Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wheat (bread), Grass, and Hay (ride)!

Emma's class made homemade (or schoolmade?) bread on Thursday. Mmmm! The kids were all really excited! I got the chance to snap some photos of the class making the bread, but Evan was napping for the butter churning & eating. (However, Ms. Allen made sure Emma brought me a taste - and it was wonderful!) Each child got his or her own turn pouring the ingredients into the breadmakers. I was particularly interested in this making of the bread because one of the bread machines was mine, which I have never used due to not knowing it worked. Good thing Ms. Allen did!

"B" is for bread. Saturday morning was another soccer game for the Red Hawks. Emma volunteered herself to be goalie again (cringe!).
Some more great action shots at the game:






Right after the game, we headed off to Shawnee, OKlahoma. It was about an hour's drive away, but I had found online a Pumpkin Patch that sounded really fun...
The Shawnee Maze Pumpkin Patch.
First things first! We must stop to pump water from the wells, of course!
Since there was a shortage of pumpkins this year on in the patches, I ushered the kids off to the pumpkin vines to choose their pumpkin of choice. (As if all the pumpkins would be gone before October even hit...)
John was particularly engrossed in this pumpkin's...."character".
And, yes, this was his choice to take home with us, proudly displayed in the birdbath in the front garden, greeting neighbors and visitors gleefully.

Emma, however, was on the search for the "perfect" pumpkin.
It took her awhile to thoroughly comb the entire patch.
Until...
She found it.
In plain sight.
Not really. (See that tiny orange shirt? Thats her.)
It was time to pay for our pumpkins and put them in the car so we could move on to the other activities!
That's my white pumpkin there next to Evan, and his green one is sitting behind him.
There wasn't any actual corn cobs in the corn maze just yet, but the stalks were as high as an elephant's eye!!
And sometimes, your own kids won't cooperate with picture-taking, so you use other people's kiddos to compare corn vs. human...
Those "other kiddos" happen to be Gavin & his brothers and cousins.
Here they are, all together before we entered the maze.
And yes, Evan is standing on his own! Yay!
And our happy foursome :)
The corn maze was harder than we thought, and was in the design of our new NBA team's Logo, the OKC Thunder. See the design by clicking here. and scrolling down.
Here's Evan in his wagon. We were lost in the maze for about two hours! Thoughts of starvation and dehydration were zooming through my head. Worries of why I hadn't informed the workers I was venturing off into the depths of corn in case of an emergency search crew needed to be called. Oh, the endless panic.
However, on the way through the dark and muddy maze, I did happen across this intresting little plant. It had tiny empty pods on it that looked like little asian lanterns. Cute. (Was it edible?!? We might have to live off it until the corn grew in!...)
But we FINALLY got out...alive!! Woo hoo!
And it was off to the hay ride!
The kids sang one of the OSU fight songs for the driver, who told them that they got free hayrides all day if they could sing that song. (They were free anyway, but the kids were really excited!)

Evan had fun on his very first hayride, even though he didn't feel 100% great...
As you can see here...
Sweet faced flower!
What a great weekend!
My dinner exchange will start tonight. I prepared all my meals Friday, and will trade tonight with a few friends and get the whole week's dinners! I love that I only have to cook once with one recipe and end up with different ones for the week!

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