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Fall Front Porch 2010


This year we haven’t even bothered to put up our fall wreath. We were off our game in October. Last year we bought so many pumpkins I felt the need to decorate the front porch.


If the naked stairs caught your eye it’s because these photos were taken last year before the great porch/stair painting disaster of 2011

Our first family jack-o-lantern. After this he met a sad fate indeed.

All of our many pumpkins on display. The big one on the right was green when we bought it which we thought was so cool, but then it turned orange and now I’m sad 😦

I saw this idea on another blog and thought it was so cute. Hubby drilled all of the holes into the mini pumpkins. Unfortunately it doesn’t show up too good in the pictures.

I make him pose for pictures like this and he hates it.

Related Posts:
*Trick-or-Treat 2011 (Includes video)
*Pumpkin Carving 2011 (Includes video)
*Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival 2011 (Includes video)
*Pumpkin Carving 2010
*The Festival of Festivals 2010

*The Spring House 2010
*The Apple Castle 2010
*Fall Family Fun 2009
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens
*How to make a Kleenex Box Halloween Costume
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion

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Pumpkin Carving and Decorating 2011


Last Friday my hubby had the day off from work and we were really hoping to head out to a pumpkin patch, but it was pretty cold and we figured it wasn’t a great idea. He took Adaline out to the store where they picked out a big pumpkin, smaller pumpkin, and a bag full of gourds that Adaline calls “little pumpkins”.

Adaline poses with her pumpkin before the pumpkin fun begins.

I’m not really sure what’s going on here. Apparently she finds my face fascinating…I’m sure you all do 😉

Since Adaline’s still a little too young for carving, and I don’t have any cookie cutters, paint, or glitter, I decided to let her decorate her pumpkin using markers. This was her first marker-related experience and she thoroughly enjoyed it, although she was a little irritated that the colors didn’t look right sometimes (because of the orange pumpkin many colors just looked black).

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Adaline gets some blue marker on her thumb, which upsets her. No problem, it’s nothing a little mommy spit won’t fix.

The proud artist with her completed masterpiece.


Now it’s daddy’s turn to carve the big pumpkin. Adaline busies herself with crayons and asking me to repeatedly draw triangles on the newspaper.

Weird and gross. Back off, ladies, he’s mine 😉

Last year hubby and I traded off with the pumpkin scooping and carving, but this year I let the man handle it all by himself. Pumpkin guts are super gross.

Here’s Cool Daddy’s finished masterpiece. It’s an owl, just in case you weren’t sure 😉

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*Trick-or-Treat 2011
*Pumpkin Carving 2010
*The Festival of Festivals 2010

*The Spring House 2010
*The Apple Castle 2010
*Fall Family Fun 2009
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens
*How to make a Kleenex Box Halloween Costume
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion

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Pumpkin Carving 2010


Yes, you read that right…2010. Last year I never got around to posting about our ever-so-exciting evening of Pumpkin Carving. Those of you who have been with me for a year or more were probably in tears when the detailed update never surfaced. For that I apologize.

Lucky for all of you I’m going to tell you about it right now. Perhaps even luckier is the fact that looking back on the photos I don’t recall any details or anything fascinating (or completely boring) to have much to say at all…which is probably why I’m trying to make up for it with this completely dull and unnecessary introduction.

2010 was the first year that Cool Daddy or I had ever attempted to open, empty, and carve a pumpkin without our parents’ supervision. Apparently it wasn’t something we cared to do prior to having children. Now we’s all growed up 😉

We went to several pumpkin patches last year and got a pumpkin each time. We decided to only carve one of them.
Here’s Adaline with the three other pumpkins.
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Opening up the pumpkin.

This is absolutely disgusting. I likely won’t be doing this ever again. *gag*
Unfortunately the cute apron and fancy gloves didn’t glam it up for me at all.

The pumpkin is just about ready to be carved.

Cool Daddy and I took turns carving out the pumpkin.

Adaline is bored and busies herself by bothering Muppet.

This is my tongue. I’ve had it all of my life.

