Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Fall Tradition

It was a beautiful fall day (although pretty chilly) and my grandparents came to visit. SO, what better thing to do than go to a Pumpkin Patch? I am taking my kindergarteners this coming week, so I thought we'd go check it out. The one we went to was in Benton County and it was just perfect for us. It was not anything really professional, it was at somebody's house, but it was cool enough to keep us busy for 2 hours and (super bonus) not that crowded. They had a petting zoo in their barn with a calf, piglet, llama, donkey, sheep, goats and ducks. They had a big bounce (who doesn't love that?) and a barrel train. Do you know what that is? I didn't. Its a bunch of old barrels that have been cut on their sides and given a seat, steering wheel and two wheels to ride on. They are painted different colors and pulled by a little tractor to seem like a train! I got to ride it too. Of course the highlight was riding in the big wagon out to the pumpkin patch and picking our own pumpkins.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The power of time

Today Brian and I were out on a Sunday afternoon motorcycle ride with some new friends from church who were "leading" the ride. We ended up riding around the north end of the county in the Battle Ground-Delphi area where we used to ride all the time, but not so much anymore. I was moved so much by the flood of memories of all the places we've been and things we've done together in our 10 years together. We drove down the road where we test drove our first car--the one we drove all night to Myrtle Beach for the summer just weeks after we bought it. It was a beautiful fall day a few years ago that we took a Sunday ride down those windy back roads just weeks after I gave birth. It's an amazing thing to share your life with your best friend. There really aren't words to describe those feelings.