Sunday, October 21, 2012

Autumn Camping

We have discovered that the best time to go camping on the East coast is in the Fall!  The summers are too hot and humid for camping, but in the Fall the weather is just heavenly, and perfect for camping!  Our friends, the Hansens, invited us to go camping last weekend- they found some little cabins for rent at Patapsco State Park in Maryland, about an hour from here. The campground was awesome, and the little cabins were cute and cozy. Two other families came too, so we had a nice little group. Leo loved having so many friends to play with.
Leo was thrilled to sleep in a bunk bed, and in a sleeping bag. 
This was his first night in a big bed, ever! 

 The leaves on the trees were just starting to change color.  It's a lovely park.

Campfires are so much fun!  We cooked all our meals over the fire, and roasted marshmallows, of course.  There was also a small playground adjacent to our camp sites- the kids loved that.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Autumn Camping - part II

We had so much fun camping last weekend that we went again this weekend!  Sadly, our friends were not available, and the cabins were all rented out, so it was just us, and we took Big Red.

We stayed in a different part of the park, where they have campsites. It was fun to camp in our little trailer "Big Red"- which we haven't done in a long time.   (It's a vintage trailer from 1962 that we restored. It's VERY tiny, and the three of us barely fit in there- but it sure is cute!)

The trees are starting to change colors now- they were beautiful.  We hiked down the road to the trail which lead down to the river. It was fun to see all the leaves falling from the trees and to hear them crunching beneath our feet.

We had fun playing with the settings on our camera for black & white, and sepia. 
Of course, it helps to have such a cute model.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fun with friends

Leo loves playing with friends. (He's always been a very social kid) He is especially fond of these two little cuties- Brooks and Hart.  We've been camping with them a few times, and have also had playdates and a trip to the zoo.  They have so much fun together!
Their family came over for dinner a while ago, and we tried to get some photos of them... but they wouldn't sit still long enough to get a decent photo...   So excuse the bluriness. That's what happens when you have 3 crazy boys playing together.
Leo is so ready to have a brother or sister to play with. He talks about it all the time. We sure hope  a new baby will be joining our family soon. We can't wait!  More kids = more fun.


Cox Farms

One of our very favorite parts of Fall is our annual visit to Cox Farms. This was our 3rd year going, and Leo seems to enjoy it more and more each year. We rode down huge slides on gunny sacks, went on a hayride, drank fresh apple cider,  and picked out pumpkins. 


 We played on huge piles of pumpkins, and then looked at baby pigs, cows, turkeys, minature goats, chickens and  little baby ducks. Leo loved all of it... except when we wanted him to pose for a photo... which caused a small meltdown. (sometimes, it's hard being 2 1/2)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Firestation Fun

Jack took Leo to the Firestation Open House last week, where they gave each kid a cool fireman hat, and a badge. They taught them about fire safety and also let them climb into the fire trucks and ambulance. Leo was so excited!