Grandma J and Uncle Iain came down for a very brief, fun and relaxing weekend visit. In the short amount of time we spent together we were able to talk a lot (mostly about the Mayo brothers), eat a lot, and walk a lot (three of my favorite things, though not necessarily in that order). Lucy and Zoe loved all of the extra attention and we are all excited to see the family again over Thanksgiving.
This was Lucy's second visit to Carolyn's and Zoe's first. Thankfully, this year we were able to make it out there before Halloween day and had a plethora of pumpkins to choose from, unlike last year when the tractor drove us out to the middle of desolate, almost barren ground, only inhabited by pumpkin gut... (reference October 2007 in the archives for the lovely visual)
One of Lucy's many silly faces...
Very easily amused...
Grandma J and Uncle Iain patiently waiting in the twenty minute line to get into the pumpkin patch. That line was so long; ridiculously long, yet we waited and were happy to get in once we caught site of the freshly popped kettle corn.
Monkey see, money do...
Look at ALL those pumpkins!
One of the winners that got to come home with us, and as of 11 PM Halloween night is still sitting on the front porch, uncarved...
Zoe has gotten used to the abuse. Notice the slight smile on Zoe's face as Lucy plants her elbow into the side of her head?
This was a momentous day. Lucy and Zoe sitting together for the first time in a shopping cart at Sam's Club. I know it sounds silly, but it's a pretty big deal to not have to drag at least one stroller (if not the double) into a store along with Charles pushing Lucy in a shopping cart. They really enjoyed sitting next to each other. It's life's little pleasures, right?
Already shopping buddies!
The last couple of years I've purchased candy and waited by the door, ready to hand out all sorts of delicious, sugary, chocolately candy to anyone dressed in costume. No one EVER shows, and I'm always stuck eating all of what I've bought. So this year we decided to stay out, and to deter any kids from stopping we turned off the motion light on the porch. At about 7 o' clock we're driving down our street when we see an entire group of kids and parents (I'm talking at least ten people in total, more than we saw the last two years combined) banging on our front door. The porch light is on, and they're just waiting and waiting. Now we have a dilemma. Do we pull into our drive and make up and excuse like "we were out of candy so we had to run out for more"? Pretty unbelievable. Do we pull in to the driveway and ignore them as we make our way up to the front door? Pretty rude. What, pray tell did we do? We opted for scenario C where we drive by the house and slowly make our way around the block until we know it's clear, run inside, turn the motion light off, and for the rest of the evening pretend not to be home. Yes, we are C-L-A-S-S-Y.
Trick or treating on the square, before the evening's mini drama unfolded. Lucy in butterfly costume was pretty unsure what to think about Minnie Mouse.
Counting her loot...
Zoe was a Monkey. The cutest part of the costume was the tail on her tooshie. Unfortunately, she sat on it the majority of the night.
It is impossible to get everyone to look at the camera at the same time. One out of three ain't bad.
We ran into the Suttons on our way home and they were kind enough to take a family picture for us. Tah Da! And that was our Halloween night.