Scarecrow Festival (x2)

Thanksgiving Point’s Ashton Gardens had a neat Scarecrow Festival going on for a week in October. We met up with some friends there one afternoon and were delightfully surprised how much fun it was! There were so many neat scarecrows, the gardens were still beautiful, and it was just a perfect Fall day to be outside!

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We loved it so much, we went back with TJ and Hannah on Saturday. We seriously have loved our Thanksgiving Point pass. Getting to do stuff like this for free? Amazing!

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Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch

We checked out Jaker’s Pumpkin Patch down in Springville with my sister-in-law and Eva’s cousins the last week of October. We had such a pleasant October, that day was so warm! The kids played in the corn pit, fed some animals (saw our first Kangaroo, which made the Aussie blood in me so happy!),  did the hay mazes, loved the slides, went on a tractor ride, and got to pick some pumpkins to take home.

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An Afternoon at Grandma’s

When my parents left, I was too sad to go home, plus TJ was out of town, so we headed to my in-laws to cheer us up. We played in the leaves in the backyard and it definitely did my heart good seeing those cute kids of mine out there!

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A Saturday in September

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Woke up early for a High Fitness class!img_0038

Went to the park with the whole fam and this cheese ball!img_0041

Drove through the Alpine Loop! Eva loved the “white trees” that looked like lollipop sticks.img_0042

A gorgeous view with this guy… clearly I had to document it.img_0043

Heart Eye Emojis!

A Night in the Canyon

One evening in September we headed up the canyon with a picnic dinner and s’more supplies. My sister-in-law took pictures of Finn for his birthday-I’ll post those soon… they’re adorable! I’m so glad we did this in September because it’s already getting too cold to go in the canyon at night!

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Last Weekend of August

We had a lot of fun the last weekend of August. We met TJ’s brother’s family up at Vivian Park for dinner and the girls loved exploring together. Then Saturday we went to the Renaissance Festival at Thanksgiving Point. There were tons of booths, activities, concerts, shows, etc. We will definitely do it again!

Also, on Saturday there was a father in our neighborhood who had been deployed and came home that morning. The neighborhood lined the streets with signs, balloons, and yellow ribbons as he headed home to see his children. It was such a tender moment seeing him great his kids and to shake his hand. I was able to teach Eva about soldiers and how we should always treat them with love and respect because we owe so much to them.

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A Saturday in the Mountains

We met our friends, the Mecklenburgs, up at Big Springs Park in Provo Canyon. We went on a little hike first then played with the kids, made s’mores, and while the kids played so well together, we actually got to play a round of Catch Phrase together like the olden days before we had kids! The girls played in the dirt for the majority of the night and so they were covered head to toe… but they had a great time, so it was worth it!

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Demolition Derby

My brother and his wife were in town for one weekend in August and we met up with them in Nephi for the demolition derby. It was our first time witnessing one of these and man, was it a blast?! It seriously was such an awesome night. The kids were great, Eva loved it just as much as us, Finn slept most of the time in my ergo carrier, and we just enjoyed the summer night watching cars crash into each other! Haha!

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Lagoon

TJ’s Dad had free tickets for all of us to go to Lagoon through his work at the end of July so all of us went up there one Friday! It was crazy hot and really busy, but we still had a good time hanging out together! The kids loved riding all the rides and Finn was pretty content all day long-like he didn’t cry at all and we stayed until 11!

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End of Summer Bucket List

Wow. We have had a GREAT summer. We seriously lived it up and although we’ll still have summer weather through September I’m sure, all the pools and most of the splash pads will soon be closing. We have three solid weeks of summer left and the days must be used wisely! Here’s my list.

Go to our pool at least six more times. Two times a week.
Hike Timp. Okay, this can be done in September if needs be.
Two more hikes with Eva.
Three more splash pads, including the one in Sandy (one a week).
Seven Peaks two more times
Outdoor movie (Rock Canyon) on the 29th.
One more concert in the Park (Wines Park) on the 21st.
Utah State Fair (this is actually in September but I don’t want to forget!)
Swim in a lake (this Saturday?)
Tube Provo river on the 19th or 26th (want to join??)
Tin foil dinners and play in the streams up at South Fork Park (sometime next week)
Trip to Arizona (Labor Day Weekend)

Sure sounds like a lot but it’ll be great!