Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fun in the Fall

Brendon, Kaden, Me and Caitrin posing on a log in the wood of Tippecanoe River State Park.

A couple of weeks ago, we took our annual trip to Tippecanoe River State Park in Winamac, IN. Every year we hiking along the trails in the woods when the leaves start turning colors. The first thing we do is climb the firetower. This year Brendon was the only one who made it to the top. During our walk we stopped to pose for photos (taken with our phones/iPod). We made full circle back the firetower and stopped to see some horses that were hitched on a post. One of the owners so graciously let Caitrin sit on one horse and the other lead Brendon around the area on the other.

Caitrin on a horse.
Kaden posing on a log.

Starting a new tradition this year, my mom took Brendon and Caitrin to a nearby nursery for a hayride into a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. Kaden wasn't feeling well that day, so we stayed home and waited for the pumpkins to arrive. Picking pumpkins wasn't the only thing they did at the nursery. 

Brendon and Caitrin on Hensler Express at Hensler Nursery.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Caitrin, the cool witch, and Kaden, the sheep, are ready to trick-or-treat.

Here they are! Caitrin is so proudly wearing the cool witch costume she designed. I'm merely the seamstress. She picked out all the fabrics. Most of them are remnants we had been gathering for about a month and I purchased the silver for the bodice. We had a witch hat but it kept falling off so she decided to go with a side ponytail and I sprayed it purple.

Kaden is a last minute Shaun the Sheep. He is also very excited. He was originally going to be a super hero, but we couldn't get the mask over his glasses. He LOVES Shaun the Sheep. He watches the episodes from 2006 to 2007 over and over on our Netflix. It cracks me up to listen to him giggle. None of the characters talk -- even the farmer mumbles -- but the expressions on these sheep's faces are priceless. If you've never heard of Shaun the Sheep, you can find episodes on YouTube.

The making of the costumes and trick-or-treating seem to the kick-off to the holiday season. It won't be long and I will be stuffing myself with turkey and all the fixins, then spending many sleepless nights listening to Christmas music and sewing Christmas presents. I can't wait!