Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jakers Jack-o-lantern's!

Saturday we visited Jaker's in Springville UT, I had been talking to some co-workers and friends about where a good pumpkin patch around these parts was. Growing up in Cedar I always enjoyed our trip to the pumpkin patch in Paragonah I have really never been to any other, considering I never knew of any other pumpkin patches because there werent very many to choose from around there :) But now we live in a place where there is a pupkin patch just about at every corner, and most of the big ones require you to pay and entry fee plus the price of the pumpkins you pick! Well Jaker's has a lot more going for them that just the fact that its all free (except for the pumkins, but they are VERY reasonable priced) its loads of fun, feels like a REAL pumpkin patch, not to carnival like the others and we seriously could have spent all day there just playing in the ginormous pit of corn kernals! ( I seriously want a corn box instead of a sand box now haha!)

They had a two mazes constructed out of hay bales, you could go through without getting corn husks stuck in your hair or bugs all over you, or coming out all itchy, Grant sure had fun in the big maze climbing and jumping from hay stack to haystack, and playing king of the mountain.

ahhhhh... the corn box! Only thing bad about it was coming out of the corn box with an "ear of corn" ! haha! Sorry I just had to. The petting zoo was also fun, they had a reindeer, kangaroo, and a GIANT pig! It was seriously the size of a good size calf!

Despite the heat... which by the way was a blazing 80 degrees! Grant was getting discouraged in the hunt for the "perfect" pumpkin due to the heat, but we ended up taking home 2 of the best lookin pumpkins out of the whole bunch! Oh we also bought a few of those orange things too :)
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A "spooktacular" time !

We LOVE Halloween time here at the Copley house, in fact most of our FHE's this month end in some kind of goolish craft :)

One thing we can't go without making are White Choclate caramel apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, in fact we have made them twice now and I am sure we will be making them all through November too!

This was one of the kids favorite crafts, Mad scientist jars with creepy crawlies! So easy and they look so neat when they are all together!
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When I Grow Up....

This is a phrase that I hear often at the beginning of almost ALL of Grant's sentances these days. The Orem fire station is just down the street from where we live, as we were taking daddy to school we noticed that it was a bit busier than usual around the fire station, there were school buses, cars lined up on the side of the road and lots of people gathered in the firestation parking lot. So we decided to check it out on the way back. It turned out that they were having their annual public safety festival and so we joined in on the festivities, and we were so glad we did! The kids enjoyed FREE popcorn and cotton candy, fireman hats and badges! There were different demonstrations involving fire, how they rescue people from car accidents, CPR, explosions, and they even had a house that was filled with "smoke" that the kids could practice escaping the right way. It was very informative for the parents (it actually made me think of going an buying a fire extinguisher...... which I still might) and hands on learning and fun for the kids, it made for a great feild trip that day :) So Grant's sentance for the day to me was "When I grow up I want to be a real live fireman!"

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Monday, October 17, 2011

I like big BUNS and I can not lie!

Ok so I have a confession... I like big BUNS! I have been wearing them a lot lately, mainly because I feel I have NO time whatsoever to get ready and this is the easiest and fastest way I can look and feel "put together" :)

I don't necessarily feel like I look amazing wearing a bun but I feel its a look most people can pull off, because it doesn't have to be perfect, and in fact it looks better if its not, the messier the bun the better!
I HEART Lauren Conrad buns!:) (sounds funny I know) I just love her style, she has the most laid back but yet polished looks, she and Rachels Zoe are at the top of my fashion guru list.

I love this "romantic" rendition of the messy bun.

Who thought the word "messy" could look so fabulous!

My bun is a bit to Prim and Proper in this photo, normally a bit more messy than this but dressed up or dressed down its perfect if you don't have the time on your hands to fuss with your hair!

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Now alot of you, like me, don't have super thik hair and are probably thinking how the heck do I get a full volume bun with so little hair, You can do the way I did it with gym socks!

Yep! I said socks! Just head over to Openning Ceremony to get the full tutorial on how to make your own magic hair donuts and they have several ways to wear them!


Or if you don't feel like making your own you can go to Sally Beauty Supply store and buy Hair Stylers Mesh Chingnon its only about $4.00

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Falling in Love with Fall

I don't know about you but my favorite time of the year is Fall, I love the trasitional seasons don't you? They are the most beautiful times of the year.  I could live without the snow that the dead of winter brings, and I could live without the scorching heat of summer, but If the year only had two season's I would pick spring and FALL!

Every day a different craft, this day we made saltdough Mickey Mouse pumkin patch!

Having a fall scavenger hunt for acorns for more fun fall projects
my kids had a blast picking up these acorns pretending to be squirrels!

 Family trips to the park when the weather is just right, catching water skeeters and having boat races...

And relaxing under a tree.

  If I could stay in Fall forever I would, I LOVE falling in love with FALL!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stayin ALIVE!

All too often we take ourselves and life too seriously and we forget to have fun and let loose.  Luckily for me I have my own remedy for situations like this and it goes a little something like this..........

I love that my sister is always down for my crazy ideas, this is one reason I love visiting my family, they lift my spirit when Im feeling a bit down, and make me laugh hysterically until soda comes out my nose ;) And they always remind me of what is most important..... FAMILY

I wish for a FISH!

We took a ride up American Fork Canyon a few weeks ago to take the kids fishing. Grant has been begging me to take him all summer long, but since I am no good when it comes to setting up a pole I have always left that duty up to his dad, so the poor kid had to wait 4 months to be able to have this moment, even though no fish were caught this day, the kids were getting a kick out of watching the fish jump out of the water to catch their dinner.  And just being together up there in the mountains was the hilight of my week.
bustin out the fly fishin pole!

Doesn't my little "dolly" look like a seasoned fisherman??  She absolutely LOVED it !

Grant finally got his summer wish to go fishing with Dad :)

 But the most sweetest moment of all was when Grant put his arm around Evyn and said "here Evyn "doll" I will teach you how to fish like me!"
I absolutely love this picture of the two of them, This is going up on my wall for sure!

Labor DAY!

So Labor Day this year went something like this.....

 Waken up and meeting in Enoch at 5 am, getting ready to run our first family half marathon!

Deryck and I 6 miles into the run, almost to Summit and feelin good!

Tired and hurting but still enough energy to pose for a photo op!

We all made it to Grandma Stubbs' house in Parowan! Now ready for some breakfast.mmmmm!

All the cousins enjoying the Utah County Labor Day Parade!

The REAL cabbage patch kids playing around in Grandpa Stubbs' "Garden of Eatin!"
Enjoying our traditional Labor Day lunch in Grandma's front yard and having some laughs.