Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Fun

As promised, here are our Pumpkins. This is as good as it gets at our house folks! I'm saving that third one to make "Pumpkin Bake." I'm sure my MIL won't mind me sharing the recipe!! I have been thinking about it for weeks. It is so good!

I will post the recipe soon.

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My Darling Raggedy Ann! I could just eat her up!

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We never could get her separated from her snack!

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Oh well, she still loves the camera.

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Our first stop Halloween night, was Glen Haven Nursing Home. We stopped to visit my Grandmother (my Dad's mother).

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She is in the rehab unit and I don't really know how that differs from the residential patients, but that place was immaculate! MawMaw is there trying to rebuild some of her strength before she goes back home. She has stage 3 dementia but she knew all of us! She may be declining physically but her spirits were up! Babies do that to us adults!

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It was good to see her. I hope we can get back for a visit soon!
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We left Glen Haven and went to Lakewood Baptist, to meet up with my brother and his family. From 10-31-09

Aunt Erin and Ella.

Erin is getting over Encephalitis and Spinal Meningitis! Can you believe it? Please keep her in your prayers though, the doctors did find a small aneurysm. She will be going to a neurosurgeon soon to find out if she needs surgery.

Haley was The Cat in the Hat, Luke was the fish.

This was Ella's first "trick or treat" experience. She totally GOT IT. She managed "twick or tweet.............."

"tank you"

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She loved the Candy Land exhibit!

Luke is eyeing his loot!

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Isn't this the cutest Cat in the Hat you've ever seen?

Ella adored Luke. All night she tried to hug him and kiss him. She wanted to hold his hand but finally resigned to hold Mommy's.

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Haley loved giving hugs too!

There were lots of games set up for kids that were a little bit older. Ella still won us a strawberry Sunkist!

She waited her turn, she listened to the instructions, and put the ring over the bottle!

I'm not just bragging because shes my child. Really....she never ceases to amaze me!

Then cousin Luke did the same thing! Good Job Lukie!

At the Beverly Hillbillies booth, she had to give the doggie a kiss.

Then the three wild Indians got into the bouncy house. OK, they are kind of small, but they wanted to bounce too! Big kids are scary! I wanted to snatch them all up for not being careful around those babies! Help......get us out of here! I had them all pinned up against the wall :( Poor things!

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Erin's sister's kids were Thing 1 and Thing 2. Too cute!

Raggedy Ann had had enough!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stroller Envy

I think this baby stroller may be Ella's favorite toy at MeeMaw's house. When she finished pushing her babies around, she took a seat and waited on us to finish eating. Please note that my BABY is wearing pull-ups!

Beep...Beep....Beep. I'm backin' in!
The stroller is sliding out from under me! Hmmmm....this is going to be tricky!

I also wanted to show the GP's Ella new bedding set. She is so excited to sleep in the Dora Bed!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Play

No, that's not a ghost, it's just my white legs. It was hot OK! Pumpkin carving is hard work!

Can you believe, after all that, I didn't even take a picture of our finished 'Jack-o-lantern's'? I will try to remember to post some before they rot. No promises though.
I see my $100 "book fee" wasn't for nothing. Look at my cute little squirrel.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Old Baker Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we drove over to Harpersville to The Old Baker Farm for their Pumpkin Patch and 'Cotton Pickin' Celebration.' It was $10 to get in, Children under 2 entered free and the cost of admission included all activities and your pumpkins to take home. Can you believe this was the entire family's first pumpkin patch? Sorry mom, but if you ever took me to one, I can't remember. As you enter, you pass a fun play area for small children (under 6) to ride on toy tractors and even sit on some of the big ones! Keep walking and you come to the Maize maze...hehe. It was a little muddy so we passed on that activity. Then we passed the food. Barbecue, grilled sweet corn, popped kettle corn, and lots of other delicious smells and some live live blue grass music! I'm a fan. Next we passed the pony rides. There was a weight limit of 125 lbs. So, Ella was too little to ride by herself, but together, we were over the weight limit. Poor baby, she was so excited. Next, we came to the petting zoo......

Disregard the lazy eye and consider the fact that this was the BEST picture we took together all

Chickens, Ducks, Goats, Turkeys, Pigs, Horses, Cows, and Bunnies.
One of the baby goats still had its umbilical cord, it was soooo cute!

We love you baby cow!

This is the way you wash your hands on the farm. At least they provided a way!

After washing our hands, we joined the hundreds of people standing in line to get on the hayride to the pumpkin patch. The line actually moved pretty fast. They had 4 or 5 tractors pulling about 40 people in each.

Ella picked us out 3 beauties!

We let her do the heavy lifting.

The pumpkins were starting to get pretty scarce. We had to walk a loooooong way with 3 big pumpkins, a diaper bag, and a baby.

If its on the ground right in front of the hayride, its rotten, keep moving.

Ella kept putting random discoveries in her mouth, so I felt compelled to plug it up!

After you return from the pumpkin patch, the organizers put stickers on your pumpkins with your name on them and load them on a trailer a take them to the parking lot so that you can claim them on your way out. How AWESOME is that!!!

We returned from the hayride just in time for a Civil War reenactment. I think it was good, but I couldn't really see and it was REALLY muddy out in that field. It was really loud that's for sure. Since most everyone was watching the battle, we went here.......

There were also some Indian Teepee's set up and huge bales of hay to jump on and slide down. Maybe next year Ella.

One last photo op on our way out.