As is what is now becoming a tradition, Daddy has dressed Evie up in her finest and stuck her at the top of the stairs for her mid October / Halloween picture! Turned out pretty great I think (little washed out because for some really odd reason, we had SUN!)
So last year, we tried to take the Otter (and Grandma/Grandpa) down to the local Pumpkin Patch for a hayride, some pumpkins, maybe a corn maze and generally a good time. When we got there, the heavens opened up and massive amounts of water fell from the sky and sadly we went home. This year, with some great luck, we had an utterly beautiful day for our pumpkin outing so off we went!
We snagged a hauling cart, put the kidlet on it and headed out into the field. She thought it was pretty great at first, but after seeing other kids running around she wanted off soo badly. As we slowed down she hopped off and ran over to a pumpkin to get on and ride it like a horse.
After which, once released from the confines of parental control, she bolted out to find HER pumpkin.
After a bit of walking around she got very excited, jumping up and down in the mud and pointing and yelling. We thought she had just found the pumpkin she wanted (a nice looking one at that) but alas no. Ol’ Eagle Eye Evie found a little tiny black and yellow bug. And, we all had to see it. And by all, I mean Mommy, Daddy and anyone who would look at her when she yelled at them. She stayed and played with that bug (making it crawl on the leaf, then back to the pumpkin) for a good 5 minutes.
As it was really muddy out in the field (and Evie falling several times) Dad took one for the team and hauled her up on his shoulders. I say took one for the team because the field was VERY fertilized, you could smell the manure in the soil miles from the place. And, with it all over her shoes, made for quite a pungent aroma in Dad’s face (is why I am holding her feet, she kept putting them in my face and laughing). The picture turned out a pretty nice however, with both the moon and Mt. Rainier in the background.
After Mom and Dad snagged their pumpkins, we headed back to the main area to find Evie one (a nice small one she can hold). While Evie was trying to find the one she wanted (which they didn’t have…she wanted a green unripe one) we were joined by Chu, Lexi and Liam!
Evie got the pumpkin she wanted (and several gourds because Mom is an enabler) and went to hang with Liam while we paid for the stuff. They decided that this pile of pumpkins would make for perfect chairs…and looking at it, hard to tell them they are wrong.
As we were getting ready to leave, we put both kids on the wagon for the ride to the car. Evie stuck her thumb in her mouth and snuggled up to Liam.
Now, we all thought this was pretty adorable and we were fawning over them…until Liam decided to make fun of Evie sucking her thumb…
Now, at this point, we are all laughing so hard I had trouble even taking more pictures…we were laughing so much the kids started laughing a bunch too…really made for a great end of the trip…and one of my alltime favorite pictures of the two of them.