Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall = FUN!

Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love to watch the leaves change, I love drinking my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, I love pulling my comfy sweatshirts out of the closet, and I love the smell of the heater when we first turn it on.

I. Love. Fall.

It seems as though fall is geared towards fun outdoor activities, too. Sure, you can go to the beach in the summer, but there's just something about going to a pumpkin patch and feeling the chill in the air that makes me giddy.

The weather has been gorgeous here in North Carolina, and we made the most of every moment this past weekend; it was truly three days of fall perfection! The State Fair is in full swing, so we paid a visit to the fairgrounds after Ethan's appointment on Friday. We met up with my best friend, her husband, and two boys. Kaleb and Ethan had a great time riding rides together, and I enjoyed hanging out with Brandi and snuggling with baby Karter!

Ethan was overcome with excitement when we first walked through the gate! We walked right into the midst of Kiddieland, and I thought he was going to climb out of his stroller in order to get on the first ride he saw. Thankfully, we went at a perfect time and beat the crowds; we had no longer than a 5 minute wait at each ride, which is particularly nice when you're dealing with an impatient 19 month old!

Of course, no trip to the fair is complete without food! We worked backwards, starting with dessert, then going in for the main course, and then had an appetizer to end the day. Ethan polished off about 1/4 of our funnel cake, had a few bites of my steak and cheese sandwich, and ate more than his fair share of our ribbon fries! In the words of my sister, "If that doesn't fatten him up, I don't know what will!!" ...amen!

On Saturday, we celebrated Ethan's friend, Brayden's, 3rd birthday. Brayden's mom (my good friend, Mandy) is pretty much a genius and hosted his party at a local pumpkin patch. Not only was mostly everything taken care of from a party standpoint, but the kids LOVED it! We started the day with train and hay rides, then went back to the picnic area for lunch, gifts, and cake. All the kids got to take home a pumpkin, too!

After the party festivities, we walked around the farm and I took Ethan down this massive tunnel slide.

It was a bumpy, fast ride and I'm not really sure how he felt about it!

All in all, it was a perfect day to be on the farm, celebrating with the littlest of friends!

Sunday brought about lots of home improvements here on Plum Frost Drive. We replaced our floors downstairs about five weeks ago, but had not finished installing the quarter round and transition strips. Ethan and I left Jeramie at home to finish up those projects, and we ventured out to pick up some paint samples and find some rugs. Some very generous friends gave us a large area rug for the space in the living room, but we still needed some runners for the front and back doors. I found just what I was looking for at Target (of course!), then came home to test out our paint choices.

What do you think??

The gray color to the left will be the primary wall color. The light green will be the color of the kitchen and an accent wall color in our dining room.

New rug!

This is the type of weekend I live for. I look forward to spending quality time with my family and friends, introducing Ethan to new experiences, and having moments of intense productivity. I'd say we conquered all of those things in our three days together!

Here's to the weekends that are to come; I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite fall season yet!


The Smith's said...

Such a fun weekend, Joye! I was happy to read about it!!!

Brandi Kelly said...

This post just made me smile (also because I feel famous for being a part of it)!

Kate said...

love that runner!!!! what a lovely weekend! i wish i could eat all that fun fair food! :)

Stefenie said...

You made me so hungry reading your update. I LOVE funnel cake. Yummy!!! Wish I had some right now. :(

Glad you guys have been enjoying your fall. It is one of my favorite times of year.

Anonymous said...

I love it when things go so well for the Tri-Mulli! Love all of the pictures on this post and the Wordless Wednesday post too.

Love Always.
Grandma A

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