Two Peas and The Summer Moon Festival

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On July 19th and 20th the Armstrong Air & Space museum in the small town of Wapakoneta, Ohio  put on the Summer Moon Festival celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

Chad the girls and I met up with my friend Erin and her daughter and made the trip.   It took us about and hour and a half to get there so we made sure to stop to eat lunch before we went over.  There were plenty of places to eat and you could see the Astro Theater from the road! We couldn’t miss it !

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  We went in and the kids were immediately drawn to Orbit Table it shows you how the moon and artificial satellites maintain orbit around the earth.   The girls thought it was like an air hockey table (-:   WP_20140720_009

Dad of two peas made a friend….

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Two Peas plus one ….who is tall enough to go to space???

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The girls had a fun scavenger hunt to do for the Festival, they loved reading about everything to searching for the answers.  Erin and Dylan the most!  The could do a scavenger hunt every where they go….Challenge accepted!  

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Future astronaut in there??

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The Gemini capsule Neil Armstrong’s first ship~

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Mr. Armstrong’s Gemini Space Suit….why is this Museum named after Neil Armstrong and have all his memorabilia?? Because Wapakoneta is the birthplace of the first man to step foot on the moon.   ” The museum opened on July 20, 1972, just the third anniversary of the lunar landing. The museum itself is designed to resemble a futuristic moon base. It is most beautiful when viewed at dusk and night.”  - Museum Brochure  

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You have to check everything out…but sorry Py you can’t go through that door….

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Photo ops a plenty!

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Hey what’s in there????

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Mr. Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit!

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Hey are you allowed to touch that??

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Something in there must have been shocking!

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The walk way to the Astro Theater was beautiful, Phoebe called the theater the moon room AHHHHMAZING !

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The photographs alone are enough to get you to the museum but learning about them even better.

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Captains !

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The shop was packed full of the coolest things, of course we bought books, stickers and postcards

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Outside the Ohio Connection had quite the set up of fun for the kids (and adults!)

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The littlest pea stuck to the inflatables since she was just shy of age to do that moon walk the older girls did.

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The moon walk!

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Look at all those tents, just full of fun!

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NASA was here they showed Py how far you can jump in space!  Gave us stickers and some sweet pictures of the Ohio Astronauts and shuttles too!

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NASA printed out pictures of the girls in space!

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We saw and pet animals that have been sent into space….not these guys but the breeds (-: 

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Made Twirly Birds …

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Played Twirly birds!

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A book reading by the author Meaghan Fisher.

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She signed a book for the Phoebes.

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We met Author David Crawford, and had his book Delta G signed for Uncle Fred, he loves Sci Fi!  Mr. Crawford spoke to us for awhile about his book I can’t wait to read it.   You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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Played a little corn hole…

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Waited patiently for Face Paint….

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Round bubbles out of a triangle, yep!

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See !

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Can’t leave without face paint! Sun, Moon and Stars noooooo  not a Star but a Smiley Face LOL! (there is always that one kid!)

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Some last minute photo ops!

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We had a great time and can not wait to go ahead, be sure to check their website for the movie they will be playing when you go or for any special events coming up like this festival!

For My Scout friends, this place is awesome for learning and earning patches. They have a wall of patches in the shop that you could use as fun patches (Girl Scouts) the Scouts could even pick their own patch if they wanted to.   Not to mention tons of things to do in town here is the brochure for the museum, it has some neat things to go and see: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/sites/default/files/aasm_bro_2.18.11_WEB.pdf

I hope you get a chance to see this year old treasure you are guaranteed to learn something!

 

Museum Website: http://www.armstrongmuseum.org/  

Social Media Accounts:  facebook.com/ArmstrongAirSpaceMuseum   facebook.com/ohiohistoryconnection twitter.com/ohiohistory instagram.com/ohiohistory

Lessons in Gram’s Kitchen

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It all started with a trip to the Grove City Farmers Market (one of the best around !)

