Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Though the weather here in Southern California still insists on being summer, fall activities are taking place nonetheless. This Saturday, Russ and I went to a pumpkin patch.

This is the 2nd time I've ever been to a pumpkin patch. The first time I went, Russ and I were still dating and he found out I'd never carved a pumpkin before. 

...Actually, now that I think about it, there was a first time before that first time. I was in sixth grade and my teacher told my classmates and I to bring some hay to class for a brick-building project. I remember telling my parents I needed hay so we went to the pumpkin patch where I stayed for a few minutes to pick up some hay from the ground that was thrown around for decoration. But I don't count that experience as a first time experience. That was purely an educational experience.

Anyways, back on subject. This pumpkin patch experience we looked at pumpkins, watched little kids pet baby goats, bought ice cream from an ice cream truck, and went through a dying corn maze. It was advertised as a "10-foot tall" corn maze but that must have been from a couple years ago. You can tell the California drought hit farms hard because the corn maze was lacking in, well, corn. It was kind of just a path through dead corn plants. But still fun and filled with lots of laughs with my man.

Picking pumpkins

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Arts and Crafts

We've had a couple of weekends free lately which means we've had a lot of time at home. Which also means artsy fartsy days! (Also known as arts and crafts)

About a month ago, Russell decided to build a coffee table. I came home from a girls' weekend trip in Santa Barbara to see a pretty cool table built and painted in our living room. Russ likes working with his hands and building things which I guess is a great hobby, along with his gardening. He also paints you know, as in no big deal. And he wonders why I get so self-conscious around his artistic family–I neither paint, garden, nor build things.

However, I did take up knitting/crocheting again. Take that art world!

Left: First Table Russell has ever built
Right: First crocheted circle I've ever done
Last weekend, Russell's project was to build a planter for his ever-growing garden. It came out nicely. The red paint was my idea so I want a tiny bit credit ;)

The herb planter
While my husband was building that, I decided to knock a few crafts off my list. I used to journal a lot, still do but not as much as I would like, but needless to say I still have a fear of forgetting. I love capturing memories. And if I can't write them all down I keep momentos. From all the trips Russ and I take, I keep the ticket stubs. These range from movie dates, museums, plane tickets, train rides, etc. I finally made a frame to keep them all in.

Placed right above our sweet little H decoration
That's what we've been up to. This is what happens when you don't have a TV and are tired of playing board/card games and don't want to drive anywhere.

'Till next time.