It has been quite a fall for us! I’ve been meaning to do a recap for several weeks now, and finally got around to compiling the pictures. This is probably more a post for the grandparents and to help me remember all our happenings, but if you are really interested … read on. If not, I’m working on some new crafty posts, and should have those posts up in the next couple days.
First, and probably most importantly, Owen started Preschool! I was super nervous because he hasn’t been in a daycare/school type setting for 7 or 8 months now (I only work part time, and we’ve had a nanny come in the days I work (plus Matt was able to stay home one day/week). He did great, thought! Not even ONE tear on the first day when I left. Hooray!! I was probably closer to tears than him (sniff, sniff … he looked so grown up with his backpack on).
Since I LOVE most things about fall (major exception is the fact that it leads to winter), we tried our best to get out and enjoy the weather and fall activities (i.e. Apple Orchards!).
We visited Minnetonka Orchards numerous times throughout the fall. The boys loved the giant hay pile, the apple cider, the animals, pulling the wagons (pulling each other on the wagons), all the play equipment, and especially the John Deere tractor available to sit and climb on.
Grandma and Grandpa came up to visit one weekend in September, and we checked out a new orchard, Apple Jacks. This place was great, too! Lots of animals, a corn pit to jump in, and a bouncy pillow to jump on (plus a bunch of other stuff we didn’t have time to do).
I wonder where these guys are from?
We also tried our hand at Raspberry picking. Owen loved picking the raspberries and filling the basket. Charlie, on the other hand, loved the raspberries a little too much! He didn’t understand the concept of collecting them. He just thought he’d stand by the basket and eat all those that the three of us picked. To prevent getting kicked out for eating all the raspberries before paying, him and I decided to go pick out pumpkins instead while Matt and Owen finished off. It was a giant muddy mess (my shoes are still caked in mud in our garage now), but we did manage to leave with one basket of raspberries and a bunch of pumpkins.
At the end of September, we headed off to Vegas for an adults only trip with my siblings and their significant others. It was a blast, but after three days I was sooo ready to come home.
I love the lakes in Minneapolis! We used to live blocks away from Lake Harriet, and would walk/run around it numerous times per week. Seriously, in the 5 years we lived there, I wonder how many times I circled that lake. Had to be near 200-300. Every so often, I get motivated to pack up the boys and head down there for the morning. Really it’s not that big of ‘trip’ … only 25 minutes or so. On this trip, Owen rode his ‘motorcycle’ around the entire lake. We checked out the Peace Garden and the Rose Garden along the way, ‘climbed’ a few trees, threw about 100 rocks into the pond in the Peace Garden, and donated a bunch of pennies to the fountain at the Rose Garden.
At the end of October, we headed to Chicago to stay with Lila and Will (and their parents, our friends from college, Ann and Eric). They live in a suburb, Elmhurst, and were kind enough to house all four of us for the extended weekend. It was a much more successful trip then when they came to visit us this summer (not even a little throwing up this time). Owen rode his first real pony, had a ‘date’ with Lila at Portillo’s (really, they insisted on sitting at their own table), watched movies with Lila, and headed to Jess and Brent’s house for the Iowa game on Saturday. It was a great trip … I got to see a bunch of my college friends, Owen and Charlie slept well (besides the first night), everyone cooperated during the car ride, and best of all … no one got sick!!! Success!
And then of course, was Halloween. Owen and Charlie were both the Lorax this year. I made their costumes, and tried hard to convince them to wear their mustaches, but in the end, the mustaches were left behind. Oh well. “My name is the Lorax, and I speak for the trees … .” They also wouldn’t play along and repeat that line. Just trying to get them to play the part …
Matt’s company, Fiat Wealth Management, hosted a family event out at Minnetonka Orchards the first weekend in November. Luckily, the weather ended up being beautiful (you never know, we could have had 2 feet of snow on the ground …). Warm apple cider and apple doughnuts was the best part for me, but Owen had a blast with his buddies, Hallie and Allie. Charlie and Sienna decided to ride the train (Dad’s were enlisted to supervise … they didn’t quite fit in the cars as well).
And then it snowed, and I’ve decided it’s officially … winter (ugh). On the plus side, I’ve also decided it’s now the holiday season, so cheers to that!
Hope everyone had a good fall. Here’s to a festive Holiday season!