Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fun on the Farm

Fall is here.  What do you think about when you think of Fall?  Well, here in Illinois I know it is falling leaves; pumpkins, corn, pumpkin pie, apples and apple cider!! 

I love to decorate for Fall.  This past weekend our daugher, Becky and two kids, Madison and Garrett decided that we needed to go visit an apple farm.  

We found one not very far from us!!  The kids were so excited to be able to go somewhere to run and have a fun day!!

Once we got there and paid our money to come in, we noticed that it was just a big family farm that had been turned into things for city kids to do.  Funny how the things that I grew up with in the country are now fun things for kids to do..Plus their parents have to pay for it!!  My brother and I did a lot of things that were there yesterday.  We did not know then that what we were doing just to have fun would someday have parents PAYING so that their children would know about what we did every day!!

They had a mock (hay loft) where the kids jumped into hay!!  Big hay bales were decorated and made into this really high castle that you can climb all the way to the top.  They even took a big black farm tile and constructed it into a big slide.  Kids were running all over just loving this 'New adventure.'  Seemed so odd to me to sit there and see all of this stuff. 

There were alpacas, an old donkey, baby goats that were just born about 3 days ago, a big sow that was feeding her babies and chickens (not my favorite animal)!!  I never liked them when I was growing up.  Still don't!! 

There were tons of mums; pumpkins, and gourds.  I remember when my dad would grow grouds over the out house!!  They grew really well there of course!!  Maddie and Garrett were so happy to see all of the shapes.  Madison bought a big one and called him "Gordon, The Gourd". 

We ended up bringing back some gourds, pumpkins and ate some pumpkin donuts and some cider. 

There was also a Corn Maze.  I used to play in the corn and probably almost got lost a lo of times but this was the first time I had ever been in one like this.  I would never have gotten out of there without our fearless leader, Becky.  I am not a directional person at all but she can get almost anywhere...even through a corn field. I just followed..Garrett ran around throwing corn cobs which he called Kernel Corn (??).  I got this cute picture of him..
Where's Waldo..I mean Garrett

The wind was blowing right across the prairie but the day was just gorgeous!!  We have had the prettiest October!!  I think it is God's way of giving us here in the Midwest a great month before the terrible winter sets in. 

                                                      Garrett really was happy..this is just him!!

I really LOVE the Fall!!  I guess I never knew just how much until I have moved back to it!!  I am still not
ready for what is ahead!! 

Have a great October everyone!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October Fun

Mike and Roger very seldom have time off from work at the same time so today we opted to stay home from church.  I don't like to do that but I know that our apt downstairs is never going to get ready for us without them working!! 

Becky had them come help her for awhile outside!!  She had bought some cute Halloween items at Big Lots (her favorite store).  Roger, Becky and Mike worked getting the cute spiders attached to the garage.  Becky named them Jack and Jill which I think are very cute for these two furry creatures.   They have red eyes too!!  Good spiders!!  (I don't like spiders!!)

It was fun to watch them put all of this up!!  People as they drove by took a second look!!  Fun to watch that!!  Roger had collected a couple of big bags of spanish moss from Savannah last weekend when they were there!!  Now it is all over the house; the trees and the door of the house.  I don't think it will stay there long but it is really spooky looking!!

Jack and Jill on the garage with their spider web home!!

Today is a special day as it is the only 10-10-10 that any of us will ever see!!  The next one is in 400 years so I am not sure that any of us will see that one!!  Today many couples were getting married at 10:10 so that they could say all of the tens in years to come.."Remember when we were married?"

Not much else left here to blog about.  Wanted to share the pictures.  Will share them on facebook too.

Thought for the day: 
Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Husband

Those of you that have been reading my blog all along over this 5-6 years know how much I treasure my husband.  Sometimes I wonder why God looked down on me as a 16 year old girl and blessed me with the nicest, sweetest and very kind boy!! 
I had never really dated.  Some guys asked me out for a school dance, but most of them were not the best looking or the most popular guys in the school.  I always accepted because I hated to hurt anyones feelings.
When I met Mike he was so shy!!  The first time I saw him he had his head bent so low that you would think it was uncomfortable!!  He was just that way!!  Funny, I am just the opposite!!  Guess we were good for each other...opposites least I have always heard that!! 
Another PLUS for me was that Mike was so handsome!!  I had been so used to those geeky guys with the big ears....I kept wondering how could I be so lucky!!
Since it has been almost 47 years(married that is), I have been so fortunate to have found the best of all husbands, the best of all men and the best that God could have sent to me!!  He is a humble, lover of God, a special man especially to me.
As we age, it seems like we talk more.  He loves me so much!!  I just feel blessed!!  He knows what I am thinking even before I say it!  I have heard that about couples that are close but never thought I would have that great relationship!! 
I just felt like I needed to get this written down. I feel really blessed today!!  God has been looking out for this girl!!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Maddie is Twelve

October 1st was our youngest granddaughter, Madison 12th birthday!!  These kids are really growing up and making us get older and older by the minute!!  Smile!!  Funny thing this year...Maddie being our youngest granddaughter being 12 at the same time our oldest granddaughter, Brie is 21!!  Guess this will not ever happen again!!  Just a funny something!! 

Maddie wanted to go to Olive Garden for supper!  She and her friend Brittany got all dressed up in nice dresses. Brittany sister, Brooke, is the tom boy of the group and she just flies by the seat of her pants and really does not care!!  They both really fight over Madison!!  Nice to be the one in between!! 
We did have a great time even though that is an expensive place to go to eat for dinner!!  The girls were very happy!! 

We came home and had cake and ice cream and of course opened up her presents!!  She got a lot of money!!  Wish that I was 12 again if I could get that kind of money!! 

The next day mommy and daddy took off for Savannah.  Gpa and I were left with two kids.  Garrett worked with Gpa in the basement working on our apt.  Madison and I went shopping!!  She is really a tight little lady!!  She only bought a pair of shoes and that was all.  We ate lunch and finally around 4:00 made it back to home.  We bought material, pattern and etc to make her a Halloween costume.  We got some of it cut out today and a seam done!!  I have not cut out a pattern I bet in 30 years!!  boy it is hard to get back into once again!!  I hope this turns out okay.  It is just a costume but even at that it cost a lot to buy!! Will post a picture IF it turns out all right!!

Today we have just had a good day with the kids.  Mommy and Daddy should be home Tuesday from down south.  Guess it is 65 there tonight and 45 here!!  Oh well, we are in Illinois now!!  wonderful!!