Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Atlanta, Georgia...

My family recently met together for a quick weekend. Actually, only half of my family ended up making it, but we still have to plan/execute time together. Atlanta seemed like a good middle ground for us all living in different regions--direct flight. I loath layovers.


 

We practiced dunking the boys under water some. Charles was a little lethargic in the pool not feeling too well so Clyde was the only participant. He seemed to love it. There were no tears so we did it over and over again. Andrew would just blow into Clyde's face which triggered him to hold his breath.  Then he was ready to go under. 

   

Charles not feeling so hot...


We spent most of the weekend with a dear family who we share over 65 years of a friendship with. My grandpa met in college and later fought in WWII with their grandpa. My parents are good friends with his children, and now we're on to the 3rd generation of strong friendships. My grandmother still speaks with Miss Dot on the phone. Both are now widows. It was great being with them this weekend and visiting their beautiful farm. 


 

(above) They have a really sweet burial site for their dogs. 
(below) Clyde balancing and standing up lots. Plenty of banged heads causing some tears too. 

 

It's not the right season for the blue corduroy jon-jon in NYC, but perfect for Georgia and soon Louisiana. 



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stew Leonards Pumpkin Patch...




$1.00 hay ride with cousins


 

2 sets of identical twins. I remember when these sweet girls were born and now they are off to kinder. 

 


Hudson River Valley Blaze...

Last year our ticket reservations were rained out, so this year we anticipated walking through the smorgasboard of 5,000+ pumpkin carvings. It was a very well-done walk through that matched all the hype we heard prior. 


Haunted house? Only viewed from outside... 



Tunnel of pumpkins...

 

Tents lite up at night amaze me. Reminds me of a beautiful fall wedding.


There was a swinging pendulum pumpkin inside the clock. 

 



Monday, October 29, 2012

Presidential debate at Hofstra ...

Andrew and I were so lucky to land tickets to the  presidential debate at Hofstra University a few weeks ago. The moderator refereed to it as a "front row ticket in history" as 60 million people would be tuning in. I'm glad we went, but I will say it was a hassle to do so. We trained out to Hampstead Long Island where we then taxied to an off site location to pick up tickets and go through security. They then shuttled us to campus. We then had a nerve-racking wait where various passionate supporters were talking the issues.  Following the debate, we had almost a 2 hour wait before we could leave the campus (had to wait until the president was gone) to head home. 


Megyn Kelly. This pic is for mom...


After the debate. 


The highlight of the night was seeing Court's parents who came down from DC and Andrew's mission Presidents too. The pic with them didn't turn out unfortunatly. But they were so kind to give us a ride back to the city so we didn't have to train. 



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Jones Family Farms...

While I was in Connecticut, I was determined to get some pics of the boys in a pumpkin patch. These would be a treasure and a decorating focal point for the years to come. There are so many farms to choose from in New England area. I had trouble deciding. Although Jones would be a 45 minute drive, that's the one I chose. The drive up the Merritt Parkway was so beautiful this time of year. The boys slept. And I felt empowered behind the wheel, with the twins, just us... the random things I miss while living in a big city. I failed to bring a stroller though so I only got so far with 20 pounds in each arm. For a moment, I wished they could walk, but I quickly took that thought back and apologized profusely. Clyde and Charles, please don't grow up. Let's enjoy your first Halloween forever. 

 


I loved the nude pumpkins. 

 


Found a sweet stranger willing to take our pic. Although I love the city, I think I'd do just fine on a farm. I really do. 


I thought about putting the boys in their pumpkin costumes for the pics, but then thought that might be overboard. So their tractor rompers for the hay and hay rides. Get it? The green makes a nice contrast. And these are 24 month rompers so I look forward to them running around in John Deer boots with them.






This little hut was made for their outfits.


Almost as big as the pumpkin.



Gourds for days.



Pumpkins for sale not cheap.


Love this mailbox


I drove through a town called Monroe to get to the farm. Struck a cord with me. I'm guessing this is a great place to live...