The week before last, I went out on a girls' night with my mom, Stacey and Karla. We went to Wine and Palette, where they take you step by step through making a painting.
I love arts and crafts, but I'm not artistic, so the detailed instructions are right up my alley, and I tried to follow every little thing, and the result wasn't too bad. Here is my painting from start to finish.
It was fun to do it together and see how each person's was a little different.
I think visiting a pumpkin patch is one of my favorite yearly activities, and this year we went to two pumpkin patches. First, we went to the Parkhurst Pumpkin with the Bowlings. This was our first time to go there, and I really liked it, because it was in a wooded area and had a relaxing feel.
I did think at one point that we might not ever make it out of the corn maze, but we did. The kids also enjoyed the hay ride, and I appreciated that we actually rode on hay, not just benches like some of the other "hay" rides.
I didn't get any pictures, but the kids also had fun on the rope swings and playing some of the games.
We also took our annual trip to the Orr Family Farm with cousin Athena.
We were so excited that they were open this year, even though they had been significantly damaged by the May tornado. They had basically everything up and going again, including the carousel.
Tyler spent a lot of time on the pedal cars, and the girls loved the giant slide and the jumping pillows.
Ashley has been wanting to do another class at the art museum, and I was finally able to sign her up for one, and we went a few weeks ago. In the class, we visited one of the exhibits and learned about portraits. When we got back to the classroom, the kids got to draw a portrait of someone they love. Not suprisingly, Ashley chose to draw a picture of Grandma. Here was the result:
You may not be impressed, but I was actually suprised. She mostly just scribbles when given a crayon, and I didn't know she could really draw a person (stick figure).
After the art museum, we went for brunch at the Waffle Champion. I highly recommend it.
We got a season pass to the fair this year, and enjoyed Disney on Ice with Gram, Cousin Athena, Uncle Toby and Aunt Karla. We also met up with the Bowlings one day, which was a special treat. Here are some pics of some of the other highlights:
I'm 36 and have been happily married to an amazing man - Brent - for 13 years! We have wonderful 3-year-old twins, Tyler and Ashley. They are our double blessing! And I am blessed to get to stay home with them full-time.