October 22, 2014

Harvest Fair 2014

Our church recently held an annual Harvest Fair.

We set up carnival games for kids to play.




It's free, so the kids play games to earn tickets.
(Derek and I each took shifts running games)

And then spend tickets on things like getting their face painted.


I gave Miles my phone with the front screen camera on so he could see himself.
He promptly took this selfie.  :)

A few tickets also got them a pony ride.


And couple tickets for the petting zoo.

There were all kinds of hands on...    skinks.

 Turtles.

A goat.

A cavy.

A miniature horse.

A llama. 
...that spit in Cooper's face!

We spent a lot of time at the petting zoo! 

A lot.

Fun Fact: The whole petting zoo showed up in this van.
And then was loaded up into it at the end when they left!

A couple tickets bought a hot dog too.

And whatever tickets the kids had left, they spent on prizes. 

Well, apparently not all of them.
Since I found some in the washing machine later!

There was a bluegrass band.

And bugs.  Miles spent quite a bit of time searching for them.

And making a home for them.
  
There was a craft area too.

"Happy Fall Y'all"

 It was a fun afternoon for all! 


October 21, 2014

Great Fun

Derek's grandparents were traveling the Northeast and Canada for a 50th Anniversary celebration.  When weather got bad, they decided to head back home to Iowa.  They called us and said they'd be traveling through Peoria in a couple days and would visit!

They arrived in the afternoon before Derek and Trey were off work so the boys entertained them.  Grandpa Gordie watched the boys jumping on the trampoline.

They also showed Grandma Jan a few bugs.

We went over to their hotel where they fed us pizza.

Then we all took a dip in the pool. 

It was nice, warm and enjoyable. 

Derek threw the boys around a little.


And visited his grandparents.

But with the boys jumping in nearby...

I'm not sure how they talked much.

It was constant activity!

The boys did calm down and hang out in the hot tub for a second.

But went back to the big pool to swim soon!

We changed (some into pajamas) and grabbed popcorn and hot cocoa from the lobby on the way out!

Thanks for stopping, Grandpa & Grandma!  We had a great time.

October 18, 2014

Ninja Warrior Training

We randomly got a flyer in the mail advertising an open house event at a local gymnastics facility.  The part that jumped out to my boys was, "Come try out our Ninja Warrior Course"!  They  love to watch the show "American Ninja Warrior" so we decided to go on the appointed day.

Cooper asked to wear "long pants and a muscle shirt, like some of the guys on the show".  :)

Immediately upon entering the building, the monkeying around began!


Which is good, because there was a lot of ground to cover.

There was some of this...

And some of this...

 A little of this...

And this...

And a "Ninja Warrior" type course.

Which the boys did over and over.

There was even a 'warp wall'.

And a climbing wall.

Most of my pictures look like this:

And this.  So much movement! 

And some of them look like this.  Ha.

They eventually tried everything!

 And some things they tried in ways they weren't meant to be.

We made one more pass through the building. 

When we arrived the kids were given punch cards that they carried around and when they got it punched at every station, could put in the box for a door prize.  So we finished at the last station... 
dancing.  :)

And then the boys were rewarded with refreshments.

We played a little more, but when they started doing this...

We headed home.
But not before Miles smuggled another cupcake out.