Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend Perfection

This was one of the best weekends we've had in a long time.  From a wonderful date night with friends for Todd and I on Friday night, the apple orchard and pumpkin farm on Saturday, and playing outside the entire weekend soaking up the gorgeous fall weather, it was near perfection.When movies want to show the best of autumn in the midwest they always show kids playing in huge leaf piles, people walking through multicolored leaves in golden sunlight, picking pumpkins and eating juicy apples, Halloween decorations on every front porch, and everyone outside enjoying the glow.  This weekend felt much like that. 

Trips to the pumpkin farm are always a favorite of mine and this one lived up to expectations.  Last year we could barely get to the pumpkin farm because our fall was bitter cold and rainy.  When we finally made it the weather was 45 degrees and drizzly.  It wasn't a grand time.  This time the weather was 70 degrees, sunny, and perfect. 

The minute the minivan came to a stop in front of the pumpkin farm the boys jumped out in pursuit of their perfect pumpkin.  Even Tommy got to work, his broken arm not slowing him down a bit.

 Grace didn't care too much about the pumpkins. Instead she found a beautiful apple on the ground and couldn't believe her good fortune when I didn't take it away.  She was so happy to show everyone how she could hold and bite the apple all by herself.  She felt like such a big girl and wouldn't let go of that apple the entire time we were there. 
 Soon, the boys saw Grace and decided to give it a try themselves.
 Not to shabby.
 Not too shabby at all!
 Mmmm.  Such tasty apples!
 After all of the bellies were full of apples and everyone picked their pumpkin we attempted to get our annual family picture.  We took about a dozen photos and this is the best we got.  Good enough. (Please notice that Grace is still holding her apple.)
 The rest of the day, and the day that followed, was spent outside riding bicycles and jumping in leaf piles. I got to take a nice long run (3 and a half miles isn't that long but considering I just started last week I was surprised I did that well) which made me feel pretty good about myself. And I even managed to get my leaf photos of each of the kids' with their little heads peeking out.  They are pretty cute too.

But when the boys insisted on taking pictures with their pumpkins and the photos turned out so well I decided to use those pictures on my sidebar instead. 

So there you have it.  The perfect fall weekend.  Alone time with the hubby, fun at the pumpkin farm, playing outside, a nice run, happy kids, lovely weather, and great pictures.  It doesn't get much better than that. 

How was your weekend?


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Oh that was indeed a perfect weekend! And what precious photos! Grace looks so much like you!
Autumn is my most favorite season of all, & you celebrated everything I love about it! Bring on the apple cider!

Mom24 said...

Definitely a perfect weekend! I love the new sidebar pictures. So cute. :)

All your pictures came out great. I love the one of the 6 of you. You look so young! I can not believe how adorable Grace is. They all are. Glad you had such a good time.

Last weekend we were at 85. I'm hoping this weekend is cooler, I refuse to go to the pumpkin patch and fight yellow jackets in 85 degree weather.

Elaine A. said...

All the pics are so wonderful. I can see that it was definitely a "movie-like" weekend! You all are such a gorgeous family and I love Grace's little smile in her leaf pic. I hope you continue to have such a fabulous Fall. :)

Scrappy said...

How fun!! I love the little bites out of Grace's apples. So cute.
I LOVE your side bar and other photos. Gorgeous family!

Robyn said...

I think you got some great shots! We went for pumpkins this weekend too, it was hot. Last year when we went it was practically snowing this year 80 degrees.

Brittany said...
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Brittany said...

OHHH their leaf pictures! :) I love how you do those every year! LOVE them! :) Sounds like a great weekend! :)

Tammy said...

What a perfect weekend. The weather was gorgeous and it has been a beautiful Fall so far! Your pictures are so cute!! We spent a lot of time outdoors too! I have to start remembering my camera.

Cassie said...

That's a really good group shot of you guys. We're going to the pumpkin patch this weekend. I'm excited about it!

maggie said...

Ah, your post makes me long for home and my childhood. Sounds so perfect. Autumn really is the best. Your boys just get cuter, and Grace is so adorable. I love the bunch of little bites randomly all over the apple. Cuteness. I love that you shared this great weekend. It made me smile. :)

maggie said...

Oh. And the family picture. Wow. Nice.

Hilary said...

Your four little pumpkins are just adorable. They're going to remember these traditions throughout their whole lives.

Krystyn said...

Oh, it looks like it was the perfect weekend for going....and all of the kiddos had such a good time, too!

I think my munchkins would have preferred the apples, too!

Kelly said...

Perfect weekend. Nothing tastes better than apples straight from the orchard. Yum. We've had amazing weather too and I'm dreading the day when it leaves!

Love the side bar pics too-they turned out so adorable!

Dawn said...

That does sound like a perfect weekend! Your family photo is so cute. My weekend was more of an indoor type of weekend. We got 2 1/2 ft. of rain from Friday through Sunday!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

totally picture perfect!

MamaB said...

I just love all the pictures! The little bites out of Grace's apple is just too cute! Oh and I am coveting your boots! If there a size 8 1/2 or 9 you just send them my way! ;)


Kat said...

MamaB- Thanks! I just got those boots and I am in love. I had been looking at them for a long time (they are the Elle boots at Kohl's) but I didn't want to spend so much money. Then I saw them for 40% off AND I had a $20 coupon thingie too. SCORE!!!! LOVE them. I wear them all the time. :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

That is a perfect weekend with wonderful photos to prove it! Autumn is going by way too fast, I'm happy you've captured a bit of it here :-)

April said...

Love all the photos, including the new sidebar pumpkin shots! So cute! Fall is awesome!

Lindsay said...

Awesome pics! Looks like you guys had a great time. And man - Grace has gotten so big! Biting apples, too?! Goodness gracious.

Lisa said...

Wonderful pictures of wonderful fun! I love the new leaf/pumpkin pictures ~ and the whole family one too!

Carol said...

Kat...what a beautiful family picture! Your kids are each so very beautiful. I LOVE reading about your life. I know you appreciate it...and your honesty about the feelings and ups-and-downs of motherhood has always been so refreshing. And Grace: oh my! She's just a beauty!!!

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