Monday, October 12, 2015

Tinker Nature Park

This little nature trail is really close to us and is so fun for little ones, big ones, young ones and old ones. It's so beautiful any time of year and the fairy houses are a special treat.

Today, Columbus Day, we decided to take advantage of the 70+ weather and go for a nature hike.

The hidden Fairy houses are my favorite part!

The fall colors are so fun!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Peter Whitmer Farm

Visitor's Center/Chapel at the Peter Whitmer farm.

We had the opportunity to visit the Peter Whitmer Farm, which is a bigger part of Mormon history that I originally thought. In this tiny little home, the gold plates where translated. Our guide told us that the little girls sleeping in the room next door, would fall asleep to the sound of the prophet, Joseph Smith's voice, translating the Book of Mormon.

Downstairs in the kitchen, we learned that the FIRST sacrament meeting was held, only 50 members where there. It's a wonderful thing how the church has spread so abundantly and quickly in the nearly 200 yrs since this first meeting. I felt a peace at this spot that was serene and testified of truths to me. It kinda caught me off-guard. The sun was setting behind the log home, the geese were honking as they make their migration south and the fall colors and crisp air just made me feel all happy inside. Like, there couldn't be a better spot for the birth of Christ's church to be born. Highly recommend!

The visitors center was awesome too, by the way. The kids loved the games and we even watched a movie. The visitor center holds a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened on the 200 yr anniversary of that first meeting.

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is this amazingly beautiful place. We happen to hit the most crowded day in the history of the place (at least it felt like that). There was about twice when I found myself kind of alone, a split second where is could hear the wind and the birds and feel the crisp autumn air kiss my cheeks.... and for those moments I'm grateful.

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We descended the 832 steps and then I raced these two ambitious boys back to the top. I'm so grateful that my body is healthy and allows me to keep up with these energetic kids of  mine!

U Pick Grapes

I love it when my husband humors me and makes one of those unscheduled stops. When we drive by and I see a "u-pick" sign for .35 cents per pound and I lightly punch him in the arm and he actually turns around!!

How can we NOT stop and pick 16.6 lbs of grapes. Oh delicious, sweet candy grapes....

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Friday, October 2, 2015

She's 2!

I can officially say that we no longer have a baby in the house!

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She's as independent as they come, a blessing and a curse.

She potty trained herself.

She has an iron will.

She cries for no reason.

She has bursts of pure sweetness.

No, I don't curl her hair. I'm too lazy for that.

She loves to play with her "dolly house" that we found at a garage sale.

She's LOUD.

Persuading her to sit still is easier said than done.

Her favorite movie is "Bratz Babies." It's as awfully painful as it sounds.

Her smiles are endless and her cuddles are many.

She loves to play outside. Winter is going to be hard for her.

She sleeps with a different book every night.

She loves chocolate.

And this, this is my favorite picture.