Real Life in October
And just like that, the month is a crumple of candy wrappers and memories. We adore October. The sunshine has a late-season sweetness that makes each sunny day precious again. We plan costumes. We decorate with bright orange lights. We find cozy places to relax with favorite Youtube channels.
Anika and Ian have their own language now, with inside jokes and references to these Youtube shows. I check to be sure they're appropiate, but I cannot watch more than a few minutes without wondering about a generation gap. My kids early await new shows on Sunday and Wednesday, or Thursdays, or whenever the new episodes release... While I notice how storytelling evoles through the ages.
And Tiger finds her on her favorite chair. He curls up on her lap for kisses.
Ian and I soak the last of long afternoons before the Time Change. We take advantage of lingering daylight to explore and look for signs of Autumn.
This walk, he wanted to photograph alongside me. I let him use my underwater camera (Olympus Tough TG-4). His photographs quickly became random selfies around the neighborhood. With every silly-face imaginable.
Taking a 'serious face' selfie. He's got great aim!
Friday afternoons, school releases early so we end up with lots of friends visiting. Way more fun to share an afternoon with friends! Especially when you can play favorite video games with colorful characters.
Then of course we visit a pumpkin patch. Because hunting for a pumpkin is way more fun than picking one out of a bin at the grocery store. Besides, imagine what it takes to farm these fields! Appreciating our farmers is so important,
At the farm and at local Fall Festivals, these two find so many ways to amuse (and annoy) one another. Ian is the perfect height to hang her arms over his shoulders and hold on for dear life. Until he yanks too hard, she giggles and tickles him right back. Hilarious as we are waiting in line for a spooky train or waiting for raffle results.
Then the big day! The costumes! The candy! The pumpkins! The friends!
My niece has a Halloween birthday so we celebrate with a big costume party.
Out in the woods, the kids love to chase and hide and scare each other around corners! They borrow old masks from their uncles to become werewolves and Sasquatch. The common observation? You can't see in these things!
Yet that doesn't stop the spirited, scary tag games!
Then we go to downtown Nevada City for trick-or-treating. This year they were Pikachu and a pig.
Town is a party decked out with lights and haunted houses and all the things we love about Halloween.
My cousin visited with her two boys so we had extra-special holiday antics.
No wonder Ian walked around town saying, "I love Halloween. I just really, really love Halloween. Don't you love Halloween, Mom?"
Why, yes. Yes, I do. And it's made even better with you! :)