Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pumpkin Patching

There's a pumpkin patch in Phoenix that I've always heard about but never went to.  Luckily, this year, Adam's company put together a family day at the Schneff Farms Pumpkin Patch so we got to take Gigi.

Unfortunately, it was over 90 degrees yesterday so we weren't able to bundle up and pretend like it was fall.  We had to change Gigi out of the outfit I had originally picked for her because it was far too warm.  I love Phoenix and the warm weather but there is a point when I'd like it to get down into the 70s for awhile.  It'd be nice to be able to wear a long sleeved shirt.

We did the obligitory pumpkin patch pictures with Gigi.  Unfortunately, she had no smiles for us and she was enthralled with the hay so we didn't get any really great pictures.

Hay, hay, hay - looks so yummy

Take the picture so I can get back to the hay
The pumpkin farm had a ton of other stuff to do and will be a great place to take Gigi when she gets a little bit older.  There were a number of family friendly rides, a petting zoo, putt putt, hayrides (though they were Zombie hayrides), and a corn maze.  All of this was only $17.  I can't wait for her to get a little bigger - it'll be a ton of fun.

We took a stab at the corn maze but it's very large and we got a little lost so we eventually turned back and tried to find our way out.  It would be super spooky at night though.

Once the sun went down, Adam's company had arranged for a private bon fire were we get to cook our own hot dogs and do some S'mores.

Little Gigi normally goes to bed around 7:30 and every other time we've tried to stay out past her bedtime, she has a serious meltdown.  We decided to risk it last night since the farm was only 25 min from the house.  We came prepared with a bottle (I'm not super comfortable breastfeeding in public) and we had the carrier for if she fell asleep.  She ended up doing really well.  She took a quick cat nap at about 6:00 and then she was able to hang out with us until we left at about 8:30.  She fell asleep in the car and then quickly fell back to sleep when we got home.  Win!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Projects Update...

So writing the post on my playroom projects got me moving a bit.  I thought I'd give an update.

Magnetic Chalkboard - Alrighty, this one is done!  I bought the drip pan at Wal-Mart for $11.99, chalkboard spray paint from Lowes (not sure of the price - the hubs bought it), and Velcro strips from target for $6.99.  All up, this project probably cost in the $25 range.  Gigi won't be able to use it for awhile but it'll be a fun addition for when she's ready.  The only thing I don't like is that the drip pan has some writing imprinted on it and you can still see it after putting on the paint.  For the price, I can't complain but it's a bit annoying.

I'm now looking for the plastic magnetic letters but can't find them at Wal-Mart or Target.  I'll probably just have to order them from Amazon like everything else.

Texture Board - This one is mostly done.  I have one more ring I want to do but thanks to my sister, Jillian, I was able to get the rings attached to the cork board without using any tacks.  She suggested velco strips and I had a few tucked away so I gave it a go.  I take the rights down and let Gigi feel them so she can see different textures.  I can also change out the fabric as I want to.

Alphabet Wall - I finished up the letters I bought as a test run and I really liked them so I've bought all the other letters I need (they were 40% off at Hobby Lobby!).  I plan on starting the rest of the letters this week.  I'm hoping to have them done in the next couple of weeks.

I still haven't done the book shelves.  They're currently hidden away in her closet and I forget about them.  I should take them out and then maybe I'll get them done.  I've a new project to the list - a growth ruler for the wall!  She's already 27" tall and I don't want to miss anymore so I've got to get this one done quick!