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Fall Festivities

This past weekend was a crazy weekend!

Travis and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary at Exile Brewery Co. in Des Moines. The food and beer were delish!

We celebrated my birthday! It was the perfect fall day (one of the reasons why I love fall so much).

The day started out with bloody mary’s with this fella (my dad).

A wonderful birthday cake baked and assembled by my hubby.

Then watching some Nebraska football!

Amelia was also baptized!

It was kind of neat that almost exactly 4 years ago we were getting married in the same church that our daughter was being baptized. Look how much our family has grown since October 2010?!?

Afterwards we celebrated! And what better way to celebrate then with food!

I thought this was the perfect theme! Very fall-ish AND easy to throw together after the baptism.

Cache Bake Shoppe made the baptism cake. We have fallen in love with this bakery, since they made Monte’s baptism cake. They have made several cakes for us since then and they did an awesome job once again! I highly recommend them!

Monday we crashed …

We had such an amazing weekend! We are so thankful to all our family and friends who came and celebrated ; and those who did not make it but sent gifts and their well wishes. Also, to everyone who cooked and helped put everything together. We are very blessed!

2013 Fall Bucket List


2013 Fall Bucket List


Today is the first day of Autumn! Monte and I have created our 2013 Fall Bucket List.

In previous posts, you may have noticed I mentioned our 2013 Summer Bucket List. Since I started my blog late in the summer I did not share our whole bucket list with everyone, BUT we are definitely going to share them here on out!

I love creating bucket lists because I always want to do so many different things and our bucket lists help organize all of these activities.

2013 Fall Bucket List 

1. Center Grove Orchard

2. Carve/Decorate Pumpkins

3. Pick Apples

4. Make homemade applesauce

5. Trick or Treat

6. Drink apple cider

7. Play in corn pit

8. Hay rack ride

9. Make homemade apple pie

10. Wills Family Orchard

11. Eat a caramel apple

12. Play in leaves

13. Go on a bike ride

14. Make chili

15. Make pumpkin pancakes

16. Pick pumpkins

17. Watch the Thanksgiving Parade

18. Do a Fall/Halloween craft

19. Watch – It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

20. Watch Nebraska football!!!

Make sure to check out the Bucket List tab on the top of my page. This is where I will keep track of everything we accomplish!

What things do you want to do this Fall?

DSM Activities & Events 9/5-9/11


Make sure to take a look at my calendar of activities and events on the right hand corner of the page!

1. College Football!

NFL Football also starts this week! 🙂

  • Nebraska vs. Southern Miss in Lincoln @ 5 pm on the Big Ten Network
  • Iowa vs. Missouri State in Iowa City @ 11 am on the Big Ten Network
  • Iowa State has an off week this week!


2. Latino Heritage Festival

When: Saturday 10 am – 11 pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Where and What: At the Simon Estes Theater. Music, dancing, costumes that represent the Latino Heritage. There will also be food, exhibitors, artwork and kids activities including breaking pinatas! For more information check out the official site here.

3. Puppy Up! Dog Walk

When: Saturday 9 am – 1 pm

Where and What: This is a great event for the whole family, including your furry friend! The proceeds for this walk go to cancer research in dogs. The walk will take place at Gray’s Lake Park. It’s $25 and you can either register at the walk or at the official site here.

4. Make and Take Craft 

When: Saturday 10:30 am – 4 pm

Where and What: Come to the children’s area at the Johnston Library to complete a craft! Come anytime between 10:30 and 4 pm. No registration needed!

5. Renaissance Fare 

When: Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Where and What: If you missed it last weekend, you need to get out to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the Renaissance Fare is being held! Lots of food, entertainment, and activities. There is surely something for everyone!

6. Fall Antique Jamboree

When: Sunday 8 – 4 pm

Where and What: Located in Valley Junction and it is FREE! Lots of antique dealers from all over including furniture, quilts, glassware, stoneware, toys and much more! There will also be food vendors available.

7. Pumpkinville Corn Maze

When: Daily mid July through October 31st, 10 am – 8 pm

Where and What: Are you itching to get a head start on fall activities? The Pumpkinville Corn Maze in Mitchellville is open! The pumpkin patch is not quite open yet, but this would be a fun activity to do get prepared for fall and Halloween! Check out their website here.


1. Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine

When: September 14 & 15 and September 20-22

Where: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

What: Take a ride on Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt! Tickets are on sale now and may sell out so purchase soon! Check out the official website here for more information and to purchase tickets.