out on the farm

September 28, 2011

Last year we went with some friends to this fun little farm. They have some fun activities for the kids, but the best part is going on a hay rack ride through the farm to pick your own veggies. It is amazing!

We were trying to find a good time to take the kids, but our schedule is super busy. So, we settled on a Tuesday since Matt is off work. Unfortunately, that meant Grace didn’t get to go because she is in school. That’s been my biggest (and really ONLY) struggle with the school schedule. I feel like if we do anything while Grace is in school, then she misses out. However, I remind myself that she’s getting to do super fun things (including a field trip to another farm!) and I can’t deprive Alyssa & Chase of fun activities during school hours.

So, all of that to say, we went to Miller Farms on Tuesday…and had a BLAST!  Another family from the Denver area was on our veggie-picking-tractor and we had such a great time with them.  We even exchanged phone numbers.  🙂  And, she inspired me to re-start this blog.  They too have family far away (in Texas!), so she’s very diligent to update their blog with pictures, videos and updates.  I’m going to do the same.  🙂

Speaking of which…here are some pics from our day on the farm…

To enter the farm, you pay per person and each person gets 5 shopping bags to fill with goodies.  We had 20 bags to fill, which is a ton of food.  Our kitchen is now stocked with a plethora of corn, potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, celery, melons, pumpkins (orange & white), tomatoes, many different types of peppers…am I forgetting something?!?  We had so much food that we decided to bag up some groceries for our neighbors and share the wealth.  It was fun to share.  🙂

I’ve been busy making homemade spaghetti sauce, decorating with pumpkins, and searching for other recipes.  In the near future I’m going to make (and freeze) some potato soup and salsa.  🙂  Yummy!!


Sick and Tired

March 30, 2009

Sick and Tired

Sick and Tired

Carrie told you in an earlier post about our crazy weekend of sickness last weekend.  This picture typifies that entire weekend.  Grace had just told Carrie that she was about to get sick.  Carrie took her to the bathroom, and both fell asleep as they waited for Grace to, well, get sick.  She had already thrown up nearly a half a dozen times by this picture.  And my beautiful wife did what she does best, comforted Grace.

I am a journalist at heart.  I love to tell stories with pictures.  After helping with Grace throughout the evening, and realizing Carrie had control of this situation, I felt compelled to get my camera out to capture the intimacy of the moment.  It was a moment I will never forget.  Both girls were so tired from the entire day. You can see the expressions. Yet, you can see the warmth of Carrie’s embrace with her hand as Grace fell back into her.

Carrie made me fall in love with her so much more during this first “big family sickness.” After all, she and Alyssa got sick as well.  She is a true champion of taking care of both of our girls, remaining steadfast in her devotion to God, to them, and to me.

Grace dancing at the Domain

Grace dancing at the Domain

This weekend has been a blast.  Not “fun” as in – crazy, wild, fun.  But “fun” as in – I love being with my family, “fun.”  “Fun” as in – I’m refreshed and ready to start a new week, “fun.”  Here’s what we did.

I had a baby shower to go to Saturday afternoon, so Matt took the girls to get an oil change and car wash.  Fun for Momma because I had some time with friends.  Fun for Daddy and the girls because they had time together.

After nap time, we were antsy to get out of the house.  Matt suggested going to the Domain to walk around.  (For those who don’t live in Austin, the Domain is an upscale, outdoor shopping area).  Matt had a little extra work clothing allowance burning a hole in his pocket, so we went to Macy’s first.  As we walked out of Macy’s and started checking out the other shops, we noticed that they had blocked off the main road running through the Domain.  A stage was set up and signage said there was a fashion show.  In the distance, we could hear live music which sparked our curiosity.  We walked to the opposite end of the Domain and asked a security guard what was going on.  Come to find out, the fashion show had an after party with a live band, free drinks and desserts!  One of our favorite things is to stumble upon something cool.  This fit that criteria.  It was so much fun!  Grace danced the night away.  Alyssa shook her booty in the stroller.  Matt and I enjoyed watching them.

Today we had another great day!  After church we drove to Marble Falls and ate at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.  AMAZING!  Good, comfort food.  They are known for their pies.  DELICIOUS!  We had the peanut butter pie and it was fabulous.  We practically licked the plate clean.  After we had stuffed ourselves silly, we went to Sweet Berry Farms and picked strawberries.  It was perfect weather to be outside and the farm was a great time.  Grace really got into finding good strawberries, picking them, and putting them in her basket.  By the end, she had strawberry juice all over her clothes and face.

I’m so far behind on posting pictures to our flickr sight that it completely overwhelms me.  I’m trying to upload a bit at a time.  HOPEFULLY by the end of the week I’ll be caught up.  At that point, I’ll post pictures from our fun weekend.  Sorry to do so many posts with no pictures!!

Tonight’s activities

March 20, 2009

Tonight, Carrie’s Uncle Dave and Aunt Mary Ann Routzhan came in from Dallas for Grace’s birthday party tomorrow.  We ate at Sago in the Triangle tonight.  It was perfect weather, and great to see them.  Can you believe Grace turns 3 on Sunday?  We’re expecting about 30 people tomorrow for the big party.  It will be a blast!

We’re Moving…

March 5, 2009

Did you think I meant to another house?? Gotcha! We’re actually moving blog addresses.

From now on, check us out at https://flener.wordpress.com It’s way cooler and Matt was able to import all our posts from this blog to that one.

See you there!!