Family Adventure Days began when my husband and I realized that while we were all together at home on the weekends, we weren’t actually tuning into each other as a family. With the temptations of video games, tv, and the internet at home, we decided to set aside one day each weekend that we are able to leave the house and get out and have some fun together as a family. This began last September and has been the best thing that ever happened to the Jordans!
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Alright so this family adventure day is a little different for us because it is missing a key person but has eight additional ones in his place! Ricky (the daddy in our family) was at work when my mother called and asked if Brady, Katy, and I wanted to come with her and my other Auntlings to Tate Farms in Huntsville, Alabama. The kids were on fall break and I had a TON of work to do with Southern Plate and trying to get ready for the first big leg of my book tour (click here to see where I’m traveling this week). but you know what? A chance for my kids to spend the day with their cousins and grandmother just can’t be passed up so I put ye olde “to do” list on the back burner and we headed out.
Pictured above Clockwise: Jake, Lane, Brady, Austin, Elle, and Katy Rose.
This is me and my girly auntlings: I’m holding Elle, Morgan is to my left, and Katy Rose is in front.
Morgan really wanted to be on Southern Plate !
As you can see, the entire day was just one big old photo op amidst the fun!
We had eight kids with us and by this time my sister, Patti, joined us too.
I told Mama I felt like we were the Duggars!
Speaking of the Duggars. This is SaraBeth.
I got to meet her during the Southern Plate Scavenger Hunt and we had a great time getting to chat.
Turns out we are both big fans of the Duggars tv show! ~waves to SaraBeth~
She told me she is a big fan of Southern Plate and after meeting her, I’m now a big fan of SaraBeth!
Another great photo op of the kids at the Pumpkin house.
I LOVE this one. If you look real close you can see little Elle peeping out from the cotton!
Then to the corn cribs to play! This is always a favorite of the kids.
Katy Rose and Jake
Lane is smiling up on the left here. He is still reveling in the glory of guest blogging Honeybun Cake on Southern Plate a while back!
These kids think it’s really something to be on here and I am happy to accommodate!
You know, that’s the thing. Kid are so easily thrilled with the smallest things and it is so much fun to make them feel good!
Brady, Katy Rose, Me, Patti, and Elle.
This is on the trailer that takes you out to the pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkin.
Mama, Morgan, Jake, and Austin.
This is also the trailer that is pulled by the tractor that covers you in a thick layer of red dust if it hasn’t rained in a while.
It hadn’t rained in quite a while…
Then you scatter to the winds on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin!
Brady, Lane, and Collin.
And this is a picture we’ll always cherish.
I got pumpkin sitting duty as the kids took some time on the big farm playground.
This is really a neat place, lots of fun. You could easily spend the whole day here and never get bored. As it was we were here a few hours and were exhausted when we left!
Don’t have a pumpkin patch or farm nearby?
You can still have a great Adventure day out of picking out your pumpkin!
- Go to your nearest grocery store, talk it up on the way and let your kids pick out the perfect pumpkin!
- Take photos of the entire process to help make more of an event out of it.
- Afterward, take them out for ice cream, dessert, or even smoothies. Take photos of that, too!
- Bring the pumpkins home and let your kids draw faces on them with permanent markers.
- Be sure to photograph them with the finished pumpkin to instill pride in their job well done.
The key to a wonderful Family Adventure day is not about spending a lot of money or filling your day with amusement park type attractions, it’s in setting aside special time, declaring it special time, and spending it with each other as a family.
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I’d love to meet you! This week I’ll be traveling to:
- October 10 -Southern Festival of Books/Nashville(Speaking 1:30, signing books 2:30-4:30)
- October 11 – Books a Million/Huntsville, AL/7:00PM
- October 12 -Square Books/Oxford, MS/5:00PM
- October 13 -Davis Kidd/Memphis/6:00PM
- October 14 -Lemuria/Jackson, MS/5:00PM
For more information and other tour stops, click here.
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