Scarecrow Fest

A couple weekends back we went to the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest. This is one of our favorite festivals. St. Charles is very picturesque and is a fun downtown to walk through on a normal day. The color and decorations of the festival just adds to the town's charm. The festival also offers plenty of free activities - a huge plus for a larger family. The biggest draw is obviously the scarecrows. You can meander through the scarecrow contest displays and vote for your favorite. Little Lady's favorite was a mermaid. The boys enjoyed the Star Wars themed's hard to beat stabbing Darth Vader with at lightsaber. 

My favorite free activity is stuffing our own scarecrow. I like a mini scarecrow so we always bring some old toddler sized clothes. We were all proud of our scarecrow but all agreed he wasn't nearly as cute as Baby Z.

We spent almost an hour watching Glowby the Bubbler. I'm pretty sure the kids could of stayed and watched all day. He had so many different wands - honestly, we were all pretty entranced. 

We didn't get to everything but the festival has lots other free entertainment like concerts, magicians, clowns, crafts for kids, car shows, etc. It's not free, but there is also lots of fun food. We bought a large bag of kettle corn to share. I also had to have a piece of roasted corn - Iowa girl for life! We just browsed this time but they also always have lots of unique craft vendors. 

All in all it was a really good day. I'm hoping it works out for us to go again next year. I haven't been on the ball enough to do posts of every year we've made it to the Scarecrow Fest, but here is a post from 2012.

The costume that Baby Z is wearing is a hand-me-down; Big Buddy wore it for Halloween when he was one. I can't seem to track down any pictures of Mini Man in the costume but he and Little Lady have worn it too.  Here's a couple throwback pictures, Big Buddy is in the top and Little Lady is in the bottom.

What I've Been Wearing


My mother-in-law gave me this skirt for my birthday. You can't tell in the picture but the print is a fun mix of blue and wine. The shoes are almost seven years old! I bought them at a street market in Florence and they quickly became my favorite. However, when natural peanut butter decided it was no longer wanted to be my friend I had to a do a bit of DIY. Thankfully, glitter can cover a multitude of mistakes. 


The pearls felt a little fancy for the local library but I was in the mood for a little bling.


These sweatpants and this shirt are crazy old but that's what makes them so soft and comfy. 


I picked this skirt up at Goodwill. I hesitated for a bit because the print of houses and leafless trees remind me so much of fall I wasn't sure I'd wear it outside of autumn. It was too cute to pass up, though. Since it was only $5 I figured it was worth it even if I only wore it a couple months out of the year. 

Kline Creek Farm

Last week went to Kline Creek Farm with some other homeschooling families.  It's a living history farm set in the 1890's. It's a working farm with volunteers throughout doing period themed chores.  They had some the best volunteers I've ever seen; they were enthusiastic and engaging. You could tell that they were really passionate about their work and the farm. Despite us having multiple age levels they were able to interact in a meaningful with the kids . 

We toured lots of original and reproduction buildings and got to watch a couple demonstrations on cooking, blacksmithing, carpentry, etc. The highlight, though, was probably the hands-on-activities. They had a large yard where children could try out period games like Graces and hoop rolling. You can also help with seasonal chores, we picked seed corn and helped stack straw bales. 

Santa's Village Azoosment Park

This past school year the kids earned some free tickets to Santa's Village Azoosment Park for reading. I have lots found memories of amusement parks as a kid and I want to pass the joy on to my kiddos. Jeremy, however, is not such a fan. He's a good sport though and was happy to go and watch us have fun. He also did go on a few of the rides like the bumper cars and the fire truck. One of things I like about Santa's Village is that they have the traditional rides like the tilt-a-whirl, the pirate ship, and the carousel; but they also have some unique rides like the fire truck and the antique country cruisersThere is also have a petting zoo, a reptile house, and a parakeet house. The park is geared towards younger children so most of the rides aren't 'scary' and only a few of the rides have a height restriction. The park is also fairly small - I think this is perfect because then you don't have kids complaining of achy legs. 

Currently, they are having their fall fest...which to tell the truth was a little odd. The park obviously  has a winter/Christmas theme so it felt a bit like a brighter Nightmare Before Christmas. The kids though are extremely fascinated by that movie so they actually enjoyed it. 

It drizzled on us for part of the day but didn't spoil any of our fun. I was so proud of my kiddos who despite the fact that the weather was dreary, their spirits stayed bright. They are such troopers! I wish I could say they get it from me but it's all Jeremy. I can tend to get anxious and grumpy if things don't go according to my plans but nothing seems to faze that man. So grateful he's my partner in parenthood. 

PS - you can see previous trips to Santa's Village Azoosment park here and here
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