After all the chaos of getting settled back into the school/work/sports routine I was glad to get a few quiet weeks at home. We had nothing on the schedule and the weather was approaching perfection. The boots were coming out of the closets and I was looking forward to wearing sweaters again. I love all the seasons but fall is definitely my favorite. In those few ideal weeks we get to spend so much time outside enjoying the park and all the colors on the trees. Drinks on the balcony, sitting by the fire on a cool morning, and the beginning of the holiday season.
|harley still wishes it was summer|
True, Christmas is still a few months away, but this is when the decorations come out of storage and make us all feel festive. One of the girl’s favorite traditions is taking a trip to pick out their very own pumpkins. They like to carve them too (sorta) – it usually turns into me carving and them watching because they refuse to touch the guts and aren’t allowed to use the knives. So this year I figured we would give painting a try. Thanks to my amazing Moms Club we were able to get out to two pumpkin patches we had never been to before!
Our first was on Columbus day. Charlotte had to go to school but Matt had the day off. We decided to take Norah on a special date with just us. We started out getting bagels for breakfast then went to Maple Acres Farm. We saw some (stinky) animals and some (not stinky) flowers.
|chasing the cat and ducks|
On the weekend we headed out to Kohler Farms with the whole family – and the Moms Club family too. This time we took a hay ride past lost of scary and silly scarecrows to the corn field. The kids loved the maze and all the games they had set up. The kids got to pick out a mini pumpkin to take home and then we all enjoyed some delicious donuts and cider. This was my favorite part. I must have eaten at least 4 and snagged a take home bag too!
A week later we took our new baby pumpkins over to our friends house and had a blast painting them. And my kiddos somehow managed not to get any paint on themselves or their clothes! And while snacking on candy and treats someone lost another tooth!!!
The weekend before Halloween we headed to DC for some time with family - and some pictures too. The kids were good sports and posed for us in their costumes!
|cousins in disguise!|
|incredigirl to the rescue!|
|and here comes batgirl!|
For Halloween we had a lot of events…..school parades, trick or treating at Rydal (a local senior facility) and of course trick or treating in our neighborhood. The girls had a blast at all the events, but Halloween night was their favorite! The neighborhood was full of kids, every house was giving out candy (some even full sized candy bars) and there was laughter everywhere. They ran to every house, blasting through the leaf piles on the way. They practically screamed with joy every time they told us what was in their buckets. I loved asking them if they were having a good time because they yelled their answer out with such joy. It was over so fast – only an hour! – and their buckets were filled and too heavy for them to carry. They both claim Halloween is now their favorite holiday – but I’m sure that will change come Christmas morning.
|terrible lighting but had to get one out front at Rydal|
|Char your eye!!!|
|all dressed and excited to go trick or treating|
|"oh look is that someone we need to save??"|
|super hero poses!|
Neither Matt nor I really dressed up this year. Wait, I did go as an old lady when we went to the senior center (my Grandma’s mumu and a wig) and everyone thought it was hysterical. Next year we plan to step it up…in fact I already snagged some half priced costumes in the after Halloween sales!