Friday, December 8, 2017

Fall Break 2017

In Alabama, the school system has whet they call "Fall Break." It's suppose to occur after the first nine weeks of school. Basically, after each nine weeks you get a break (Fall, Christmas, Spring, Summer). Last year was our first year to take a vacation during Fall Break, and we enjoyed it so much, we did it again this year.

We found a place we really like. It's a great resort that is in a retirement community but has great amenities for kiddos.

Each morning, we go out to the beach. After lunch, we'd hang out at the hotel.

On our first day, we saw sting ray! They came right up to us.

They swam pretty close. While I was in the water, I thought I'd be fine letting them circle around me (they were swimming up and down the coastline), but on their return lap, I chickened out and ran out of the water with Pfitzer in my arms.

Little JCrew later read the hammerhead sharks love sting ray as a snack, so he was then scared hammerheads were nearby.

The second day started cold and windy. The wind was the worst part and was blowing sand everywhere. It really frustrated the boys, especially Mr. Pfitzer.

While on vacation, Mr. Pfitzer learned a new trick. He gives a "thumbs-up" sign, but he can't quite get that thumb up!

At the hotel, there was a DJ at the pool. He was playing all the songs my boys knew and my boys were jamming! There was lots of singing and dancing.

They even met a friend from our city at our hotel. The boys looked for her every day to play with.

My sister, Kerry and her husband met us at the beach, too!

On our next to the last day, we went on an excursion... a Pirate Cruise! It was so cute! The boys got face painting, had a sword fight, a water gun fight, mopped the deck, learned pirate legend stories, and found sunken treasure!! It was a great experience.

The water on the gulf coast of Florida is my favorite. And I feel like we've found a spot that is all our own that no one has discovered.

We'll see you next year, Beach!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pumpkin Patch 2017

It is becoming a tradition to go to the Pumpkin Patch each year.

This year, our favorite patch had a terrible fire one month before opening day. The fire destroyed the animal barn and many of the play area. The farm promised to rebuild and be better than before. On opening day, they were 80% there, and continued improving for the next month. They will be 100% by next year.

The play barn is cute. I like the new design. You can see through the barn, so you can keep an eye on the children without going in.

Of course, my favorite are the animals. They had some cute piglets. I held the smallest and he just fell asleep.

The boys also held the piglets and bunnies.

There were even some puppies.

Pfitzer was very interested in the animals. He likes them all. He sweet talked them.

But he was really interested in the young boys building. Construction was going on even during operating hours, so while we were there, they were building the enclosure for the bunnies. We stayed over there for a while so Pfitzer could watch. One day, he'll be able to help!

The corn train is always fun to ride, but it was destroyed in the fire, too. But they got new trains, so we didn't miss out!

And the boys like the race track. Mr. Brigglesworth went many laps practicing for his turn to beat Daddy!

I can't forget to mention the corn bath! Pfitzer was too little to really play last year, but he really enjoyed it this year. We end up finding corn kernels in pockets for a long time!

Pfitzer also tried to push around his own pumpkin in the cart. He tried, but was just too little.

We love going to the Pumpkin Patch. We pick out our pumpkins and wear ourselves out. This year, we did not go out on the hay ride into the actual pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins. We cheated and picked out ones that were already picked.

We will see you again next year!

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