This was our third year visiting Brantwood Farms in the month of October for their Halloween events. It was especially fun with Ben who was excited to take part in the festivities such as pumpkin bowling, the obstacle course and corn maze. The main event was the tractor ride to view the grounds and a stop in their pumpkin patch. If you’re looking for a scare, the farm becomes haunted in the evenings – including the tractor ride. There is so much to do in addition to their roadside market selling their apples and Ontario veggies, along with delicious baked goods, both frozen and fresh. Keep up the great work Brantwood Farms – you sure are one of the best Brantford has to offer!
What do my Albertan family members miss the most about Ontario? The fall! They miss out on the beautiful array of colours our deciduous trees provide. Not to mention all the fun the leaves bring. We are loving the fall, bringing out our cozy knit sweaters, and the smell autumn in Paris brings.
I hear Mom’s talking and writing about it all the time. When they get that one picture where all their children are looking at the camera, the moment it is taken. Well, I had it, however I was not looking at the camera. Go figure!
The farm across the street grows pumpkins. One day we’ll be driving by and BOOM!, we find a sea of orange. They set up a little stand just outside of town where you pick your pumpkins, gourds, corn and hay. A price list and a little locked box is left out for business transactions to go by the honour system. That’s a small town for you! Parisians, you can find the stand across from Sobeys, beside the vet clinic.
Our last few weeks have provided a bit of change in our weekly routine. David won a range finder at a golf event and we (don’t tell anyone), traded it in for a kiddie bike trailer. We have one route that I have yet to master – there are SO many hills around Paris, you don’t even notice them driving these lone country roads. I feel my legs getting stronger and I’m hoping to lose the last 5 pounds of ‘Bo Baby Weight’. Also, we celebrated David’s birthday in the city which involved a lot of fried food and cheesecake…not so good for the baby weight.
Last weekend, the Ontario Early Years Centre of Brantford hosted ‘Touch A Truck’ in Paris. It was a great event and we all had a blast. Driving in, we were shocked to see a helicopter on the grounds. Ben received a balloon upon entrance, leaving him distracted and therefore uninterested in the helicopter. Oh well, David snuck a peek. The event had boom trucks with bucket rides, farming and construction vehicles, police, fire and army trucks, and a transport towing truck. Moms, put this event in your calendars for next year because it was great!
I’ve finally taken advantage of recording television…and I’ve been recording EVERYTHING. The first TV concert to save had to be Beyonce and Jay Z’s On The Run show, filmed in Paris. The couple powered through all their hits, edited by some of the most advanced cinematography I’ve ever seen. There was A LOT of slow motion hair flipping but, from Beyonce, that never gets old. The only downside of this HBO special left David and I wishing we saw On The Run when it came through Toronto.
My friend Jenny married the love-of-her-life a couple weeks back at Archeo in Toronto. Jenny met her husband one summer evening when her and her best-friend Courtney skipped the gym and went out for dinner instead. Artie was working as a server that night and Jenny and Courtney sat at his table. Being extremely shy, Courtney coaxed Jenny into leaving Artie her number. She did and the rest is history. I LIVE for stories on how romances began and love when couples share their stories.
Jenny, thank-you for including David and I on your special day. We wish you a life full of happiness!
My Birthday, August 30th, has always marked the end of summer. This year, I spent the weekend with the husband in Toronto doing as we did before the babies came along – hanging out and eating! This summer felt so short as the weather really wasn’t that great. Beach days were few and far between. We also had numerous thunderstorms which has left Ben nervous at night and not wanting to go to bed on his own. I am going to welcome the Fall and hope it’s a good one, free of thunderstorms!