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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Lauren October 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm

That looks like such a fun fall tradition….and I love your pumpkin! :)

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Lisa Fine October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm

How fun! And your photos are gorgeous!

I love to make a big batch of applesauce to freeze for all winter, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Usually it’s best to hit the orchards when they just have dropped or utility apples for cheap, and make it then.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

oo I need to make some applesauce too! I have a lot of apples from apple picking!

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Nicole @ PancakesandPilates October 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Great photos! I don’t really have any fall traditions but I’m hoping that my up coming move will be the last for a while and I can start some of my own. I tried to get things off with a haunted house tradition, but the timing didn’t really work out. Aside from the typical pumpkin cookies and enjoying the trick or treaters, I try to get out and hike as much as possible. The weather is the best and the colors are just gorgeous.

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes October 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oh how cute is that?! That looks like it was such a wonderful day. Love fall!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy October 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

That’s such a cute pumpkin! My sister, boyfriend and I already picked our pumpkins this year, but we still need to carve them. I usually go with the simple Jack-O-Lantern face..I’m too impatient for anything too immaculate!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

haha I should have gone with something simple – I seriously was working hard!!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I still need to carve my pumpkin! I am not a huge fan of taking out the goop, but like the “etching” part :)

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Lori Lynn October 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

You have some gorgeous pictures, especially the one of your nephew. I don’t really have any traditions, but I love the decorations.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

Thanks, Lori!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That picture of your nephew and the donkey is precious! I always feel so bah-humbug b/c I’m like one of the only people who isn’t really excited by pumpkin carving so it’s good to know there are others! I get way more excited by finding the perfect pumpkin in terms of shape, not so much the effort and mess of carving it. ;)

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Ah I’m so jealous! I love farms and being out in the country! And no, we never had any fall traditions, my mom isn’t really the type. Although she always makes chiefs games a festive event!

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Lauren October 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This sounds like the perfect fall weekend. I can’t wait to hear more about this squash/apple side dish. Sounds like the ideal dish to bring to Thanksgiving this year.

Glad you had a wonderful weekend Chelsey!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:50 am

It is a perfect Thanksgiving dish! Can’t wait to make it!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

thanks for the adorable pics…love the kitty and the animals :)

And we aren’t carving out pumpkin, just admiring it. They stink too much in the house if you carve them and we don’t have an outdoor area to put them that’s private. Urban living.

And we’re doing trick or treating with Skylar, too. Excited!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:50 am

I agree about the carving – one year when I was living in an apartment during college, we had them in the house. Um, stinky!

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Katie @ Raisins&Apples October 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I love the shot of yall at the table carving!

I’m not planning on carving pumpkins this year, but I think it’s totally okay given the amount of pumpkin I eat in the fall :)

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

loved EVERYTHING in this post…going to have to “pin” that donkey pic!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

haha! Pin away! I thought it was too too cute!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life October 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

That’s a great tradition and OMG that kitten is ADORABLE!

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Michaela October 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I would love to have a fall tradition like yours!
I remember we had some traditions when I was younger, but nowadays, we don´t do that anymore. Sadly :(

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nicole marie October 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm

my gwendolyn is going ga ga for charlie!!!
my autumn tradition is hiking through the enchanted forest with gwendolyn, observing the leaves, smelling the scents of nature, and remembering it all. it is so lovely! xxx

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

:) Charlie is a nice puppy – you should visit!

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nicole marie October 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

oh my goodness! this comment made my day! you’re so nice, and i somehow imagine that nice people wouldn’t invite me to things. i’m so happy to be accepted! and gwendolyn would love another boyfriend! :) i hope your day is now as good as mine! xxx

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Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land October 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

What a great pumpkin, and a great family tradition! I usually host a family pumpkin carving party every year, complete with lots of fall foods, pumpkin judging/voting and prizes awarded in both adults and kids categories. It is so much fun!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

AW! Family time! <3 So sweet! ….The only fall activity I get to take place in is football- lots and lots of football!!!

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Emily October 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Last week we had our annual Fall Family Harvest party. Filled with good food, family, friends, hay rides, and pumpkin painting. Our family is composed of TONS of little ones and we let them all paint pumpkins, carving is too difficult for them.
Glad you had beautiful weather! Last weekend in Michigan was quite chilly.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

Sounds like the same concept as our fall party! Sounds like a good time!

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Faith October 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Oh my gosh you are right, that picture of your nephew with the donkey is adorable. Love the fall events and pictures! I just carved pumpkins this weekend as well :)

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Heather October 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

What an awesome day! Slow cooker apples rule.

In my house, we watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” We’re big on the cartoons!

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

Aw I love Charlie Brown – and you just got me oddly excited for holiday movies!!

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Jenny October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This is so cute! Just a nice little day on the farm. I have never (read ne-e-ver) carved a pumpkin like that – nice job!

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Looks like such a perfect fall day!!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

i love family get togethers :) we’re the same way, though… always leaving early to get home to the dogs!

we don’t have any fall traditions, but i am hosting our first halloween party this year — maybe that will become an annual thing!

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I love fall, and after a year and a half of insisting he hates it I finally got the boyfriend to admit that he’s actually enjoying the weather! I forced him into apple picking (then made a pie for him), and hopefully we’ll carve pumpkins this weekend!

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kaila@ healthy helper blog! October 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm

That kitty pic is GORGEOUS! It looks like the cat I used to have! So sweeet.

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Mallory @ It's Only Life October 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm

that is the cutest kitten ive ever seen. omg!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Awh, that kitty is so cute! I don’t know WHAT I would do if I ever became allergic to cats. I don’t think I could survive. I love my kitty too much.

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cleaneatingchelsey October 26, 2011 at 5:53 am

I don’t really mind as I’m more of a dog person, but kittens are so cute.

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Khushboo October 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

What great traditions! I’ve never carved a pumpkin but given my artistic skills (or should I say ‘lack of’), I think that’s a good thing!

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Krystina (Organically Me) October 26, 2011 at 1:24 am

What a fun day! And that kitten is so cute!. :) Thank goodness I’m not allergic to cats, I love them too much!

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Sophie @ threetimesf October 26, 2011 at 3:39 am

What a beautiful sunset!

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Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries October 26, 2011 at 5:56 am

That picture of your nephew is adorable! And so was that kitten. But I’m like your husband – I can’t touch them/be near them/think about them for too long because then it all goes to hell and I’m sneeze-y and rash-y. Quite attractive, I know.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

This looks like such a fun day with family!

Our fall tradition is to always go to the Norfolk County fair on Thanksgiving. I look forward to it every year! I mean, there are pig races and a lumberjack competition… how could I NOT love it? Haha. ;)

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Lisa@Healthy Diaries October 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

The weather has been prefect out here lately! yesterday was great as well!

That kitten looks so adorable!

I hope your stomach isn’t too bad this week for your eating over the weekend!

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Pure2raw twins October 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

loved these photos of you and your family! what fun

cannot wait to do things like this with my niece!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

we have already carved and tossed a pumpkin. It got gross. quick. We go to the AMNH to do trick or treating there. it’s just easier here in nyc.

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Sarah October 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

I love family gatherings!

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Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun October 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Lovely photos! Looks like a great time. Ugh..the etching is such a pain, but well worth the effort in the end!

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Lauren October 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm

That kitten!!!! So cute. I carve pumpkins every year, so I better have time to fit it in this weekend!

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