not go according to plan.  That being said, I am continuing to work on that and not let the little things get to me as much.  I can’t say it won’t get to me at all if things go awry.  I’m a person who can compromise and go with the flow when I am not constantly being asked to compromise and go with the flow.  When it’s always that way, it starts to seem like there’s never a plan.

So… I am trying to be better about planning things that deviate from our typical routine.  We do a lot with the boys at home and other places, but I sometimes feel like we’re not experiencing the place we live enough.  I am still learning about “annual traditions” and where to do stuff, even though we’ve been here for almost two years.  Now that Harrison’s been in school a full year, and I know more parents, I am making more friends, and they are great resources for where to go/things to do.

I also feel like I am more in touch with how the boys deal with deviations and what they can handle.  That is so critical, in my opinion.  Pinterest is an awesome resource, but I am really not about gathering up a lot of materials to have my almost-4-year-old complain about the cool idea I was for sure would be an awesome bonding experience. I  am not about forcing fun and continuing to do something when two children (or even 1) is/are whining and complaining. I think “forcing fun” is an oxymoron, don’t you? It’s not fun if it’s forced.

One thing that isn’t really just for Fall; rather, something we do almost every Saturday, is enjoy the Farmer’s Market.  We pick up a lot of our food for the week, and we have an awesome opportunity to show the boys, and talk about, seasonal produce. Plus, we are outdoors, and it’s really about taking in the sights and smells of the season. Last weekend, just Harrison and I went, and he picked out a white “ghost” pumpkin.  He was so excited about getting it home and drawing a ghost face on it.

Four weeks ago, we headed to historic St. Charles and went to Oktoberfest.  We went last year and really enjoyed it, so we wanted to go back with the boys again this year.  Beckett is transitioning to one nap/day, so we decided to try keeping him up in the afternoon.  He did great, and it just meant he was ready for an earlier bedtime.  Both the boys loved walking around and seeing all the different vendors. They got to ride a train, and Harrison loved watching the wood carvers.  Anyone with any kind of tool is okay in his book.  I’m pretty sure the boys enjoyed the food, too.

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Try no to look at the camera too much, Harrison.

Two weeks ago, we decided to take the boys to get pumpkins.  I asked around, and it seemed like there were a few places worth checking out near here.  We ultimately decided on Rombach Farms in Chesterfield because it was the closest.  The funny thing was that as we got off the exit, I assumed all the traffic was for the new outlet mall. I was wrong.  Many people wanted to get their pumpkins that weekend. Other than parking, everything went smoothly.  I have to say, I’m glad Harrison isn’t quite 4.  That seems to be when you really have to pay for things.  Thankfully, other than the hay ride, Harrison didn’t want to do much of the other things you had to pay for.  We mostly walked all over the pumpkin patches and marveled at how big the pumpkins were.  Here were my attempts at capturing Harrison.  He takes direction well.

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After getting our pumpkins, we treated ourselves to coffee at Kaldi’s and then everyone had ice cream at Oberweis.  This was a first for us.  Not ice cream, mind you, just eating at Oberweis.  It seemed my choice (apple strudel) was deemed the favorite. Beckett kept yellingasking me for “bite, please”, and Harrison didn’t want to get left out.

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So, that was a little recap of a few of the things we’ve done this fall. We’ve been up to some other things, too, but I’ll save those for another post.  Have to keep you coming back for more (10 or so people who I know read this).

Our 4th

We had a fun 4th of July this year. We ended up going out to David’s Grandma Bunge’s and having a nice time with the Bunge clan.

Harrison helped me make some mini fruit pizzas.

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Harrison got to play on the farm and ride around on the Gator.  Good food was involved, and everyone had fun just spending time together.

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There were a few fireworks (nothing big).

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Harrison wasn’t too sure. Once he warmed up, he awaited each firework with eager anticipation.

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I think one of my favorite photos from the day was this one I took with my phone on our way home. We offered to take cousin Jenna home so she could go to a friend’s house. She certainly earned the ride.

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Day Trip: PaPa and Grammy’s House

Now that it’s summer time, and Harrison is out of school, I like to take him places to keep him busy (especially with Beckett still napping twice/day). I am blessed to be afforded this luxury since David is usually working from home. All of our trips so far have been “local” (library, parks, the zoo). This time, though, we headed to Mexico (Missouri) to visit my parents; the aforementioned, PaPa and Grammy.
We headed out yesterday mid-morning, and we were back this afternoon. This was just long enough to spend quality time with my parents and let Harrison be the center of attention. It was a nice trip.
Pretty much the first thing Harrison does when we get to my parents’ is get his bin of trucks toys out. His favorite is a Fisher-Price Western set my brothers and I played with. The indoor play didn’t last long. He quickly wanted to head outside. He helped Grammy pick flowers and picked up sticks around the back so PaPa wouldn’t run over them with his mower.

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This wore him out enough to actually fall asleep during his rest time. Or to be very very quiet, at least. He did mention something about roly-polies to my mom when he came up. I personally think he slept. He is not one to remain quietly in a room for over an hour without being asleep.
I was able to visit with a good friend who happened to be in town for a few days. It’s always nice when those things work out. She and her husband just celebrated 8 years of marriage, and are headed on a weekend trip to celebrate. Have fun you two!
Harrison barely made it out of the bathroom before he was outside again. This time, there was golfing, hauling, digging, and climbing involved. Sometimes I wonder where his “off” switch is. Seriously. I want to find it and power him off for a few hours during the day sometimes.
PaPa grilled, and Harrison tried to eat all the chicken. I think he ate two drumsticks, half of a small breast, and a bunch of grilled vegetables. Then he remembered he had water, and guzzled a huge glass of that. I was worn out just watching him eat.
Today, was a lot of fun. We headed to Plunkett Park with Grammy for a little bit. Harrison dug in the sand and then wanted to go hiking. He pointed out the ants.

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From the park, we headed to Brick City Bistro. So many yummy scones, so little time to eat them all. We went with butterscotch.

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After carb-loading and coffee drinking (not Harrison), we walked down to another local shop, Scrapbook Store and More. Harrison had fun building puzzles while my mom and I looked around. Harrison somehow convinced Grammy to get him something. We spent a good half hour in there just looking around and talking to the owner. I was reminded why I love a small(er) town so much. Harrison was quite the charmer.
After some lunch and more playing, it was time for us to head back home. It didn’t take too long before Harrison was asleep and doing his own Napoleon.

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