So many leaves

I knew it was coming…but maybe I didn’t remember just how MANY leaves are in the yard in the fall. That’s the downside to having so many big trees over our house…that and torpedo branches through the roof.

The kids love it though. L’s been waiting impatiently to get out there and rake a pile. Thankfully after our freezing weekend and some rain it really warmed up again. The weather the last few days has been amazing and makes me miss living in Hawaii where it’s like this all the time. I really don’t like winter so this can stay as long as it wants.

Cue massive leaf photo dump:

Back to Aplin Farms.

Yesterday, our last week day of Fall Break, we (all 4 of us!) drove out to Aplin Farms to meet Melissa and her girls for our first pumpkin patch adventure since coming back from Korea. We first all went together since 2008. And then in 2009 we went with the school. In 2010 we took Timmy with us for the first time. And then in 2011, before moving to Korea, we all went together again.

Click a year to see past trips:

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

So today was the day to all go back. Only this time it was super lame. Apparently not EVERYONE is on our same school schedule. We got there around 11am and found out we couldn’t do the tractor rides and pumpkin/sunflower picking until after 2pm because the morning was all reserved for school groups. Dang. Talk about a buzz kill. We did walk around and look at some things and we did end up buying a watermelon before we did ANYTHING because Timmy thought he needed to hold it…and he couldn’t. Spiked on the ground. Oops. Anywho, after pictures and animal petting we picked out a couple pumpkins and some local honey from the pre-picked bins up front. Meh. We (Timmy and I) are going back next week with his school so he will get the whole tractor ride experience but I’d rather do it with family than a bunch of preschool kids.

Aplin Farms

Oh well. The kids had fun today. At least until they realized we weren’t really doing anything there.

Aplin Farms

Timmy did enjoy eating the giant tomato though.

Aplin Farms

Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

I was so excited to get L in a dress. I told her once a year (maybe twice) I need to get some kind of family photos and I didn’t want her looking like a ragamuffin. She agreed to let me pick out her clothes. I about melted.

And here’s the part where I want to cry. I only took one lens with me, my 18-200 “everything” lens. And something was wonky with it. It wouldnt, no matter what I tried, focus on ANYTHING I wanted it to. Only stuck on the furthest thing in the picture. Didn’t matter if I zoomed or changed my little focal dots in the camera…everything was blurry. So, there went the cute pictures of the kids. When we got home YouTube showed me how to clean and tighten the lens and it may have done the trick. Too bad I didnt notice it before we left and came home with blurry photos 🙁

Grr. BUT, my kids are still awesome and I’ll take blurry photos of them over none at all.

I love her big goofy teeth

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

And the real reason we actually went. To take a picture in front of our door.

Aplin Farms

And then there were the animals…

Aplin Farms

There you have it. Aplin Farms 2014. Maybe next year we will pan better and actually get to go out to pick our pumpkins.

Back to Aplin Farms.

Yesterday, our last week day of Fall Break, we (all 4 of us!) drove out to Aplin Farms to meet Melissa and her girls for our first pumpkin patch adventure since coming back from Korea. We first all went together since 2008. And then in 2009 we went with the school. In 2010 we took Timmy with us for the first time. And then in 2011, before moving to Korea, we all went together again.

Click a year to see past trips:

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

So today was the day to all go back. Only this time it was super lame. Apparently not EVERYONE is on our same school schedule. We got there around 11am and found out we couldn’t do the tractor rides and pumpkin/sunflower picking until after 2pm because the morning was all reserved for school groups. Dang. Talk about a buzz kill. We did walk around and look at some things and we did end up buying a watermelon before we did ANYTHING because Timmy thought he needed to hold it…and he couldn’t. Spiked on the ground. Oops. Anywho, after pictures and animal petting we picked out a couple pumpkins and some local honey from the pre-picked bins up front. Meh. We (Timmy and I) are going back next week with his school so he will get the whole tractor ride experience but I’d rather do it with family than a bunch of preschool kids.

Aplin Farms

Oh well. The kids had fun today. At least until they realized we weren’t really doing anything there.

Aplin Farms

Timmy did enjoy eating the giant tomato though.

Aplin Farms

Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

I was so excited to get L in a dress. I told her once a year (maybe twice) I need to get some kind of family photos and I didn’t want her looking like a ragamuffin. She agreed to let me pick out her clothes. I about melted.

And here’s the part where I want to cry. I only took one lens with me, my 18-200 “everything” lens. And something was wonky with it. It wouldnt, no matter what I tried, focus on ANYTHING I wanted it to. Only stuck on the furthest thing in the picture. Didn’t matter if I zoomed or changed my little focal dots in the camera…everything was blurry. So, there went the cute pictures of the kids. When we got home YouTube showed me how to clean and tighten the lens and it may have done the trick. Too bad I didnt notice it before we left and came home with blurry photos 🙁

Grr. BUT, my kids are still awesome and I’ll take blurry photos of them over none at all.

I love her big goofy teeth

Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

And the real reason we actually went. To take a picture in front of our door.

Aplin Farms

And then there were the animals…

Aplin Farms

There you have it. Aplin Farms 2014. Maybe next year we will pan better and actually get to go out to pick our pumpkins.

Thinking Halloween

It’s October 2. That means we only have 29 days to figure out costumes. I’m not sure if Thomo and I will dress up this year since the only thing we have going on is taking the kids out to trick or treat. But hey, AMERICA! It’s exciting to be able to walk around actual neighborhoods this year and not through the housing apartment buildings on post.

Back to costumes…the kids know exactly what they want to be. For now anyway. I’m going to get on it and get these costumes before they can change their minds at the last moment.

Layla wants to be an enderman (from Minecraft)… I’ve been pinteresting and have found some fun/easy options for her.

 

 

Timmy says he wants to be Green Lantern. I don’t think he knew who he was other than the action figure he has. I did get him watching the Green Lantern cartoon on Netflix though so at least he knows a little more and still wants to be him this year. And as much as I’d like to get crafty with this Im thinking I’ll just end up ordering something again. Like this…

 

 

And because I love Halloween, we’re going to do a look back through past costumes.

Batman and Harley Quinn

2013

Spiderman and a cat/ballerina…thing. And our friends Ariel and Flounder.

2012

Dorothy and Max

2011

And another cat/fairy thing and a dinosaur.

2010

And of course we can’t leave out the year T and I went as ninja turtles. 

Ninja turtle costume

And Sheldon and Amy

sheldon and amy costume

And my all time favorite… Britney Spears…which was a lot more relevant in 2006.

And I still have that fake belly. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.

Britney Spears costume

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