Thursday, October 25, 2012
We joined Jenny-Jen and Alex again this fall for a trip to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Nate enjoyed the walking, running, and climbing more than the animals themselves this year, I think.
and the train ride:
Many thanks to Jenny-Jen and Alex for such a fun adventure!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
After Great Country Farms, we trekked a good forty yards from Honey and PopPop's front door, and pitched our tent next to the Rykers' tent. After dinner, we enjoyed a campfire before snuggling into our tent. Nate's cough took us inside before morning, but he was very excited to sleep in a tent for the first time.
For the third year,we took Honey and PopPop and Wesley (and this time Andrea and Rick) to meet up with the Dinoia Family at Great Country Farms. We revisited all the old favorites, like the bouncy noodle, the giant slide, the donkeys, the sandbox, and the cow train. We also saw P. Rex chomp pumpkins, and had to sit on about a dozen tractors. Another perfect October day with some of our best buds!
Friday, October 19, 2012
After hearing how Nate had loved his two recent (quick) pony rides, my friend Julie invited us to visit the barn where she keeps her horse, Tex. The farm has a wonderfully patient pony, Gloria, who is used for kids' riding lessons, and Julie thought Nate would like a longer ride and a look at the barn.
Julie haltered Gloria and showed us how to clean her hooves, then helmeted Nate and set him in an adorable tiny English saddle. They rode around the indoor arena, then headed out "cross country" around the paddocks, including some rougher terrain, a first for Nate.
Nate surprised me by asking to ride Tex with me. He got to hold reins for the first time, and seemed quite proud of himself. Many thanks to Julie and her sweet Labrador of a Thoroughbred Tex for their generosity and patience. It was a day we'll be talking about for a long time.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I'm embarrassed to tell you how many fall festivals we've been to this season, but this was the true pumpkin patch. This small farm has just enough going on for little kids, and is the perfect weekday adventure. On a perfect Tuesday, we drove there to check out the produce, the pumpkin house, and the few animals. And, of course, the tractor.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
last year, but Nate got to revisit some favorite activities like the pony ride, straw maze, and flirting with girls. He also sat on some tractors and went on a hayride.
Mark took Nate (and Goodman and Buddy Bear, who was visiting from preschool) sailing on a Harbor 20 on Friday. They got to check out the U.S. Sailboat Show from the water, and spotted a fireboat rushing to a boat fire. To hear Nate tell it (which we have a few dozen times since then,) "We went sailing in a boat. We raised the sail. We saw the boat show. We turned the boat, and the sail went to the other side. I held the tilder, and I not looking where I going, I looking where I been. We saw that other boat; that other boat is called Woodwind. We went back to the dock."
Mark says when the boat heeled, Nate braced with his foot, placed one hand on Daddy's leg, and didn't fret. I suspect this is just the first of many weekdays on the water for my guys.