Let the Fall Begin!

October 16, 2006

I LOVE fall;it is my very favorite time of year! I think it’s because October seems to be when good things happen to me. When the weather cools down and the leaves begin to swirl it reminds me of my birthday, new things, cooler seasons, holidays around the corner and . . .love. Yes, love! Tom and I started dating in October 15 years ago and this colorfull time of year always brings back those memories.

This season isn’t right unless we do the “fall” sort of stuff to go with it. So we started celebrating our autumn activities on Friday by burning the “Bon Fire!” Every year we have a huge pile of limbs and leaves that we have collected throughout the year to burn.

Jaden acting like Tom.

This year it was even bigger than normal because our city friends brought out some of their yard waste to dump. We rounded up the kids, lit the fire and got out the stuff to make S’mores! Mmmmmm… S’mores!

The Fixin’s!

I am a little disappointed that after toasting the marshmallows to perfection and sliding them onto the chocolate bar, held between graham crackers – the kids didn’t like them! Julian wouldn’t even taste them, the baby spit it out and began to cry and Jaden just ate chocolate – a LOT of chocolate. Oh well, I enjoyed two of them immensely.


I thought I would share with you our “Green Acres” Picture. This is me and Tom and our pitch fork. (Yes, there’s a pitch fork in the picture!)



Saturday was a beautiful day and we took the kids up to Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch in North Kansas City. If you are local, that is a great place to go! It does cost to get in, but you get lots of petting zoo experiences, riding in the hay wagon to the patch, hay slides and mountain trike racing. It’s a fun event that we look forward to every year. Here are some of my favorite pics of my own little punkins in the patch.





Next weekend we are hoping for good weather and looking forward to the big hayride at the D’s! It’s become quite the tradition.

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.



16 responses to Let the Fall Begin!

  1. gosh Karen, you were halfway to my house = )

    Love the pictures of the kiddos! Some of my favorite pics
    of my kids are at the pumpkin patch!! Looks like you all
    had lots of fun.

    BTW–IF I remember right your birthday is in a couple of days?–So

  2. That last picture is adorable. It almost seem wrong you can have that many good lookin children in one family. :-) Not to add the Mommy…Hot Stuff! HAHAHA!!! Fall is the best!!!

  3. HI MISTY! When we were at the pumpkin patch we were reminiscing of our past patch experiences – and one of those was with your lovely family!! Remember that? I think we left and we were all very cold and we got pizza and went to your place. . .

    How is the new place? I heard you finally got moved.

    Thanks for the birthday greeting! Yup, this one I have to admit is hitting me very very hard. I hear 40 knocking at my door really soon and it’s scary.

    Thanks, Megan! I do think they are adorable. People always come up to Tom and ask how in the world he could make such cute kids. Ha!

  4. Karen,

    Isn’t fall great! I’ve never shared a comment until now, so excuse it for being lengthy. October is such a time for celebration and enjoyment. I love this season also.

    It’s not only a time for Ross’, Jaden’s and your birthdays, I think we should celebrate your blog anniversary! I think that I can speak for many others beside myself to say a hearty thank-you for sharing the daily life experiences of you and your family with us over the past year. I just had to go back and look at the October, 05 archives to compare pictures of the kids to see how much they’ve grown and changed, and reminisce. I thank God for the blessings He has poured out over all of us this past year. Last October Judy started the oncology treatments. I can only imagine the feelings the immediate family experienced, but the faith and trust in our Lord was tremendous. What an awesome God-sized miracle to be in remission from the doctor’s report received last year. God has blessed me immensely through the faith and scripture that has been shared on your blog. You both are such awesome women of God, and are such good role models of fine Christian women.

    Everyone should take a minute or two to look back at the pictures from last year, and see how much the kids have grown and changed right before our eyes. Evely was in a stroller last year at this time, and now, the boys can’t get ahead of her! I took a quick look all the other events shared over the past year . . .from the traffic ticket, to the Christmas redneck deer, to the wheels of life, water towers that hold poop and chips, traveling with youth and tornados, magic erasers, slippery slides, the house addition, pumpkin patch experiences, whistling rabbits, and so many more . . . .all life experiences that you chose to share with us – Thank you!

