Show & Tell: Amazing Fall Fun
Oct09

Show & Tell: Amazing Fall Fun

“Mom, try to find us! Look!… MOM!” As Andy continued running the leaf blower, I looked up from my raking to find Aylee and Kennedy’s limbs poking through the giant leaf pile that I had just finished neatly raking up. “Oh, that looks so fun…you girls are so silly…” I made my best attempt at saying it with some conviction, trying not to show my slight irritation. They continued to giggle and toss the leaves in the air until Kennedy darted for the backyard and Aylee ran after her. Thank goodness Harper is not yet old enough to contribute to any leaf pile explosions. I proceeded to the mess of a pile and raked up the leaves (again) that they scattered around while reminding myself that although they had given me more yard work, they were having fun and being good. Ask any parent – that combination is rare; and when it happens, you don’t mess with it. Ever. Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year! I love everything about fall…ok, ok, except raking leaves. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the best outside activities are available in the fall! One of our family’s favorite fall-time activities is going to Amazing Fall Fun, which is nestled in the quaint town of Waterloo. The name itself is a perfect fit. After finishing the leaf blowing and raking, we all piled into the car and made our trek toward Waterloo. We had to make a pit stop in Garrett though, to pick up my sixteen-year-old sister, Maddy (she’s great to have around, especially when we need extra reinforcement while traveling with the kids). Upon arriving at AFF, everyone was antsy to get out of the car and run to the entrance. The kids couldn’t wait to see all the different pumpkins and gourds, while Andy and I just wanted to get out of the car full of bickering children. To our amazement, the bickering and teasing stopped as soon as we paid our admission and entered into the activity area. When passing the corn hole boards to the left, there was an interesting sight to behold: kids were standing inside giant corrugated piping and rolling them across the yard. Immediately, all our kids (Maddy included) ran toward the giant play things and jumped inside. So much for the extra reinforcement from Maddy. This “Barrel Roll” activity was a riot to watch! Kids and adults alike were getting inside and trying to roll the barrels without sliding around or falling down inside. Some were successful but, luckily for my entertainment, many others were not. Regardless, everyone was having fun watching everyone else. Once...

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