It’s been a busy fall — just the way we like it. So just hours before we flip the calendars to November, let’s take a look back.
Oktoberfest at Idlewild
Pretzels and root beer. Sam’s first ride on the ferris wheel. A Bavarian band and a gigantic blow-up boy in lederhosen. It’s no Munich, but it was fun for the whole family.
Local Apples and Pumpkin Spice Ale
Our dear friends visited during the first weekend in October, and we decided to take the boys to a local apple festival. We certainly weren’t prepared for the near freezing temperatures, but we still enjoyed kettle corn and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Afterwards, the adults treated ourselves to local pumpkin spice ales while the boys had a dance-off in the middle of the restaurant.
Pumpkin Patch at Schramm’s Farm
It was cold and overcast when we finally found time for an October trip to the farm. But the kiddos still had fun crawling/running around the patch and through the corn maze. And we left with one perfect little pumpkin for Sam. He was so proud to carry it to the scale and pay for it with his three dollar bills.
Weekend in Dover and Apple Harvest Festival
We spent a weekend in Dover, complete with multiple backyard bonfires, a family wedding, and a trip to the National Apple Harvest Festival. We ate apple sausage sandwiches and apple fritters and drank sweet apple cider. Sam rode a pony named Tucker and carried around a bag of “apple babies.” He almost cried when I later chopped the fruit and turned it into applesauce.
Hallowboo at Idlewild
Once again, Idlewild impressed us with their Halloween festivities — from trick-or-treating in Storybook Forest to the hundreds of pumpkins scattered across the park to the green water that filled the little ponds. Fireman Sam ate every lollipop and tootsie roll before we left the park, and our sweet Dalmation passed out as soon as we strapped her into the car seat.
Sam carved his first pumpkin this year. Not surprisingly, his favorite part was pulling out the seeds. And Nora cheered him on from the sidelines.
We had perfect weather for the annual pumpkin hunt with our Moms@Play group. Although both kids were more interested in the crunchy leaves than the tiny pumpkins.
Our third consecutive cold and rainy Halloween in Greensburg. But this year we actually made it out of the cul de sac. Fireman Sam was excited to say “trick-or-treat!” to each neighbor that opened the door, and he couldn’t wait to get home and dump out his pumpkin full of treats. Even Baby Nora got a few cracker snacks that she refused to share.
I have no doubt that the next two months will be just as busy — if not more busy than the previous two. Thanksgiving, our final wedding of the year, Christmas, and a certain little lady’s first birthday. Time, please slow down!