Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Break Fun

October has to be one of my favorite months of the year.  I love all the fun that fall has to offer and it seems like so much of it falls right in October.  Normally by now we have had a lot of fall weather days but here in the South we have been going strong with our high temps.  Our fall break had some 90 degree days!  The mornings and nights are cooler but those afternoons were still warm.  We had a lot of fun though and did some of our favorite fall things.  The girls didn't have a whole week of break even though I wish they had.  The weather for fall break is better than what we get on spring break and of course its better than winter break!  We started fall break on Thursday with our annual trip to Skytop Apple Orchard.  I look forward to this all year, and the apple cider donuts and slushies may have a little to do with that!  Seriously these are the best donuts you will ever put in your mouth and those slushies are wonderful too.  They may sound questionable but they are wonderful.  Kelly and I have been going to this orchard since before we had children.  There's something about a tradition that I love too.  We left out that morning and made it to the orchard around 11:30.  I was pretty excited because Tara and Gordy were going to get to meet us.  I let that part be a surprise for the girls.  I think Cohen took off running to Tara when she found out who was there.  Even though it was a week day the orchard was pretty crowded, but we had picked a great day for picking apples because my favorite apples, the pink lady's, were ready to be picked and the trees were full of them!  This was by far the best picking we had ever had.  Sometimes the apples are hard to reach or most have been picked to sell in the store but not this time!  We were able to fill our baskets so fast and even did some sampling.  It made our walk down to the pink lady trees worth it.  The tend to be at the bottom!

As you might notice, Cohen was getting warm in her jeans & wore them pushed up...crazy child

apples galore!

the girls were getting tired of walking & tried to catch a ride on the wagon

After picking our apples we had to go visit the farm animals.  This was Kate's favorite part for sure, or actually the peacocks were her favorite.   We also made a trip through the bamboo forest.

It was then time for a slushie!  We had definitely worked up a sweat!  The kids had their picnic lunch and enjoyed the playground.

Each year we have the girls stand by these cut outs to see their height.  Its crazy how much they grow each year!

After we had did everything at the orchard, we had to say goodbye to Tara & Gordy.  We took the girls to one of their favorite places...the Gem Mine.  We started doing this little activity the year Bryce was born and they LOVE it.  The excitement on their face when they get these rocks is so fun to watch!

After mining we headed back home.  That night Rebekah and I went out for some much needed girl time!  We shopped and had dinner and had a blast.  It was much needed!

On Friday the kids and I went with Dawn and her kids to get their Halloween costumes.  The kids had a lot of fun playing with all the masks at Party City.  Right when we got there we turned around to see this...the new presidential candidates!  Bryce on the other hand loved this elephant nose and he liked the laughs he got from us too.

what our ride looks glued to a movie and Bryce snoozing away.

After lunch we decided to take the kids to the little pumpkin patch at the Royston Methodist church.   They needed to get pumpkins for our Halloween party the next night.
It just so happened that the year I had Bryce I had to make a trip to urgent care the day after I got home with Bryce.  It was right across the street from the church so we had taken the kids there to get a pumpkin.  I have pictures of the kids with Bryce from that day so we did a little recreating.  WOW at the difference.  Why must babies grow so so fast?!

Friday night we had some adult fun celebrating Brad's birthday.  We headed to breakout in Greenville where we attempted to escape from the "museum heist" room.  We were not successful!  I'm now 0-2 boo!

ºOn Saturday Kelly & I headed to Athens for the Georgia game.  This may have been the not so bright spot in fall break since the outcome was not in our favor.  We are definitely having a rough year.  We still love our Dawgs though!

While we were watching the game Cohen got to celebrate her friend, Ada's birthday.  I loved these sweet pictures from Ada's mom!

Thank goodness for fun with friends.  That Saturday night we had a Halloween party with some of our close friends.  We love celebrating Halloween!  As Cohen said, "I've been looking forward to this all year, just like Christmas."  The kids were very excited about getting to wear their costumes for the first time.  This year we have a unicorn, a tiger, and a fireman!

Sunday was our last day of fall break and we went out with more Halloween and birthday fun.  Kate had her friend Autumn's birthday party.  It was a unicorn party.

Cohen had Josie and Ada over to play and then we all headed to our church fall festival.  They had a blast doing hay rides, cake walks, slides, games, making s'mores and then they tried to scare people as the hayride came through.  I'm not sure which one was supposed to be scary!  These girls are so funny!
living room volleyball

It was such a fun break!  It really made me wishing for more days off.  

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