Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cotton Pickin'

For our family date this weekend, we drove an hour northwest out to Cartersville to explore some cotton fields. I discovered just this last week that the cotton fields were in bloom and when I saw a picture of how cool they were I knew we had to go. I figured the kids would enjoy exploring a new landscape,  I could get some good pictures out of it, and Ben had never actually been to a cotton field despite growing up in the South (an injustice that had to be remedied!) so it was a win all around.
We were not disappointed. 
The fields were just so COOL! 
Driving up to them, it just looked like a giant field of snow. In fact, Ellie called it "snow cotton." While we were getting out of the car..."Mom, can I go play with the snow cotton?"  We even had a family snowball fight, which was loads of fun. 

Poor Ellie wants it to snow SO bad! We explain to her that we live in a warmer place now, and that it doesn't snow very often at all, but she just keeps asking to play in the snow. We're REALLY hoping it snows when we're in UT for the holidays. 

In the mean least we had a "snowball" fight to hold her over :) 

We spent about an hour there, just wandering the fields, picking cotton for some fall decor, and taking pictures. Then we headed to Grammy and Papa's house on the way home, and Ellie made cookies with Grammy. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

(Who can find Ellie in this picture?) 

The kids love getting kiss sandwiches, so every time we take pictures we do one. 

"Hmm....what IS this stuff? Seems odd. "

So here's something kinda funny. Someone we saw there asked if Ellie and Aiden were twins...and we actually get that a lot! They're so similar in height and weight, and they definitely look similar. We've had probably half a dozen people in the last few months ask us that. 

Coming at me with a snowball!

My favorite picture of the day

 Funny story about this bus. Aiden hasn't let go of it for days. He loves his school bus! 
 So Aiden hasn't woken up during the night for MONTHS. Not once. Until last night. I heard him crying pretty decently in the middle of the night, so I got up to go see what was up. Well, I guess Ben  let him take his school bus and his airplane to bed. He had woken up because he dropped his school bus. When I went in there, he started frantically telling me "stoo buhs, stoo buhs" and I realized he had lost his school bus in the folds of his blanket. As soon as I found it for him a huge smile spreads across his face. He snatched the bus from me, held it tight, laid down, snuggled in and said happily "dood night mom!", then closed his eyes and was asleep again within seconds. Silly boy :) 

I just love this one in black and white. 

Guess we wore this little sweetie out! 

I also wanted to put up these pictures. The park that's closest to us is really an amazing park. It has a huge playground area on astro-turf(so much better than wood chips!) that includes two playgrounds (one for smaller kids, one for bigger), a giant climbing web, and a swing set. Then...on top of the amazing's right on the Chatahoochee river, so you get these amazing views and a lovely dock that's perfect for picnics! Also they have about a dozen huge porch-type swings up on the hill so you can just sit and swing and look out at the river. It's an amazing spot. We sre so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. 

Can you beat a fall day like this? I think not! It was such a perfect day when we went, that we went again later when Ben got home. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Bushel and a Peck

This last weekend we went up north to go apple picking. What a great trip! The orchard was HUGE and the apples were endless. Every once in a while, if you got close enough to the right tree,  you'd get a whiff of fresh apple as you were walking. The sun was out, the air was crisp, the leaves were starting to was a BEAUTIFUL day!

The trees were just loaded!

Even the ground was loaded!

Aiden found this piece of wood that he wanted to carry around the whole orchard. Ben indulged him for a little bit, and Aiden loved helping carry it around. 

Watching the pig races