Friday, September 28, 2012

Pumpkin Pickin'!

I was in a bad need for hay bales.
It was the first official day of fall, and that meant that I needed to put the hay bales out on the porch.
My mom & I checked everywhere in town, but no one had any.
So that afternoon, we headed off to the pumpkin patch 30 minutes away to get some hay.
And pumpkins.
And fun.
So I grabbed Grammie & Uncle Kurt and off we went to Grider's Farm

 You know my little green man found something green to take home...

 Look at Grammie's ponytail holder!
SO cute!

 Emma finally found her *perfect* pumpkin.
 At one point, Evan pretended to be a pumpkin, and Emma had to pick him. It was uber cute, and I totally filmed it. 
 LOVE this.
 Uncle Kurt finally helped Evan find a perfect pumpkin, too.
We need to go again, with daddy.
He was at home waiting for house guests.
We missed him, but we had such a good time with Grammie & Uncle K!
Happy Fall, y'all!
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Alabaster Caverns (Weekend Getaway, Day 2!)

On our second day of the weekend away was a short drive to Alabaster Caverns, where we got to go through living caves!
The drive was really foggy - in fact, we had passed a pretty bad wreck between a semi and an SUV, and didn't even see it until we were almost on top of it! Scary stuff!
 The kids were excited and curious at the same time about the cave. Evan's not big into dark places. He's definitely my night light kid, so I was trying to avoid any "dark" comments along the way.

 Before our tour departed, we walked around the welcome center. The good thing was, our tour group would be next. The bad news was that the electricity had gone out.
Our tour would be in PITCH BLACK with only a few flashlights.
Oh. Kay.
(Totally didn't mention that to Ev...)

 Finally, it was our turn! We walked down some steep stairs down to the cave, at which point, Evan stopped and refused to go farther.

 Eventually, daddy got him to wander in a little further, and he started to be a little more brave.
 He was all smiles within a few minutes, after I mentioned that Bat Man lives in a cave...
psh. Boys.

 A beyond flattering photo of me...

 Here it is, folks!
The self portrait!
 The last third of the cave had working lights 
so we moved a little faster and I was a little less scared of homeless people grabbing my heels.
(I have no idea. It was a worry...)

 Go to the light! Go to the LIGHT!
 And we boarded the tram that would take us back to the surface...
THANK YOU for taking us, Paupau & Papa Lee! We had a WONDERFUL weekend, and we needed it very much so. God has blessed us with wonderful friends like you!

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The Great Salt Plains

Our friends invited us for a weekend trip that started with a trip to the Great Salt Plains
We left after a big ihop breakfast and headed off to the land of sand and.......sand.
It had recently rained, so the ground was wet and muddish. It made it harder to find crystals, but we managed all right. 
Step 1: Dig a hole

 Step 2: Pour water into the hole and feel around for hard pieces - crystals!
 We were pretty excited that we had found these salt crystals. Looking back, we laugh.
Evan found a couple in this hole! 

 The impressive salt crystals we had before were completely obliterated by Emma's giant cluster!
 So, we all dug holes close to Emma's, so we could find bigger ones. (They say that where you find one, there's more)
And, they were right. 
 Thanks, daddy, for diggin them holes!
 As usual, our self portrait...
Some of our crystals... 

 Emma kept digging ALL. day. long.
 Evan and the boys LOVED the endless sand. They ran and ran and ran (and I never lost sight of them!!)

 After a long (dirty!) day, we headed into Kansas to our home for the night. I can't remember the name of the motel, but it was cute and cozy, and had PINK tile in the bathroom! LOVE!
(notice the blue bucket of crystals in the bottom of the photo - those were only Emma's part of the loot...)

We were all happy to shower and rest, even if our van would have to wait a bit longer.
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