North Carolina State Fair

 We spent an afternoon and evening at the North Carolina State fair, it's huge! We met up with some friends from New Bern Chris and Dawn and their children, Matthew and Elizabeth. Hayden loves to be with these two so much and misses them. We saw pig and duck racing, milked a cow, fed the animals, rode rides, ate way too much fair food, and were completely worn out when we left. So much fun! The couple of days following the fair Hayden's conversations were mostly about milking the cow and the monster trucks that he "drove".
I just have to laugh everytime I look at this one, they are being so silly!

my whole world right here.....

good night fair, see you next year!

Making play dough

I am by no means the most crafty, do things at home, type of mom. This is something I wish I had more of a desire to do, maybe someday I will. I remember making play dough when I was little with my mom, along with my brother and sister. So I googled a recipe to make homemade play dough and to my surprise it was an easy recipe and used all ingredients I had on hand! It's funny how smells take you back, as soon as we got it cooking I remembered the smell from my days of childhood.


Great Friends

The weekend following PA we had guests from PA! Kevin and Lesley Hurst and their 3 children came for a visit. We enjoyed every moment of their time spent here. I love having guests in our home, so just let us know when to expect you!:) Kevin and Les we cherish our friendship with you and thanks for taking the time to visit our hometown. Here's a few from Saturday night dinner-i don't have one of Elijah :(

Short but fun trip

We made a flying trip to PA and back the first weekend in October for a friends wedding on Sunday. We squeezed in a lot in a couple of days. I was able to connect with a friend who I hadn't seen in 3 yrs! We had a great time reconnecting over lunch. Ryan and I had a little date into the city for First Friday and met up with my brother and his wife. Saturday we spent time with my parents at Lititz Springs park and ended the day with Ryan's family. I felt like I got to taste a little bit of PA fall, it was so rejuvenating! Sunday we were off  to the wedding in Maryland and we headed home from there. Here are a few from the weekend (i didn't get a pic of the bride and groom, oops!)

The groomsmen came in on a boat, so cool!

this place is awesome so we returned....

One Saturday while Ryan was working on homework Hayden and I visited the Marbles Kids Museum again. I don't think any kid under the age of 12 would get tired of this place. I had a great time with my little man, he brings me much joy as he seems to be growing out of the terrible 3's (thank goodness!).


Carolina Hurricanes

Raleigh is home to a NHL hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes. They had a Caniac festival to get the new season started. We had a blast jumping and sliding on the big inflatables. We also got to watch part of a game. We may return when they play the Philadelphia Flyers, our only predicament....who will we cheer for?

big kids can have fun too!