Fall Fun

It seems like with every season here in Iowa, I have a list of family-friendly things that I want to take the kids to and do. I love it that our kids are so active and love to have new experiences. But this fall was a little different. I have been worn out and extremely *painful* with the final stretch of this pregnancy (no pun intended…) So it’s almost mid-November and I thought I’d make a list of all the fun stuff we did (and wanted) to do this fall and share some pictures! We didn’t go too far but it was still enjoyable. The midwest is beautiful in the fall! I’m putting all these on my to-do list for next year!

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Oh baby–35 weeks

Pride of the Wapsi Pumpkin Patch — We go here every year. Jeremiah was employed here for several years and it is a great place to take your family! This year we went with our Young Couples Group at church and had a blast. There were around 30 of us that enjoyed the attractions, took a wagon ride to the patch and picked out a pumpkin, had a picnic and made smores. Kids slept well that night!

L measures up to 'How Tall this Fall?'

L measures up to ‘How Tall this Fall?’

Jumping pillow fun

Jumping pillow fun

Picking our pumpkins (L is still picking I guess)

Picking our pumpkins (L is still picking I guess)

Trike racing!

Trike racing!

Barrel train fun

Barrel train fun

Sibling pictures — For my mom’s birthday this year, my brother had the idea to take some sibling pictures for our mom’s present. We  had a whole family picture when G was en utero, but nothing since, especially no sibling pictures. So keeping with tradition, these pictures were taken with me 33 wks pregnant with Baby C#3.  I gotta say, not my choice of great times to take pictures. I requested that we could at least all wear black, and they actually turned out pretty good. Mom loved them! Here’s a few:

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Leaves!

Leaves!

Iowa Food and Lifestyle Blogger meetup — This was just for me, but I spent a morning at the New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City with some other like-minded bloggers. I am definitely a novice/amateur/very much a beginner/hobby blogger, but it was fun to see what others are doing with their blogs. And the food there is delicious!

Halloween — The kids and ‘fairy godmother’ (AKA Aunt Mel) dressed up and paraded Bennett for Halloween this year. They had a blast, despite the rainy,cold weather, and got tons of candy, of course.  I went as a pregnant mommy, but did not get any candy. What the heck?!

Ironman, Princess Belle, and The Sassy Fairy Godmother ;)

Ironman, Princess Belle, and The Sassy Fairy Godmother 😉

Wilson’s Apple Orchard — I wrote earlier about how L and I attended G’s preschool field trip to this orchard and had a good time! I wanted to return to get some more apples and see a bit more of the place (maybe via gator ride?) but alas, we did not. Definitely on next year’s to-do!

Preschool Halloween party — Nana Sandy, L and I got to attend G’s preschool Halloween party as well. How cute!? I love being able to be involved in G’s preschool and going to this party just re-affirmed to me why we chose this preschool. I cannot say enough good things about it. G dressed as Ironman and L as princess Belle and we supplied one of the treats (Oreo spiders!). G is still loving preschool and next week is the ‘star of the week’. Fun!

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State cross country — J and I took a weekend and drove out to watch the state cross country meet. Although no one from J’s team made it to state, it was nice to drive out there and spend the weekend together. The leaves were  so pretty that weekend during our drive!  We stayed in Des Moines and did some Christmas shopping there. Papa and Nana were gracious enough to watch the kiddos and they (surprise!) shampooed our carpets while we were gone! How nice!

Things we wanted to do, but alas I was too wore out. (Next year!):

Boo at the Zoo (Niabi Zoo)

Muscatine Halloween Hike (Muscatine County Conservation)

Applesauce making ( I love doing this! Makes me feel so Betty Crocker-ish 😉

Pumpkin and squash freezing

Painting pumpkins (bad mommy!)

Davenport Halloween parade

He sure is cute when he stands still long enough for a picture!

He sure is cute when he stands still long enough for a picture!

Have a great week!

-The {growing} Costellos

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