Our October

Monday, November 14, 2016

These last few weeks have sure flown right by me and the next few through the holidays will likely follow suit. I just love this time of year, but some days I wish it would slow down. I haven't had much time to keep the blog updates, so I'm cramming all of October into one big ole post. 

We crammed October full of trips to the pumpkin patch (twice), the aquarium, Harlan, the state park, the zoo, trick-or-treating and more!

The weather around here in October was absolutely the stuff dreams are made of. It was still in the 80's most of the month, but the humidity was practically non-existent which made it perfect for being outside as much as we could.  

One morning, we picked up a small pumpkin one morning at the grocery and when Carter went down for his nap, we headed to the deck to paint it. Caroline loved doing this and it was the first fall decoration we put on the porch. She was so proud of it. 

Carter made his first trip back to Juston's hometown in Harlan early in October. The mountains in the fall is just one of the prettiest things you'll see. 
We managed to steal a weekday with Juston and spent the day at the Newport Aquarium. There were mermaids as part of a special exhibit which Caroline just loved. We hit Graeter's for ice cream after. I'm not sure which was better. 

We were lucky enough to be able to visit two different orchards this fall. First, Caroline and I had a day just the two of us and we went to Evans Orchard and Cider Mill and it was a crazy town with TONS of people, but we still had so much fun and managed to come away with some pumpkins, cider donuts and fresh apple cider. 


We also met up with some friends of ours and went to Boyd's Orchard a little later in the month. Caroline had so much fun playing with her buddies Kade and Brynn and the parents had a ball, too. Boyd's was SO much more laid back than Evans. There was just as much to do, but so many less people for some reason. They were very comparable, so I'm not sure why the difference with so many more people at Evan's. 

I know I will never get tired of coordinating brother and sister outfits, but I also know that unfortunately, they likely will, so I'm living it up while I can. 

We also took the kids to the trick-or-treat at Blue Licks state park and it was an absolute madhouse. I really don't think we will take that one on again. It was so jam packed and poorly run that I don't really think Caroline enjoyed it much and I know we didn't. 

A little later in the month, we had the perfect fall evening, so we carved Caroline's pumpkin, made a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. It was seriously such a great night. 
Last Sunday we met up with some friends at the Cincinnati Zoo and did their HallZooween and it was so fun. Caroline has so much fun with her buddy Claire and I always love hanging with her mama. We've been best friends since we were in second grade, so it's so great seeing our girls together.  Caroline changed it up and dressed as a Georgia cheerleader, which of course made my heart happy :)

Finally, we had out town trick-or-treat and another day of great weather so the kids didn't have to cover up their cute costumes with coats. Caroline decided pretty early on she wanted to be a superhero and that Carter needed to be her sidekick. She had a great time getting candy  from all the neighbors and Carter was just a giggly little happy boy the whole time walking around. 

As much fun as we had running around, I'm looking forward to slowing down a little bit in November and preparing for Thanksgiving and what's sure to be a busy December. 

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