I Know it's Fall...

...when all the local farms open to the public and offer hayrides and pick-your-own-pumpkins.

We visited this one on Sunday with my sister in law and her family. The girls pelted each other with straw

while Alec did his best Spidey impression on a pivoting suspended ladder in the barn. He actually did make it all the way to the top but couldn't reach the bell to ring.

One of the favorite activites was rolling around in these giant tubes like hamsters in a ball. The boys were laughing hysterically

as was I, while my sister in law gave me a ride to the bottom of the hill.

Later that evening, Marvin commented to me how much he enjoyed seeing me act (and I quote), "silly and youthful". "You're always so serious," he told me.
I chewed on that all weekend. I wasn't insulted, it just called to light something that has been ready to emerge for discussion. I do need to find more ways to lighten up and be a kid again.

How do you act like a kid when you're trying to be a parent?
Something to think about...
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6 readers took time to leave a thought:

My2Gs September 29, 2008 at 4:09 PM  

I love the picture of you in the tube. I feel the same way a lot. I feel like I'm too much discipline and not enough fun!

Faith Hope Love Mama September 30, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

I'm afraid I am much like you also. It's hard for me to play like a kid again. It's a challenge but worth a try. :)

McSarah September 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

Parent doesn't mean serious and boring, it's suppose to keep you young! The stress makes you look old on the outside but on the inside you're still a kid. Ever notice how women without kids look? : )

McSarah September 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM  

When you can ride a scooter, it drops you 10 years.

Kate October 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM  

That looks like SO MUCH fun! Wonder if I could roll around in one of those tubes with my hu-mungo belly??! Mmmm...I LOVE fall. :)

MerrandaVK October 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM  

Let your daughter put make up on you, or paint your face. that's always "fun" :)

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