Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thistleberry Farm 2015

We moved into our current house on Halloween 2008.  One of our first family experiences in our hometown was visiting this cute little pumpkin patch.  We chose some pumpkins for our barren new porch, took some pictures, and saw some animals.  We fell in love and came back at least twice a year.  Often we were just one of a handful of families there.

Thistleberry 2008

As our family has grown, so has this farm, and today it boasts at least 20 different activities, costs a pretty penny for admittance, and is often packed to the gills.  We keep coming back though, you can't put a price on nostalgia. 

Trunk or Treat 2015

We held our annual Trunk or Treat in a different location this year.  Old friends and new got to enjoy the playground, a costume parade, and a low key trunk or treat experience.  The weather was overcast but in the 60's, so for once we had a happy Tater enjoying the experience!  Spork was happy to reprise the role of Grammy's adorable giraffe, though he was a bit confused and occasionally referred to himself as a cat.  The Nugget's costume is courtesy of PBTeen and a coupon code, and Tater's gorgeous monarch getup was a special hand-me down from friend W.  

The pictures make it look like so much fun that I will definitely block out the memory of loading sugar-crazed possibly-possessed-by-demon children that I loaded into our van afterwards.  Ah, the cost of living large!

But a zip-lining butterfly makes it all worth it.

Fall Fun 2015

We always laugh about how we asked God for active children.  God was listening and apparently feeling very generous. The way squirrels spastically tuck away nuts for the winter is how we parents obsessively get the children outdoors and moving all autumn long.  It's not as if they will use up all the energy and sit quietly on the couch all winter, but it makes us feel better.

Up first, the county began a new festival last year to encourage families to stay fit together.  The kids love this one!

Next, the Fall Family Fun Fest.  This was the first year we came late instead of showing up at opening.  No crowds, but not much left to do in the mind of an 8yo who knows what he's missing.

Then, a trip to a farm for family pictures - will show them off when the photographer sends the disc - pumpkins, a hayride, petting zoo, and corn maze.

Finally, the good ole' leaf pile.  Free fun and child labor to boot.