It’s Fall – perhaps the best season of the year! Sadly, we don’t live in a geographic location where we can really feel it, but we still can celebrate it, and boy did we this year!
We started our Fall celebrations promptly on October 1 with a visit to Pumpkin City when my mom and sister were still in town visiting us. Vivian got to ride a pony, pet goats, bounce in a bouncy house, ride little rides, and run all over.
In the middle of the month, we attended the Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill Historical Park, near our house. Vivian got to meet her favorite princesses, go trick-or-treating, get her face painted, and, again, run around.
Then, we went to our second pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms with our friends, the Bullocks. Vivian watched a pumpkin cannon shoot pumpkins across the fields, rode in a wagon around the farm, picked pumpkins, pet more goats, and walked through a corn maze.
We carved the pumpkins that we bought at Tanaka Farms that evening. We carved them way too early in the month and right before a heat wave. They didn’t last through the week and had to be dumped into the trash five days later. Oh well – we had fun carving them!
Our community hosted a Halloween event where Vivian crafted and ate chocolate apples.
We stopped into Home Depot to pick up something and even took a few pictures in their indoor “pumpkin patch.”
At the end of the month, we attended our HOA’s community Halloween event. Vivian picked pumpkins, got her arm painted, had a balloon animal made for her, played carnival games, jumped, played ball, and had her caricature drawn (as did Lillian).
Two days before Halloween, we attended a neighborhood potluck at the park and we all had fun talking to our friends and watching the kids run around and play.
With one day left before Halloween, we visited our final pumpkin patch of the season at the Irvine Park Railroad. We all rode on a little train and a straw ride. Vivian also rode a pony and bounced in another bouncy house. It was a perfect rainy, cool, Fall day.
On Halloween morning, the girls dressed in their best costumes before daycare.
And on Halloween night, we all went trick-or-treating. Vivian had a BLAST and Lillian really enjoyed being out-and-about.
Lillian slept in her pumpkin jammies that night, just as Vivian did two years ago.
Whew! I think we did it ALL this FALL! (I would have loved to have gone apple picking, but Lillian was still a car screamer during apple season, so we had to skip that this year.) In between all of our Halloween fun, we spent many evenings watching the It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown over and over and over. And now, on to my favorite time of the year and favorite holiday – Thanksgiving!