I completely forgot to post these last month. Mostly they are of Alex. She had fun dressing for each day. There was dress up day, rockstar day, monster day, spirit day, and toga day. I only managed to get pictures of toga, monster, and rock star day as well as both dressed for the dance.
I have been busy in the garden again. I picked a bunch of green tomatoes. Some became green tomato chutney and some fried green tomatoes. I have a bunch in my windowsill that are ripening and a quart of cherry tomatoes in the fridge. Charles wants to make katsup, I want to eat them. I pruned back the spent vines and pulled the acorn squash. I am baking the acorn squash with some of the carnival squash. I am thinking about making pumpkin bread to go with tomorrows dinner. I may bake the buttercup to go as a substitute for sweet potatoes. We will have plenty of seeds for snacking as well.

The brussel sprouts are getting tiny buds on them. That is the only thing stopping me from ripping up the garden and getting ready for winter. If I can just keep the kale and swiss chard growing until it is safe to harvest the leaves of the sprouts and I will have greens with Thanksgiving.
We went to an alpaca Farm in Vinton, Savanna Breeze. On the way we stopped at Brandon to get a picture of the largest skillet in Iowa and picked up some squash from a kind older gentleman. I am cooking some of it now, perhaps I will make pumpkin/squash bread out of the puree.
The kids and I went to explore the Arboretum again. It has changed so much since spring. We were inspired by so  many things and even took time to feed the fish and walk around the meditation maze.