Archive for October, 2010

There’s nothing like the fall fun of playing in a pile of leaves. I love how these pictures turned out, so I’ll probably bore you with more before long.


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pumpkin patch

We were excited to have G’s parents staying with us for a few days this week.  One of the highlights of their visit was our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.

It was another beautiful fall day!

The girls ran through a small hay maze and

had fun choosing their very own pumpkin.

Pendo is watching Grandpa weigh our pumpkins.

Now we just need to wait a few more days and try to convince G to carve them for us.

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back in the saddle again

Yippee!  On Saturday, we went back to the farm where our friend B stables her horse.  The girls were reeeeeeeeeally excited to go back and see B and her horse, Kenya.

Kait learned a little more about riding a horse on her own.  She LOVES horseback riding now, and we are so thankful to have a friend with a horse!

Rose decided that she wanted to ride Kenya by herself, too.  I walked right beside her and held onto her leg just in case she took a tumble, but she did a great job by herself.  She was so proud, too.  Sometimes she acts much older than her three years.  She’s not afraid of much.  Just the dark.  I think that’s all.

See you soon, Kenya.


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This is how.

On Friday morning, I tied Rose on my back, and she and I went for a delightfully long hike with our friend Ali.

I loved every single minute of it.  OK, not the apple juice in my hair part, but everything else.  I just wish this amazing fall weather would hold out for a few more weeks.  I’m becoming quite the nature girl this year, and I love being outside with my girls.


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Thursday was glorious here in Michigan.  Well, I guess also in Ohio.  The little girls and I were invited to go to the Toledo Zoo with a friend and her two youngest girls.  Soooo fun!  I  hadn’t been there in a few years, and it is SUCH a nice zoo!  The weather was absolutely perfect, and we almost had the zoo to ourselves.

I didn’t take very many pictures of the animals because I had the wrong lens on the camera, and I wanted to enjoy the trip instead focusing on taking pictures.

There was one exception.  The girls ran around and enjoyed these fun animal masks.

What a fun morning!


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random kait

Here are a few pictures of Kait that have been hanging out on my desktop for a while.  I think I had planned to put them in a blog post but never got around to it, so, lucky you, here they are all at once.  No, they have nothing to do with each other.

Kait and I went on a date about six weeks ago (yikes, it’s time for another one!).  I took her putt-putt golfing for the second time in her life, and we both loved it.  For the record, she did MUCH better this time than the last time (I think she was about 4 1/2 the last time), and she actually got a hole-in-one!

Here she is at my new favorite park . . .

and another from a family expo that we went to a couple of weekends ago.

I love you, sweet, sweet Kait.  I am totally enjoying every minute of watching you grow and mature.  You are precious and priceless and perfect.  OK, not perfect, but neither is your mama!


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Fall has officially begun now, at least for us.  We’re wearing jackets more often than not, the shorts and short-sleeved shirts are getting pushed further and further back in the closet, and we’ve turned on the furnace.  But the BIGGEST reason that fall has officially begun for the Austins is the return of one of our annual activities.  Ever since Kait was three, we’ve been going to a little fall-festival-kind-of-thing in our town.  A local farm hosts some fun activities for the family, and Kait seriously looks forward to it all year.  I’m not sure why because it’s kind of lame.  I’m fairly certain that she’s going to catch on to that soon, but until then, we’ll keep going to the farm each fall.  G was able to go with us this year, so that was an added bonus for all of us.  Here are some photos of the fun.

This carousel was probably the highlight of the day, as it has been for Kait for several years.

It’s fun to be back home to celebrate fall in Michigan.  We truly missed some of these experiences while we were living in Kenya last year.

Coming soon  .  . . apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and caramel apples.


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