I've been taking a lot of pictures. On my phone, on my camera, with my Instax... It picks up every time Brett is at training and I think it's because I don't want him to miss out on anything we do while he's away. I have to work really hard to holster my trigger finger on IG, y'all. You're welcome.
We didn't have school on Friday so we joined our neighbor friends on a trip to the zoo. With her sister in town to visit there were three mamas and six children. You'd think that'd be a good ratio of two-to-one but I swear they had conspired with each other while we were buying tickets to shoot off in opposite directions whenever we stopped to take a picture of something. Oh, that was just me taking all the pictures...right. Ha! It was four hours of beautiful weather, active animals, and crazy fun wrangling children. I went home feeling so thankful for our friends here.
That night we went to Sebastian's school carnival. They encouraged costumes for all in the flyer so I took that as my personal invitation to dress up. I think the other parents skipped that part, though. We didn't have our Halloween night costumes decided so we dug out Sebastian's karate uniform and called him the white ninja and Ruby was happy to wear her tutu and sparkly shoes. You can see their tomfoolery here.
Saturday found us in search of a pumpkin patch. The first one we tried a few weeks ago had closed for the season after running out of pumpkins so we drove to the outskirts of town to Wishing Star Farm. It was worth the gas money.
A flat fee per person included a pumpkin and access to the giant slide down the gulley, the built-in-to-the-ground bounce pad, the hay mountain, the pipe swing, the bucket train, the barn, and the hay ride. The pony rides were extra but there was no way Ruby was leaving there without one. Sebastian got to ride on a pony named...Sebastian. They must watch Parks and Rec at that farm.
FYI, if you plan on visiting Wishing Star Farm, take cash if you plan on eating or drinking there. We got in using my debit card but we were all cranky hungry by the time we left since their food truck was cash only.
We met up with some new online friends at Bear Creek park and us girls visited while the kids wore themselves out. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we had the best time getting to know each other in real life. As soon as we left there we hit up Dunkin' Donuts to see if we could find some cinnamon donuts. We didn't but we also didn't leave empty handed. I'm going to credit the Sheltons for instilling in us the need for donuts after a pumpkin patch trip! New tradition!
Sebastian insisted on carving pumpkins as soon as we got home so I gathered up some stuff to cover the table while they looked for bugs for his science project. Ruby was determined to carve her own pumpkin but I was more worried that she'd end up carving out a piece of her brother's arm so I did the cutting and they did the scooping out. They didn't want to get their hands messy so measuring cups it was.
It was a lovely full weekend with extra special fun and good time with new friends. These are my favorite kinds of weekends. They usually mean the house is left a mess and laundry backs up but it's a good trade. Our house is kind of messy even on it's best days anyway!
Sunday was for starting some projects, hanging some ghosts from our front tree (diy from ABM), cutting out bats, buying a new shrub, and bringing home bulbs to plant in our bakcyard. We're missing Brett but we're keeping busy!
Have you already hit up a pumpkin patch? Do you carve into yours or leave them be?
Ruby's wearing: Shirt and skirt c/o Misha Lulu. Shoes, thrifted. Sebastian's wearing: Shirt, thrifted. Pants, Target. Shoes, Payless.