We waited patiently for you to come. Dreams of sunlight streaming through the trees, pumpkin farms, and Halloween night filled our heads. Instead you brought us temps in the 40s, dark, dreary days, howling winds, and torrential rains. We rarely saw the sun, and trips to the pumpkin farm were cancelled over and over again. Our annual leaf pile photos were impossible with the high winds that shook the leaves off the trees before they could turn their true brilliant colors. Not to mention the fact that any leaf piles we could muster were soaking wet.
But we tried. We tried to resume our normal activities though they were much later than we would have liked.
We did make it to the pumpkin farm. The day before Halloween. And all of the pumpkins they had left were rotten. And the pumpkin patch was muddy. And it was 40 degrees, windy, and dreary. But we got there. And somehow we still managed to have fun.
We managed to get a decent family picture. Everyone was even looking at the camera!
Gracie got her very first pumpkin.
Ben saw some super cute bunnies.
And the boys got a big kick out of all the baby goats.
It was a short trip to the pumpkin farm, and we couldn't do half of the activities there that we normally enjoy, but we still had fun.
I was hoping that you, October, were saving the most beautiful day of the month for the very last day. Halloween. But, you didn't. We woke up to a rainy, cold morning, with 30 mile/hr wind gusts yet again. The boys were nervous that trick or treating would be cancelled, but I reassured them that we would have fun no matter what.
We got all decked out in our fabulous costumes, with 10 layers of clothes underneath.
Grace was a mouse for her very first Halloween. I think she liked it.
Ben was a dalmatian again this year because the costume still fit. And besides, he makes an adorable puppy.
Joey was a vampire. Secretly I wondered if my Twilight obsession was to blame.
And Tommy was once again saving the world as Spiderman.
They made a handsome crew.
It was very cold outside but running from door to door helped to keep us warm. That and the four layers of clothes we had on underneath our costumes. We meet some of our neighbors for the first time and discovered that this neighborhood is very generous at Halloween, which pleased the boys immensely.
After the first few blocks I decided Grace would be warmer next to me so I put her in the sling and hid her inside my jacket. Much better.
The kids were super troopers walking for two hours in the cold and Grace was very patient. But she was clearly relieved when we finally got back home and she was able to eat. She was a hungry and tired little mouse. Though she hid it well.
Yes, we managed to have some fun, no thanks to you, October. Next year I would greatly appreciate it if you could kindly remember that you are supposed to average 65 degrees with no more than 5 or 6 days of rain. I'm just sayin.
And if you could tell November to take it easy on us, that'd be great. Thanks.