On the bright side, fall is getting further into full swing. The weather has been on board for a couple days with sudden coolness, but I suppose it could be worse. We'll be getting into pumpkin patches and leaf peeping soon, which is always fun. And the Halloween decor should come out this weekend, which always makes me happy.
When I left off last weekend after my whirlwind Saturday of reorganization, we had some plans for Sunday. We went to church as usual, then we headed to Chipotle for their special kids-eat-free Sunday. It was something they were doing for September and I really hope they bring it back. It was a great opportunity to take Jacob there and see if he liked it, without risking $5 on his meal. Carter can be pretty picky in his own right, so it was nice to not worry about him not eating either. It took a little finagling when we got there to find something they'd both like, as the chicken and steak are spicy, but Jacob settled on the carnitas (pork) and Carter ended up with the cheese quesadilla. When I said Jacob was gluten-free, they launched right into his corn tortillas and they seemed ready for that request. I opted for a salad this time, which I never do, only because I'd had a Qdoba burrito a few days earlier and because I wanted to see if I missed the tortilla in case I have to go gluten-free. I missed it a little, but not as much as I thought! And as for Jacob, he loved it! The pork by itself didn't delight him, but all together with cheese and a little lettuce, he was on board! Carter seemed to like his quesadilla, too, so overall it was a great success! So awesome to have another popular chain to add to our list--for traveling purposes, especially!
After that we headed to my random mission for the day--the Helmer Nature Center. It's basically a nature preserve. I believe there are usually guides and things like that, but it was pretty quiet when we got there. Carter fell asleep on the way there (ugh) and Jacob complained and insisted he wasn't getting out of the car. Even Craig was a little iffy about it because he wanted to be watching the Bills' game--which, it turned out, wouldn't have been a waste of time like it usually is! But I insisted we do something after multiple weekends of nothingness. I wanted to see and do something different. So we did. At least it was a gorgeous day for a walk in the woods.
|I took this picture across a chasm, but I was so struck by how that tree looked almost fake. The grooves were so clear from so far away, and it really stood out among other trees.|
We did come to this bridge and Jacob wanted to jump on it to test it out Indiana Jones-style...and I think he's sort of airborne in this picture...
I also tried to get a good picture of both kids, but this was about as good as it gets since they move around so much...
This picture has been adjusted a little bit via Instagram, but I liked how it highlighted the green plants in the water.
The boys were happy to get back out of the woods and run around a nearby baseball diamond. Craig found a couple lost balls in the weeds nearby, but after a little while it was time to go home. It wasn't exactly our most successful outing, but I felt better that at least we tried. We did something...even if it wasn't the best thing.
Another weekend is ahead of us and we have some ideas again, so we'll see how they go!