Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Family Traditions

October has been full of some of our fun fall family traditions as well as a first for all 5 Brownies.

Pumpkin Carving
This is something the kids and I enjoy every year.  This year, the boys got to help by removing the icky, slimy guts from the pumpkin!
Before the carving

Pulling out guts!

Our owl, Hedwig

Visit to Oklahoma to meet The Brown Grands
The boys did fabulously!  They had a great time visiting, playing with their cousin Emily, riding bikes, driving RC cars, and riding around in Grandpa's "tractor."  It was the boys' first overnight stay away from home (still with us, of course) and they didn't seemed phased a bit!  However, the look of deep love on Travis' face when we pulled in at our house told Ken and me that he knows this is home.  Travis smiled, laughed, and would have wrapped his arms around the house to give it a big hug if he could.  It was heartwarming to witness.
Grandpa driving the boys.

Putting together the airplane.

Setting up for flight.

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
We've been visiting The Patch since the first season we lived here, 4 years ago.  We got to see it through toddler eyes this year and we all had a great time.  In fact, I think we'll make one more trip over there before October 31st.  The new $5 parking fee is well worth it.  Such great memories and tons of fall fun.


Sweet Peas

Silly boy has mastered the fake smile.

Love to see the older Brownies helping their little brothers.

More goofiness.


The State Fair of Texas
The Fair is a must here in Texas.  For the past several years, the kids and I have gone with my sister, niece and my parents.  This year, my parents were out of town, my sister went earlier in the week, and Ken could finally join us for the first time.  It was a little slower with the boys in tow, but we still had some good family fun.  We got to hang out with some friends, too, so that was a bonus!






The Alliance Air Show
We Browns get downright giddy about the air show.  If you know my husband, you'll understand why. This year, we had added excitement because the little boys adore airplanes so much.  We figured they'd simply freak out!  A big storm passed through the night before the air show and I woke Sunday morning feeling grateful that clear weather was forecast for the entire day.  We woke early, packed up, and headed out to Alliance Airport.  When we had almost arrived, I checked my twitter feed and saw Alliance announce that due to heavy rains rendering the parking spaces useless and even dangerous, they decided to cancel the air show.  Major bummer.  Not nearly as exciting as the air show, we stopped by Founder's Plaza at DFW airport to watch a few planes land.
Tian's sign for airplane

Wedding Celebration on the Lake
We're rounding out the month with a wedding celebration on the lake!  A good friend is getting married and (bravely) invited all seven of us!  It was the kids' first-ever wedding.  (And Ken and my first wedding on a boat!)  Can I have a momma brag moment?  The Brownies were fabulous!  They danced, golfed off the back of the boat, danced some more, played with friends, and had a great time.  The two littlest Brownies played with some toys another mom smartly brought.  As we left, Hannah said, "This was the best party I've ever been to!"
Us

Ready to see the bride and groom.

How the boys spent most of their night.

And we still have trick-or-treating to do next week! Then it will be time for the holiday fun of November and December!  What are some of YOUR favorite fall or holiday traditions?

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