Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday morning, we headed to Ganyard Hill Farm to pick pumpkins and enjoy some farm activities.  This was our second year going to this farm, and we loved it even more this year.  Now Sims is old enough to participate in all the activities like the hay mountain with slide and the hay maze.  I love that there are lots of fun things for Sims (and us) to do, but it still feels like an authentic farm.

Remember last week, when we went to the State Fair, and Sims refused to milk the cow?  Well, he had no problem milking this one. 

We also got to pick some cotton,

and walk through the kids corn maze, which wasn't actually corn.  It was sorghum.

We then graduated to the big corn maze.

We picked some corn to feed to the goats, and Sims loved playing with the corn.

We took our corn to this cute little guy.

The goats were interested in us but not so interested in the corn.

I didn't get any pictures of us in the pumpkin patch choosing our pumpkins.  I think by that time we were all ready for some lunch and ready to head home to rest up for our evening activites (the birthday party for our friends' daughter, which was also loads of fun for all of us.) 

We had a great morning at the farm.  It's the perfect way to kick off the autumnal season. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

State Fair

Yesterday, when it was drizzly and dreary, we spent the afternoon and evening at the State Fair.  This was the only day and time that we could go all week, even though the weather was not ideal.  Or maybe it was ideal because there were no crowds at all!  We only had to wait in line once, when we were getting NC State ice cream, which was worth the wait!

I hadn't been to the fair in a couple of years, and it had been about 10 years for Jason.  We're not the biggest fair fans, but we knew that Sims would probably enjoy it.  He didn't get to ride any of the rides, since he wasn't tall enough, but that's not really why we went anyway.  We were all excited about seeing the animals!  I hadn't explained to Sims what kind of animals we would see because it didn't occur to me to do so.  On the way to the fair, he told us that he wanted to see the giraffe.  Oops.  I guess I should have told him that they were farm animals.  Luckily, he wasn't disappointed.  And as a bonus, he got to see a camel and a zebra at the petting zoo.

My favorite part (as always) is the chickens.  A lot of people think I'm crazy when I tell them that, but how can you not love this:

Isn't she beautiful?  I would swear that's hair and not feathers.  There are just so many kinds of chickens that I didn't know existed before my first trip to the State Fair.  I want a pet chicken!  We also saw a chicken that had Tina Turner hair.  I can't believe I didn't get a picture!

We, also, got to milk a cow.  This was a first for all of us.  Jason and I thought it was pretty neat.  Sims really didn't want anything to do with it.  He quickly touched the utters once and refused to do it again.  He much preferred petting the cow.

Sims got to ride a pony, which he loved.  He did not want to get off of the pony, when his turn was up.

We all had a wonderful time at the fair, which may be hard to believe if you knew how Jason feels about the fair.  Now if we can just have a fair day every year when it's raining (but not too much!), we may start to become bigger fans of the State Fair.  Because you know that Sims will have to go every year from now on.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kitchen and Playground

We had a busy weekend!  It was jam packed with work, dinners with friends, kitchen designer decisions, and shopping at the brand new Target right up the street from us.

We have been so slow to make a decision and start the kitchen remodel process.  We've had 3 companies/designers come out to the house, and we're finally ready to bite the bullet.  We've decided to go with Essence Design Studio.  Redoing a kitchen is such a large project, and I really didn't want Jason and me to do it alone.  The ladies of Essence Design Studio will even go shopping with us to pick out everything.  I am so excited!  And I am happy to finally get started on this and get rid of our 1980s kitchen with lime green walls.

Sunday evening we went to a new playground that is at an old shopping center that is being revitalized.  It's actually a playground for older kids, but Sims still enjoyed it.  Well, we all enjoyed it.  (These pictures are from my phone, so they aren't great.)

I loved the fake grass on the playground, which looked real!  Can we get this at our house?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mother-Son Night

On Monday night, Sims and I attended Chick-Fil-A's Mother-Son Date Knight.  The mother of one of Sims' classmates told me about it, and I'm so glad that she did.  It was a totally different Chick-Fil-A experience than normal.  We got reservations for 6:30, and when we got there, the greeter showed us to our seats, where the tables had tablecloths (albeit plastic ones) and flowers.  We sat with Sims' friend and mother and their neighbor and son.  The server came and took our order at the table just like a regular restaurant. 

I had been a little worried that Sims wouldn't eat any of the food.  Even though I was partially right about that (Sims only ate one of his chicken nuggets), we still had a lot of fun.  They handed the kids balloon swords, and Sims was so excited about the balloon!  As we left, the mothers were given a long stemmed red rose.

The boys, also, played in the indoor playground, which was a first for Sims.  He loved it!  He needed me to teach him how to climb up to the top (it was slightly difficult for the little ones), but once he got it, he was up and down and all around that thing.

As much fun as it was with Sims' friend and mother, it made me realize that Sims is at the age, where having a mother-son (or father-son) night out would be a lot of fun.  Just the two of us.  Actually having a conversation!  How can he be that old already?!