Are you moving forward too fast?

Bruno didn't want to be in this picture! LOL

Bruno didn’t want to be in this picture! LOL

It’s that weekend we all love!  We get to turn the clocks back an hour!  So, what did you do with that extra hour?  Me….I’m using it to post (it has been a couple of weeks since I shared!)

Last weekend, we enjoyed some family time by visiting Ashtabula County on Sunday and stopping at the Harpersfield Covered Bridge.  We hadn’t been there for about 7 years so it was a time to take some new family photos and enjoy that beautiful scenery!  Here are a few pics of the day along with a picture from our last visit there.  Boy, time flies!



Our family then & now

Our family then & now

They were not happy to be tied up while we took other pictures!

They were not happy to be tied up while we took other pictures!

Afterwards, we stopped at Ferrante Winery for lunch.  The winery is gorgeous inside with open views of the fields and grapes growing right behind it!  We ordered their crab cake appetizer and shared a small seafood pizza.

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Crab Cakes from Ferrante!  YUMMMMMM!!

Crab Cakes from Ferrante! YUMMMMMM!!

Delicious!! We shared the sweet wine sampler as well.  Definitely a place you want to visit when you’re in the area!

Jake LOVED waiting for the kids to knock on the door!

Jake LOVED waiting for the kids to knock on the door!

Thursday was Halloween and the weather was SOOOO uncooperative here in NE Ohio.  Rain, Rain, Rain, wind, wind wind!!  That pretty much sums it up!  We still had about 60-70 kids but was less than usual.

Here’s my top observations from Trick or Treat:

–If you are old enough to drive, you shouldn’t be trick or treating!

–If you’re child can’t walk because they are a baby, they probably aren’t going to eat candy bars & gum that you are collecting!  Is it really for you?!

–Sadly, most kids don’t say “Thank you” anymore

–Sadly again, I think only half even say “trick or treat” when you answer the door.

Boy have times changed!  So, Kudos to you parents who reminded your children to say thank you when they got their treat at my door!  We  need more of you!!

Hard to believe that in 2 months Christmas will already be here & be gone!!  WOW!!  Time is moving forward no matter how much we’d like it to slow down.  Are you finished with your shopping?  Have you even started?  This makes me sad in a way.  I went to the mall Friday evening and the Salvation Army bell ringers were already out collecting donations.  I thought “Wait, wasn’t it Halloween yesterday and now it’s Christmas???!”  I am always sad when it seems that society in general seems to go from Halloween to Christmas and skip Thanksgiving.  It happens every year and it seems to be getting worse & worse with each year that passes.  Now don’t get me wrong–I’m all for early Christmas shopping, hanging lights when it’s not snowing so they are ready for December, etc. but Thanksgiving is the reason we have the freedom to celebrate holidays in this country and enjoy the life we have.

So here is my request.  Don’t get so caught up in the Christmas preparations that you forget to be thankful for your life, your family, your friends and all you have.  Is life perfect?  No, but if you think about all you have to be thankful for, it is going to fill volumes.  So remember to pace yourself this “holiday” season and don’t go so fast that you miss out on what really matters.