Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Matt carved the pumpkin with some help from Ryan:

Ryan is enjoying being "G.I. Ryan." He got to wear his costume to preschool yesterday (he changed into his uniform for kindergarten). Matt took Ryan to his school's "Fall Fair" last night and had some fun. He is now patiently waiting for it to get dark enough to go out trick or treating.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

If I'm being honest, I'm really not the "active" mom that is taking her kids places all the time. That is more Matt's department. But I got brave and took Ryan to the pumpkin patch yesterday! It is in Yucaipa, which is about a 45 minute drive from here. It was a little hot, but Ryan had a BLAST. They have so much stuff there for the kids to do. Rides, bouncers, slides, petting zoo, etc. And I must admit, photo opportunities are at every turn. Where else can you get a photo of your child sitting on a hay bale next to a corn field (unless you live in Kansas or something)? I got a couple of shots I just LOVE.

First, a couple of shots of Ryan enjoying the rides:

Lots of pumpkins to choose from! You could also go out into the pumpkin patch and literally pick your own pumpkin. We just chose one from the many tables they had set up:

They had a couple of people in costumes roaming around. I was quite surprised that Ryan wanted his picture taken with one of them!

He was too scared of the other one, who was dressed up like a grim reaper.

He fed some of the animals in the petting zoo, mostly goats:

Here is the picture of him on the hay bale next to the corn field. Love it.

They had a corn maze that we went into but couldn't find our way through. We had to come back out the way we went in because we couldn't find the exit!

And finally, my favorite shot of the day. Ryan wanted to go on the pony ride and I got this picture that captured his joy! This was the biggest smile of the day.

Licensed Driver!

Well, I have been neglecting this blog in a major way, but something MAJOR that happened since I last posted was:

Jeffery became a licensed driver!

I must admit that handing over the keys the first time was hard, only because of the WORRY involved, but it's getting easier every time and it sure is nice that he can get himself around and I'm not his taxi driver anymore. The hardest part is paying the insurance every month!! He is a good driver though and I'm proud of him. I actually kind of worry less when he is driving than when he goes with someone else driving, cause you never know what kind of driver that other kid is . . .