You can't have a fall break without visiting a pumpkin patch. Schnepf Farms is rated one of the best in the nation. Rides, shows, zip-lines, bounce pads, hayrides, giant slides etc. The kids had a ball! Benson ended up crashing in the stroller without a peep so we weren't forced to leave for naps. We ended up spending as many hours here than we did at Knott's Berry Farm.
It was all fun and games until we attempted the four acre corn maze. I figured it was MUCH smaller than the 10 acre so that must mean it's for kids. Well we all discovered that 4 is still a large area. We got lost big time. Just mom and four little frustrated kids. We even cut through the corn several times and couldn't find our way. After FOREVER, we made it out THE ENTRANCE! All that walking and we were at the beginning? I'm done with corn mazes!
A good friend of mine hooked us up with free tickets to the zoo. It even happened to have a Lego exhibit going on at the time and Zach had heard about it and had been begging to go. This Lego lover was in awe at what they could build. I think he's picked a new career.
|Emerson, Brie, Mariah, Zach|
I'm not a huge fan of the zoo myself. Animals just lay there, often in the back corner, and do nothing. However, my kids love it and Benson was no exception. He went crazy when he spotted the animals. You see a face like this and somehow it becomes pure joy for me to go to the zoo. I guess that's what they call 'living life through a child's eyes'.
The low light and failed attempt was the reptile museum. Adam got tickets from work and the kids hated it! An hour drive each way and we were there 30 minutes. When we arrived and they saw that a 5 foot crocodile wasn't in a cage and people were holding the snakes they went nuts. After that they wouldn't even look at the ones behind glass. It offered no security! We did get to see babies crocodiles as they hatched though, which was pretty cool. Clay was the only one who was brave enough to feed the turtles...from outside the fence...I don't think his arm could get any longer. He kept his distance! What happened to my kids? Not that long ago these kids were willing to pet a giant snake and now they cry if it's caged!
My favorite activity of the week was the Intel Mile Fun Run we did. It was super hero themed with capes and all.
Mariah and Zach ran the whole way and even "trained" for it by running 20 laps in the backyard several nights (aka .1 mile) lol. One of the kids was more positive about the run than the other. See if you can guess which from the picture (with a good zoom that face is epic).
Zach seriously did so great and was so optimistic even though you could tell he was tired. He kept on running and saying "I've got this". Mariah made me hold her hand and said she felt like she was going to die and that her side hurt!!! One is more drama than the other. Once they got their metals and got to jump in bounce houses though, life was good.
The boys had preschool a few days that Mariah was off so with extra car seats and less kids, I picked up one of her besties, Peyton, and went to play with just the girls...and the little brother who doesn't compete for attention enough to bother her. Of course of all the things to do, she picked play games at the Soda Shop. Seriously, this girl loves her soda...and her poses.
Dr. to Zach: Zach are you happy and healthy?
Dr: Does anything hurt?
Clay looks up and says: What's that guys name?
Me:Elder Schmutz (which is a terrible last name by the way)
Clay: Oh, he's nice to me
Me: Why is he nice?
Clay: Because he just gave me a temperature
Me: What's a temperature
Clay: You know when you get sick you have a temperature. It's when you're warm
It brought tears to my eyes. Somehow the Spirit reached out to him and he felt God's love through His chosen servants. Clayton went right on coloring and was unaffected but I needed that more than him. I needed to feel like my bad attempts sometimes reach them and it was a moment that I will never forget and that he will probably never remember. But I believe the "temperature" wasn't for him anyway. It was for me.