    Sorry if I sound a bit mushy, but I do think it important to celebrate, and share that you have touched my life. Even though I’ve been a silent participant of your blog over the past year, I’ve often anxiously awaited the next posting to enjoy more stories and pictures. I always experience laughter, tears or maybe just a smile, but I always leaving your blog refreshed and feel glad that I visited the site. I like to see what’s new with the family, and enjoy the blessings and experiences in your life. With so many negatives in the world today, it is so nice to have a place to go to just enjoy life of a normal family, and watch the kids grow up!

    I know it will be Thanksgiving season in just a few weeks, so let me be the first to say I thank God for you, and the family. I feel so blessed!

    Happy Birthday, and anniversary! :birthday

  5. Hey, Karen, sorry I have been absent from your comments section for so long. I still check your site often; but life has been overwhelming lately. I just had to comment on this post though. I, too, love fall! And it is one of the things I think Pun and I miss the most (aside from people.) Sometimes, I just want to close my eyes and imagine the cool crisp mountain air and see the fall colors of the leaves (I can only do this in an air-conditioned room–it’s pickin’ hot here!:)) Anyway, eat an extra smore for me, I miss those, too… Thanks for hangin’ out at our blog so often. I love your comments and use them to guide my posts.

    And, yes, you do have cute cute kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ahhhh. . . I am so proud of you!!!! Oh and Girl you are aging very well. You’ll be the youngest looking 40 year old I’ve ever seen when that time arrives. You’re One Hot Mama!

    I was so excited to introduce my kids to smores the first time. I waited with anticipation as they nibbled. I was shocked when they didn’t like them either. What’s up with that?

    Pumpkin patch pictures are the best! Beautiful!!!

  7. Hi Misty! Glad to hear you are well!

  8. THANK YOU, BARB! Today you have blessed my life and refreshed my spirit. I love you guys very much. Sometimes I do feel like this blog has helped to even bring our family in touch a little more and a little closer. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I will keep on bloggin’.

    I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. It will be nice to host it and have more room. Tom was telling me last night he had no idea what to do for my birthday. I think I know what I would like -to get my living room painted. Hee Hee – hope your reading this, Hon. Since we are having Thanksgiving, it would be nice to have that done before then!!! Don’t you think?

    Merri -It’s sooo good to hear from you and to read how you guys are doing. I miss you guys, just knowing you are so very far away. I can’t imagine the things that you are experiencing, the changes, the loneliness, the culture shock. Just hang in there. I’m really praying for you! I’m enjoying all the pictures. It will be neat to see where God plants you and grows your beautiful family.

  9. Jules, what is with the S’mores and kids? I loved smores! Maybe I was more of a teenager when I first experienced them though.

  10. :birthday Happy Birthday Karen. 40, isn’t so bad!!!!
    I too agree with Barb. I look forward to your blog everyday. It’s a blessing, encouraging and fun! Keep it up!!!

  11. Great way to start the Autumn celebrations! I can provide you with several more limbs and leaves if you need to have more bonfires! :p

    That’s a cute picture of Jaden but he needs to work on his acting skills…I don’t see any butt crack.

  12. Yeah, Cindy, you make 40 look great. Are you really 40 yet?

    Carl, feel free to come add your debris to our ashes. Really. It’s a good place to get rid of that stuff. We can certainly do another bon fire. We wanted to have people over to do one, but we got really bored that night and needed an outlet.

    I always try to pull everyone’s pants up and cover the butt cracks before taking pictures. :moon

  13. I love the picture of the kiddos in the middle of all the pumpkins. Evely looks so much older than when I saw her last. I am looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

    Karen, be sure to read my comment on Carl’s Friday the 13th post.

  14. Thanks, Mary, I will check it out.

  15. Awww, we missed the big fire :cry There’s always next year I suppose. Don’t worry, we will provide the yard waste and debris again…..it’s the least we could do 😉 What would you do without us (and our overgrown yard)? Did you save any s’mores for me?

    Love the pumpkin patch pictures! I think we are going to try our best to take the kids this weekend. You know….after my 16 mile run in the rain on Saturday & selling beads at Arrowhead on Sunday… I’m sure I’ll fit the pumpkin patch in :eek

  16. Spoken like a true wonderwoman, Amber!