Monday, October 22, 2018

Temple Trip

With the closing of the Washington D.C. temple for renovation, Abby hadn't had a chance to do proxy baptisms yet since she turned 12 last February. But she finally got her opportunity when our ward rented a bus and took all the youth on a temple trip to the Philadelphia Temple on Friday, October 19th since there was no school that day.

As 1st Counselor in the Bishopric, Jason organized this trip and all the logistics of taking youth, adults, and chaperones on a temple trip 4 hours from home. He also helped pack lunches for all 60 people who went along!

Each of the youth were encouraged to bring along their own family names to perform baptisms and I think this made the trip even more meaningful. Abby loved her first experience in the temple and here is what she had to say about it...


Sunday, October 21, 2018


Abby was invited to her friend Avery's birthday party on Friday, October 19th. She had a great time with all of the girls, most of whom she knew from her days at Paramount Elementary. 

They spent the evening playing lots of fun games and eating some good food. She sure does love to be social!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Webelos Hike

The Webelos fulfilled one of their requirements by going on a 5 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail on Friday, October 19th. Landon enjoyed the hike even though it was pretty steep in some places.

This was "High Rock," his favorite spot on the hike!
He was also thrilled about finding a rattlesnake along the trail. His Grandpa Don would have been pleased!
Such a fun group of boys and their leaders!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Misty Meadows

Since there was no school on Friday, October 19th, I took the three younger kids over to Misty Meadows in the afternoon. We had fun eating ice cream together and then enjoyed the beautiful fall weather while exploring all there is to do at the farm. 

Landon enjoyed finding little pieces of corn on the ground and feeding them to the chickens...

Nolan got in on the corn hunt too!

All the kids loved playing in the different mazes...

Maylie really liked feeding grass to this little donkey but was a little frightened by the miniature horse!

And a few fun pictures near the pumpkin patch!!

It was a fun way to spend a fall afternoon!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Country Creek Produce Farm Field Trip

Maylie got to go on her very first preschool field trip on Thursday, October 18th. We went up to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to the Country Creek Produce Farm. 

While we were waiting for all of her preschool classmates to arrive, we took a picture with this giant pumpkin!

It was kind of a chilly morning but that didn't stop this girl from having a wonderful time!
Here is her little class all lined up and ready to go on their hay ride to the pumpkin patch where they each got to pick out their own little pumpkin!

After the pumpkin patch and a little snack, we headed over the play area which was the highlight of the day for Maylie. She loved this large bouncing platform and caught quite a bit of air!

She also really liked the slides and went up and down them multiple times. 

We have never been to this pumpkin patch before and it was a lot of fun. I think we need to go back and take the other kids to enjoy it too!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Planetarium Field Trip

Nolan got to go on a 2nd grade field trip to the planetarium on Wednesday, October 17th. He had a great time learning all about space and performing different experiments in their lab area. I think it is always nice to get out of their normal classroom for a change of scenery and to provide the kids with different learning experiences during their school day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fall Ball

Landon enjoyed a great season of Fall Baseball this year. Maugansville Little League didn't produce a team so we went over and played for Federal Little League. Landon has a lot of friends from school that play on this league and we were all impressed with his coaches. He learned a lot over these last two months and is now considering playing for Federal Little League in the spring as well.

His batting improved drastically this fall season and he hit many balls into the outfield for singles and even some doubles!
He really liked playing shortstop and made quite a few plays throwing players out at first base!

For now, it will be nice to have a little break from baseball. He's played almost every week since the beginning of March so we are anxious for a little time off. I am sure he will be itching to play again come spring though!