We’ve been busy with family visits and many autumn and Halloween activities and I wanted to share some of the pictures we’ve taken of our adventures. So as we welcome November and the rapid advancement of winter, here is a look back at our fall frolics.
During a visit from Nana and Papa, we visited the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, where V was again knighted after receiving lessons from Queen Elizabeth.
Afterwards, she locked herself into the cage and despite jests from onlookers and pleas (between snickering) from her parents, did not want to come out!
We convinced her to come out to see the joust, which she enjoyed atop Papa’s shoulders!
The joust culminated in a crazy pyrotechnic show that was unexpected and pretty awesome!
V was meant to be an October birthday, but she decided to hang out with Mama an extra 10 days until the first week in November. We decided this year to celebrate her birthday a little early to coincide with Nana and Papa’s visit in October.
We held V’s birthday party at a local orchard and pumpkin patch with a play train and pirate ship playscape for the kids to climb on!
One of V’s costumes this year combined her love of knights and jousting with Halloween fun! The toy sword is a hand-me-down from my own childhood; fashioned and painted by my Dad for our pretend pirate play! I am glad to see it resurrected in play for my own little one!
We went to a local university to trick or treat in the residence halls. V won the “Most Creative” costume for her homemade duds!
We attended a staff Halloween party at the campus where M works. Together with our friends (his coworker and partner) our ensemble included: Dr. Sheldon Cooper(M), Mr. Howard Wolowitz (me), and our friends Amy Farrah Fowler and Leonard Hofstedter.
V again wowed and won the kids’ costume contest with her debut appearance as Zazzles, Sheldon’s temporary cat from the episode where he and Amy briefly part ways and he adopts an apartment full of cats. V was indeed very “ZAZZY” with her cute kitty cat costume.
We attended another Halloween party at a friend’s house despite an early snowstorm that postponed the festivities for a day. The snow made for an extra fun party, as V went on her first sledding excursion with Mama and Dada!
The following morning, V met up with some friends at the library for a Halloween parade through town.
Some great homemade costumes we saw included an airplane and a knight (I won’t post recognizable pics of other kids online without their parents permission, so we do not have any featured here today)!
Looking at V tromping along the parade route, holding Dada’s hand, it is hard to believe that only last year he carried her over the same streets!
After the parade, the kids settled in for a spooky story and song hour with their wonderful children’s librarian!
Halloween evening, V decided that she wanted to again wear her kitty cat costume.
We went trick or treating for an hour, then returned home to hand out candy, listen to spooky music, and drink warm apple cider with cinnamon. V likes to look at herself in the mirror with her face paint on, saying “kitty cat!” and has worn this on and off for three days now. Dada managed to convince her not to sleep in the costume last night by saying she could have it back after we’d washed it. Go Dada!
V among the fruits (or sugars) of her trick or treating labor! Mom switched out the choking hazards with kid friendly treats from our own basket, making Dada laugh at her very precise count for trades (hey, I’m not out to swindle the kiddo!).
We definitely had an October filled with fabulous fall memories! What was your favorite fall activity this year?
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