Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Just Wouldn't Be Fall Without A Few Of My Favorite Things:



Homemade Apple Slices
Just like my mom makes!  My first time was a success!

Homemade Pumpkin Bars
YUM!

Always willing to help out in the kitchen!
 
A Trip to the Pumpkin Farm to Pick Pumpkins
No School + Temps in the Upper 60's = Trip to the Pumpkin Farm



Zach spotted this cart of "explosives" and insisted I take his picture by it







Pumpkin Carving
 








 

 
Decorating Halloween Cookies






 
 
Next up, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating!  We have a busy and fun week ahead of us (with another birthday to celebrate as well)!  

Pumpkin Festival

This fall has been one of the most amazing falls I can remember:  beautiful weather and beautiful colors.  There have been only a few days when the sun is not shining and we've barely needed jackets...such a relief after experiencing what was most likely the worst winter EVER.  Each time we've stepped out of the house over the past few weeks there are new colors to see, from vibrant oranges to fiery reds and gleaming golds. 

A few weekends ago, we decided to take advantage of one of the many beautiful fall days we've had and made our way down to Wabasha, WI for their SeptOberfest.  I'm still not quite sure what 'SeptOberfest' means, but after seeing the entire town decked out in hundreds of pumpkins, the kids kept calling it the pumpkin festival, which seems much more fitting. 

The drive was a little longer than the kids would have liked, but they ended up appreciating the beauty in the fall colors as well (or, at least for the moments they decided to look up from their Leap Pads or books to look out the window at what we were pointing to!). 

We spent our time walking around the town, participating in a few fall-themed games, eating lunch at a local Pub, and even going on a horse-drawn carriage ride.  We even stopped at the National Eagle Center and got our picture taken with a Bald Eagle.  We had a great day together and we continue to enjoy exploring new places near our new home! 














 

Happy Birthday Zach!




There is a 7-year old in our family once again!  We began celebrations the day before Zach's actual birthday with an all boy (12, to be exact) party at the local YMCA.  The boys arrived wearing their favorite team colors/jerseys (not a Viking jersey was to be found...in fact, the majority support the Packers on this side of the St. Croix!) and had a great time running around like crazies in the gym, taking breaks only to rip off their shoes and jump in the bounce house.  We devoured pizza, football pretzels and cookie cake before opening presents and then sending them home with a bag full of football cards, candy, and their very own foam footballs that are sure to drive their parents insane.  It was a great party and we were thrilled to meet so many of the new friends Zach has already made at his new school. 

Holding his birthday party invitation (Thanks Pinterest!)

Zach didn't seem to mind that his sisters tagged along...and his sisters didn't seem to have any problem keeping up with the boys!

The boys designing their own football helmets while waiting for everyone to arrive.

Ben laying down the law...just kidding.  Receiving instructions before heading to the gym.




Ben started pushing the boys on the scooters.

Thankfully, Ben didn't start the pushing until close to the end of our gym time.  Because once Ben started pushing, Ben was not able to stop pushing!

It is impossible to get a group shot with everyone looking!








After we arrived home from his party, Grandma and Grandpa stopped by to give them their present.  Then, Allie was too excited to wait, and so decided that Zach could open her present too!




Zach's actual birthday began early in the morning...and by early, I mean 3:00 am when he awoke and discovered the first clue for the scavenger hunt we made up for him to find his birthday present.  Yes, we made him go back to bed, but he could barely sleep after solving that first clue and so the scavenger hunt resumed at approximately 6:00 am. 

Yes, he wore the exact same jersey he wore the previous day.  The personalized Green Bay jersey was a gift from Grandma and Grandpa Dzioba and he wore it for 3 days straight before I told him we had to wash it. 


 
After enlisting some help from Allie to solve the last few clues, Zach successfully located his present in the garage.



After waffles for breakfast, we quickly headed off for church.


All three crazies at church waiting to help Daddy lead worship.
Zach spent the rest of the day riding his bike and playing with all of his birthday presents.  He requested cookies and popcorn for dinner with a movie.  He was absolutely shocked when I said, "OK."

The cookies I spent half a day making...but, for some reason, the frosting never hardened and they looked terrible!  Do not let this picture fool you!

Fortunately, they tasted delicious!


I was absolutely shocked that I said, "OK" to cookies and popcorn for dinner.

What a fantastic weekend celebrating Zach!  We are so glad you are part of our family and know that God has great plans for your life!