fall family fun

October 25, 2011

On Sunday, the Husband and I went over to his aunt and uncle’s house for our annual fall celebration!

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Every month we get together as a family towards the end of the month, but there’s something about the October get together that always gets me so excited. There is always a day full of fall fun awaiting us!

There have been many years where the weather has been downright nasty — however, on Sunday, we had the perfect weather. It was 65 degrees and sunny (with a few random sprinkles?) the entire day. Perfection!

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This year John and I brought Charlie with us. We always have to leave parties early because we feel bad for leaving him at home for so long. It doesn’t hurt that they have a lot of land for animals to roam around on! The Husband brought some rope to tie Charlie up to though — he likes to torment their farm animals!

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When we  got to the festivities, the first thing I did was check out all the animals. It seems like every time I go, they get a new one! They have barn cats, goats, and now… donkeys!

And this picture goes down in history as the cutest picture of my two year old nephew ever.

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I made sure to only hold the new kitten for a few minutes as I didn’t want the Husband to be sneezing all night — he’s very allergic!

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I couldn’t wait to sit down for lunch — we had an array of soups, salads, breads, and a delicious slow cooker squash/apple side dish that I am planning on recreating soon.

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Aaaand, my stomach might still be recovering from the butter in the squash and the cheese in the salad I ate. I figured my stomach was already ruined from the wedding the night before, so I might as well just make a weekend out of it. I also had some of my loaded cabbage soup that I brought for the masses.

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Once our lunches settled, we got all set for a hay ride!

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It is quite the family tradition, and somehow I always get a lot of straw thrown at me. I think my family is trying to tell me something (?). Either way, it’s always a lot of fun. Courtney and I took the time to catch up (as if we hadn’t seen each other the day before) and enjoy the sun.

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After the hay ride, it was time for — pumpkin carving! Sometimes I sit out on this event, but this year I was feeling it. The Husband went and got me a pumpkin from Ace Hardware of all places, and I had a plan of attack. First step? Get all that goop out of the pumpkin!


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It was a long process — apparently I had to choose one of the most time consuming stencils in the world. Not only did I have to carve, but I had to “etch” as well.

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I worked long after everyone else was finished — in fact, they had to put the spotlight on outside! Luckily, there was quite a gorgeous sunset to be watched.

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And, I think it was worth the trouble — even though it may not be perfect, I think my untraditional barn turned out well!

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Sunday was such a great day with family — and I am already counting down the days until next October’s party!

Question: Do you have any fall traditions? Are you carving a pumpkin this year?

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