Our first family jack-o-lantern…

To see the fate of last year’s jack-o-lantern click here.

Note to email and feed readers: In case you’re interested I tweaked my blog header slightly to give it some fall flavor. Click through to the blog if you want to check it out!

Related Posts:
*Trick-or-Treat 2011
*The Festival of Festivals 2010

*The Spring House 2010
*The Apple Castle 2010
*Fall Family Fun 2009
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens
*How to make a Kleenex Box Halloween Costume
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion

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Trick-or-Treat 2011


We’ve never taken Adaline Trick-or-Treating because my husband always has to work that night. Up to this point she’s been too young for it anyway, but this year she’s a great age for it. Needless to say neither my husband or I were thrilled with the idea of me walking my daughter around town at night alone in the dark, pregnant, with some misty rain…so my mom and I took her to the mall for trick-or-treat!

We got to the mall and Adaline had a fun time running around and listening to her echo in the lobby at Boscov’s while we waited for my mom to show up.

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Since we were there pretty early we decided to head to the “rides” first and Adaline rode her favorite yellow boat and red car. She was excited to put the quarters in the slot all by herself! During the ride she clung to her kitty cat tail and wouldn’t let it go. She pretty much did that all night long.

As we were walking Adaline noticed the empty “stage” and asked, “Go up there?” I said yes and she proceeded to run around on the top of the stage “dancing” and singing for quite awhile. I have no idea was she was saying or singing since the general mall noise was too loud for me to hear her, but her expressions were enough to crack me up.

You’ll probably find this video boring, a few minutes of her running in circles, but I like it.
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Next we threw pennies in the fountain, but I don’t have any photos of that since I was clinging to her to keep her from falling in. After that she sat on a bench, removed her hat, sat it next to her, and then patted it on the head as though it was her little friend.

After some more browsing and a significant amount of time in the Hallmark store playing with all of the Christmas items that make music and dragging a stuffed Snoopy around that Mommy had no intentions of buying (I did not, by the way)…it was time for trick-or-treat to start. I managed to get her tail back on and let her make the choice between wearing her kitty hat or cat ears (she chose the ears) and then made her scream when I tried to apply a black kitty nose. Needless to say we did not attempt to draw any whiskers.


We stopped at the first store (Sears), and after she picked something out of the bucket she handed it to me and said, “Buy it.” 🙂 I told her that it was free and to tell them thank you.

As the evening went on she got more shy at each store. Most of the time she wouldn’t say, “Hi”, “Trick-or-treat”, “Thank you”, or “Bye”, but if she did it was so quiet no one could hear her. She also preferred to pick the candy out of the buckets herself. If someone dropped it right in the bag she stared at them and sometimes tried to get in the bucket to pick one out.

When we had made it ¾ around the mall we had reached the train, which she asked to ride. She rode the train and then said, “Let’s get more candy!”. Apparently the train ride refreshed her 😉

Right before we left I changed her diaper and the poor little thing had peed clear through it. After getting her all cleaned up we headed over to my sister’s house.

Getting candy at Aunt Jessie and Uncle Matt’s house. She picks a 3 Musketeer, her favorite.

Playing with cousin Dominic.

In the picture on the right she had just finished clapping her hands and saying, “More candy!” after just finishing a piece.

Dominic being a cutie-pie.

Adaline fell asleep in the car on the way home, it was way past her bed time. Luckily Cool Daddy arrived home at the same time of us and because of all of my planning ahead (changing Adaline into jammies at my sister’s house, and having left her room ready for bedtime with every door leading to her room open and lamps on so that we can see) he was able to pick her up out of the car seat and carry her straight to her crib without her waking up. Yay!

Once she was in bed I photographed her loot and then separated out the things she couldn’t eat/play with (yes, I ate the candy she couldn’t chew…except Tootsie Rolls because they are just gross and an abomination to the candy world).

Our first Trick-or-Treating experience is complete.

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Wordless Wednesday: Is that a pumpkin up your shirt?


Oh, great pumpkin!


My hips barely fit into that thing 😦


The sexy wind blown look.

