Absolute Jeanius


Picking Pumpkins March 10, 2011

Filed under: fall,family,holiday — jeanius80 @ 1:47 pm

We love to visit actual pumpkin patches and this year decided to find one closer to home (we usually travel to ones farther out but were a bit crushed for time, as well as just wanting to be a it more fuel conscious). Mr found the patch info online, and off we went! It was lightly raining on the way, but we held out hope it would stop long enough for us to get some pumpkins and get home. We were lucky..

They had a field on one side of the road, and then a nice and neat area where you could browse pumpkins, try out the mini pumpkin sling shooter, and a corn field maze as well. The big box of tiny pumpkins were very popular with the little kids. M had 3 in her hands before I could even get the camera ready to take her picture!


I leave the carving up to the Mr. and Miss M. I do help (when asked) to draw faces or come up with ideas. While Mr. carved, M decided to draw pirate vampires on her mini pumpkins and add a big pirate on the back of Mr.s pumpkin.


Hope you have a Spooky (and safe!) Halloween!


Whiskey River Beach

Filed under: fall,family,life — jeanius80 @ 1:44 pm

We recently went to Whiskey River Beach for the weekend with some friends and family. It was so much fun! We had rented 3 cabins, two on the beach and one, Look Out cabin, up on the hill. It was very cool having the waves break so close to the cabins, and the next time we go, I plan on staying in one of those, I imagine the sound of the waves would be nice at night!


The kids all had a great time looking for special rocks, shells and going on ‘adventures’.  After the first day, M had a pile of rocks and shells she had found on the beach. She also liked seeing the bald eagles flying, as well as the sea gulls. We even saw  family of otters!



The kids all loved the cabin with an upper loft space, where they could play and dangle a jump rope-tied monkey over the side, trying to tease the grown ups.


One night we went out when the tide was very low, and it was very dark, to walk ‘under water’ and see what we could see. We did find a little star fish and lots of sea grass. Not a whole lot more. It might have been better if we had taken more than one lantern! The flashlights just were not bright enough to really offer more than immediate light for walking.



The cabins were all pretty well stocked with dishes and cooking utensils as well as pots and pans. There were small fridges and an oven/stove in each cabin. Most also had wood stoves, as well as outdoor fire pits (bring your own wood for out side). The kids loved making s’mores and M loved to pay inside where it was always nice and cozy.



We loved the trail from the beach to the Look Out cabin, where you can see it perched atop the hill. That particular cabin does have electricity, so no soft glow from oil lamps and fire light, though you could if you brought your own, and chose not to use the electric lights…



All in all, we had a lovely time, and it was very quiet and peaceful, even with the seagulls !


I hope we can go back again, maybe in the summer next time. There are a lot of relaxing places to walk too, a nice small town near by and of course, the cabins are sweet and cozy and perfect for a quiet weekend of snuggling and staying indoors.


it’s fall! and pumpkins! October 16, 2007

Filed under: fall,fun,pumpkins — jeanius80 @ 3:59 am

We went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday! It was a gorgeous day, warm enough to forgo the sweaters we wore (but never bothered to remove 😉 ! It would have made taking photos easier if it had been a traditional Washington fall day. You know, over cast and cool 😆

We stopped at dhs’ grandmas, and went with his cousin and her two kids. It was lots of fun watching the kids run around finding the perfect pumpkins.
DH did most of the heavy lifting 😉

This was dd first choice….a little heavy for her!

how about this one?
Cousin ‘Rew’ helped dd pick out just the right size for her…

And I got 2 sugar pumpkins to make some pie from scratch!

Dh shucked 10 ears of yummy sweet corn. And apparently, it was too sweet to resist, because dd reached over when I wasn’t looking and nibbled off some kernels, raw!
The kids thought the big bin full of corn husks and silk was pretty cool:

We wanted to run through the corn field maze too, but it would have been $31 for all of us, which would have doubled our cost for the trip, so we passed. We might go back though, it was so much fun the last time we did the maze!

I’ll update this with photos tomorrow during dd’s nap. They are all still loaded on the camera