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We picked the perfect zucchini… 

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 And took it to Pap Pap’s house the next day!  I thought I grabbed everything I needed to make it easy.  But I forgot my shredder!  Now Gram’s used her fancy attachment to her mixer, I am not that cool.  So the hunt was on there had to be a regular shredder in that house somewhere…….then I saw it a box with pics of vegetables all covered in dust.  Eureka! A shredder!

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It was still in the original box never opened, it was perfect and worked so well!

So I originally intended on whipping up some zucchini bread real quick so Gramps could have a loaf, he loves my zucchini bread.   Next thing I know the peas where taking over!  All I had to do was talk them through it all.

The were learning to bake zucchini bread in Grams kitchen and Pyper couldn’t be any more happy.  She cooked with Gram every chance she got in this kitchen and even after 5 years remembers every time.  

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Today was special and even though Phoebe was 1 when she passed away, this gave her a little bit of Gram that she never had the opportunity to  share with her. 

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  I careful showed her how to peel a vegetable and then shred it, it took barely any instruction Py’s dream is to be a baker so she just dove into this. 

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 Then showed Phoebe how to crush the pecans, she did so well! 

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 It took a while longer than usual but they were so proud (-:  

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  The pecans were crushed a little faster than the shredding of the zucchini (-: 

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 Finally they were able to add the other ingredients.

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 Flour flour flour! 

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Cinnamon and my cousins Denise’s home-made vanilla extract 

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  Hey how about some bananas ??? YES! time to smash !

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 Keep smashing there sis….

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 Add it to the mix….

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 And let Pyper mix it all

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 While Phoebe sprayed the loaf pans (-: maybe a little too much LOL those loaves were never gonna stick! 

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 Yeah…a little too much maybe….

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 Done and read to put in the pans while one patiently waits  

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 Almost ready to bake! 

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 It got pretty messy ! they were happy to clean themselves up but you won’t see pictures of them cleaning the kitchen! 

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 One hour in here….

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  45 minutes for the mini loaf! 

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 We served it warm, it’s the only way!   Now getting a good picture is never easy….take one…(phoebe!!)

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 Take  two….uh good enough (-: Hope you loved the bread Gramps because the girls loved making it for you! 

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 Here is the recipe only we added three smashed bananas and a cup of chopped pecans (-: 

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 Happy baking!!

 

 

Pyper Pea’s 10th Year Interview

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Pyper is 10!  

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So it’s that time of year again, I can not believe my little pea is 10.  Time has seriously flown by.

 Py loves her interview and was 6 when we started, she read all of them today and just cracked up over herself.  In preparation she said! Gotta love her so here we go!!

Pyper What is your favorite song?  John Legend , All Of Me Why? I don’t really know (and the pre-teen years are starting with these kind of answers LOL)

Who is your best friend?  Everybody, Everybody? Yes, Why? Because I want to be everyone’s friend and I want everyone to be mine.  Not to be left out at all. (I love this kid) 

What is your favorite game at recess?  Swings, my friends and I have contest on how high we can go!

What is your favorite Breakfast food?  Sausage Gravy and Biscuits (now that’s a change)  Lunch? Pizza (Ha brought back from year 7!) How about dinner?? Spaghetti (another year 7 come back!)

OK how about your favorite movie? I want to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, but that wasn’t the question., Yeah I know (ok fine)  and Book?? How to Train Your Dragon, it’s a hard cover chapter book, Yes I know I bought it HAHAHAHAHA right…..(what a goofball)  and your favorite tv show? Psych (Thank you Netflix (-:)  OK how about ice cream ??? what’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter, yeah finally a flavor we both like! 

Py what is your least favorite thing? Tomatos, Onions and Asparagus.….how about non food…Bugs. Fair enough

Favorite thing to learn?? Same answer and my same comment! Science  that’s my girl I would like to thank our mutual love of Dr Who (:

What would you do with a million dollars?? I would by everyone gifts, Oh how nice what would you buy Phoebe? A ticket to Michigan, Why Michigan?? To send her on a trip, away, WOW Py really??  

