Saturday, October 30, 2010

Back from Computer Combat with Halloween Preparation Fun

Sometimes computers are just a lot of trouble. You care for them, you buy them things like wonderful new programs, you come to rely on them and then, they turn on you. They get sick and eat through your firewall. They start devouring your financial records and try to gulp down your precious pictures (we rescued them just in time) and then, they do the worst thing of all: they cut you off from the rest of the world by refusing Internet access. It has been a week since the virus hit and today we had to come to terms with reality. The soul of our computer was gone and we needed to move on.

Even though we live in the land of Microsoft we found ourselves taking our first tentative steps into the Apple store. Three hours later we walked out with a new laptop, printer and 2 iPhones. In our defense we had been planning on getting iPhones this weekend because Jason's job is now mandating their use. I do feel guilty as I sit her on my new MacBook Pro, as though the sad eyes of Bill Gates are watching me with disappointment. I will get over it.

In more important news, Halloween is in full swing around here. Madeleine relished cleaning out her first pumpkin and Isabelle thought long and hard about what type of face to give her jack-o-lantern. A fun time was had by all - even when the entire bowl of pumpkin guts and seeds spilled on the floor, eliciting cries of "Oh no! What a mess!" from Maddy.

Maddy had so much fun cleaning the pumpkin out she decided putting the goo back in could be just as much fun! I have some great video but blogger isn't interested in loading it right now. Is there no end to the computer madness?!

Isabelle designed this pumpkin with the crooked smile all be herself.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Did I Mention I Love Fall?

Because I do. I really do. It's my favorite season by far, and not just because of pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin scones. I love the slight chill in the air on crisp, clear days, the changing leaves and harvest time. And, my favorite thing of all? Spending a day on the farm, picking pumpkins, petting animals and this year - going on rides.

It was cousin Vilia's birthday weekend so Grandma and Papa came up to spend the day.
Aunt Darla with her biggest fan.
Isabelle, Vilia and Madeleine
Madeleine thought the giant inflatable scarecrow was delightful!
Vilia loved her first day on the farm too!

Isabelle was pretty proud to be holding her little sister on the canoe ride.

A train ride is always exciting!...
...but Maddy loved petting the rabbits even more.
One of Isabelle's favorite things was driving everyone around on the antique car track.

Even Maddy took a turn.
Anyone up for flying pumpkins?!

Pony rides too!

We usually pluck our pumpkins straight from the vine but there was so much to do at Remlinger Farms we were kind of tuckered out and opted for selecting from the pile.
Then it was time to go home and finish decorating our porch. What a great day!
A few days later we decided a batch of caramel corn was in order.
Yummm is all I can say!
After a full day of raking and playing in leaves...

...the girls settled down for a taste of that caramel corn. (Except that Maddy actually had animal crackers since she still only has 12 teeth. She didn't care though - a treat's a treat!)
We even had enough caramel corn left over to make treat bags for Isabelle's teacher and bus driver and Madeleine's daycare provider. How fun!
Now, I just have to get busy baking some pumpkin bread!