Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We really got Olivia into the Thanksgiving spirit this year. :)
Olivia's Thanksgiving Tree
We cut out a bunch of leaves and had Olivia tell us all the things she was thankful for this year. We wrote them down on the leaves and taped them to her "tree"

She was dying to eat these as they sat in front of her. :)

Olivia's Turkey ("No daddy, they're chickens!") Cookies

Olivia's Little People First Thanksgiving Set

Olivia's Little People Mayflower set

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pumpkins and Other Pics

Right before Halloween, we took the kiddos to a pumpkin patch to play in the pumpkins and pick out a couple of little ones to take home.

The picks for the day

Gabe thought the big ones were a blast!

Olivia managed to find one that was very lumpy.

Once a month or so, Rebecca takes the young 'uns down to Waxhaw to visit Grandma and Grandpa. This most recent trip, Olivia got to ride a horse all by herself. She was scared at first, but she decided to try it and once she got on, she had a really good time.

And one random Gabe pic:

This is really how he sleeps most of the time. :)

Picking Apples and Other Fall Fun

Well, we've got a backlog of pictures to share with everyone, so we'll try to get caught up over the next couple of posts.

Back in October, we took a day trip to the Orchard at Altapass, a non-profit apple orchard right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We got to take a hayride and hear some great stories about the history of the area. We also took the opportunity to pick our own apples, right from the tree! At first we thought it was odd that they charged more for pick-you-own than the bags the had in the shop, but after we ate 3 right from the tree, we realized it was probably just smart business. :)

The apples were delicious and Rebecca and Olivia got to make homemade applesauce and apple butter.

Sadly, the colors weren't very good in the mountains that weekend... It had rained just a day or two before and many of the leaves had been knocked to the ground already. Fortunately, when we got back into the neighborhood, we found the colors here to be absolutely spectacular!