Thursday, September 22, 2011

Apple Orchard

 So did you know I love fall?  Well, I do.  I really really do!  One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is visiting the Apple Orchard.  It's about a 45 minute drive from where we live but it's totally worth it.  There is so much for little kids to do there.  By far the thing Lauren enjoyed the most was petting the animals.  There was horses, goats, turkeys, chickens, and pigs but mainly she liked the goats.  Actually, she looovved them!  I'm pretty sure she would have brought one home if we let her.

She carefully fed one tiny piece of corn to each of them

...and sometimes her fingers.  

Daddy trying to teach her to open up her hand so they can eat more than one piece of corn.

There was also lots of places like this to take your picture...and this was the only one we could get her to cooperate in.  Ha!

Bull Riding 

Playing in the corn pool

And the best picture award of the day goes too.....

The giant slide was definitely STEEP.  Mommy freaking out steep!  Nick kept telling me, "Crystal, it's not that high once you get up there."  Yah right!!  And Lauren did end up loving it.  Well, the first time when she didn't know what was coming.  The second time around she started bawling before Nick made it all the way up this hill.  ha!  

The last thing we did was jump on this ginormous trampoline.  Lauren was really unsure about the whole thing.  Probably a combination of the scary slide + it being lunch time + really close to nap time.  

...and the reason I enjoy the Apple Orchard...freshly picked Iowa apples.  Now, off to make apple crisp...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Goodbye Mullet

Today Lauren got her first official haircut. Well, I suppose you could call it a haircut but really she just got a trim. Her hair is curly in the back but straight on top and just an all around mess. So we had it evened out and hopefully it will lay a little better. My sister Angela works for Bella Salon in Johnston (call her up if you need a cosmetology service she's ah-mazing) and Nick goes every 3 weeks to get a haircut (ya he's kind of obsessive about his hair...can't be too long you know). Most of the time Lauren and I just stay home but it's been awhile since I've had a haircut so we made it a family affair. Nick and I had appointments but we didn't have one for Lauren and were not planning on this being her first haircut but that's the advantage of having a sister in the cosmetology business. So I'm sorry these pictures are not the best quality...I wasn't prepared so these were taken with my phone (and of course I don't have a before shot).

Trying to instruct Lauren to look down

Listens pretty well

...but she'll do anything for fruit snacks

All done

Thanks Auntie Ang for the great haircut!