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Farm Adventures with Grandma and Grandpa (Knott's Berry Farm that is!)

Ever since I was a kid, I can remember driving past and on a few occasions going to Knott’s Berry Farm. There are so many fond memories that bring back excitement and joy when thinking back. From the “E Ticket rides” to the “Western Stunt Show”, panning for gold and the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinners, great memories come from these words. Although Knott’s in the 1970’s and 1980’s was far different than it is today, however, it still has that great fun feeling. Knott’s Berry Farm has had a very long history, starting out as a very simple business concept and emerging into America’s first amusement park. Now, I know what you are thinking…Knott’s isn’t for small children and Grandparents with all of those speedy roller coasters and huge dropping devices! That could not be further from the truth….Knott’s Berry Farm allows Grandparents to re-live their youth and enjoy memories with their Grandchildren. Sit back and enjoy the rides . Our Adventure to Knott’s

Apple Farm - Riley's Apple Farm Adventure

October is the perfect month to visit the apple farms in Southern California. One of our favorite places is Riley's Apple Farm in Oak Glen, CA.  On a beautiful October day, I headed on a family field trip with my two kids. My plan was to meet up with a group of friends and their kids for a fun filled day of picking apples and drinking cider.  The drive was really easy because we made a few stops to rest and stretch our legs.  My two little ones were very cooperative and super excited to see apples on a tree.  On the way there, I encouraged my boys to look out the window and tell me what they saw.  Making fun games out of reading road signs and giving directions helps pass the time with longer travels.    I gave a few instructions on signs to look for and how to read them.  My plan was to cover maps, roads and apple education all in one day.  Of course, I made it into a fun game with music and dance (light movement).  The dance was more like moving your upper body t

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating ideas-Non-Carving #Pumpkin Carving Art

Pumpkins and hardware go together this Halloween season. Get creative and try this new way of carving pumpkins. Your children will enjoy working with tools, wires, washers and nut bolts to make an art piece.         Field Trip Mom This weekend we attended a very special art class hosted at the local grocerystore "Produce World" in the city of Orange. The art class was offered by "Dragonfly Shops and Garden". We arrived a little late to class, because my kids wanted to stay home to play the Wii. It was Saturday and they did not want to do anything. To get them in the car I promised them a fun time with pumpkins. As we drove to the class my kids asked many questions. What is non-carving pumpkin carving? Why do we have to go? Are we going to get candy? I answered the questions as best as I could. We finally arrived and I was ready for the kids to get curious . We walked up to the table and noticed that there were no paint brushes or paint. The tools and d

Mystery Reader

 I had the privilege to volunteer for Mystery Reader for my son's 2nd grade classroom. There were clues that were given to the kids about who the mystery reader might be. The classroom had to guess who would be reading that afternoon. To make things interesting, I decided to dress-up in a funny hat and funny glasses. The book was themed for the Halloween season. I had bought erasers, pencils and silly bands to give out after the read. In my head I had it all planned out. But it did not go as I had planned it. I am glad it did not. My  husband had surprised me and took time off work to be the mystery reader and take my place.  I later realized that he knew I would be very nervous.  I became aware of my fear once I got there and all eyes were on us. In that moment, I was super glad I was not reading and that my husband had decided to take over.  I think what caught me so off guard was the surprise look from the substitute teacher, when we entered in with our disguises.  She

Get Inpsired and Decorate...

twotallgirls Decorating for Fall  is a great way to get your family to feel inspired.  There are many ways you can decorate.  You don' t need to spend lots of money or go to a special store to find in season items.  Your house will be warm and inviting just by adding a few touches.  Because in California we don't have much of a weather change, decorating for the fall is a great way to make your family feel inspired.  Visiting the pumpkin patches, fall festivals and other fun fall events add to getting inspired. A few of the ways you can decorate is with food and plants. The grocery stores carry a variety of pumpkins, gourds, squash and flowers that are in the season's colors. Home Depot is another place you can find plants that are in season. Just by placing them in the kitchen or living room as decoration will help bring the feeling of Fall. You can place them outside your door as well to give your house a fun look. Hot apple cider, soups and hom