Saturday, December 30, 2017

Apple and Pumpkin Picking!

This year we talked about going apple picking again but didn't want to drive far. Well we discovered that literally 10 minutes from our house there is a place to go!  It's called Keller's!  So we went!

First we went apple picking.  It was a little pricy because everyone had to buy a bag in order to go to the orchard.  The kids had a ball though.  There were so many apple trees with all sorts of different kinds of apples. We filled up bags in no time.

We walked out of there with 5 bags of apples!

Daddy and the kids took them to the car so we could check out the rest of the joint.

They had cool things to do.

And a giant corn maze!  It was super hot this day but we went anyways.

In the middle of it is a balcony thing that you could climb and see out into the maze.

It took awhile but we found our way out.

They have play structures like Dollingers so we could play a little.

They even had this big tire obstacle course.

They had this big checkerboard that you use different colored pumpkins to play.

And they had a little barn with some animals to feed and pet.

They even had a field with horses that you could pet!

And they also had a growth chart as well.

They had huge pumpkins as well so each kid got to pick one to take home to carve.

And Gracie needed to pose by this structure because it reminded her of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

They sell food including cider donuts and homemade salsa!  I think we will be back again next year!


So this year Homecoming was a little different.  Instead of watching the parade like we have done every other year, my friend Holly and I were the chairs for the event. That meant we had to come up with the float thing and get kids involved.  Well the theme came out and it was transportation, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Not the best but we made do.  Well our coworker Susie came up with the idea of doing a Viking ship.  We got lots of cardboard and got to work.  We spent many late nights at school getting this thing ready.  Finally the big day was here.  The weather was good, it didn't rain but the wind was another story.  We did our best.  We had lots of people come walk with us.  The kids had made shields to carry.  Plus we needed some of them to walk inside the ship and push it.  We had tied those little gym scooters so it would push easier.
We had to take it apart to get it there and then build it back together again the morning of.

Presley was ready with his friend Ethan.

Evy and Marin were ready too!

Susie is such an artist and created the head of the ship.

This is pretty much the gist of it.  We had a lot of trouble with the mast and trying to get it from not toppling over.

The kids also had Viking helmets to wear too!

A lot of our scouts were there to help us out!

Here we are ready to roll!

Dr. Coberly and Ms. Figurell were there to walk with us and carry the banner.

Susie even dressed like a Viking lady!

The streets were lined and our wagons were loaded with candy.  The kids had so much fun handing out candy that we ran out before we were even halfway done.

Here we are walking through the downtown.  Did I mention that they judge entries every year?  There's even a trophy and everything!

The ship made it through the parade and we lived to talk about it.  We had to disassemble the ship and it's PVC pipe and cardboard. 

The kids waited patiently as we cleaned it up.

And after all that hard work, we took 2nd place!!!  That's a pretty big deal!  Next year, because we have to chair again, we are aiming for first place!