Boy howdy, it's turned fall here in Seattle.
I've dusted off our sweaters (yes, I keep them on an open shelf, and last year I was pregnant, so "dusted off" is horrifyingly apt), brought out the socks (Mikko persists in sockless Crocs-dom), switched over from sandals, and discovered my coat crumpled in the trunk where last I left it (with the gloves still intact in the pockets — huzzah).
The maples on our drive look like they're on fire. Our tomatoes have finally joined them in also turning red.
After a pleasant service and chatting with acquaintances at the new church we're trying out, we joined Jennifer and her family on their annual excursion to a pumpkin farm. We had gone to a pathetic one last year, and this one rocked — see, it helps to get to know your online friends. We chose pumpkins (four of them, for four of us — aw!), went on a hay ride and tractor train (three times! my bones!), played in a corn crib, fished for trout (which we oh-so-thankfully did not catch; I think I would have freaked out), watched a pumpkin cannon, raced rubber duckies, got mildly lost (but not really) in a corn maze, and ate piping hot corn on the cob.
I'd post a couple pictures of our time there, but our camera's downstairs and I'm snugly scrunched between two sleeping boys while my tootsies continue to warm up. Autumn can be deceptively chilly. And being outdoors has made all of us deliciously sleepy.
After the farm, we ate at our favorite Mexican place from when we'd first moved to Seattle a decade ago. Yummers.
It was a very good day. I love family days like this, just as I love the fall. Bring it on, October.
Link linky links:
Meeting my NPN friends
Really enjoyable carnival on money money money by the pound. (Does the fact I quote Pete's Dragon
date me? If so, I'll be your candle on the water.)
There were budgeting and frugal living tips flying about, almost like an invisible dragon. I predict many of us will be watching our pennies more closely this month. Other posts dealt with giving kids an allowance, parental leave, working from home, how finances and crunchy living intersect, and other diverse topics. Because there's room for everyone in this world, if everyone makes some room.
Ok, I'll stop now since I'm positive I'm amusing only myself.
|I don't know why the kids aren't still watching it these days. |
Who wouldn't be impressed with CGI like this?
From Natural Parents Network:
- Fun Family Learning: Lichen and Air Quality
- Wordless Wednesday: Money
- Parenting While Owning a Home Business — that's mine!
- Canning Unsweetened, Chunky Applesauce
- Staying Connected Through Rituals
- The First Annual Natural Parents Network Cross-Country Get Together
Current giveaways around here
You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.
Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Anktangle, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, I Thought I Knew Mama, Enjoy Birth, A Domesticated Woman's Adventures (various), Fabulous Mama Chronicles, Kelly Hogaboom (Fridays), The Parent Vortex (weekends), Ichigo Means Strawberry, TouchstoneZ, Hippie Housewife (Saturdays), Multiple Musings, Motherhood Moments, Mama and Baby Love, and A Little Bit of All of It for more Sunday Surfing! (If you also participate in a regular link list, whether on Sunday or not, let me know and I'll add your link.)
Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!