Rader Family Farm

Monday, October 21, 2019

Over the weekend the boys and I took a little drive to Normal for some family fun! I have been wanting to go back to Rader Family Farm ever since we visited a couple years ago. Dane was busy in the fields and the boys and I needed something fun to do, so we loaded up the car and went. My aunt lives up there, so she met us at the pumpkin patch and we stayed with her for the evening. The boys and I had so much fun partaking in the fall festivities...and visiting loved ones never gets old.

If you live in the area, I highly recommend checking out Rader Family Farms. There are lots of fun activities for kids, tons of pumpkins, and lots of yummy food...seriously, you have to get a pumpkin donut and some apple cider while you are there!

Fall Fun

Friday, October 11, 2019

The weather has finally cooled off, the sweaters have come out, and I am dreaming of all the fall fun that we are going to have this year. This is my favorite season! There are so many festive things to do, places to go, and food to eat!

This weekend we are going to carve pumpkins and toast pumpkin seeds...and I am sure that we will make some time for another fall scavenger hunt!

What are your favorite fall activities?

Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I love finding simple ways to entertain my kiddos, and this paper bag scavenger hunt doesn't get any easier! Bonus: It is a great opportunity to teach the boys and encourage them to explore the outdoors. 

I picked up a pack of 100 brown paper bags, and I just write the "treasures" on the front. You could have them hunt for anything. I like to write out different colors, because Rowan knows his letters enough to be able to sound the words out and figure which color it is that he needs to look for. 

Rowan actually asks me to make these up now...he loves them so much. And Crew is happy to follow him around and pick up leaves and grass to stuff in a bag of his own. We have done this several times now, and I have found that it is a great way to entertain them for a hour our so. I even did it inside once when I needed to get some housework done. The options are endless!

If you give a try, let me know how it goes...I would love to hear what "treasures" you come up with! 

Amazon Finds

Friday, October 04, 2019

This is a random Friday post, but I thought it would be fun to share some Amazon finds with you. Does anyone else have a LONG list of items on their wish list?

I love putting the boys in matching jammies and this set is so cute for fall! How cute would these be in a apple orchard photo sesh...with little baskets? Adding that to our fall list now! 

We love all of the Little Blue Truck books! This one is going to have to make it on our bookshelf soon. 

These spooky cupcake holders have been on my list for a couple years. I really want to have a small Halloween brunch with Rowan and his friends...spider muffins anyone?

I have been wanting to get something so I can easily display the boys artwork. I love the simplicity of this wire art hanger. I can just picture all of they little hand print art hanging from it...but I can also picture Crew trying to use it as a zip line. 

I always get sunglasses from Amazon. They are affordable and easy to replace, which is what I need when it comes to sunglasses. This is one of my favorite pair.

We get a lot of questions about Crew's chair. It is from Amazon...surprise. It has held up so well over the last two years. I intended on putting it in my office, but Crew seems to think that it belongs to him. 

Have a great weekend, friends!

Farmers Market Celebration

Monday, September 16, 2019

Crew turned two this weekend and we got to celebrate out sweet boy with friends and family. We had a small-ish party in the backyard, and it was perfect. We grilled burgers and hotdogs and served fresh fruit and veggies. The kids all devoured some cupcakes and burned off some energy running around the yard.
Crew had a blast playing with all of his friends, eating watermelon, and picking "tatoes" off his cake. A big thanks to my mama and Diana for that creation!

At the end of the night we sent everyone home with half a dozen "farm fresh" egg cookies, and then we crashed!
Happy Birthday, Crew Boo!

Crew turns Two

Friday, September 13, 2019

Our little farm boy turns two tomorrow...how did that happen? The other night we put on his "papa pants" and snapped some pictures. There is nothing more appropriate to describe his personality than bibs and dirt.
He is funny, and strong willed, and oh so cuddly. He has THE BEST facial expressions, and loves to cover himself in mud. Tractor rides and feeding the cows are his favorite things to do...oh, and he is always following his brother around like a shadow.
For two years this boy has been blessing us with his sweetness, and I hope that he has the very best birthday!

Podcasts for Mamas

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

I have been listening to Podcasts for a long time. Usually, I listen to something about business (or the occational crime podcast) while I am folding laundry or doing the dishes. Maybe I am crazy, but it actually makes me look forward to doing those tasks. 

Recently, I have found a few mama podcasts that I am really loving. It is different than what I normally listen to, but now I find myself turning them on more often. I love hearing other mamas tell about their tips and tricks...and even their fails.

Being a mama has an interesting set of challenges, and sometimes we need encouragement and advice...or just a friendly reminder that we are not the only ones to mess up. I laugh, I learn, and I find grace in my own motherhood as I listen to these ladies share their hearts.

Hope you love them too.