Saturday, September 23, 2017

Caniac Carnival

Last Sunday, September 17, our family enjoyed going to the Caniac Carnival after church. It was a free event that was sponsored by the Carolina Hurricanes, which is the professional hockey team in our area. (Fans of the Carolina Hurricanes are called "Caniacs.")

The Caniac Carnival signaled the beginning of the hockey season. It was held outside the arena where the Hurricanes play and included 15 food trucks, 20 inflatables, games, and lots of freebies from local vendors.

Tal, Hadley (almost 3), and Savannah (8.5)

For lunch, Savannah and Hadley ate free chicken tenders from PDQ...

...while Tal and I ate hamburgers from the Rare Earth Farms food truck:

Interestingly, the hamburger came from grass fed cows on a sustainable farm in NC:

The girls loved the inflatable slides and bouncy houses:

Corn Hole

At the Sports Clips booth, Savannah and Hadley got their hair sprayed with temporary green paint:

The girls loved showing off their green hair until we washed it out the next day!

Family Photos

Below is a sneak peek of our annual family photo session! This morning we had our pictures taken at a local park. For the first time ever, Savannah and Hadley agreed to wear matching dresses...which made my mama heart so happy! Haha. I used the girls' floral dresses as inspiration for our navy and coral color scheme. I'm looking forward to having some pretty photos to put on our Christmas cards and hang in our house!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pumpkin Farm

This weekend was Teacher Appreciation weekend at Hill Ridge Farms! For the 7th year in a row, Grandma Barbara and I took Savannah and Hadley to the pumpkin farm to kick off fall. Since Tal's mom and I are teachers, all 4 of us got free admission, which is always a huge blessing.  Savannah (8.5)  and Hadley (almost 3) loved riding the ponies, playing in the corn bin, sliding down the giant slide, and picking out pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. After 3 hours of fun activities, all of us were hot, tired, and hungry...but blessed to spend the day together!

Swinging on the playground

Sliding down the 80 foot giant slide

Grandma Barbara and Hadley

Playing in the corn bin

Hadley loved seeing the horsies us close:

Hadley loved riding the pony so much that she wanted to ride two times!

Playing in the sand pit

Savannah and Grandma

Every year, the girls stand in front of this sign, so we can see how much they've grown over the past year:

This year Grandma wanted to see if she'd grown in the past year:

Below is a picture of Savannah the first year we went to Hill Ridge Farms. It was 2011, and Savannah was 2.5 years old (the same age that Hadley is this year):

Duck Races

We rode on a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, where we each picked out a pumpkin to take home:

Our pumpkins

Eating a sno-cone before we headed home

Grandma Barbara picked out this albino pumpkin to take home to Aunt EJ  (who loves white pumpkins!) for her front porch: