Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Camping Weekend of 2016

This will be our last camping weekend for this year. It's that time of year to pack it all up for the winter that will be here before we know it. We had perfect weather to end our season.

Ashlyn met and hung out with another camping kid. This fort is always a favorite. I went to get them for lunch and they told me they were fine, they had food. And it was healthy they said. (fruit snacks, wheat thins and squirt cheese). Yep, sounds good to me.
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This fort up in a neat spot in the woods is such a hit with all the kids. Especially having a tied off rope to get to and from it. The girls 'girled' it all up this weekend. Painted their toes in it, cleaned it all up, scattered girl toys around.
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By this time of the year, I am about as sick of marshmallows as you can get.
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Just checking items off of our scavenger hunt list.
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A different lake next to where we camp, still part of the same campground. They have 3 different camping spots, and you can get to all 3 by driving (the boring way) or you can go by trails (our way).
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They have the best trails. Very open and cleared away. And after helping with Clean Up Day here, I have a new appreciation for exactly how much work is involved in keeping them this way. It's definitely an ongoing job, but it's so well worth it.
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I also learned what is NOT a hiker, runner or walker's best friend.....roots and holes hidden by leaves and loose walnuts. Thankful my ankles made it out ok.
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Hmm, I'm thinking possible Christmas card photo spot.
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Or fishing spot.
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Lot's of fishing spots.
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Oooh maybe another possible Christmas card photo spot.
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Fish weren't biting too good this weekend. But she managed to get a few.
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Learning the proper way to hold a fish. Starting with the small ones.
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Had Grandpa and Grandma out for lunch and fishing.
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Hitting up the trails before anyone else in the campground gets up. Being an early riser isn't exactly a bad thing.
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Checking for minnows. Or tadpoles. Not sure which they are.
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But she did catch a few by hand. (released them of course)
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She's good at making new friends.
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I think this one accidentally got in here. Oh well, it's in now.
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Holding 'em like a boss now.
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Until she caught her first catfish ! Didn't want anything to do with holding this one. Please notice the homemade stick pole she caught it on, that she made herself.
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Until next year.
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Do you go camping? Tent or camper?

Do your kids like to fish?

Are trails part of your thing when you do camp?

Country Corner Pumpkin Farm

Country Corner Pumpkin Farms is one of our favorites. Lot's to do, fun for everyone and reasonably priced. 

Ashlyn has been begging for a horse for awhile now. She couldn't even persuade Grandma to buy one for her. So desperate times call for desperate measures....she's going straight to Santa on this one. 
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We had to get another ticket so she could ride both her favorites.
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Boy does she love to mine for fossil's and gem's. She takes this very seriously and has quite a process she follows.
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Hands down, this is the best Kettle Corn ever. And caramel corn too. Ashlyn thinks we come here for her to have fun, well it's actually to get this popcorn once a year. We ate a large bag while we were there and brought 2 large bags home with us.
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Have you ever seen a jump pad? I hadn't until this year here. They are huge. And so much fun ! Way better than those bounce houses (in my opinion).
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She did this many, many, many times.
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Then she coerced me into coming up on there with her. Then she challenged me to a race, which I could not refuse.
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I let her stay neck and neck for the way down.
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But then smoked her and several other kids on the way back. One little girl says, "I didn't know old people could run so fast." A little boy says, "Jeez and I'm even in football." As if I couldn't possibly beat a football player.  It was fun and funny to hear there reaction. Especially after I beat them several more time. Made my day that's for sure.
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I refused to get up the Jump Pad many times before giving in. Ended up having fun with those kids and it reminded me to have a little more fun with our kids.

The lady who drives the cow train hauls ass, which makes it so much more fun of course!
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This was funny. You shoot half pieces for a corn cob out of these guns, there are 3 targets, you get 3 tries. If you get in the bulls-eye you win something. The first one went about 30 feet over top of the tire and fence. The second one hit the tire. The lady behind us says to her husband, "This is going to be impossible." Right then, Ashlyn's 3rd shot went right through the bulls-eye without touching at all. We were all amazed and surprised.
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She was very excited to win a free pumpkin. Got to choose anyone she wanted at the whole place.
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Maze out of straw bails. There were soft bouncy balls in there you could toss around too.
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I love all the different spots for cute picture's.  They have the whole place decorated so nice.
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I'm almost to the  point of carving this nice too. Almost. (Not).
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This spot would be really cute for picture's too aside from the Entrance sign and hose.
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Where is your favorite pumpkin farm?

Do you have your pumpkins yet?

Do you have a horse my daughter can come visit once in awhile?

Painting & Carving Pumpkins

We love doing our pumpkins every year, but we really love driving around our town and checking out everyone else's. There are some really creative people out there.

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We do a happy mix of painting and carving. And we love to bake those seeds too !
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Although they are cheap and flimsy, those pumpkin carving tools are nice. They do make it easier. I wish they were better quality to keep from year to year, but what do you expect for a few bucks.
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Just makes her very happy to be able to do it all by herself without the sharp kitchen knifes.
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She always loves when she see's the puking pumpkins.
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Should have used a stencil. But we had to have a Shaklee pumpkin !
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Um, I just don't even know what to say to this one.
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Do you carve or paint your pumpkins?

What Halloween traditions do you have? 
We make chili every year so it's done when we come back from a (usually) cold and wet Trick or Treating. 

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