Tuesday, September 22, 2009

How to Celebrate the First Day of Fall....

Welcome Fall!
91 Degrees in DuPont, Washington today.
Before you start thinking that it was miserable let me remind my southern readers that we are taking a Pacific Northwest 91 degrees.....totally different from 91 degrees that you guys know. And we don't reach the high until early in the evening anyway so that is nice.
It was a beautiful sun-shiny day! We know that the rain will be coming soon and setting in to stay for months and the sun shine with be very scarce in our part of the world, so we took advantage of this beautiful first day of fall and planned a trip to the park.
We went with our neighbor Michelle and her two boys Will and Carson.
I can't remember if I've told you anything about them or not but I do need to fill you in. David, Michelle and their two boys moved in a couple of months ago and we noticed off a the moving truck was unloading that there was a little bike and it looked like a little boy bike. And sure enough it was. We had them over for dinner and got to know them a bit. They are a military family who moved here from North Carolina and their boys and our boys hit it off from the get go. Especially Kade and Will! Will is 3 (4 next month) and Kade is 2 (3 in Jan.) and you would think they have known each other forever. They run and chase and tackle and scream and act ALL BOY like I cannot believe. The first night that we hung out William kept saying "this is the best fun ever!" I haven't gotten any pictures of them playing before today because it has always just happened as an unplanned thing when we happen to all be outside. And there is no leaving these boys to go get the camera. Carson who will be 1 this month and Ryne (8 months) mostly just sit in their strollers and watch the big boys play. Carson is the sweetest thing and so easy-going. Every now and then Ryne has too much stroller and has to get down and try to join the big boys.
So, all of that to introduce our planned outing today. It was a trip to the park to play and picnic.
Here are some pictures:

Check out the sequence of the first three as we set out.

Kade is leading but keeping an eye on Will to make sure that he's still back there.

Will is in the lead but keeping an eye on Kade to make sure that he's still back there.

Gee it is so much easier when we just walk right next to each other.

The baby boys had it made...they got to hang out in the strollers.

Then after about 20 minutes of walking (we didn't realize how long the trip to the park was going to be on the trail that we took) These guys were getting tuckered out. Kade just sat down and said, "I've gotta take a break, I'm too tired to keep going."

So, for the next 15 minutes or more....

This is how we traveled. Kade on my shoulders as I pushed Ryne. Wish you could see the number that he did on my hair while he was up there.

Then here are some picnic shots:

Kade having fruit treats.

Ryne and Carson getting some hang out time.

More of the little guys.

Okay I have to explain Kade's hat here. I kept trying to pull it up some and he kept putting it back down telling me that it was hiding the sun for him.

Slide time.


Gansta Kade? No idea what's up with this hat.

Then we started home. Kade was going so slow and I know it is because he was exhausted so I let him ride here:

Ryne didn't mind....

He was snoozing underneath him.

Kade begged to get down and walk with Will.

Will begged for Kade to get down and walk with him.
I gave in.

We could not get these boys to keep moving. Look at them checking out this sign as if they really understood everything it says. *look closely and you can see Mt. Rainier in the background
So I had to hoist Kade back up to my shoulders to get the rest of the way home.

Kade and I were exhausted but Ryne had his nap on the walk home so Kade was the only one who got to rest. Ryne and I woke him up after a couple of hours because we had plans.
We wanted to celebrate the first day of fall and that included a trip to home depot to cash in our "buy one get one free mum coupon".
The only way I could get Kade out of bed was to tell him that he would get to drive the race car. Worked like a charm!

Ryne got his first try at driving the race car and LOVED it!

Kade even enjoyed sharing the driver's seat.

And here's what we got:

I was going for mums and Kade requested pumpkins to go with them and I couldn't resist.


Amber said...

What a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love early fall days...um...91 degrees or not!!

Granddaddy and C.G. said...

Whew, I am tiiirrrrreeeddd! Don't know how you carried him on your shoulders. Glad you had a good time and it is nice to meet William and Carson. The Fall decor looks nice...really nice! Love ya, Mom