Friday, October 29, 2010

Family Photos

Thanks to my sister, Andrea, for taking some photos of our family.  This is the first time we have ever had any kind of family pictures taken.  Which one is your favorite (they are numbered at the bottom, left corner)?








Gorgeous girls:

The end of the photo shoot:

Pumpkin Patch

We went to a little pumpkin patch with some friends' preschool group.  The farm is actually a Christmas tree farm, but the do the pumpkin thing in the fall.  It was a cute family-owned place, and the kids had a fun time.

Getting ready for the hayride.  Notice the Christmas trees in the back.

Story time.

Lera liked the pumpkins.

The whole group of kids.

Excited to be feeding the cow and goats.

Each kid got to find their own baby pumpkin.

Beautiful land the family lives on.

Beautiful girls.

Beautiful day.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Festival

We went to one of the local fall festivals and had a pretty good time.  Although, I remember them being a lot more exciting as a kid.  It's mainly just a lot of people selling stuff and walking around in a crowded area and a bunch of fried food.  Chess enjoyed it, though.  I guess we do this kind of thing for our kids anyway, right?

Hugging Sparky, the fire dog.

Letting Lera take a break from the stroller.

Eating homemade ice cream.

First pony ride on Rambo.

She did awesome and loved it.

Waiting on Chess and I to finish with the petting zoo.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Chess helping wash the windows.  I now use vinegar and water for most of my cleaning, so I love it that she can help and I don't have to worry about hazardous chemicals.

What a sweet and gorgeous baby she is.

First thing in the morning.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

11 Months Old...

and in less than a week, she'll be ONE.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dollars for Darby

Many of you may have heard this by now, but if not, I am part of a group helping to raise money for a friend of ours whose little girl has cancer. Darby was diagnosed in April with APL Leukemia. She was only 13 months old at the time. She is the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with this type of Leukemia.

Darby and her mom have spent the majority of the past 6 months at the hospital, undergoing chemotherapy. She is responding well to the treatments, but she still has a long journey ahead of her, especially to be such a small and young little thing.

A friend of mine suggested we do an fundraiser to help the Farnsworths with their ever-growing stack of medical bills. We brainstormed and have decided to organize three events we think will really help Darby's family.

First, a community garage-type sale will be held at a local elementary school on Saturday, November 6 from 8-3. We are getting a ton of donations from dozens of families. It will be huge.

Second, Rita's Night, at Rita's Italian Ice. We will be personally scooping and serving up ice cream to everyone from 6-9 pm on Monday, November 8. Rita's will donate 20% of the proceeds and all tips we receive (I hope we are some good scoopers!).

Third, a series of online auctions. This is the part that all of you who do not live nearby can help with! The first auction begins November 8 and lasts one week. The second one begins the following week. Depending on how many more donations we get, we may do another auction after that. If you or anyone you know owns a business or makes handmade items, please let us know if you'd like to donate. We already have some impressive stuff from some very generous people.

All information can be found at That is the site for the auction, as well. You can get there by clicking the link on the upper left corner of my blog with Darby's cute picture on it. You can also add the same button on your blog to help spread the word by going to the website and copying and pasting the HTML code onto your blog design layout.

I am so excited about the response we have gotten so far. There are so many generous and caring people out there. If you want to help, please email us at

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hillcrest Apple Orchard

We went to Hillcrest Orchards last weekend and it was so much fun! They have so much to do there, for kids and adults. I made the girls some fall shirts - a pumpkin for Chess and an apple for Lera.

Wagon ride:

Cow milking:


Petting farm:


Pig races:

Giant slide:

And more: