Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frugal Fall Furlough

Happy Fall! We've been enjoying the cooler weather and watching the leaves change. Last weekend, we decided to take advantage of a few frugal opportunities to enjoy fall close to home!

On Friday, Tony took the day off, and the whole family went to Miller Farms, a pick-your-own produce place, north of Denver. We met my friend Rebecca, who wanted to do some picking, too. We paid $10 each to pick 60 lbs of produce each -- I don't even need to tell you what a deal that is, right? I was a little worried about trying to pick 180 lbs of produce while watching the girls (who would be missing their nap), but everything worked out fantastically! It helped that there were three adults to watch the two kids. We picked corn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, all kinds of squash, pumpkins, peppers, onions, beets, carrots, and potatoes. Now I have to store it before it goes bad!

Getting ready for the hayride!

Hadley and Leila "helping" pick potatoes
Rebecca and I at the end. See, we survived!
We stayed a couple of nights with Rebecca and Wes, who generously opened their home to us, and have plenty of room for our family. Plus, Rebecca is a fantastic cook! On Saturday, we headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park. It was one of their "fee free days", so we got free admission. Wow, the fall colors were amazing! We had a picnic lunch, hiked around a lake, and drove through a couple of scenic areas that we hadn't seen before.

Where's Tony, Hadley, and Leila?
Of course, all great things have to come to an end, right? The twins refuse to take naps in the car. They napped for 45 minutes (they usually nap for 3 - 4 hours at home). Our drive back to Denver was a mess of whining and tears ... from both the toddlers and the mommy. :) We had to cancel our dinner plans, but eating-in turned out to be great, too. (P.S. Any suggestions on car seat naps are welcome!) As an added bonus, Rebecca gets free movie tickets from her job, so the boys went out one night, and the girls went out the next night!

On Sunday, we relaxed during the morning, letting the girls get a good morning nap. Then, on our way out of town, we stopped at the Denver Botanic Gardens ... which, of course, was having a free admission day! We would have stayed for a couple of hours, I think, but one of our stroller tires went flat and started to come off, so we left after only about an hour.

Doesn't Leila look ornery in this picture?

Overall, a wonderful weekend, spent seeing wonderful places with my wonderful family, and spending time with wonderful friends. You can't beat that.

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