Life On The B Side

Taking all that life throws at us one moment at a time

Early Start September 26, 2016

It’s not October yet – Fall officially began only 3 days ago – But we’ve already gotten our fall fun underway.  That’s not to say that I don’t want to hold onto the summer for as long as possible.  I do.  However, when you find good deals on Groupon you go with it.  Plus, there weren’t a lot of crowds and I get to post my pictures before everyone gets tired of seeing pumpkins all up and down their timeline.

We made a very beautiful drive out to the Shenandoah Valley this past Saturday and spent the day at a farm.

The farm was set up with a lot of different areas where kids can have fun.  Once inside, you roam around and enjoy each thing at your own pace.


There are no pictures of the first stops we made.  Jay ventured to the petting zoo area with Shaunie while Ace and I went straight to a giant air pillow that you could jump on like a trampoline.  It was pretty cool.


Following those things, the boys decided to try their hand at roping a cow.  It didn’t go well.  I mean, it well well for me because I got a good laugh but it didn’t go well for the kids who really wanted to get the rope around the cows neck.









They had a little section with sand for digging and playing and also a couple of farm vehicles to climb into and pretend drive.  They had a tether ball pole and “pumpkin tic-tac-toe” and corn hole type games.  The boys didn’t spend much time there.  I did take a minute to pose for a picture or 2.


(My hair looks crazy becasue it was windy.  Not because I have unruly hair – Which I kinda do but that’s besides the point.)


Those were taken after I decided to sit ON instead of walking ACROSS the tires.  They were not as sturdy as they looked.  If you think that means I nearly fell off and embarrassed myself you’d be absolutely correct.  The following is me laughing at myself following the near fall and sighing relief.


























OK so after my foolishness it was Hay Ride Time!

Who doesn’t love a good hay ride?  And a scavenger hunt one at that.  We had a list of things to spot as we made our way around the farm.  All the kids that were on our ride worked together to find and then announce the items.  Jay didn’t want to take any Hay Ride pictures.  He was too concerned with us sitting carefully and not being silly while we were moving.



Up next was some see-sawing … Which I hadn’t done in years and some spinning in a barn tunnel thing.  I have video of us spinning in the “Twister-Barn” but it also shows other peoples kids so I’d rather not put it here.  Just imagine pushing that black part around and around like a hamster wheel and then falling once you got too close to being upside down.  The kids had a blast in there tumbling all over each other.




Ace shot small pumpkins out of a cannon blaster and Jay went down a Mega Slide.

Both boys jumped into a corn pit which works just like a ball pit.  They had a lot more fun in there than I would have expected.  They did cannon balls off hay stacks and made corn angels and rained corn kernels on each others heads.


























Wait a second … I forgot to tell you that we did a corn maze.  I’m not typically a fan of mazes.  I get nervous.  This place had an easy one and a hard one.  Guess which one we did?  They apparently do a haunted maze in October.  Yeah NO!  I have no interest thank you very much.


(Inside the maze)


OK … Where were we?  Pumpkin Blaster, Mega Slide, Corn Pit.

Also, there were pig races and pumpkin smashing.  Ace got selected to help open the gate for the pig race and they were up front and center for the pumpkin smash so of course they got pumpkin juice all over them.  Fun stuff!

While all that was going on, we were taking selfies.









Before we moved on to the next thing I tried to get a good picture of the boys together.  This is what I got.  I know it could be worse but Jays’ face isn’t exactly what I was hoping for.  A Mama can try though can’t she?






What we thought was gonna be the last thing was picking a pumpkin.  There was much debate over what size pumpkin we were going to get and how many of them.  Shaunie and I were on Team ONE, NOT TOO BIG, ONE and Ace and Jay were on Team GET WHATEVER YOU WANT AND HOWEVER MANY YOU WANT.

We compromised and got one regular sized one (for Jack-0-Lantern making) and each kid also got one personal sized one.  I have no idea what they are going to do with the little ones but for $0.84 it was worth it to make them happy.






































By the time we had done all that – We were hungry.  We decided to head out and hit up a Chick-Fil-A.

We found snacks in the car though so we delayed our Chick-Fil-A stop and did some apple picking.  Why not?  Most of us had fun with it.  We ate a few apples while roaming around the orchard and checked out the cows in the nearby pasture.

“Someone” … (Not me or Ace or Jay) … spotted a dead possum in the grass and got a little freaked out and tried to pick the rest of her apples from INSIDE the car.  It didn’t work out so well but makes for a funny story.




Overall, we had a really good day.  It never gets old having wholesome family fun with the people I love.

Happy Fall To All.


Fall Time Fun October 21, 2014

Last weekend we drove down to Pennsylvania and along with my friend Angel, her brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew we spent the afternoon at a farm.  We picked apples and browsed through LOTS of pumpkins and gourds.  There were so many different kinds of pumpkins – many I had never seen before.  They were actually quite beautiful.  And some were even funny if you have a dirty mind. 😉


We went on a hay ride that took us to a witch’s house.  Once there, we were treated to cookies and a story and a few jokes.


Knock knock

Who’s there?


Owls who?

Yes they do



We roasted marshmallows at a bonfire – a first for Angel.  We got free and super delicious apple cider which of course prompted us to buy some on our way out.  Good job giving out free samples farm people.  Good job.


We marveled at pumpkins that had been carved by really talented artists and we browsed the store which had all sorts of yummy goodies and autumn themed decorations etc.  I ended up buying boysenberry jam which I love and have never seen in a regular store.  Angel got fig and ginger jam which I meant to taste before leaving but I forgot.  Damn me.


When all was said and done we were there till closing time and had been there for over 5 hours and the kids were still not ready to leave.  There was actually a good bit of stuff that we never got to do.  We didn’t have time for the corn maze or to play apple toss or to get faces painted.  There’s always next year.


It’s hard to say what was the best part which is a good thing.  At each activity the kids told us how much fun they were having and how happy they were that we had gone there.  There was laughter and fun every step of the way.  Except maybe for when Angel had specially picked one type of apples that she loves only to have the boys throw them all out while playing.  Or when Jay lost his toy zebra.


We haven’t gotten around to carving any pumpkins this year and I know I will NOT get away with that so that’s definitely on the agenda for this coming weekend.


I really enjoy doing these kinds of things with the kids and even though they are growing up so fast, I hope that they will enjoy doing them with me for YEARS to come.  Ace told me last week that he’s too big now to hold my hand as we walk down the street.  I said ok and let go, but my heart was sad.  He also asked me to drop him off 2 blocks away from school so he can walk the rest of the way.  I said no to that one.


Knock knock

Who’s there?


Boo who?

Don’t cry, it’s just a joke