Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Fall is such a beautiful and special time, I am almost reluctant for winter to be here...
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A little over 3 weeks ago, we went by the Disability Resources Inc. for our annual "romp" in the Pumpkin Patch and photo op session.
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The little boy is so much stronger this year, and was able to haul a couple of pumpkins a few steps!
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Of course, he had to see if he could make a bridge out of pumpkins..
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the whole time being besieged by the "Papa"razzi :)
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We got ourselves a pumpkin and explored the back part of the grounds, where the lake is.
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Of course, there was no lack of hamming it up for the camera :)
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The little boy was NOT fooled for one moment when we came across the upside down legs in the lake trick :)
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Till next year, Pumpkin Patch.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

First Snow of The Season

Almost the whole country was affected by the Arctic Vortex, and we here in Texas, were not spared either.  Granted, we were extremely fortunate not to have been buried in snow like Buffalo, but we did get a bunch of sleet and some snow, which pretty much melted away by the next day.

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Halloween Part 5

Last but not least,

on Halloween Night, after dinner, the little boy got dressed up once again as Captain America and we went out with the rest of Abilene to go trick or treating in the neighborhoods.
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It turned out to be chillier than anticipated, so at some point, I let the little boy have my vest, and then we went to get his jacket from the car.
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We held his hand when walking on the streets/sidewalks/lawns, but when it came to ringing the doorbell, we stood a little ways back.
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We rounded up the night by stopping by Mamo's house for a short visit to "show off" his Halloween costume. The little boy was sorry to see the Halloween/Fall festivities come to an end, but secretly, the hubs and I were ready for a breather!
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Halloween Part 4

I promise, I am ALMOST done with the Halloween posts. This one would be the next to last. *sigh*

If reading all about it is making you tired, imagine LIVING it.

This would be the evening BEFORE Halloween, actually.  The main event, as it were, was Trunk or Treat at Hillcrest.  I remember the days when this was the ONLY event we went to.

Read HERE,and HERE

On this occasion, the little boy wanted to be a KNIGHT.  Oh yeah, back to the old trusty stash of dress-up odds and ends from Dollar Tree.

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As usual, there were fun and games inside the Multi Purpose Room
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and we even won a couple of cupcakes from the Cake Walk event.
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I had never seen them pile the haystacks up so high for the photo op area before, but the little boy shimmied right up there while I had my heart in my throat.

Afterwards, we went back outside and got on a hayride around the church compound.

We then went on to Baker Heights Church for THEIR trunk or treat.

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to be continued ....

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Halloween Part 3

This would be the day when it was finally cool enough for the little boy to get into his Captain America costume. Phew.
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We started off in full gear, and of course it wasn't long before the mask was off :)

The First Baptist Church downtown had a grand extravaganza in their parking lot, as with last year,
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and the little boy had lots of fun at the different stations,
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and yes, bouncy castles.
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We caught sight of Xia Yu and stopped to talk to her for a few minutes, but she was busy volunteering, and so we didn't keep her for very long.

They even had a miniature pony on the grounds for petting. I can't look at miniature horses these days without thinking of L'il Seabastian :)
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We then stopped by Belmont Baptist
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and then on to Highland Church of Christ
There was a super long line there, but the little boy took the time to make some friends while waiting,
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and took a romp in their playground as well.
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The last stop for that extremely long day was Trinity Baptist Church, where we managed to get on a "tractor-pulled train ride" and enjoy more bouncy castles!
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To be continued.....

Monday, November 17, 2014

Halloween Part 2

The next day, there were yet more Halloween/Fall festivals in town. We understand that there may not be that many more "wide eyed wonder" years of Halloween left for the little boy, and so while he still finds so much glee in it, we thought we would do our best. :)
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On this day, he decided he wanted to be a cowboy. So, we dressed him up in the shirt he wore to church, slapped on a pair of shorts ( warm weather, hoy ), a dollar vest from Dollar Tree, Mommy's bandanna and Daddy's straw hat.
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The 3 churches downtown were having a joint celebration, so that's where we headed first. Jaxon is quite familiar with that part of town because of going to the library every week.

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It made me happy when the ladies/men complimented him on his costume, and he would look so proud :)
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There were hot dogs and popcorn and even snow cones!
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Yes, he still stuffs popcorn into his mouth a handful at a time, like a little boy would, and then laughs that he did it. :)
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Even though the thrill of getting candy was very much a part of the experience, the little boy isn't really a big candy eater.
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I put away all the candy after we got home, and he hasn't asked for any of them, and it has been about 3 weeks now! Usually I'm the one who sneaks one or two pieces of candy here or there *BLEH*

Then it was off to Trinity Baptist for the next round of games and trick o' treating.
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As usual, the little boy was way more interested in the playground than Halloweening :)
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to be continued....

Halloween Part 1 Cont'd

We weren't done with the day yet, even after we got back from the Zoo.

We rested for a bit, did a costume changeroo ( well, into a Halloween T-shirt ), and went to Safety City to do the rounds.  I think it was as exciting for the hubs and myself because we had never been into the Safety City compound before.  All those miniature buildings and streets were pretty quaint.
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AND they had the first of many bouncy castles to come....
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After that, we drove over to Mamo's church, where they were having a grand Fall Festival. We got to catch up with Mike and Stephanie and the kids there.
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There were games galore, and the little boy wanted to do just about all of them.
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I don't blame him. They looked awfully fun.
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Part 2 coming soon!