(All photos were taken at 23 weeks 6 days in Brady’s Run Park, Beaver Falls, PA.)

This post is linked to Wordless Wednesday at…
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Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival 2011


On Saturday, 10/08/2011, we head out to Amish country for the Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival and the Apple Festival at the Apple Castle. Adaline was all pumped up about going to the Apple Festival 🙂

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These festivals are held on the same weekend every year and I always have hopes of being able to visit them both on the same day, but it’s just impossible. Last year we attended the Apple Festival first and then drove to Volant only to find that it was so packed there were no parking spaces (and Adaline fell asleep in the car anyway). The year before that we went to Volant late in the day. This year we decided to start with Volant.

We arrived right at the start of the festival and were able to find a parking space. Then we headed right for Volant Mills. There was a cute little boy sitting there on the porch just as friendly as could be saying, “Hi girl!” to Adaline, but she was not interested. It’s nice to see she’s as friendly as I am (good work, Mom).

Adaline loved finding all of the bears inside the store and riding on the rocking horse.

Next we stopped and looked at pumpkins but we didn’t pick one out since we didn’t want to carry it around with us.


After all of the pumpkin peeking we decided to go visit all of the shops locating past the mill. While we walked past the giant water wheel right next to the busy street and almost to the parking lot busy with cars pulling in and out Adaline decides she doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore and starts to struggle. Naturally there wasn’t time to explain to her that she needed to hold my hand and since desperately clinging to her arm as she tried to get away wasn’t working…I decided to pick her up and drag her across the parking lot. That’s no small feat for this 5 foot mama with a 2 year old half her size and a pregnant belly taking up all of the space. Adaline gave a real good kicking and screaming fit, “I wanna walk! I no hold hands!”. Oh, and there were about 50 people standing in line to get Amish donuts that got to witness the whole thing. I wrestled her over to the front porch of the closest store where I distracted her with a skeleton on display by getting her to sing, ” ‘Dem bones, ‘dem bones they walk around.” Once she calmed down I explained to her that she needed to hold onto my hand or Muggy’s hand when we’re outside and when we’re inside she can walk by herself. Thankfully after that we had no trouble and she held our hand every time we left a store and stayed right with us inside all of the shops. So there, judgmental onlookers…take that!

We went from store to store and everyone said how cute Adaline is (they didn’t witness the great parking lot tantrum of 2011). Sometimes she was friendly and other times not so much (“I’m not cute!”). She seemed to enjoy window shopping and would look at the stuff and then say, “Let’s go to another store!” in an excited voice. She really loved it when a store was playing music and sometimes didn’t want to leave.

Since it had been about 3 hours and I had somehow managed not to pee my pants I headed off to the bathroom. The one that I found was a single bathroom down a hallway, you’re supposed to wait outside of the hallway to give the others privacy. In front of me there was a family (Mom, Dad, and two little girls) who were taking turns using the bathroom. When Dad was in there mom came out with the girls and apologized when she saw my pregnant belly saying she knows how that is. I told her it’s no problem and that I’m used to holding it (although not for 3 hours, but she was only responsible for about 10min of that). Then all of the sudden this girl comes walking up, who looked to be my age and didn’t look pregnant, looked right at me and said, “Can I go first?” Now she did have a sense of urgency in her voice, but still…I’m pregnant. I might’ve considered it if she were elderly, or a mom with a little one, or if I flat out just wasn’t pregnant…but I am. So I told her, “I’m sorry, no. I’ve been holding it for 3 hours and when he gets out I’m going in.” And that’s exactly what happened. I made quick work of it and I apologized to her when I got out (not sure why considering I was there first…and I’m pregnant!). Ya know, having other people let you go to the bathroom first and hold open the door for you and give you their seat is part of the perks of pregnancy and apparently, I just wasn’t willing to give that up. Selfish Jenn. Selfish pregnant Jenn.

So once I got to pee and we had looked in all of the shops (yet refrained from buying anything) we were hungry. I had read online that they were going to be having a “Fancy Fall Tea” at The Meeting House, so we headed over there.

