Sunday, 25 October 2015

Pumpkin Patch Take 1

We made it to several pumpkin patches this year. I think three or four. I have lost count. The first one we went to was the Fruit and Berry Patch in Tennessee. It's such a nice little place with all sorts of fresh produce and this time of year pumpkins!!! They had all the kind of pumpkin. we brought home three, plus the two small pumpkins that came with the tractor ride for the kids. We brought home a Cinderellaa pumpkin, a white pumpkin, and a bumpy one. I was so excited! I had never been to place with so many varieties and sizes. It was awesome. Lyndon is the best, because he jumped off the tractor to get a white pumpkin for me. Ah, I love that man. He would not have gotten it any other way, he likes to live on the edge, literally. He almost fell off the edge of the tractor when he jumped back on. I love him, insert smile face with heart eyes emoji.

We rode a tractor out to the pumpkin patch. Henry was in heaven riding the tractor. After the ride was over we let him do some illegal tractor "driving". He was so excited to sit in the driver's seat. He was not so thrilled about picking out a pumpkin and refused to do anything but play in the rocks at the pumpkin patch. Cosette on the other hand, enjoyed looking at all the different pumpkins and picking out one she liked he best.

We went with a bunch of our friends we get together with whenever we visit Tennessee. They are such a great group of kids and we love coming to see them when we visit. We met another Cosette on the outing! First time ever we have met another person with that name. She and Cosette became fast friends. They are sitting next to each other in this pic.

You can see our bumpy pumpkin behind Henry's cute head.

We also did our first corn maze of the season. It did not meet Lyndon's standards, but it was great for the kids.

He was so happy to "drive" the tractor. I love my Henry.

After we rode the tractor back to the front of the farm the kids got coloring books and apple cider in cute little pumpkin cups! It was a steal of a deal. Happy, happy fall!!!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Boo at the Zoo

While in Tennessee we made it to the opening night to the Knoxville Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. Since we are going to be in Singapore for Halloween, I want to make sure the kids get in as many Halloween/fall activities we can squeeze in. I did not have their costumes ready, so the whole family including Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle David dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes that my parents have stashed in their closet from their time in Japan. Cosette is wearing one that was meant for me when I was little. Henry is wearing one that has a twin set that was given to my parents for me and my sister Ellen when we were little. I am wearing my yukata that was given to me by our Japanese fiends when I was younger, I wanna say eight. It's the first time I have worn it since it was given to me all those years ago. Lyndon is wearing one of my Dad's yukatas. It was great. I cannot remember if Raphael was wearing any Japanese garb because he was asleep the whole time in the carrier.

Raphael's first Halloween!
We love the Mike Wazowski pumpkin. Monsters Inc has been really big at our house these last couple of months. And I love the Tennessee Vols pumpkin.

There was a fantastic trick or treating trail we went on because hey free candy! Cosette and Henry were all about the trick or treating. They passed out candy to the adults too, and Cosette would walk over to us after we got our candy and would ask for it.

Lyndon did not tie the wrap on right, it was his first time using it, and Raphael was hanging low. It looked really funny and luckily Lyndon tied it in a way that Raphael was not going to fall out. We fixed it, but for a while there it was like do your ears hang low?
Cutest little ghost cut out ever. I love Halloween!
Never fear we have the whole group of Avengers plus some other super hero on our side.

Despite the late start we got that night, we had a blast. The carousel had black crepe paper hanging down in long strings and was going backwards. We took the kids on that for a creepy awesome ride. I am so glad we got to do this outing and that the whole family that was there could come. The kids had so much fun and have been asking to go back to Book at the Zoo. I am so glad that my kids are enjoying this time of year as much as I do. I know, I'm obsessed.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Family Photos 2015

He is the boy with the most handsome smile!

Another year, another baby, another family photo shoot. We took these in Central Park's Conservatory Garden. It's one of my favorite places in the park. It is like own our secret garden that we share with millions of people, but some how this place is never crowded. My friend took these pictures and I'm in love with them. We needed to document Raphael's joining our family and I wanted one last family photo shoot in NYC before we left for Singapore. I love this city, and these people. 
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