Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Fun and Festivities

Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons of the year. Last fall I posted a series of posts about why I love fall in our area. You can read three of those posts here, here, and here.

Our family has been enjoying many of the sights, sounds and foods of fall. I have not been posting as often as I'd like, so this can serve as a "catch-up" post for the past couple of weeks.

I love the food of fall. This fall the kiddos and I made "moose munch". You can check out the recipe on my recipe blog.

We also made tie-dye shirts. My bloggy friend, Mer, has blogged several times about her family's love of tie-dying. So I thought it'd be fun to give it a try. We used white t-shirts and dyed them orange. The kiddos were thrilled to squirt the orange dye on their shirt and had a hard time waiting the 6 to 8 hours required to see how they turned out. I liked the result, but was really wishing for a darker orange. Perhaps I should have used bleach on an orange shirt. (any tips, Mer?)

Our church hosted its annual Fall Festival this past weekend. This is always a fun night of games and food and fellowship. My two dressed as a hunter and a ballerina. I love it that they choose costumes from their dress-up clothes rather than expecting a new store bought costume every year.

I've been feeling crafty lately. A friend recently told me about using bandannas to make a top for my daughter. It was super easy and the results were SO cute. It took me only 10 minutes to whip this thing together. I hope to make another one of a different color soon. I'll be posting pictures and instructions here when I do.

My in-laws visited us this last weekend, and we had a nice time with them. The kiddos were thrilled to have their grandparents with them and enjoyed lots of games of Chutes and Ladders and hide-and-go-seek. The grandparents also went with us to the pumpkin patch and the Fall Festival.

Speaking of the pumpkin patch, what better fall activity is there than choosing a pumpkin from the patch? Even though I was disappointed that all the pumpkins were rather small, the kiddos each found one they wanted to take home. We hope to carve them tonight if there is still time after soccer and soccer party!


new mom in law said...

Love all this fall stuff Leah Belle! Though summer is my favorite...because I'm one of those weirdos that loves the heat!!!

I think I'll try the moose munch...because Harry and David gets expensive!!!

Tonja said...

Well, at least this year the weather feels like fall around here, doesn't it?
I love all your crafty creations. Maybe if you mied some red into that orange dye, it would have been a deeper color. Bandana top is so cute.
Glad you enjoyed your visit and the fall festival. It is all so fun.
Your children's pics are just precious! Treasure these years!

Amanda said...

Love the bandana top! Can't wait for the instructions so I can try it myself!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

LOVE the tie-dye. I don't know what to tell you about the color though. The last two kits I've bought have turned out a little more dull. I'm wondering as I'm typing if it's because they didn't include soda ash. The very first time we tie-dyed we soaked our shirts in a soda ash solution. I remember looking for it back in the spring but couldn't find it at Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Since it wasn't in the kit, I just figured I didn't need it, but I bet it would make the shirts a bit brighter. They're VERY CUTE though.

I can't wait for the instructions on the bandana top. I think I could make that!

Looks like you're having a festive fall! I enjoyed this post and all the pics!

Main Street Mom said...

Wow!!! You have been busy making memories!!!

I just love the bandanna top! I don't think I would have any takers here if I made one:-) Do please post the suppose I could still access them on blogspot when the grand-daughters come along?!!?!?

Your creativity is inspiring.

Kathy's Corner said...

I love keeping up with you through this blog - you're doing such a great job with your kids, your photos, and your recipes, etc.! I somehow don't feel so far apart when we're really on the "same page" as moms. :) Love you!

Jenn said...

Fun Fall post. It is my favorite season as well.

Let me know if you figure out the tie dye issue. I would like to have my boys do it in the spring.

We will be trying the Moose Munch. Thanks for recipe.