Henry has a Friday play group with a few friends. Once a month we have an outing and in October our outing was to a nearby pumpkin farm. We've been to this farm in Springville a few times and it's pretty good. I really regret not going to the pumpkin farm until this outing. Prior to this week we had three weeks of amazing weather - warm but with a slight Fall chill. I wasted those weeks - I was burnt out from being outdoors all summer so we pretty much stayed inside when we should have been on walks, at the park, and at the pumpkin farm. Oh well!
This "corn pit" was our favorite thing last year, the kids loved it and so did I. This year was a different story just because we went on a really really cold day and the corn was extra cold. Last year we went on a really warm day so it was nice to have the cool kernels to dig my feet into! Of course the kids, who never mind the cold as much as adults, still had a great time.
The hay ride went right through the field of corn stalks.
Two year old June thinks she's part of the four year old playgroup, it's so cute. She's pretty much obsessed with these kids.
Our family extended the fun by going out to lunch afterwards - eating out as a family (Rob joined us on our outing and for lunch) this is a rarity but my sisters gifted us a Burger Supreme gift card when they visited so we were able to have this special treat! So fun!
Two of my past birthdays stand out as my favorites: the first is one I spent in McCall, Idaho with the Farmers and Alicia: jet skiing, scooter riding, a yummy cake and a beautiful lake + a break from being in Provo (those are what I loved about it). The second was the birthday I spent on Maui (not bad, I know): beach, Tommy Bahama, a pool-side massage. But now I've added a new favorite birthday to my short list, my most recent birthday spent in Washington. It was quite simple compared to the other two but it was with my some of my favorite Littles: my kids and the Quigley kids. The excitement the kids had for celebrating my birthday was what made it so great!
Alicia even hung her family birthday banner, an honor.
My "cake" was a collection of donuts from a really really great donut place by the Quigley's house. I'm not a big donut person, I've become more so since living in Provo and partaking many donuts from Provo Bakery. But these donuts put even Provo Bakery's to shame. Oh man, those maple bars!
Henry joined a soccer team this last fall. He only played four games (we were out of town for three and he was sick for another) and he wasn't super into it, but we sure had fun watching him! We're not quite sure we'll do soccer again, maybe we'll leave it up to him. One thing is for sure though: he looked pretty darn cute in his uniform.
Henry's fans! The Farmers came out to watch one of his games - what good friends!
Henry actually staying near the ball and the other players (pretty much as involved as he got).
Near the beginning of October we took a little (one day, close by) family trip. We took the kids to Park City to stay the night in a hotel and explore the city. We've always felt fortunate that, between traveling to visit family and going on trips with Rob's parents, we enjoy our fair share of trips. However, very little of that time is spent with just our little family and we thought we should do better at trying to get a trip in with just the four of us. The kids were so excited and so were we!
Henry and June packed and ready to go.
Henry kissing the hotel.
Our traveling fortune is made even better because we benefit from Rob's parents' time share ownership. Check out this amazing two-story four bedroom condo we stayed in. Pretty ridiculous for our little family for just one night, but really fun too.
The first few minutes running around and exploring the hotel space was a lot of fun for us all.
Mexican food for dinner, we chose this place for it's salsa bar.
Our favorite part of the trip was the time we spent at night in the hotel! We swam in the pool for about a second before we got too cold, played a couple games, and watched a movie (with lots of movie snacks!)
Henry attempted to take a picture with me but couldn't look away from the movie screen long enough.
The night was actually awful. The kids barely slept, when they did it was mostly in our room - so we needed even less of those four bedrooms! It was all better once morning came though.
(June eating her breakfast at the big table)
Exploring Park City's downtown.
Lunch at a downtown pizza place.
Olympic Park. Some of the events from the 2002 Olympic games took place here and now it's a training facility, museum, and you can pay to do various activities like skiing down these slopes into a pool.
(These art pieces are from the 2002 Olympic opening ceremonies)
And this gem of Junie, "what the heck!?"
It was a really fun little trip, we're glad we have the memories. The kids loved staying in a hotel and ask to go again, June still sees the picture of the movie snacks and asks us to do it again.