I’ve had a few opportunities to cloud spot like when I was a kid and wanted to share the resulting pictures with captions.
May you have fun simple moments. May you find the playfulness in your day. May you have fun exploring with your imagination. May you enjoy your days mostly and have some thought freedom in each day. Above all may you know the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
This weekend brought a little more fall festivities and finishing some projects started way too long ago.
First for fun on Saturday after work, we went to Merriam Halloween Fest (very small and good for less crowds). It allowed us to debut our family costume including Zen turned Scooby. Then later in the evening, we explored Deanna Rose Children’s Farm “Night of the Living Dead-Farm”. It was super busy and though more Halloween themed than KC Fun Farm, it was essentially a smaller version of the same. The haunted hayride was kitchy and fun, though I couldn’t aim the camera well enough to catch all of us in one shot.
On Sunday, I repotted as much of the garden as I could bring in. The rest of the garden will get covered on cold nights to buy another week or two before harvesting. Afterwards my treat was a trip to IKEA with Nathan, our goal was to replace things Ian had destroyed as preparation for our family Yule celebration. We’ve warned him we will not be getting him presents, only a new dresser, but if he’s extra good for the rest of the year maybe Santa and the elves will swap his coal for a toy. We will play Santa, but he’s definitely been on the naughty list, so he has earned his consequences of much, much less fun stuff this year.
After the fun, I spent all of Monday making good on promises to finish Anya’s bedroom suite. I replaced her window from the 60’s glass slats to a modern casement window, bedroom compliant, though it’s definitely a tight squeeze with the smaller size (knock on wood: she never has to test that escape route). I added an 8″ windowsill so she can have a few small plants, and replaced the well cover with a clear one to allow as much light as possible to fill her room. Then I finished the latch and trim on her bedroom door and started the bathroom door trimming process. Finally the laundry room door had never been finished either so I added the door framing that holds the kick plate. I will have to finish trimming out doors another day, but her room is completely done now and all the doors close and latch. I feel accomplished…. *Almost two years after moving in!* **Geesh**
Now I’m taking a salt bath, and when Nathan returns we’ll have dinner and carve pumpkins. I’m very grateful this weekend went mostly smoothly. I’ll post pics I have so far, and add the pumpkin carving and whatever is missing from Nathan’s photos, as an update later.
May you have good holiday fun any time of year. May you enjoy time with your family and still find ways to be productive in every way. May you have enough time to complete projects and even more time for fun and enjoyment. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.
Update with the rest of the pictures: window install, plants with grow lights, living room decorated, and pumpkin carving (Anya took a few others during pumpkin carving, which when I get them I might add as well.)
I’m writing this as I wind down for bedtime. As you can see Zen thinks I should already be asleep and is snuggling hard.
Most of this happened before the crashes of the last few days. These are the fun moments we managed to catch on camera.
About a month ago, I was able to retrieve my piano from my one brother. He had taken care of it for about a decade because I was unable to move it during that time. I finally had a reliable vehicle that it would fit in, so I made a short visit to see mom and him and pick it up. I would have liked to stay longer with both of them, but with Nathan’s dialysis and related, I thought it best to make the trip as quick as possible. Once home I rearranged our living room to accommodate it. This was my children making friends with the new arrangements.
KC Renaissance Fastival, aka Ren Faire, was 3 weeks ago. We had fun but only a few pics were snapped. I do have to admit keeping track of children that like to run and touch things was quite a chore and took some of the fun out of Ren Faire for me, but they still really liked it, especially since they got to bring wooden swords and shields home. There were several shows to watch, poi (fire spinning) is my favorite, but there was raptor displays, juggling, magic tricks, sword fighting, and the traditional jousting. Nathan ran out of steam first and was our guide for when to leave. I of course went dressed in appropriate garb and enjoyed the change of pace. The feat of strength sledge game was also fun. On one of my strikes I almost hit the bell, missing by maybe 6 inches. Considering I picked the hardest one, I think I did awesome.
2 weeks ago we went to KC Fun Farm in Kearney. It has been a favorite of the family since we discovered it shortly after Ian was born. Every year they add more stuff for kids to do and it’s all good wholesome family fun. Think farm meets giant playground. My children made friends with the brand-new giant hill-sized slide. We buried each other in the silo sized corn pit they have every year. Kids rode the trike track, and petted and fed farm animals. We ate fairly healthy Choices with apples, cider, cinnamon glazed nuts and of course some honey sticks, all from the attached farm store. I didn’t use the pumpkin cannons this year, but have in past years, but we did do the hay ride and my kids did the barrel train.
Finally last weekend we went to Riverside where we used to live, and took the haunted path put on by the city employees. It was good fun scaring kids, I was surprised to see that staff were a bit more gentle on my super brave (his words) big boy. They definitely got him good without hitting trauma level (whew). While we were in line for the haunted path, we watched another poi display. This one was Day of the Dead themed, and the one spinner used a fire hoop on her nose. It was pretty awesome under a nearly full moon. The next day we rode the Belton Halloween Train wearing our Scooby-Doo themed costumes. It was good holiday fun that Nathan was able to handle.
Lastly I just wanted to share some of our Halloween decorations for you because I had fun putting them up, slightly last minute, and just before physiological crashes ensued.
May you have good family fun and moments to savor and cherish. May your health never interfere with family time. May you have plenty of good memories and enough stamina to make many more. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.