Fall Fun: Enjoying the Seasons Many Pleasures

| 9/29/2011 10:32:58 PM

Suzanne Headshot Fall has finally arrived! While some may be mourning the official end of summer, I am rejoicing in the cooler weather and many new opportunities the Fall season brings for our family. For starters, our Fall garden is newly plowed and planted with an assortment of cool season veggies. We have mangel beets for the pigs. For us we have turnips, turnip greens, watermelon radishes, sugar beets, lettuce, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. This weekend, we hope to move the pigs into another garden to “till” for us and plant their current pen in winter wheat.

Now that the majority of our fall apples are put up and the garden is planted there is time to enjoy other things unique to the Fall season. I believe that this is the best time of the year to show non-farmers and city folk all the blessings that country living has to offer! Like what you say? While the weather is cooling off, things are still alive and well outdoors. It’s the perfect time to offer farm tours as the animals are more active and the grass is still green. Flowers are still in bloom, and the breeze is gentle and cool. The hay has already been gathered and stacked in the barn, and the rush of summer harvests is at an end. It is now time to enjoy ourselves! So how does our family have fun in the Fall?

Last weekend we spent the day at Amazin’ Acres of Fun in Sparta, TN. Macey said “Mom, I had my bestest day ever!” William is still talking about how he knows how to milk a cow now, ssshhh. Don’t tell him it was a fake cow with an udder full of water!

Daisy the Milk Cow  

William Milking Daisy 

The kids have never been through a corn maze before, or to a pumpkin patch to pick out their own pumpkin. They were extremely excited about these things when we planned our trip. Andrew and I had not been in many years ourselves, and we were nicely surprised at all the new activities now offered. When we first arrived, we were greeted by a perfect picture opportunity!

Suzanne Cox
10/4/2011 12:36:11 AM

Thanks Dave! We sure do have fun with the kids. Andrew asked me just the other day, what did we do before we had kids? Well, I know I got a lot more sleep before they kids came, but I certainly have much more fun now! Evidently our experience at Amazin' Acres left quit an impression on the kids. They asked for a hay ride yesterday, so Andrew hooked a little trailer up to the tractor and gave them and my sister (just turned 13) a ride around the farm. Then they showed off the pumpkin pie filling we canned to my parents and told them all about how we made that from their pumpkins. :) I love their enthusiasm! I think our next big family adventure will be the birth of their little sister who is due any day now. Having to slow down for a while, and luckily it's a good time of year to do so!

Nebraska Dave
9/30/2011 11:05:21 PM

Suzanne, it's a lot of fun to build childhood memories with your kids. Isn't it? My older kids that are now 40 & 41 still talk about some of the stuff we did when they were growing up. Those things will come out as traditions in the grand kids as well. It sounds like in your case the memories we the parental memories were just as great as the kids. Enjoy them little buggers while you can because before you know whoosh there gone. I know from experience that it seems forever to raise them when your in the middle of it but when there gone you wonder at just how fast those years sped past. Have a great memory building fall with the family.

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