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Monday, September 23, 2013

fall, friends and the gull meadow farms...

I love Autumn, it's my favourite season here in Michigan. The days are shorter but when the sun comes out and there is a cool breeze it's the perfect time to be outside.

Unfortunately the sun only decided to come out at the beginning and the end of the day yesterday! But it didn't spoil our plans and we went up to Gull Meadow Farms to meet some school friends.

It is such a fun place full of pumpkins, apples, donuts (not everything revolves around food in our lives, honest!), tractor rides and lots of fun in pumpkin lane.

We met one of Charlotte's 'lucky-duck' friends whose little sister goes to preschool with Toby and the 4 of them had lots of fun together.

There are so many activities for them to do. They started off with a train ride (a tractor pulls cute little oil drum trailers) then quickly ran to the duck races; racing plastic bath ducks down drain pipes with water pumps, then through the hay maze to the huge bouncy pillows.

With energy levels flagging we headed to the shop for donuts and apple cider. My favourite is the apple cinnamon sugar but the kids chose frosted pumpkin ones. They were all eaten before our friends could even get theirs out of the bag! My kids like donuts!

We capitalised on the sugar rush and headed to the zip wire, obstacle course, hay bale hill, slides and of course ended up back at the bounce pillows.

We had to drag the kids off there with the promise of more train rides before we all got too cold and decided it was time to head home for lunch and a warm drink!

We will go back again before the season is up but it was fun to hang out with friends for a few hours and enjoy the cooler autumn days outside.

After an afternoon of watching movies and playing inside, Toby wanted to have dinner out in the back yard and I wasn't about to argue! And then, at Charlotte's request, we went on a late evening bike ride on the local bike trail. The kids are still not very confident; up hills are hard work for little legs and down hills are just a bit too fast. But we made it to the half mile point and back so it was a family win!

A beautiful evening

Big sister is always looking out for her little brother

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