Saturday, October 31, 2009

Buzzin' Our Way Through Halloween 2009

Paul and I were so excited about this years Halloween.

Like last year, we visited Grandma and Grandpa Wilkins, and then buzzed our way over to Papa and Mimi's house where Cole happily trick or treated with Conner and Sienna.

He was so eager to keep up with them. Within only a couple blocks, he was walking like a drunken sailor because he was so tired. Mommy was finally able to talk him into riding in his wagon for the rest of the way, until he decided it was time to go to sleep.

This year was a blast.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Party

One of our very good friends Craig hosted this years Halloween party. The girls and I went as sailors, and Paul went as Beyonce from her " All the Single Ladies " music video.

It was great fun. Thanks Craig - you did a great job. We had a blast =)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Visiting the Pumpkin Patch

This time last year, Cole was only two months old. Trick or Treating and visiting the Pumpkin Patch weren't exactly priority at the time. So you can imagine our excitement this year!

We visited a local pumpkin patch that had a petting zoo, offered pony rides, a jumper, and a horse with a big sign that read " I bite!"

Cole enjoyed going from each pile of pumpkins and squash to the next, seeing the animals, and throwing hay! It was a great way to begin the halloween celebrations.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

From the Forest to the Coast

We left Sunday, and headed straight for Yosemite. The drive was long, and we arrived around 11pm. As soon as the morning came, we couldn't wait to get outside to soak in our surroundings and fresh air. The first day we lounged, ate at a local Mexican restaurant, and visited some little shops that were close by. Our campsite included its own river, so we didn't have to go very far to see what Yosemite offers! Although we hadn't known yet what we were going to see in the next couple of days!
The following day we drove through Yosemite and saw some picture perfect scenery. We had packed sandwiches - so we were able to stop at a secluded river where we were able to eat lunch.. just the three of us. The trees, rivers, waterfalls, and nature was unbelievable. Perfect time of year to visit. The bright oranges, reds, and yellows that the fall season brings made the surroundings warm, welcoming, and easy to always remember.

Wednesday we headed for the coast. We didn't want to make it a long drive, so we stopped for a night in Santa Nella. I am going to stick with the old saying " If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." I will leave it at that.

We happily said " Goodbye " to Santa Nella, and " Hello " to Carmel. We stayed at a campground that was tucked away in the hills and sat behind a river. Like Yosemite, the air is fresh, the trees are lush, and the people are welcoming. The bridges and roads though - are a bit stressful. Most are one lane and very windy. So you can imagine what I mean by " stressful." Although Carmel was beautiful, Paul was anxious to get back to a two lane highway!

Friday we headed to Sulvane where Paul's cousin Mark met up with us. We stayed at a beautiful campground where we were welcomed with fresh baked cookies! We were able to catch up with Mark, visit the Firestone brewery where Cole discovered ketchup, and played some good games of cornhole.

Sunday we headed home. It was a week filled with love, fun, adventure, and exploring. We were happy to get home, and start the process of preparing for the holidays that are soon to come.