Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall is in Full Force!

My parents came down for the weekend and we had such a fantastic visit! They arrived on Friday night- just in time for all of us to crash after a looonnnngggg week.

Saturday brought cooler weather and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Ever since Cooper was a baby, we've been going to a nearby church that has a great selection of pumpkins. We have the big farm type patches, and Cooper has been there on field trips with hay rides and giant characters, etc. Somehow, this place feels like our very own. I've got such great memories here, and although he may not remember being there the 1st time....but I sure do! Couldn't you just eat him up?!!

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We had just as much fun this year- leaving with one big pumpkin & one tiny one. I love the pictures that we took- my dad had his camera and it's one I dream about. The colors are so sharp, bright and true, just the way that I saw them that day.

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Jon worked in the yard all day, and we're one step closer to completing our project- grass! Such a simple word....not so simple to get some in our yard. Jon's been working so hard, and we've been helping as much as possible. We had some gravel delivered earlier in the week and Jon was spreading it (not as simple as it sounded). He edged the whole driveway in landscaping timbers and it looks fantastic. I'm thrilled. Sunday means mulching- fun for the entire family!

Another milestone for Cooper- his 1st sleepover. One of the boys in his class wanted a sleepover for his birthday, and he was allowed to invite 2 boys. Cooper was one of them. I was a wreck. I know the mom really well- we used to work together ages ago, and she was once my boss. She's great and it was as perfect a 1st sleepover scenario as could possibly exist. Cooper was excited, and then nervous. I was sure he'd never make it and we'd get a phone call in the middle of the night. Truth be told, I was dying for that call. It never came-

That little kid spent the night somewhere else, somewhere away from us, and his home, and his dog. He was so brave and so big- and he was so proud of himself. I am proud of him too- but am hopeful that his next sleepover isn't for at least 6 more months.

While Cooper was growing up, we had a birthday celebration dinner with my mom and dad for Jon. They'll be in Egypt and this was a perfect opportunity for us to have a great "adult only" dinner. We had Vietnamese, and it was delicious. Diana gave me a tip on a secret, off the menu item and it was divine! Jon had her other suggestion and I ventured out and it turned out to be the perfect dish. My parents loved their meal too and the evening was a success!

Today we all spread mulch....and the quest for grass continues.

Wonderful visit with my parents, a milestone for Cooper, quality time together, lots of hard work and some really good food.

An A++ weekend!

1 comment:

The Browns said...

Yes! I could just eat him up! This is one of my favorite pictures of Cooper and one of the first pictures of a baby that made an impression on me. I couldn't wait to have my own and try to recreate this! Can't believe he's grown up to have a sleepover. :(

So glad you had a great weekend - and THRILLED you enjoyed the not-on-the-menu secret!