25 October 2011

Apple Orchards and Craft Excitement

This past weekend, my husband, son, and I spent Sunday with my mother and father in law, where we went to a farm near their home that had apple picking, pick your own pumpkins, and some farm animals. We had a blast.

My son had a great time with the pumpkins and spent a good while crawling around them and checking them out. He probably would have been content among the pumpkins for even longer, but since it was one of the first things we did (after eating), I wanted to make sure he had a chance to look at the animals (and that we had a chance to get some apples!). It was great to see him so excited; at just 15 months old, sometimes it's hard to tell what's going to hold his interest. But the pumpkins and animals certainly did! I did have to work at keeping him from picking the goats' noses, though, since everytime a goat stuck his head through the fence to check us out, my son would go straight for the nostril. Unfortunately, he couldn't really reach the pigs, because they were all piglets and too small to get close enough for us to reach.

My father in law found us a little apple and A wasted no time in digging right into it, managing to polish off a good chunk of the apple by the time we were finished filling our bag. He passed out in the car when we left and slept the whole way home (1 1/2 hours). Of course, this meant at bedtime, mommy was exhausted, but A was not. My wonderful husband gave me a reprieve when it was clear that A wasn't going to bed any time soon - the guys went out to the livingroom to play, read, and have a snack, and mommy passed out until A was ready to nurse and go to sleep for real. We've decided that this is going to be an annual event, and I hope that the rest of the in laws will join in next year.

And along the crafting vein, I'm still on a craft kick, so I think it's really going to stick around. Which I'm glad for, because I just keep finding more and more projects to work on.

My sewing machine came today, so I can start working on the Wipes Container/Toddler Toy project. I figure this will be a GREAT introduction to the sewing machine, as it really won't matter of I don't do perfect stitches on the cloth, since I'll mostly be hemming the squares to keep them from fraying.

Last weekend and the weekend prior, I managed to gather the majority of the materials that I'm going to need to start working on the quiet book.

I also found the perfect present for my mother in law if I can pull off actually making it, and some cool homemade popsicle stick bracelets that I might attach to my nieces' and nephew's gifts. I also found some great directions for homemade bath fizzies, so I am hoping to have some really personalized, heartfelt gifts to give this year. I always try really hard to buy things that people will like, but this just seems so much warmer and meaningful - if I can pull it off!

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