I’ve always loved this time of year. I love the vivid shades of the leaves turning on the trees, the smell of firewood burning, and the crunch under my feet as the leaves fall to the ground. I must have driven my kids nuts over the years, always reminding them to take time to notice the beautiful autumn leaves, for they would be gone before they knew it! I find myself doing the same thing with my grandkids.
I would be grateful for the month of October if that’s all there was to it; just walking around, basking in the beauty of it all. But, oh, there’s so much more!
We made our annual visit to Gallrein Farms, in Shelbyville, KY, for Pumpkin Day. This year was extra special, however, because the men in the family were able to join us! We had so much fun riding barrel trains and go-carts, playing in the corn pit and jumping on the giant bouncy. We fed the animals at the petting zoo and took a train ride. We ate some delicious food from the food trucks, as well as homemade fudge and blue slushies. And, of course, we rode the hay wagon out to the pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect pumpkins! As my granddaughter says, “Whatever you do, you don’t want to miss Pumpkin Day, because Pumpkin Day is one of the best days of all the days!”
The following weekend was also fun, as we visited the Creasey-Mahan Nature Preserve Center’s “Trick-or-Treating Through the Forest” for the first time. This is a nature center with hiking trails and playgrounds – a fun place for families to visit any time of the year. This event served as a fundraiser for the Center. We had fun trick-or-treating at various stations set up along the hiking trails, with fairy tale characters handing out treats to the kids. There was also an art fair as well as bouncy houses and decorative haystack characters. Another fun event to add to our October traditions.
I had a business trip throughout eastern Kentucky toward the end of October, and I came upon the White Oak Pumpkin Park, in West Liberty, KY. It was so sweet, I just had to stop and take a few pictures. Maybe we’ll take the grandchildren on a road trip next year!
Our fun October was capped off by celebrating at the church where my son is the Youth Pastor, at their annual Trunk-or-Treat Festival. The kids had a blast playing games, blowing bubbles, and getting to sit in the fire trucks and helicopters. The church members made their favorite chili and soups for a Crockpot Cooking competition. I’ve never seen so many Crockpots filled with deliciousness. And the dessert table, filled with endless homemade sweets – I had to just stay away from that!
We were busy with so many fun-filled activities that I didn’t get a chance to go on a hike and take photographs of the gorgeous autumn leaves, but I noticed them all along the way!
Thanks for the wonderful memories, October. See you next year!