Christmas in the woods

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Molly, Grace and Rusty

Molly, Grace and Rusty

This weekend finally felt like fall. The leaves are starting to change and the weather has been beautiful. On Saturday we decided to take advantage of the perfect October day and meet my parents at Shaker Woods for their October event, Christmas in the Woods. Christmas in the Woods is in essence a “craft fair” and yet so much better than a “craft fair.” It takes place in a patch of forest in Eastern Ohio and is a step back in time. Inside Shaker Woods sits small shacks, each holding a vendor with homemade goods. The atmosphere of Shaker Woods is what really gives it charm. As you walk along the wooded paths you can smell apple cider brewing and kettle corn popping. As you shop you can hear the music of a dulcimer playing or a quartet singing Christmas carols. It is a magical place. We hadn’t been for a few years so this weekend we decided to meet my parents there to do some Christmas shopping and so we could do a “child exchange.” It was just the big kids and I. Toby and Tyler went to his mother’s house to work on some projects. We didn’t think a craft fair would be Tyler’s thing. 🙂 We shopped for a few hours. I didn’t buy anything but Mom got a nice start on her Christmas shopping. When we were ready to leave we walked back to my car to get Rusty’s suitcase because he was spending the weekend at the Homestead!

The kids at Christmas in the Woods.

The kids at Christmas in the Woods.

Rusty had a great time with Mimi and Pop pop. I think he enjoyed being an only child! They did all of his favorite things. They went out to dinner, we to see the movie, Gravity, went shopping at a used bookstore and played a marathon game of Risk. It was a special weekend for Rusty. I think all kids enjoy getting to be the “only child” every now and then. Knowing this my Mom made a comment to Russ that they would have to have the girls next. Rusty agreed but then said, “But not Tyler…at least not until he’s tame.” 🙂 I will continue working on “taming” Tyler so that he too can have a special weekend at Mimi and Pop pop’s house. 😉

Pop pop and the kiddos..

Pop pop and the kiddos..

On Monday we drove out to Ohio to pick up Rusty and spend the day at the Homestead. The perfect weather continued and made for a pleasant drive. When we arrived Rusty was eager to show me the lego set that he received from Mimi and Pop pop for his birthday. After enjoying hot dogs on the grill and a picnic lunch we spent the remainder of the day visiting and letting the kids play outside.  The big hit of the day was the millions of black walnuts scattered around the yard. Pop pop pulled out the dogs’ tennis ball thrower and showed Tyler how he could toss the nuts further with the ball thrower. This then turned into a game of Tyler tossing the walnuts while the other kids tried to catch them with buckets. Who says we don’t know how to have a good time?!

Tyler tossing walnuts.

Tyler tossing walnuts.

 

Rusty catching :)

Rusty catching 🙂

 

We didn’t stay too long because we had to be back by 6:oo to turn in Tyler’s football gear and it was a 2 1/2 hour drive home so by 3:30 we were back on the road headed to PA.

When we arrived home we had a visitor waiting by the door..

A beautiful praying mantis.

A beautiful praying mantis.

" Hello there! "

” Hello there! “

 

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