31 October 2013

Pumpkin Time


Scary, huh?

A few weeks ago, fall got into full swing with a trip to Schaake's Pumpkin Patch with our friends Quinn and Malia from preschool. It was actually a warm day, and it was early, so we had all the time in the world to select from a huge selection of pumpkins.

Quinn, Max, and Malia on the tractor.

In the fields, getting ready to pick! 

This one?
 After picking, the kiddos had time to play on the playground and go through the hay bale maze. Fun times!
Max and Quinn even did the maze on their own this year. Lots of reasoning going on and working together to decide the best directions to go. It was pretty interesting to sneak behind them and hear it all.

On a trip to Wichita, Max got to carve his first pumpkin on the year with Grandpa Fuzzy - a bit of a distraction from their garage sale. :-) 

Pumpkin guts - EEEWWWEEEE.

Finished product! 

And here are Max's finished products from the patch. We had a little incident with the little guy. But mommy made him a mummy pumpkin. Magic.

29 October 2013

Random pics from October

So far in October, we've had quite a variety of things going on...

Took Max to see Paul's favorite 810AM sports guys.
Here he is in headset with Nate Bukatey

A dog in the car parked next to us at the library. Max wanted me to take the pic and put it on here.

Homecoming prep from the Spencer Library Terrace

Me and my great friend Rob Riggle. Super nice guy. Really.

The white pumpkin that grew from our mysterious vine.

Pretty happy. All I wanted was one.

Max and my friend Shep. Shep escorted Max through his station in KCK,
showed him the cars, weapons, everything. Pretty cool.

Shep's sarge even gave Max this badge. It's real.
And no, you can't use it.

Another hot cocoa Max/Michelle Williams.

More later...

14 October 2013

Fall Fun - Touch-a-truck and Oktoberfest

Wow! Things sure get busy once school starts again.We seem to be going nonstop, whether it be Max's school events, playdates, KU events, or just working on the house to get outdoor chores wrapped up before winter.

A few Saturdays back, Paul had a commitment to a business school event on campus, so Max and I lived it up for the morning at a local Touch a Truck event. Basically, the host place invites all kinds of trucks, TV truck, fire truck, ambulance, police cars, semis, farm vehicles, and then kiddos get to climb all over the place to learn about them.

At this event, Max even got a free construction hat and Hot Wheel.
Sizzler, the mascot of our independent league KC T-Bones.
Max was willing to let Sizzler eat his head as long as he didn't touch the Hot Wheel.

Max also told the firefighters what their job was and how to use their tools.
They were pretty amused. (Actually very nice about all of it.)


Snow plow


Hot Rod with orange flames!

Full from a chicken and noodle lunch (Max ate the corn and a roll), we headed out to meet Dad at home. 

The "don't take a picture while I'm in a silly hat" face

When we met Paul at home, we decided to go buy a tree. I'd had my eye on a weeping Norweigen spruce, and so we just went for it! The good thing is that this tree won't get very tall, so we don't have to worry about the roofline. However, it will add some nice evergreen color to the front garden along with the blue spruce and boxwood.

After planting the tree and cleaning up, we decided to go crazy with our day and head to the St. John's Oktoberfest downtown. Man, between that and their fiesta in the summer, I've decided that church knows how to party.

We ate some german food, drank german beer, and listened to a fab polka band.

Paul with wienerschnitzel

Bierock with homemade sauerkraut

Hot dog

So cool they had two accordions! 

Polka king Max Borchardt

Trying to learn the chicken dance.

Good times. More to come soon as the fun doesn't stop with us. :-)