Oh, how I am loving this fall! The leaves have been gorgeous, the weather beautiful and we’ve been having all kinds of fall fun.

A few weeks back, we took a day trip to the north Georgia apple region and had a day full of fun at apple orchards. While visiting the orchards, we took a tractor ride, went to a petting zoo, bought apples, ate fried pies, sipped sweet tea and more!

Last weekend, we visited family in East Tennessee. The leaves on the mountains were so, so, so beautiful! We enjoyed the visit so much spending time with family, good food and a Saturday morning Mennonite craft fair.

My parents visited a few weeks back and brought apples from my grandpa’s farm and John David’s parents sent us home with a huge box of apples. Since we had so many apples, it was time to make applesauce. I ended up with 9 quarts and 17 pints.

And, just know, making all of that applesauce was not an easy feat. I spent about 8 hours standing in the kitchen peeling, cutting, slicing and cooking, taking frequent breaks to care for the boys. (I have so much admiration for women of generations past that somehow managed to preserve food for the winter with little ones underfoot.)

On Halloween, we attended the Fall Festival at church. We had fun dressing the boys up and enjoyed the festivities. There were even inflatables there and Paxton had an absolute blast jumping and sliding.

We had a very frugal Halloween, the costumes cost us nothing! Weston’s dinosaur costume was in a bag of hand-me-downs from a friend, Paxton’s pirate costume is a Melissa & Doug pirate dress up set¬†that his nannie gave him and the pumpkin bucket was John David’s as a child.

Paxton made quite the handsome pirate. (And, this role play outfit is wonderful…it’s high quality unlike most costumes/dress up clothes I’ve seen.)¬†We’ll have many years of pirate play with this.

Our sweet little dinosaur is now a walker. He took his first steps the day after he turned 10 months and now he’s taking 8 to 10 steps at a time, walking across rooms to us. It’s so amazing to watch him grow and learn (it’s just as magical as it was watching Paxton learn!)

This fall has been full of fun and I have so many happy memories from this season so far (and there’s still several more weeks of fall to go!)

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