OK quick answers!

What is your favorite:

color – green   smell – roasted marshmallows   clothing – dresses, shape –a heart (finally a shape!! the last few years it’s been a symbol not a shape)

Who is your favorite boy?  Daddy…. why is he your favorite?  Because I love him so much (so sweet) and he is the only boy in the house (still sort of sweet) 

If you were a baby animal what would you be?  A cheetah (same as year 9!) why because its super cute and I love cheetah print (there it is)

OK my favorite question…what is your favorite thing about sissy??  I do love her very much, she can be nice and is super cuddly, would you like to not send her to Michigan then? no, she is still going (oh geez and why Michigan I have no idea)

What is your favorite type of music?  Pop and no not like Diet Coke (she got me)

What is your favorite flavor of gum?  Extra Strawberry Shortcake and the Apple Pie ones,  ME TOO!

I love doing these interviews with her and I know one day she will out grown them, but for now I enjoy the answers.  I see the way things change ( at least 100 more freckles !~ ) and the way the stay the same (that zany hair).  I just love everything about this girl.  Happy Birthday Py, my  first pea I love you so very much!

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(you can look back at old post to see her previous interviews)

Using Resources Wisely (CDs)/End of the Cookie Season Party

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At the end of every cookie season it has been a tradition in out Troop to have an end of the cookie season party.  We go year round so we don’t have an end of the year party.  Because of this I try to make it extra special.  This year I made each girl a CD scrapbook.

Supplies are as follows:  

Paper Cutter

Exacto knife

Glue Dots and Strips

Glue Runner

Old CDs

Scrapbook Paper

Stickers

Crop-o-dile Hole Punch

Scissors

Book Rings (cheaper in the office section than the craft section)

Ribbon

And small wallet size pictures 

 

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 I used my Creative Memories Circle cutters for the paper to cover the CDs, you can easily use your exacto knife too cut around the CD after you attached the scrap paper.

 

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Once I get all the paper on I punch the hole.  making sure each one is the same measurement from the edge. If they aren’t it looks really weird when the CDs don’t line up.

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I made three different versions Daisy, Brownie and Junior so as you can imagine it was a mess!

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Once done with adding the pictures and bling attach together with the book ring and add ribbon.

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TADA!

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 I also made small bags for each Scout used fabric markers to put their name on them and ironed on a wordle mix with all the girls names.  Since we had camp coming up as a reminder I made s’more baggies with the details of our trip and sealed with an owl that I found at Micheal’s.  Added their badges and more candy and was ready to give to the girls !

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 We had pizza, chips, juice boxes and cookies of course (-:

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We had the girls write on paper what they were happy for with all the intentions of making a “happy” video with them dancing around carrying their signs……that didn’t quite work out.  They were happy for so much you wouldn’t be able to see the writing on the paper!  (not to mention of couple of older wallflowers LOL)

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PIZZA!  

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 All my happy girls (-: 

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PS….here are out TOP sellers Miss Alexis (Brownie) was #1 an Miss Phoebe (Daisy) was #2 by only 8 boxes (-: ~!  

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Using Resources Wisely – Cookie Cases

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Look at all those boxes!   Surely there is something clever we can do with those…..

 

WP_20140304_006This year as you know we added two Daisies to our troop, we started to work on Journey books at our meetings but after two meetings and two leaders trying to work with three groups…well, it just wasn’t working.   So I sat down and looked at all the other earned patches and petals that the girls could work on together.

So for our first unified meeting we worked on the Junior Drawing, Brownie Painting and Daisy Using Resources wisely patches.

What we did was use all but one end of the cookie boxes talk about using resources wisely!  I used a box cutter of course

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I was careful but still ended up tossing a couple of the ends because I cut wrong, good thing I had a ton!

So basically you are are tossing out the two small side on one end and keeping all the rest…..for what you ask?

Sketch Books and Easels! 

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I went ahead and pre-poked the holes in the books and paper for the sketch books and made kits for each girl with a sharpened pencil too.

