Wow. So, remember in this article I wrote in the beginning of the month I listed all the autumny things I wanted to do this month? I accomplished more of those than I really thought I would... and I'm the happiest for it! Here's a little rundown of all the October goodness we were able to pack in this month. I highly recommend an October like this one every now and then!
First up, was the County Line Apple Orchard. Ryan had to work, so Harrison and I went with a few friends. Harrison was crabby and they make you leave your stroller behind when you go out into the orchard itself, so my pregnant arse had to carry 26 pounds of cranky toddler through the orchard. That was not my favorite part. My friend, Chad, gave Harrison an apple, though, and once I took a few bites out of it, Harrison discovered a true love for apples. He was happy just licking an apple for the rest of the day. All the photos I have of him with the pumpkins they also had there include him clutching an apple. So that was fun. We all also came home with delicious apple cider and pumpkin donuts, as well as homemade fudge in several varieties. So yummy.
Then we went to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm with my sister-in-law and her kids. We had a really good time that day. Bengtson's has well-paved, nice wide walkways for people and strollers alike, which instantly made me relaxed about having the cumbersome stroller at a pumpkin patch. They have rides and treats and a petting zoo there, all of which went over beautifully with the three kids of different ages. One thing they have that I'd never done before is the Corn Box. I'd never even heard of such a thing. It's like a giant sandbox... but instead of sand, it's kernels of corn (dried, obviously. Not a vat of creamed corn or anything). We almost passed it up, but I was too tempted. I said I just wanted to step into it for a second, "just to see." Once Ryan and Juliet saw the look on my face of weirded-out delight, they also took their shoes off and hopped in, bringing all the kids in, too. We all played in the corn for a pretty solid amount of time---it was just too funny! Harrison hated it and kept climbing onto Ryan like a life raft, which was hysterical. That was easily our favorite part of the day, though bringing home awesome pumpkins didn't hurt either.
As I wrote in this article, we had a death in the family right at the end of Juliet's trip, so we squeezed a trip to Arizona and back into the middle of October. Though it was for sad circumstances, seeing so much family and laughing and telling stories together was pretty great. Pop Pop wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I also got to see some of my mother-in-law's Halloween decorations going up, including a haunted house miniature she built. It has real lights, wallpaper, tiny furniture, ghosts, the works. She also has some of the cutest Halloween bathroom towel sets I've ever seen. We're kindred spirits, Cathy and I.
After we got back, and after our big Halloween/Birthday/Gender Reveal party, which you can read more about here, we also squeezed in a trip to Brookfield for Boo at the Zoo! Ryan and I wore our Mummy and Deaddy costumes from the party, but Harrison's little Indiana Jones outfit was a bit snug, so I put him in a scarecrow costume from my shop instead. He looked so cute! Baby #2's godmother, Jackie, joined us and we all had a really fun day. To top off the animals and costumes and gorgeous sunny day, we entered the costume contest and parade they were hosting. Wouldn't you know it, we won! We were awarded Most Original costumes and Harrison got a scooter from Radio Flyer! What a fun bonus!
Finally, my friend, Sarah, and her baby boy, Ronan, were able to join Harrison and myself for the HIP Mall Spooktacular. It was basically just trick or treating in the shops in the mall, but the first 500 kids in costume also got a goody bag with a coloring book and crayons and candy inside! We had a nice day with our scarecrow and pirate babies, just cruising the mall and casually shopping a little while collecting candy and stickers from the shops. Harrison passed out right as the event began, so his first real trick or treating experience was done on his behalf. That's okay. He was then chipper enough later for a mini dance party in the Disney store with Ronan, which was really cute.
Halloween itself brought our friends, Chad and Yujia, over, as well as our temporary roommate, Adam. I made a stew in the crockpot, threw together a witch costume for me and a nerd costume for Harrison, and Ryan put on his Ghostbusters uniform. We handed out candy to the trick or treaters, who were thankfully NOT rained out after all! We played a game, watched some Hocus Pocus, and drank apple cider. To top it all off, Harrison slept for eight straight hours, which is a rarity, and a gift--especially since we noticed two MORE teeth coming in. All in all, a wonderful Halloween season and a pretty great October, all things considered.
Until next year, October... "I put a spell on you... and now, you're mine..."
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