Corn Maze

This past weekend we drove up to visit Luke’s family in Apple Valley. We had a fun filled weekend. Friday we went to a near by pumpkin patch and the whole family (grandma, grandpa, auntie Sheryl, Luke, me & Corbin) ventured into the corn maze. Corbin was only a baby last year, so it was fun to watch him run thru the maze so energetically. After the pumpkin patch we all went to The Grindz to get a refreshing beverage and then we were off to Molly’s for lunch. You’d think that would be enough for one day, but after lunch we dropped Corbin off at grandma and grandpa’s house to nap and we took Luke’s sister, Sheryl, to see Whip It (her choice). We were thrilled that the movie exceeded our expectations and may even add it to our dvd collection when it comes out. Saturday was another fun filled day with the family. This time we went over to Luke’s grandma’s house for a big family brunch. She always makes the best breakfasts. Every time we stay with her, she makes us a full breakfast each morning which would include: eggs, bacon, toast, rolls, and even orange juice. We love grandma! Afterward we went across the way to Julie and Bill’s house for games, movies, and gabbing. We were amazed at how fast the day flew by and by 4pm we were being called for dinner. I know…more food. This was to celebrate all the October birthdays. We had beef, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, salad…all the good stuff. Oh, and we can’t forget about cake and ice cream for dessert. They really do go all out!

It was a good trip and look forward to Christmas.

Getting ready for Halloween

Corbin is getting ready for Halloween. He’s got his Halloween bag, cool new spooky jacket, and his most favorite, the pumpkin. We’ve also been having lots of yummy fall foods like pumpkin pancakes, spiced apple bread, pumpkin spice cookies, squash, and chili. Yum!

Usually I keep the pumpkin up high because lets face it, Corbin’s only 22 months and he doesn’t know his own strength and his coordination is questions at times. Today for some reason I left it on the ottoman and went upstairs leaving Corbin alone for a few minutes. When I returned he had the pumpkin surrounded. I thought it was hysterical. He loves to line up his cars normally, but the pumpkin made it comical.

Just Smile

This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I want my kids to remember me singing this song to them.


Smile though your heart is aching;
Smile even though it’s breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow,
Smile and maybe tomorrow,
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you.

Light up your face with gladness,
Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near,
That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile,
If you just smile.

That’s the time you must keep on trying,
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.

Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons.
Music written by Charlie Chaplin, 1936.

Bates Nut Farm

We visited our first pumpkin patch of the season today. We decided to drive a little farther to Bates Nut Farm in Escondido. We were amazed at how big the farm was and how much there was to explore. They had lots of food and homemade ice cream, merchandise, the Bates Nut Store, pumpkin patches, straw maze, hay ride, petting zoo with lots of animals like rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, and a pig, 2 bounce houses, and even a blue grass band. The parking lot looked like we were entering a major amusement park. A little overwhelming, but still enjoyable.