are we crazy?

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Back when I was growing up, there were 5 of us girls that had birthdays in October (actually—one was in September, but it was close enough)  And for many consecutive years, our parents threw a hayrack ride for the kids in our class to celebrate.  I still have the picture of our 16th year birthday.  We loved it.  It was an awesome way for the parents to work together and each have a part—and it satisfied everyone to have one big party.  It was awesome!

For the past few years, we’ve had hayrack rides for Kourtney and Landon for their birthdays too. Their birthdays are just days apart, it’s a chance to get all of the family, friends, and cousins together, and it really is EASY to throw together.  Works for me!  We are so blessed with grandparents and friends (with hayracks!) to be able to make this happen.  And gosh darn…it’s just a fun thing to do in the fall.

So, we did this experiment.  It’s really kind of awesome to have 2 junior high kids—one in 7th and one in 8th.  And after hearing how much they’d like to have a hayrack ride, we decided to give it a try.  With the 7th grade class.  AND the 8th grade class.  Crazy?  Yeah, maybe a bit.

The PREP work begins…
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The difference?  It was haunted.  Funny thing was, I was concerned how parents might feel about this and tested it with many.  The verdict?  They couldn’t wait to scare their kids—and some?  They even joined in!  And it’s a good thing they did, because we had 25 show up.  So thankful for our friends and family who gave up their Saturday evening to give to these kids.  We even had our pastor show up!  (Really, we do belong to a Christian church, I promise)  All in all, it was good clean fun.  Because you know, kids can scare themselves just with the anticipation of it all.  And that they did.   As Steve led the kids through the “haunted” forest, we found that he is quite the story teller…interesting.
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No fall party is complete without at least a few games.  And because junior highers are so darn cool, games are right up their alley!  HA!  We were at a church farm party a couple of weeks ago and they did a different rendition of bobbing for apples (thankfully, because I am a little freaked out about putting my face in the same water everyone else does).  They hung donuts from a tree and they have to bite them off or eat them without using their hands.  So cute!  The pictures say it all…
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imageA little TUG OF WAR…  girls rule!  And the infamous 3-Legged Races!

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One benefit of having older siblings is that you get to participate in these types of events.  And it’s even better when you have some of your best friends with you.  Landon and Kourt were on top of the world!  These two sweet friends were excited to join in the fun of scaring the older kids in the forest, that is, until they had to sit there in the cold with the noises all around them.  There may have been a few tears I heard?  And holding each other’s hands.  Precious.  And I bet they made a memory.
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We nourished them with a well balanced meal of roasted weenies, chips, and s’mores.   Someone told me to use a Reese’s peanut butter cup as a variation in your s’mores!  Isn’t that a cool idea?  That is, if you like peanut butter with your chocolate—which quite a few did. 
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Gorgeous weather, great kids, giving helpers from little to old—it was a success!  And enough fun that we are already planning the next one.  I think.
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