The pregnant bellies were out in full force in Richmond last weekend. Yep, Katie Bower, her boys, and her bun-in-the-oven came for a whirlwind visit, so of course we had to squeeze in a bump shot while standing in the middle of a giant rock.
Katie even convinced the guys to get in on the action.
But of course the sweetest duo of the weekend was Clara and Will, who are probably starting to forget that they live eight hours away from each other considering that this is the third time in one calendar year that they’ve seen each other. #besties
The visit was short, but we told Katie & Jeremy that we’d make the most of whatever days they could spare out of Jeremy’s work schedule. So they arrived late Friday night and we got to hang out until early on Monday morning when they hit the road. The sad thing about waking up on Saturday, raring to go, was that it promptly rained all day. But the kids still had fun playing inside, helping to make a delicious pancake breakfast (in the real kitchen – although they logged a lot of quality time with Clara’s play kitchen) and we had some good meals at a couple of family-friendly places and checked out a local garden center (where the kids had some moon bounce fun).
And there might have been some ice cream at one point.
Aaaaand some donuts at another.
But our visit wasn’t all about food. Especially since the clouds cleared on Sunday for a perfect fall day, which meant that we could venture out to one of our favorite spots in Richmond: Belle Isle.
It’s a little spot in the middle of the river that’s connected by a suspended foot bridge, so it’s an awesome spot to catch a view of the city skyline – and do some kayak watching while you’re at it.
We usually go there for nice long walks, but we decided just to let the kids have fun out on the big exposed rocks that extend into the river. “Have fun” loosely translated into throwing rocks in the water. And man, Will can throw. Future baseball player status going on.
After lunch and getting the kids home for a nap, Katie and I walked to a couple of open houses in our neighborhood just because we’re nosy like that. How cute is this little playhouse nook that one of them had in their bonus room? The back wall was chalkboard paint and it was covered with kid doodles. Adorable.
But the visit was over before we knew it and by the crack of dawn on Monday morning the Bower 4 (and a half) were packed up and headed south again. But at least we’ll always have Belle Isle…
Oh and Katie and I were totally unproductive during this visit and completed neither a craft project nor a Pinterest Challenge announcement photo (or video) as planned. Forty eight hours goes by much faster than you’d think it would, especially with three kids running around and some morning sickness (mine) in the mix. So… next time!
We’ve sadly been a little slow on the pumpkin patch bandwagon this year. We were supposed to go a couple of weeks ago as a school field trip with Clara’s preschool class, but it got postponed thanks to a ton of non-stop rain. Since we know it’s still in our future (early next week) we haven’t really gone out of our way to pick up any pumpkins in the meantime… until we stumbled upon this makeshift patch at a local garden store last week.
We had stopped to look around for some shrubs for the backyard, but we happily took in the fun variety of pumpkins and gourds they were serving up too. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a diverse display before, so we had quite a time picking favorites.
We posted this picture on Instagram (since Clara appeared to be vogue-ing) and got a lot of comments about the “interesting” looking pumpkin to the left. We affectionately called that guy the zombie arm.
They also had a moon bounce and a haunted bus which we skipped on this particular visit (we were past due for dinner) but we took the Bowers back when they visited this weekend and the kids had the entire moon bounce to themselves.
Oh, and we did bring some pumpkins home too. Sherry always gravitates toward the weird looking ones (not as weird as that zombie arm though…) and we ended up with these two. After finding the very caterpillar-esque green one, we decided to another insect-like one to complete the set. It looks vaguely tarantula shaped, right? Sherry wants to carve or paint them to mimic those two types of creepy crawlies since Clara has a love of all things bug, so we’ll keep you posted.
We also do want to get some traditional pumpkins to carve before Halloween (and for Clara to paint or paper up somehow like she has the last few years with us). Not sure if we can wait for this field trip much longer though…