Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Carving Video

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Carving

I am posting a week behind. Last weekend Kevin and Mom came to visit. It was a beautiful weekend, so we decided to do some fall activities. We carved pumpkins and went to the corn maze in Mayfield. Caleb did not like to feel of pumpkin guts on his hands.
Cody loved it. The more slimy the better for Cody.

Pumpkin seeds! Let's put them in the ditch and see if they grow next season. We actually have a rogue pumpkin vine in the shrub line in our backyard. It bloomed late, so it is just now producing pumpkins. We have about 10 little green pumpkins the size of softballs or bigger. Not going to be ready for Halloween, but they are still cool for the fall.
Uncle Kevin lead the pumpkin carving class. We had 2 extra children attend. Our neighbors, Sareena and Peyton had to get in on the action as well.
Kev had to display his artistic ability on our cool white pumpkin. Love the ghost, Kev! It turned out awesome.

Cody painting a dracula with a spider hanging from his head.
The boys showing off their artwork.
Cody always loves getting an art lesson from Uncle Kevin. Here they are drawing haunted houses.
We went to an A-Maizing corn maze in Mayfield. It had 3 different levels of difficulty. We tried the expert and intermediate. It was so hard that it had a map to try to assist you through it. We would have been extremely lost if we hadn't had Navigator KK and CP on our side.

Uncle with his 2 favorite nephews.
Cody loved hiding in the corn. Then popping out to try and scare us.
Mom and I just followed along from the rear. Enjoying watching them figure out which way to go.

"I love this boy!"
"Don't eat corn off the ground"
Fun times at the corn maze!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Cave

Weekend before last, we went to Bowling Green to pick up the boys from Memaw and Pepaw. They had a super week with their grandparents during Fall Break. Before we loaded up to go home, the boys decided they wanted to go to Mammoth Cave. Uncle Kevin had told them about Mammoth Cave (his old stomping ground) and they remembered that he said next time you are in BG maybe we will have a chance to go for a tour. Ben and I hadn't been for several years. Caleb went with me when he was a toddler, but of course didn't remember. We had to bring our very own personal Mammoth Cave tour guide, so we loaded up the boys and Uncle KK and away we went up Hwy 65. We decided to go on the "New Entrance" cave tour this time. It has more formations and goes to the Frozen Niagara. We thought the boys would like it. This cave picture looks a bit spooky.
Kevin was quite nostalgic about being back in the cave. He worked there so long as a tour guide and could still tell us lots of cool cave facts.

The boys thought the cave was awesome. Cody wished he were a bat, so he could live in the cave. Caleb enjoyed discovering stalagmites, stalactites, columns, popcorn, soda straws, bacon, drapery, etc. cave formations. Caleb already knew stalagmites (might reach the ceiling) and stalactites (stick tight to the ceiling) from a cave book he had read.

Hopefully we can go back again and try a different tour. Every tour has a different part of the cave and you see totally different formations and cave system.
Before we left town, we went to visit Papaw Burrell. The boys had a good time talking to him about the mischievous things he did as a boy. He told us how all the kids in the neighborhood would meet at his house every morning, then they would all go play up in the mountains (Eastern Kentucky). He said it was surprising that none of them ever saw a bear or wild cat. Before the kids went home in the evening, they would help Burrell with his chores. Which would be to tend the garden and pick from the fruit trees. As thanks, they would send home fruit and vegetables. These kids were very poor, so I am sure that was like a gold mine to come home with fresh healthy food for the family. Papaw has a treasure trove of stories like that and I always love when he is in the mood to tell some.
The boys also got a kick out of Papaw Burrell taking out his dentures to show him what they looked like and what his mouth looked like without teeth. He has always loved children and is so sweet to them.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall Soccer

The boys are literally having a ball playing soccer this fall. They are both getting into it and doing well. I am glad to be able to go to all of the games and practices with my new job. It is a blessing to have more time with my family in the evenings and on the weekends. Here is Cody #9 making a goal. He is quite fast.

Cody's favorite past-time while Caleb plays his game. I call him Scooterboy.

Caleb excited about his team making a goal.

The boys Fall Break has started. Memaw and Peepaw met us in Cadiz today to take the boys back with them for the week. They were so excited about staying with them. I hope they have lots of fun.

Pumpkin Patch

Cody's Kindergarten class went to Wurth Farms pumpkin patch as a field trip this week. I was on Fall Break, so I went along. They went on a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. Then the kids ran around the patch sitting on the pumpkins, rolling them, patting them, and discovering how they grow. Each child got pumpkin seeds and a munchkin pumpkin to bring home with them.
Cody the pumpkin elf.
Always finding treasures everywhere he goes.

Cody's buddy Chase. After we left the pumpkin patch, we went to the park for lunch and playtime on the playground. They were worn out by the time they got back on the bus to head back to school.