One fun thing we like to do every fall is go to a pumpkin patch. It's not always the same one, and sometimes we do it as a school field trip, but we enjoy doing this as a family. It's fun to watch the boys pick out their pumpkin each year--as they get older it seems to take a little longer to find the perfect one. This year we went as a school field trip to a working farm, so they not only got to pick out a pumpkin, but they got to see animals, do a hay-maze and corn-maze, and pick cotton.
|Two of my "turkeys" (background) looking at a turkey!|
|Levi picking cotton--unenthusiastically.|
|Levi checking out the cotton crop.|
Of course, after we have all those pumpkins, there's only one thing to do--carve them! While we don't really celebrate Halloween as a family, I have always enjoyed carving pumpkins with the boys. It's a fun activity, and it doesn't have to have to be scary. (Although, the bigger boys sometimes like something a little scary, but I don't let them get too carried away.) This year we invited Aunt S. over to carve with us, and she carved us a great Lego man pumpkin! Here's what the finished products looked like...in the closet with the lights out.
|Our Lego man pumpkin, and the pumpkin Mommy carved this year.|
Here are the boy's pumpkins...carved with a little help from Mommy!
|Middle Biscuit wanted the Pac-Man ghost on his, while First-Born wanted a ghost with a graveyard. (No making fun...this is the extent of Mommy's artistic ability!)|
When we get done carving the pumpkins, I always take some time to roast some pumpkin seeds. The boys have always thought that these are a great treat. I made some savory ones this year, along with some cinnamon-sugar ones.
Another event in the fall that I try to take part in every year is heading to a ladies retreat in Pensacola. This is less a family-thing than a Mommy-thing, but I figure if it's good for Mommy, it's good for the whole family, right? It is always such a blessing to be able to attend, and I am always able to glean many things for my Christian walk. An added bonus is that everyone (especially Daddy) is very excited when Mommy gets back! Absence makes the heart grow fonder!
Well, these are some things we enjoy about the fall. Remember to take time and have fun traditions with your family...it's what they will remember when they are grown. Check out the other "Joyful Moms" posts for today, and make sure you have a joyful Monday! :)