Life is sooooooooooooo busy as a working momma of THREE kids... but, life is also full of so many "little" things...you know, those simple pleasures that really bring so much joy... I'm mostly thinking of the dopey things that my kids say and do that make me laugh... but also the little adventures we have or the day trips that we do... you think you will remember them all, but those memories really do fade over time. I am hoping to sit down once a month (ideally, once a week, but being that I hardly manage one decent shower a week, we'll aim for once a month for now! LOL) to detail those quotable quotes or beautiful little actions (or those not so much) as well as our family activities. I hope you enjoy!! :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Favorite Fall Family Fun!! :)

So, last year I had every intention of writing a fall entry as fall, minus the leaf raking, is our favorite season as a family (although summer is up there, too... lots of family togetherness as well as several family traditions that we look forward to every year).  Here are some of our FAVORITES of the season:

1.  Belvedere Plantation

Flashback to Fall 2005! :)
This has become an annual ritual... ever since John and I took Patrick over eight years ago as an infant.  We now go as a family and meet up with my brother Bryan and his family.  The kids LOVE it. 

What's not to love?  Of course, the hayride out to the field of pumpkins with the task of finding the PERFECT pumpkin alone would be enough.  But throw in corn mazes, rope swings, ziplines, bikes, and a petting zoo and you have a kids' dream.

Our littles are getting too big!
Nathan + Katy= BFFs
My favorite moment from this year came when Katy, who had passed over pumpkin after pumpkin after pumpkin, FINALLY settled on one: a rotten one!  :)  It was HILARIOUS watching John try to reason with her.  And then, when reason wouldn't work, trying to trick her.  But that chick would have no part of it.  She had her mind SET and could tell one pumpkin from the next.  Alas, John realized that he would be losing what is likely to be the first, of many, battles with the sweet little Rose!  So folks, that's right, John actually paid for a rotten pumpkin (and was pretty darn upset that they didn't just give it to us!).

2.  Apple Picking

See!  Even Katy made our first trip!
Toothless Joe had a tough
time this year! ;)
This is a newer ritual.  I think this all started, honestly, with one of JOHN'S cravings while I was pregnant with Katy! ;)  He had a craving for apple crisp... therefore, he "innocently" suggested we go apple picking.  It was a first for me, but something that his family used to do all the time.

We have found a very family-friendly orchard where we often
spend the better part of the day.  We've learned to pack a picnic lunch and a football so that once we've filled a bag to its breaking point (one bag is quite enough for me!!) and climbed more trees than we care to, we can settle in for a picnic lunch and a game of ball!

I think it's the weather that makes fall one of the best seasons.  There is nothing more invigorating than spending the day in the cool, crisp fresh air!


Patrick's favorite holiday of all time is Halloween.  Of course, Katy agrees with him after this year.  She has been talking incessantly about Halloween ever since.  And we hear, on a fairly regular basis, "Mmm.  I LOVE candy!" :)  It has gotten ugly around here, lately, on more than one occasion, when she has requested dessert after breakfast!  LOL

In any event, Patrick LOVES to decorate for ANY holiday, but when you add in ghouls, goblins, and ghosts, he can hardly contain himself.  And this year we had tombstones to add to our outdoor d├ęcor.  Could it get more exciting?

I love that they boys LOVE to dress up.  They often have a set idea of what they'd like to be each Halloween.  What's even better is that they always seem to go right to their dress up bin to come up with their costumes.  They haven't asked for a new one in years.  Of course, Santa often brings new costumes (he must get a deep discount after Halloween), so they have costumes each year that haven't yet seen the Trick or Treating ritual! :)

4.  The LEAVES

Of course, if you are a Lennox KID, you LOVE the fact that we have a BEAUTIFUL, BIG, BACKYARD that has GORGEOUS, colorful leaves every fall.  The more leaves there are, the more fun there is to be had, right?  Right!  Well, unless you're a Lennox Mommy or Daddy and are responsible for cleaning UP all of those leaves.

We have easily spent well over 5 hours outside this season raking up the leaves.  Easily.  And, there are still leaves on the trees waiting to fall as well as leaves on the ground since the ground does not stay clear for too long.  Luckily for us, the kids LOVE the leaves.  They can entertain themselves for HOURS raking a pile in the way back (which we don't touch), right under Patrick's tree, and then climbing the tree before jumping in!  Of course, it's also fun to have leaf wars!!  Whatever the case, the kids never seem to tire of the leaves... even Patrick who earns some of his volunteer hours for school helping on the raking end of things.

5.  Baseball

I'm not quite sure this fits under "Favorite Fall Family Fun!", but we did happen to have a great baseball season with both boys this fall.  And, although it did keep us busy with at least ONE practice or game a day each weekend day and many weeknight commitments, we did manage to fit in all of our fall rituals (okay, so we may have blown off a practice or two to do this, BUT we are trying to teach the kids that family comes first)!  I'm going to sign off for now with a few of the pictures from this baseball season!!  Notice that Ryan seemed to be wiggling his tooth more than anything else while he was out on the field; however, in his defense, that kid has lost more teeth in the last month than I thought humanly possible... and he still has several loose ones.  This season's college fund contributions might have to be scaled back to pay for them all! ;)

And, as we head into the holiday season, we have one more family fun item to knock off the list: a Wenzel wedding.  Next weekend big brother John gets married!!   There is nothing quite like a Wenzel family wedding!!  We are super excited to be taking part in his big day and can't WAIT to make Virginia officially official as more estrogen for this testosterone-filled family!!!  If I do get around to another blog entry before this year comes to an end, that is likely what will compel me to do so! :)

<3 Kimberly, John, Two Boys, & a Little Rose

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