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 Pretty easy to assemble just make sure the writing is on the inside cover so the outside cover can be decorated.

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Then for the easel …. I found that the tagalongs and dosidos were the best for this one. I used the bulk of the box for this again with the writing on the inside.  Simply attach the boxes on the top so that they stand up.  I used duck tape to keep it together and heavy plastic sheets recycled from reports I get everyday.  Normally tossed in the recycle bin I justs kept mine.  Here it is in stages…..First duck taped closed….second glued the plastic sheet on the box so the paint wouldn’t run through to the cardboard and third with the clip holding the watercolor paper on to the easel.

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It took a few hours getting 12 together and of course making sure it worked LOL!  I got each girl her own water color paints (97 cents each at walmart), and brushes.  

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All set to take to the meeting…..Our project was this taking the part of of the law that states “Be  a sister to every girl scout” sketch something that shows this action and then paint it.

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I mixed the girls up too, split up the three groups to sit with each other and if they went to the same school, they didn’t sit together.  It’s a constant struggle with girls to make sure every one of them get along, I try not to stand in from of them lecturing instead trying to incorporate this principle in our meetings.

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It was a great meeting, I took 5 pictures of the above and still couldn’t get them all to smile at once LOL! maybe next meeting will be photography???

Pie for Py on Pi Day!

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Not too long ago the oldest pea helped me pull off a surprise night for Phoebe who had been missing Pizza Planet at Disney World.  (See that here http://momof2peas.com/2013/05/21/i-want-to-go-to-pizza-planet-mommy/ ).  So for Pyper who we call Py, Phoebe and I wanted to surprise her with a special dinner too and what a better chance for this house of self proclaimed nerds than Pi Day!

What is Pi?

Pi is a name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. That means, for any circle, you can divide the circumference (the distance around the circle) by the diameter and always get exactly the same number. It doesn’t matter how big or small the circle is, Pi remains the same. Pi is often written using the symbol  and is pronounced “pie”, just like the dessert.  ( http://www.math.com/tables/constants/pi.htm )  Also known as 3.14  Therefore Pi Day is March 14th (-:

Knowing how picky the girls are we knew Py would love a broccoli, chicken and cheese pot pie.  I looked for recipes on line and Pinterest of course.   Like always nothing looked right so I looked at a few and just made my own and hoped it would work!

Starting off with chicken breast  ….

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While the chicken cooked, I steamed the broccoli …..

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Shredded Cheddar, two bags one mild one sharp, 2 cans of cream of broccoli, and two bags of frozen broccoli and a cup of milk.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl so easy Phoebe did all that by her self…

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Cut the chicken in cubes or even shred it I sort of shred it LOL (this part I did obvi!)

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 Once all of the ingredients were mixed together we put it in a already made pie crust…I didn’t have time to try and make homemade but I will try some day!   This was the part she was waiting for filling the pies.

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She did this herself too! I did flatten the tops a bit to add the top of the crust.

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Once we got the top crust on I cut the Pi sign on top .

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Once Dad of Two Peas got home with our Py it was ready to pull out of the oven (-:

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She was pretty excited and the whole family loved the pot pie!

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So we had to top it off with more PIE!

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This recipe will make two deep dish pies (-: and is very cheesy next time we will use only mild cheese too the girls loved it but thought it was rich.  We will just keep trying I can’t wait to cook with the peas again!

 

Two Peas and Pigeon Roost Farms

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Every year we take the peas to pick their pumpkins at Circle S Farms and it was wonderful and fun! This year we chose to go out and see what other adventures we could get into.  We wanted something bigger for our growing peas and boy did we find our new spot!  Pigeon Roost Farms in Hebron Ohio, yes it was a bit of a drive but not too bad and after posting we went there on Facebook I saw a ton of friends follow and they had a blast too!

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http://www.pigeonroostfarm.com/

The day we planned to go was an awful rainy day but we figured it may stop by the time we got there so lets go!  The girls wore their costumes (something Circle S doesn’t allow for some reason) because it was kids day and they encouraged it the girls LOVED that and so did I finally getting to wear costumes more than once is great.

