Since my colony swarmed, and I lost half of them, I really wasn't expecting to be able to get any honey at all. We had a longer summer though, and I was able to try to stick a honey box on. To my surprise, I ended up getting a nice big jar of honey from that box. About 5 of the 10 frames were about 30% honey filled.
It seems like autumn actually exists this year! We've been having beautiful fall weather, and trying to get out as much as possible to enjoy it before we start transitioning to winter. Usually we go straight from summer to winter, so I feel like we're being spoiled by actually getting an autumn.
Kristyn and I decided to take the kids to our local National Park for a day of fresh air and exploring.
Matt's Gram came along for the adventure too which added to the fun.
Austin doesn't think twice to just pick up Ben or throw him onto his back when he starts complaining about being tired. Ben's his biggest fan.
The kids were trying to find as many different leaves as possible to collect, and if they found acorns or pine cones, it was bonus.
We took it easy on the trails because we had Gram along, but we ended up walking more than I wanted for her sake anyway. It was a good day.
Simple and slow-paced seems to be the trend these days, and I'm just loving it. We all need to learn to take it easy, breath, and enjoy every minute. Days like these are great reminders to myself to do just that.
I will honestly say that Halloween is one of my least favourite days. Ever.
Ugh. Aside from the excitement of the kids, and the giant bowls of candy I get to steal from, I just don't like the hustle and craziness it brings. We're always last minute. Always.
And that causes us to rush, usually it's freezing and raining, and I'm always so happy when it's done. 😫
This year we did get lucky, and it was a gorgeous night.
My dad took out the tractor - one thing that everyone (including me) looks forward to. Going to all of the family's houses on the tractor is so much fun!
This year I had a little pirate, who stayed out the entire time and ran to every single house with his bag and his sword being sure that the candy-giver heard his "thank you" every single time. I also had a cowgirl, who showed the same energy as the pirate, but was a little more wearing of the "scary houses". Then there was Marianne, the fairy (from Strange Magic). She had a hard time getting around in the dark this year and made sure to not let go of my hand unless she was holding her bag open for some "sweet treats!". My little Indian girl was deemed "Hand-Holder of one of the Littles" for some of the night, but the majority of it she spent running from door to door, as happily as a pig in poo.
Jim and Crystal and their kids came along, and so did Jocelyn and Miley. It was a great night, and surprisingly very enjoyable and relaxed.
Here's some (very bad and very few) photos from the night. We are all such a mess!
It's become a tradition to carve pumpkins with Tim and Yuli, so of course this year it was on the agenda.
Matt got some overtime and had to go to work early, so it was just me and the kids this time.
We decided to do it at their house this year, and the kids just love going there, so it was a treat all around!
Hanna still gets completely disgusted with the guts of the pumpkins. She was totally into choosing what she wanted her pumpkin to be look like, but couldn't control the amount of "eeeew's" coming out her mouth. 😝
From left to right: Hailey, Gracie, Tim, Yuli, Hanna, and Ben.
They came out to surprise the kids as ninjas before we had to go home.
Our little Hanna Banana turned eight today! Eight is a big number for such a little girl.
She's been using turning eight as an advantage to get away with more, and I've been using it against her to get a way with less.
She's a smart cookie, and when she doesn't act her age, all I have to do is tell her "I thought you just turned eight!" and problem solved. At least temporarily.
She and Nanny made this cake and she just couldn't wait to light it up, blow it out, and let everyone try her masterpiece. I just love how excited she is in these photos.
Hailey worked hard making her a picture. She decorated the envelope with a Pikachu and drew a picture of fireworks since she knows Hanna loves both of those things.
Getting her ears pierced and her set of earrings was her big gift from us, but of course we got her something else to open on her actual birthday.
While shopping for her present, I was at a loss. The kid has everything. I called home and asked Matt if he had any ideas at all, and he handed the phone to Gracie. She gave me a couple little ideas, and then while talking to her I saw the cutest little doll for the tub. I told Gracie what I was looking at, and she was just so excited and responded with the cutest "awwwwww, I really think she'll love that mum!" So that's what I got. I think Gracie was just as excited for her to open up her simple little doll as she was.
I think Hanna is ready to be eight.
And I think eight is ready for Hanna.
She will put her own spin on it, and I'm sure there will be accomplishments and maybe a few challenges. One thing I know for sure is that I'm looking forward to what this year will bring. She's sure to grow, learn, and become even more Hanna - someone who lights up every room she walks into, and who only has amazing things in store for her.