Fall Fun Wrap Up

Our fall ended up getting a little crazy.  Between Gretchen breaking her leg and the exciting World Series win for the Royals, it was a very eventful fall!

We accomplished almost everything on our list with two exceptions.  We decided not to do family photos this fall since Gretchen was in her bright orange cast during prime photo season, and we didn’t make it to the Midwest Balloon Fest (not really torn up about that, it sounds like the event was a bit of a disaster with very few actual hot air balloons on display!)

Here’s what we did check off the list, in no particular order!

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Go trick or treating

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Go apple picking (we made it out to Cider Hill Family Orchard twice this season)

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Make a Thanksgiving craft

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Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose

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Go on a hike (we did a fall scavenger hunt at the Overland Park Arboretum)

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Have a cider slush (perfect after apple picking in August, lol!

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Fall craft

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Pumpkin hollow at Deanna Rose

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Make an apple pie

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Visit the pumpkin patch (we visited KC Pumpkin Patch at their new location)

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Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, KS

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Roast pumpkin seeds

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Decorate pumpkins

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Host a Halloween party

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Drink hot apple cider and eat cider donuts (visit to the Louisburg Cider Mill)
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Make applesauce
Make pumpkin pancakes
Make a pumpkin recipe

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31 Weeks at Deanna Rose Farmstead

When Deanna Rose opened for the season on April 1st we didn’t set out to go every week until they closed on October 31st, it just kind of started to happen and as the season went on we made a point of making a visit each week.  Most weeks I took her, some weeks Tyler did, sometimes we went together, and while we were on vacation she went with her grandparents.

I love seeing the animals and the flowers grow throughout the season.  There is so much to enjoy and discover there, we never got bored with it.  Also, it’s free Mondays – Thursdays, can’t beat that!  Usually we only did one side or the other.  Sometimes we only went to play on the playgrounds or see the goats.  During the hottest parts of the summer went during their evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Much cooler and MUCH less crowded.  Those were some of my favorite visits.  We made some great memories and I’m so sad it will be closed for the next 5 months.

Some pictures that chronicle our adventures at the farmstead this year.

Spring

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First time meeting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  AKA “the goat with no ears”

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Bottle feeding Benjamin for the first time, he is a hungry little goat.

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Every time we went she had to check up on him and see how he was doing

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Introducing Daddy to Benjamin

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She loves the colorful garden stones throughout the children’s garden and butterfly trail

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First time fishing, sadly we didn’t catch any.

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First time riding the ponies.

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Her legs were too short for the pedal tractors this year but I bet by next spring she’ll be doing it!

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I love watching things sprout and grow in the children’s garden.

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She loves to sing the alphabet song while she walks along the alphabet stones.

Summer

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Summer evening. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

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The butterfly garden, love the creative ways they grow things out here.

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Showdown with a very territorial rooster

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Only time we saw all three bunnies out.

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She loved to find the “G” brick.

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Playing in the little cabin with her daddy.

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Trip to the farm with her 5 cousins.

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Watching the baby ducks swim.

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Holding hands with her cousin Hosanna

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Milking the “cows” with two of her cousins

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Feeding the ducks with Hosanna and Karis

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Checking on Benjamin (can you spot him by now?)

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That one time a rooster got loose and chased us down.

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Feeding duck food to the fish.

Fall

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Hay bale slide at Pumpkin Hollow

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Visiting Pumpkin Hollow with a friend

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Riding the cow train for the first time

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Ghosties

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Night of the Living Farm (with her broken leg)

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Last visit to the farm this season

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Absolutely loves dancing to the Disney songs at the gazebo

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Til next year Deanna Rose!

Fall Fun List

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Fall Fun List:

Visit the pumpkin patch
Go apple picking
Eat cider donuts
Go on a hike
Maple Leaf Festival
Midwest Balloon Fest
Night of the living farm at Deanna Rose
Pumpkin hollow at Deanna Rose
Make applesauce
Fall craft
Decorate pumpkins
Make pumpkin pancakes
Host a Halloween party
Roast pumpkin seeds
Go trick or treating
Make a pumpkin recipe
Drink hot cider
Have a cider slush
Make an apple pie
Get family photos taken
Turkey craft for Thanksgiving

Summer Fun Wrap Up

You can see my entire summer fun list here.

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Make popcicles– we used our awesome Zoku popcicle maker for the first time during potty training weekend.

Go to a Royals game– we went for free thanks to tickets from Tyler’s work.  Gretchen’s favorite part was watching them warm up, she still talks about it!

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Weekly visits to Deanna Rose Farmstead– we often went as a family during the evening hours on Tues/Thurs but also each took her on our own at various points.  We had so much fun there this summer!  We haven’t missed a week since they opened in April!  Gretchen loves visiting her favorite goat, Benjamin.  Most memorable trip was when Tyler got attacked by a rooster.

