First we spent a great day with our family by attending a Harvest Days festival at Cannonsburg Village. It was freezing cold that morning. The coolest thing about the festival was that there was a lady performing some solo acting as if she were Harriet Tubman. I learned a great deal about the heroine of the underground railroad and, as tears ran down my cheeks after she was finished performing, He-Man looked at me and said, "I SO loved that!!" and he totally meant it. Gosh, I love his love of learning.He-man and Donut at Harvest Days
After the festival we enjoyed lunch and then some time in Barnes and Noble and some face painting at the Halloween festival where we skipped the trick-or-treating part (and the kids didn't even notice). The kids got warmed up in the cafe with a cup of ginger coconut tea sweetened with honey which they went on and on about loving so much! Yay! Hot tea drinkers already.
Monday morning some of our friends got together with us to celebrate Green Halloween for our October Artsy Mamas art date. We met at the park in costumes and the kiddos and mamas (all minus me and the Drakester- he's been having some issues lately) took a nature hike, complete with an autumn scavenger hunt which we borrowed from this blog (thanks Valerie!). You can see more about the nature hike here (since I missed it).Look at this amazing picture that Sherry took of the Donut. Doesn't she look like Alice in Wonderland?
He-Man's costume is about as green as you can get. I can't take credit for it. Sherry gave us the idea and then the grandparents took care of making the costume last weekend (how many of you had such amazing grandparents who, despite being in the middle of preparing for their son's wedding, still managed to find the time to whip up an amazing recycled costume? my kids are enormously blessed with the coolest grandparents ever). Anyway, Wall-E's body is made from a cardboard box and his mask is from a plastic file folder.
My mother-in-law is totally creative. I could have probably made one but good gracious, it would have been pathetic! He-Man has been cubing up all week!
After the nature hike, we all worked on making our autumn nature mobiles as led by Ms. Courtney. Some of them turned out better than others. Some of them (the ones my kids tried to make) looked so bad that we will be trying to work on them again in a few days if and when the weather is dry again (I type as I hear the flood out of my window). Lately it's been so hard to get anything done... like nature mobiles... because I feel like I'm always holding a baby. I really do know what I mean when I say that I'm anxiously awaiting Draykie's first steps.
We all brought some healthy or non-food related treats to share as well. :) It was a gorgeous day and I loved soaking up the sun and getting my week's worth of vitamin d while chattin' it up with my pal.
We have also enjoyed a Halloween-related story time at the library and we attempted to enjoy the Halloween festival at the Discovery Center but it was insanity and so we were happy to have just survived it.
Tonight we'll attempt our first Fall Family Festival hosted by our church. I'm trying not to have a heart attack but I just know that the sweets are going to be rampant and I'm scared that they are going to be pushed on us. Please pray for me ;).