Once we got there I was in awe I love crafty things and they had several barns just packed with things to enjoy and buy if you wanted too.  But that had to wait….the peas and Dad of Two Peas were there for one thing….The Great Pumpkin Fun Center!

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So big they had a map!  What to do first?? 

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Well to get down to where we needed to be …

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Py and Phoebe decided to go the fun route…

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Did I mention it was rainy?

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Once they slid on down they ran to see the farm animals goats, chickens and rabbits OH MY!

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More chickens …Phoebe wanted to get IN the coop for a closer look when that didn’t happen she ran off to the enchanted  forest !

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Now this was going to be interesting what enchantments did this forest hold??

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Just all thing fun! With a little warning we are in the forest after all BIGFOOT !

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Py spotted the first thing and took off running ….”NO RUNNING”!  But you can rope walk (-: Phoebe chickened out no farm pun intended  (:

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Phoebe then took off….”NO RUNNING”!  But how could she not look at this thing!

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The rain had pretty much just stayed an annoying mist and the trees kept up pretty dry in there not to mention they had so much to do.

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We even had photo ops EVERYWHERE so this was one camera happy Mom

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MORE for Mommy!

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Look who we found ! 

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After walking around and finding more and more we decided to leave the forest and see what else there was it was a fun center after all.  Spook Straw Tunnel anyone??

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Just Pyper (-:

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Phoebe found the corn pit

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then Dad found something and it was all over from there!

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GERBIL WHEELS!

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These were so much fun I had to bribe them to let other kids play!

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It took awhile …..

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They had these…

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Little pea would not give up until she got on one!

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It didn’t last long LOL!

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We decided to take our hayride next….BUT not before this!

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Spin your partner round and round! Do Si Do !

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HEHE  Not sure if I am prepared if this one is driving the hayride!

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Hayride ready! So was the rain….

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On the hayride we were able to see all the pumpkins, and the whole farm land and heard the history of the farm (they raise honey bees and make their own pumpkin honey!) it was wonderful even on a rainy day.  Hey Py let me get your picture…what is it Mom?   Oh you’ll see!IMAG0062

“MOMMY!”  We cried we laughed so hard I am very grateful to have kids with a sense of humor!

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It was raining harder and I just wanted to get to the craft barns….but there was no stopping this Pea crew!

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Could not walk past something without trying it!

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At least they were dry in there!

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We even learned some things too!  (not just on the hayride)

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We had to skip the ginormous Corn Maze this year just too long and the rain was getting cold, but this year HECK YEAH we are doing it!  Who knows what it will look like in 2014, 2013 was the Aliens Among Us…SO COOL!

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Now can we please get to the barns!

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I love this stuff, they had barns filled all over the place!  

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Phoebe was “caught” by one of the nicest employees for wearing her costume and got a ticket for a free pumpkin!

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Of course sissy had to run over too (:

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But not before we hit more barns!  We looked for bats but saw none….

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What we did see was ..AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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AAAAAAAAAAAAA! Oh it’s just you Peas…shoooo!

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We saw some of the honey bees pretty cool!

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And the honey ***big cheesy grin***

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We saw so much I couldn’t even begin to describe it all so off to pick our pumpkins…”Grab a wagon Daddy!”

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there is always that one guy!

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Yep  HAHA

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Coolest pumpkin tree ever!

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We had such a great time we can not wait to go again when the weather is perfect! 

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Until then we will flute our way home ! 

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Thank you to Pigeon Roost for making fall so fun even on a rainy grey day! We recommend this place to everyone, not just for kids it has something for every body my pictures do them no justice imagine on a sunday fall day go visit their Facebook page and see!  I have tons more but the post would go on forever so be sure to check them out visit their website  http://www.pigeonroostfarm.com/ and check out a calendar of events.  Hope to see you there!   We will be the ones bribing our children to let someone else have a turn at the Gerbil Wheel (-:

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