Tuesday, October 23, 2007

pumpkins, squash, and gourds, oh my!

Also on Saturday, we went to a local pumpkin patch. Calling it a pumpkin patch hardly does it justice, though, as they grow over 200 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Amazing! It was so fascinating to see the varieties, learn what they are used for, what countries they come from, and select our own to try. We got a nice jack-o-lantern pumpkin, but also a big pie pumpkin, a Japanese squash that is supposed to taste similar to hash browns when fried, a butternut, some sweet potato squash (Samuel's favorite last year), and some spaghetti squash, which I've been wanting to try for some time now. I'll post how they turn out as we cook them!

Stargazing

Thanks to a friend who took it upon herself to organize this, we were able to participate in a 2-part astronomy field trip last week. On Wednesday, we went to the local planetarium and saw the Fall Prairie Skies show, detailing the stars, planets, and galaxies that are currently visible in the night sky. Then on Saturday night, we joined the local Astronomical Society for their weekly viewing and got to see the moon up close, as well as the Andromeda galaxy, twin star clusters, the ring nebula, and all the constellations that we had learned about earlier in the week. We had a great time, and learned a lot. We will definitely have to do more stargazing - we were surprised at how much you can see with a simple pair of binoculars - not to mention your own eyes, when you leave the city lights behind!

Samuel on the latest college fashions

"Mama, that guy needs new pants. They have big holes in the knees, and littles holes above that! And, they're all droopy - like he's too skinny or something. Or maybe he got too fat and then he shrank."

Thankfully, we were out of earshot. Although, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad for this student to hear just what he looked like!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I guess he doesn't appreciate my favorite season

We've been having some very un-fall-ish weather around here, including record-breaking temperatures in the 90's last weekend. This morning brought our first real breath of autumn, as we woke up shivering in our summer pajamas. I told Samuel to get dressed, and that he could finally wear some of his new long pants and long-sleeved shirts because it would be much cooler today. His eyes got big and he dashed to the window, peered out, and then sadly reported, "No snow yet, Mama."

Well, I will just have to remind him of all the joys of fall: leaf collecting and crafting, pumpkin picking, hot apple cider, corn mazes, and more!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

another year...

So, yesterday was my 29th birthday. I've been joking that this is the last one I'll have for a long time. ;) Actually, for the most part, I really don't mind being older. I don't think that this is where I thought I would be at this age, but I know that whatever I thought/wished would happen, God's will is always what's best for me.

I also discovered yesterday that you should always take your sister with you when you go out for a birthday dinner, because she (unlike your husband) is always up for ordering dessert so when you can't decide between the tiramisu and the cannoli, she will split them both with you so that you get some of each without feeling like a total glutton.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Samuel quote

From our summer vacation, while swimming in a hotel pool...

SAMUEL: Look what I can do and still be able to survive!