Adaline’s first tea party 🙂
Well, actually she did more purposely dropping silverware on the floor, running to look out of the window, and saying, “The nice lady will be right back.” every time the waitress left the table rather than actually having tea. But it still counts.

Tea sandwiches.

Our cute little tea pot for our table.

As usual Adaline barely ate a thing, but she had no trouble finishing off a chocolate petit four. I saw her go over to the window and look out with her little face pressed against the glass and when she walked away there was a nice chocolate smudgy mouth-print on the window. That’s classy 😉
After another visit at the window Adaline walked up to the end of the table and with big tears in her eyes and a sad voice she said, “I’m alright.” I said, “Oh honey, what’s the matter?!” to which she replied, “I touched the candle!” and burst into tears. 😦 Poor little thing. It was an electric candle, but it was hot from being plugged in all day. We got her some ice and she was fine.

Here is infamous candle. The chocolately mouth-print had already been wiped off by my mother (forgive her, she doesn’t understand yet that in the blogging world one must take photos of every little detail!).

Luckily for us there was only one lady sitting in a corner by herself sipping tea (without the sandwiches) so we had the whole place to ourselves to let the 2 year old run amuck in the tea room, throw silverware on the floor for fun, wipe her dirty mouth on the window, and burn herself. We brought a lot of ambiance to the place.
Well, if we weren’t distracting enough there were all of the passersby that would walk into the tea room see us sitting only a few feet from the door eating and drinking tea, proceed to walk around the corner going, “What is this, a tea room? Is this a shop? What is this?” to which my mom and I would reply, “Yes, it’s just a little tea room.” and then they’d mumble to themselves about how this used to be a store (an art store if they were knowledgeable) and then leave. This happened countless times. I’m not sure why everyone was so confused. When they walked in and saw my mom and I sitting at a table covered in linens and china and eating food…what did they think was going on? Did they think this was a store and we just happened to bring our own lunch, complete with tea set, and just start eating in the middle of the shop? One lady even walked up to our table (without acknowledging us) and picked up our tea pot and said to her friend, “Look at how cute this tea pot is!” There was no price tag on the tea pot. Our table was in front of a window and the tea pot was on the side of the table opposite from where the entrance was…so this lady had to walk behind my mom’s chair and pass her to the other side of the table directly across from where I was sitting and eating so that she could manhandle our tea pot. When she left I called after her, “Wait a minute! You forgot to stick your finger in the clotted cream!” Even with the chocolate mouth print on the window and the silverware on the floor we might’ve been the classiest people there.

The teapot feeling dirty and used after the unwelcome advances of a stranger…

While I didn’t get any photos of the layout inside, I did snap a picture before we went into the tea room and I put notes all over it to help you get a good visual.
(Click to enlarge the photo if you can’t read the text.)

It was time to leave Volant and I was hoping that we’d make it to the Apple Festival.

About 2 minutes before we got there Adaline fell asleep in the car. We wouldn’t have been able to go anyway because by this point (3pm) it was a sea of people and had we attempted to go we would’ve been miserable. We went home.

My only purchases for the day were Amish made bread and apple butter which I treated myself to on Sunday evening. It was sooo good and I used almost the entire jar of apple butter on those 3 slices of bread.

We’ll definitely make a trip to the Apple Castle sometime even though there won’t be a festival going on. I wonder which festival we’ll decide to attend next year…Volant or Apple Castle?

Have you attended the Volant Pumpkin Festival before? Please tell me in the comments section.

Feel free to email pictures of your trip to Volant or the Apple Castle if you would like them featured on the blog. I hope your family has a fantastically fun-filled fall! 🙂

Volant Village Shops
The Apple Castle

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*Beaver County Fall Festivals October 2011
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*The Festival of Festivals 2010

*The Spring House 2010
*The Apple Castle 2010
*Fall Family Fun 2009
*Ghosts of Halloween Past: My Childhood Halloweens
*How to make a Kleenex Box Halloween Costume
*Halloween Parade: Fall Fashion

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