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Bringing Fall to a Close

Today we put up the last of the outdoor Christmas lights. Our hands were icy as we strung the garland and bows, and Grace complained that she was “chilly” despite wearing her new, warm snow boots. In celebration of the season of fall, here are some highlights from our October and November:

In October we spent a weekend with our friends, the Thompsons. We took in some of the best that southwest Iowa had to offer: a trip to a park in Creston, a meal at A & J’s, and a visit to the nearby Corning winery.

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Of course, fall means football. And Grace has decided she loves football! Every weekend she runs around yelling “Go Cyclones, Wooooo!” and asking if we’re going to go to a football game. The reason is we took her and Madelyn to their first Iowa State football game with Grandpa Paul and Grandma Darla, and both girls, especially Grace, had a blast!

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Later in November, we made a weekend trip to Guthrie Center to help our duck find a new home for the winter. (After a close-call with animal control, it was time for our neighborhood mascot to find a new place to quack!) That trip meant a chance to see Great-Grandma Bea and Great-Grandpa Bob, play with the kittens, and visit the farm.

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Finally, in preparation for the month to come, we made an early trip to see Santa. Grace knew just what to do and climbed up to sit with Santa all by herself. She told Santa that she wanted treats, a purple dress, and some play-dough. Being the good big sister that she is, she even told Santa to bring some cereal for Madelyn!

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In between the big events, we enjoyed playing in the leaves, roasting marshmallows in the firepit, and just spending time outside in the nice fall weather.


And a few of our other favorite pictures:

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See all of our fall escapades out on Flickr.

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