It was a hectic weekend for the Doyles!
Saturday morning Miles and I went to WNIN Kids Fest with my friend Stephanie West and her son Ethan who is Miles’ age. The two had a good time. Ethan is much braver than Miles climbing right up into the inflatable obstacle course without a second thought while Miles sat in my lap happily watching from afar.
As the PBS characters roamed around Miles clinged close by as Ethan ran up to give them high fives. But Ethan was a good influence on Miles. After several minutes of watching the characters at a safe distance and seeing Ethan and other children interact, Miles approached both Clifford the Dog and a bumble bee! Score one for my munchkin!
We colored several sheets of paper, collected some fun stickers and activity books and learned about several different agencies and organizations in the community. Miles also enjoyed getting to see the fire truck and police car although he was a little too timid to climb inside.
I think his favorite thing was the guy playing guitar. He stood about three inches from the man with his head cocked to the side intently watching him play “keytar.”
After Kids Fest, Miles and I picked up Michael and headed to Newburgh to check out the British Car Show. Michael is such a good sport going to things every weekend that he really doesn’t have a lot of interest in just to spend time with us. I was excited to discover something that he really wanted to do that we could do as a family.
Miles enjoyed walking around the Newburgh riverfront snugly in my Ergo on my back (seriously glad I picked that up last month, it has come in handy so much, just wish I’d had it a lot sooner) checking out all the cars and the occasional boat. We even grabbed a ride on the trolley getting a quick look at downtown Newburgh. Miles was impressed with the “choo choo” ride. Michael picked out his “next” car and I enjoyed the afternoon with my two favorite guys.
After the car show we made one more stop — Family Literacy Day at Washington Square Mall. Like Kids Fest there were several area organizations on hand with fun crafts. Miles really enjoyed making a bookmark by smashing fresh flowers with a rock leaving the natural dyes from the petals behind on the paper. I LOVED the newspaper hat station.
We all enjoyed Tales and Scales hearing the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Sunday was a little less hectic. Michael enjoyed rooting on the New Orleans Saints (remember Colts fanatics, he is a Louisiana native) while Miles napped. After the game we headed to Goebels Farm in Darmstadt. What fun.
Seriously, go check it out! They hadn’t started hay rides yet (they start this Saturday and we plan to go back). There’s a huge barn with a variety of pumpkins already picked (they said they have more than 100 different types) that you can choose from. Or, starting Saturday, you can take a hay ride out to the patch to pick your own. Also in the barn is two antique tractors for the kids to admire, a little straw teepee to sit inside and a huge box filled with wheat, tractors and other toys — Fall’s version of a sandbox.
But the biggest hit was the barn slide and play area. The family has transformed a huge barn loft into a kids play paradise. There are tunnels made of hay, rope swings, a huge slide made out of a giant drainage tube and even a little play house. Miles is typically pretty scared about slides but LOVED this one repeatedly saying, “One more time!” I trekked up and down those stairs at least a dozen times.
There is also a small petting zoo and barrel ride. We had a great day and didn’t spend a dime! We are going back this week and plan to stock up on our pumpkins and other fall decorating needs.