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Berry picking– we picked Strawberries at Wohletz U-Pick in Lawrence and blueberries at The Berry Patch in Cleveland, MO.

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Visit a new park: we did this many times this summer, but our favorite new park is probably Little Mill Creek North.

Feed the ducks: another fun activity at Deanna Rose.  When Gretchen’s 5 cousins were in town we took them there one night and the kids enjoyed feeding the ducks together.

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Have a picnic in a park/go to an outdoor concert: two birds with one stone!  We had a fabulous picnic while listening to a blues band at one of the Overland Park Sunday evening concerts.  Joined by two of my favorite Oklahomans 🙂

Visit a new pool: we went to Splash Cove several times this summer, Gretchen loved the water slides and the little wave pool.

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Visit Beanstalk Children’s Garden: This was a HOT summer day and my kid was a crankypants.  Nonetheless, it was a fun outing with one of our mom’s groups.  Gretchen ate a ton of cherry tomatoes right off the plant. Want to visit again next year before it gets crazy hot!

Visit Storyland at Crown Center: We made it out twice this summer, once right after it opened and again right before it closed. This was a fun exhibit, can’t wait for the next free exhibit in the winter!

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Visit a farm: I organized a tour of Shatto Dairy Farm back in June.  It was a bit of a hot mess between collecting money from over 50 other families and then a torrential horrible downpour during the 90 minute drive to the farm.  Wish we could have a do-over!  Gretchen loved sampling all the different flavors of milk but her favorite part was probably the barn kittens.

3 year photos: My friend Brooke German took Gretchen’s 3 year photos and they turned out great!  Can’t wait to get family photos done with her this fall!

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Wash a car: this was a fun activity on a hot summer night. She loved soaping up the car and quickly moved on to helping us wash our real car!

Ride an outdoor carousel: she got to do this a few times this summer.  At the Omaha Zoo, the K, and the KC Zoo.

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Go to a zoo: Memorial Day weekend we took a trip to Omaha and visited their amazing zoo.

Visit a museum: Also stopped at the Omaha Children’s Museum on our trip.

Other things I don’t have pictures of:

make lemonade
plant flowers
visit the farmers market
do a fun summer craft
Frozen on Ice

Not accomplished:

ice cream truck-  Dude. I don’t know what it is about our cul de sac but the ice cream truck never came by 😦  We would hear him in the nearby neighborhoods but he passed us over.  Maybe next summer!

Preschool

It is hard to believe it but Gretchen started preschool last week!  On Wednesday we had a meet the teacher event where she got to visit her classroom and check out all of the toys. She loved it.

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Gretchen’s friend Grace is in her class so she has one friendly face among the sea of 3 year olds.  They did get in a disagreement already about how it’s possible for both of their names to start with the letter G.

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What Gretchen packed for her first day of preschool.  Note the rolling pin and butter.  I sneakily re-packed it with her supplies and spare sets of clothes.

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her official “first day of preschool” picture

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and the many outtakes before I got the official picture!

Gretchen had SO MUCH FUN!  She was the second one in the door and didn’t even look back.  She refused to answer my questions about what they actually did at preschool but she did say she wants to go back.  Most memorable quote of the week was “I’m going to learn EVERYTHING at preschool!”

We went last night to play on their playground so she could explore all it has to offer without all the other little kids around.  The tire swing is BY FAR her favorite.

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So fun (and bittersweet) to watch her hit this big milestone!

Three year photos

My friend Brooke took Gretchen’s photos a couple of weeks ago and we LOVE them.  She was able to capture Gretchen’s personality so well.  We took the pictures around the Olathe Community Center.  The dress is from Hanna Andersson and we called it her “Elsa dress” to convince her to wear it.  There was a lot of bribery involved in getting her dressed and ready for these photos but she definitely earned her ice cream!  If you are looking for a photographer in the Kansas City area I highly recommend Brooke German!

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Gretchen turns 3!

Last week we celebrated Gretchen’s third birthday.  Timehop likes to remind me every day how tiny she was this time three years ago!  Also how hot it is, summer 2012 was brutal.  This summer is a different kind of brutal with all the rain.

As much as I love hosting parties we decided not to do a big party this year and took Gretchen to Omaha for a weekend of fun back in May.  We did have a Daniel Tiger birthday party with family, including 5 of her cousins that were in town at the time.  She was SO excited for her Daniel Tiger party and everywhere I took her on her birthday she asked if it was her party (sorry kid, party is not at Scheels).  My friend Renata designed the custom Daniel Tiger decor.  Check out her shop on etsy!

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I ran out of time to make the Texas sheet cake I’d planned on so I picked up this chocolate cake from 3 Women and an Oven and it was delicious!

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Discussing the big plans they have now that they are both 3 years old.

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posing with the cousins

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needed help blowing out her candles this year, although she did try!

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the balloons we picked up at the store were a huge hit, as was the wrench we tied them to in order to keep them from floating away!