We spent last weekend enjoying the fall temperatures with Mimi and Pops. We were so excited to have family out here! My parents were here for about a week and a half, and my aunt was out for a few days during the middle of the week. It’s hard not being close to family, so we try to take full advantage of our time with family when we do get to see them.
Last Saturday my parents, Jarrod, the kids, and I went out to Amish Country to catch a ride on the Strasburg Railroad.
It was a great way to see the countryside, and everyone had a blast! We even heard a ghost story!
After our train ride (45 minutes roundtrip), lunch, and some play time around the station, we drove a short way to an Amish farm. I’ve been to a few Amish farms, shops, etc, but this one took the cake. We were able to go into the shop where they do their woodwork/crafts. There was no one working in the wood bard while we were there, but it was neat to see all of their tools and equipment.
Then we went around the corner into another barn. The kids were super excited to see miniature horses!
They loved the little horses, and were even able to ride one! But only one kid was brave enough to feed a horse…
After leaving the farm, we stopped at a roadside market to look around then headed home for dinner and some Aggie football.
Sunday we went out for brunch after church and then Charlotte, Mimi, and I went to Meadowbrooke Gourds for their annual fall fest.
One of the main events was decorating gourds. They had all kinds of patterns to use, but Charlotte wanted to do her own thing. She’s my creative soul!
Her gourd person turned out really cute, and she’s excited that it will last a LOT longer than a painted pumpkin.
We also walked around the gourd shop, where Charlotte wanted almost every gourd she saw. Mimi wound up buying some gourd seeds, so Charlotte is looking forward to us decorating some of Mimi’s gourds. Charlotte also wants to have a gourd painting party for her 6th birthday. She is apparently into all things gourd right now!
We were sad to have our family go home, but we had a great time while they were visiting, and we can’t wait to see them all again when Baby #4 arrives!