Happy Halloween to All!

Don’t ask what our pumpkin is supposed to look like. It just turned out goofy.

Our little Dumbo and crazy clown had a blast trick-or-treating in Magrath. They even got pop and a card game! …and of course plenty of treats to share with Mom and Dad!


I got my fall after all!

We’ve had great weather since we’ve been here. and we’ve really enjoyed some fabulous fall fun!
We headed to WATERTON last Saturday and it was gorgeous. There was NO WIND so it was warm and pleasant (the wind always makes it feel 20 degrees colder.)

We couldn’t keep Luke out of the water. He insisted on wearing his snow boots, so at least his feet stayed dry and warm.

We had a blast checking out The Lodges of Waterton, playing on the playground, and throwing rocks in the water!

This week we ventured to the CORNMAZE! Just on the edge of Lethbridge is a cornmaze complete with petting zoo (if you dare pet them, the duck almost took Luke’s hand off and the llama nibbled Grandpa!) and cow train!

Natalie loved riding the cow train, she kept jumping and smiling with every bump. Meanwhile, Luke was wondering when it was going to end!

On the other hand, Luke would have happily fed the animals all night, and Natalie practically jumped out of skin every time any animal came close to us!
Then we headed into the cornmaze…

The first thing Luke did was take off as fast as he could and we quickly lost him. As my heart was fluttering a bit fast, Darin could see him flying through the corn, but I still couldn’t find him anywhere. Finally he popped out on the path a little ways in front of me, but did he stop? Nope, just turned and kept running. I finally chased him down, with Natalie bouncing on my shoulders, and told him he can’t cut through the corn, that’s cheating. He just looked at me like, “well, that’s just silly!”

This was Grandma’s first time at a cornmaze and she was glad she wasn’t doing it alone or we would probably never see her again.

Fun was had by all…

Natalie wants to be a cowboy!


and can you believe this weather? It’s so warm we were playing in the sand box, jumping on the trampoline and driving the power wheels …without jackets!

I drove to Babb the other day, and saw the beautiful scenery of leaves changing color and falling to the ground. I’m so glad we didn’t miss fall. I love the crispness in the air, the crunch of the leaves, and fruits of the harvest.
Now I just need to raid my sister-in-law’s Halloween costume supply and we will be ready for the holiday fun to begin!

A Few of My Favorite Things

So for the past few weeks, Luke and Natalie have discovered a few of their favorite things in Canada…

GRANDPA & GRANDMA, of course…

playing the piano…

cousins (especially playdates with Drew)…

…and Grandma’s scarf! (she will find this no matter where you put it, and she will put it on her head, wrap it around her, and run off giggling!

Final Destination: CANADA

We made it.

A few more stops, one final cookie, a long wait at the border, and we arrived. We pulled in about 3:00 pm and had plenty of time to play.

It couldn’t have been more beautiful weather here (or the whole trip for that matter) and we enjoyed the fresh air. I’m glad I didn’t miss fall entirely. 🙂 It’s gonna be great. Miss you all at home!

Next Stop: Billings

We planned a short travel day to enjoy Mt. Rushmore and the hotel pool (which also had a waterslide!). We arrived in Billings and promptly changed into our swim gear and headed to the pool. Luke would have stayed here all night if we would have let him. We were the only people in the pool area, it was fabulous!

The night would have been perfect if I didn’t opt for microwave dinners… yuck! anything would have been better!
We slept well though, and of course the chicklets woke up early, so we got first dibs on the wafflemaker and hit the road before the sun was up!

Next Stop: Mt. Rushmore

After a yummy breakfast, we headed to a national monument with the sun shining and smiles on our faces (b/c the kiddos slept all the way there, only 30 minutes, but so peaceful)! It was magnificent to say the least. It was the first time I’ve been there and I really enjoyed seeing this carved beauty in person. While Luke was totally NOT interested in reading the history, Darin and I tried to take in as much as we could as quickly as we could. Borglum, such a visionary artist.

Then we hit the road.

Next Stop: Rapid City

… oh wait … WALL DRUG!

So there are over 100 signs, starting way back in Iowa for “Wall Drug” in South Dakota. So of course, by the time we got to the exit, we had to stop! It is an endless store/tourist trap. It was fun to walk through store after store, play on the “cowboys” in the alley, chase the shooting water in the back, and riding the giant jackalope!
It was a good final stop before arriving at our destination… Rapid City.

This was our longest day of driving and it wasn’t too stressful. The LaQuinta had a waterpark, but it cost extra and since we arrived late, we didn’t bother with that, but it was clean, friendly, and comfortable. And if our 1 year old wasn’t up all night with stomach pains we might have enjoyed it a little better! (Luckily she got it out around 2 am and Luke didn’t wake up til 5:30 so we got at least 3 hrs right?!)

First Stop: Kansas City

We spent Saturday enjoying the beautiful Kansas City weather. With all the kids off to various activities, Darci and Pat took us and our chit-lins to the Farmstead for some animal-lovin and playground playin. Luke loved feeding every animal he could, sliding down all the slides, touching everything in reach, and milking the cow. Natalie liked all animals from afar, sliding down all the slides, and sitting in the big swing.

The Great Adventure Begins…

We left the outskirts of Nashville around 10:00 am headed for Kansas City. The kids were great, as long as we took frequent stops to play. We had enough snacks and treats to keep them going, and if they wasn’t constuction on EVERY single highway, then we would have arrived a little quicker. Great relief was had for all when we got to the Evans’ house. The kids played until 10:30 pm before I finally made them go to bed (which didn’t require too much persuasion since they were exhausted!)