The girls did not have school on Monday and it turned out to be one of the best days ever! Lollipop Pop had finished 2 second book in a trilogy the previous night and wanted to buy the third. She had saved for it, so off we went. We made a side trip to Lowe's first for the makings of a project for me, then the library for Sugar Plum Fairy and Target for Lollipop Pop's book. We grabbed sandwiches for lunch and started home. On the way, we noticed large amounts of smoke on a nearby hill and an air tanker making a drop of retardant on it. I parked the car on the side of the road and we ate lunch and watched the fire fighting efforts. The girls and their Mom, enjoyed watching the helicopter drop buckets of water and another tanker drop retardant when flare ups occurred.
Turns out it was 58 acres and thankfully no homes were damaged, although several were threatened. The hill is also where Lollipop Pop took her photos for 4-H last year.
When we got home, we painted our pumpkins. I love the look of them like this and they seem to last longer, as well. The one with painted flowers is Sugar Plum Fairy's.
I love the pecan groves with the the droopy branches...
See the black spot on the hill in the background? That is a portion of the fire that we watched. We were about halfway there.
I have mentioned before how happy I am that we are in such an important and agriculturally diverse area of this country...wonderful fall days like this just confirm it.