Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014!

Happy Halloween!

Our county had trick or treating last night, so we got a head start on all of the Halloween festivities.

We had Dracula, a frog (whose hat was too big and looked more like a one eyed monster), and a witch.


Trenton’s costume was comprised of a cape that my brother wore 20-something years ago when he was Zorro for Halloween, some uniform pants from Old Navy, a shirt that he already had, and some makeup.


Evelyn wore a hat from Etsy, a tutu that I made (I already had the tulle on-hand), a green onesie, and some tights.


Charlotte’s costume was easy too.  A tutu that I made, (I already had most of this tulle on-hand too), a black shirt and leggings, a witch hat, and a broom.


So three cheap and easy, but super cute costumes!

Trenton and Charlotte were able to wear costumes to school today.  I really didn’t think that a vampire and a witch were very appropriate for Catholic school – especially on Mass day, so we modified Trenton’s costume to make him a magician, and Charlotte went as one of the dozen or so Elsas that were walking around the school.   


The school held a Halloween parade this afternoon that Evelyn and I attended.

Apparently marching in a parade is serious business for Charlotte.


Trenton, on the other hand, was doling out magic tricks left and right as his class walked in.


The parade ended with a dance party, and then it was time for the classes to go back to their classrooms for Halloween parties.  I’m sure we’ll have some hyper kids on our hands this afternoon!

I hope that you all have a happy and safe Halloween, and I can’t wait to see all of your costume creations!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Weekend

With Halloween fast approaching, we decided that we would have a pumpkin themed weekend.

Saturday morning we went out to a local nursery that has an annual fall harvest festival.

Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days

We started out on a hayride through the fields and saw some really creative hay structures.

Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days
Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days

There was a playground at the hayride loading area, so we spent some time there too.

Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days

Then it was time to walk over to the fall festival.

Charlotte jumped right into the fun!

Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days

Evelyn had been sleeping up to this point, but once she woke up, she was ready to join in the fall fun.

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Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days - Mechanicsburg, PA

The big kids also had fun making apple butter, going through a haunted tunnel, learning about alpacas, seeing more hay structures, riding horses, milking cows, and bowling.

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Of course we picked out pumpkins too.

Ashcombe Farms Fall Harvest Days - Mechanicsburg, PA

As soon as we got home from church today, Trenton and Charlotte ran upstairs to change clothes so that they could carve/paint their pumpkins.

Trenton’s was the only pumpkin that needed any carving, and he was excited that Daddy let him help with the carving this year.

Easy pumpkins for kids

Charlotte decided that she wanted to paint her pumpkin.  She was very meticulous about it.

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Once Trenton and Daddy finished carving, Trenton got to work painting his pumpkin.

Creatively Blooming: Jack-o-Lanterns

Trenton and Charlotte were both very proud of their finished masterpieces.

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Evelyn didn’t get left out of the pumpkin decorating festivities.  I put some electrical tape down on her pumpkin and then let her go to town with a paintbrush and washable paint.

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I’m pretty sure that Evelyn got just as much paint on herself and her highchair tray as she did on her pumpkin, but I think she had a good time doing it!

And she was pretty proud of her finished pumpkin too!

Baby Pumpkins: Put down electrical tape, let baby paint, and then pull tape off.  Instant masterpiece!

I’m pretty sure that I have three of the cutest pumpkins adorning my front porch!

Creatively Blooming: Kid Friendly Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Furnace Festival and a New Remedy for Insect Stings

Last month when Trenton, Charlotte, and I went to Family Hiking Day with Appalachian Trail Conservancy, I picked up a brochure for the Fall Furnace Festival at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Sunday was a beautiful crisp autumn day, so we decided to head out to the festival after church.


And we are so glad that we did.  The festival was so much fun!  And even better – admittance was free!

We started off with apple cider making and tasting.

Charlotte was first up.


She was a great apple grinder.


One would think that all of that juicy apple-y goodness would taste good to any nearby insects.  But no, instead a yellowjacket decided to go for Charlotte’s face.

Our fun ten minutes at the festival could have came to a quick end, but the nice state park education lady and a bucket of cold apples came to the rescue.


Who knew that an apple could provide sting relief?

Apparently it also tasted good!


The apple grinding job was not left unmanned while Charlotte recovered.  Trenton took over right where she left off.


Once another group of kids came along wanting a turn to use the cider grinder/press, Trenton and Charlotte moved onto candle dipping.


They keep saying that they can’t wait for the electricity to go out so that they can burn them.  I’m hoping that we make it until the summer before the electricity goes out again.  This Texas girl isn’t quite ready for the cold Pennsylvania winter.

Next we walked over to the historical demonstrations area.  Our walk over the creek and along the lake to get to the demonstrations was really nice.


And just happens to be part of the Appalachian Trail.


In the history area, we learned about charcoal making and how charcoal was used in the pig iron making process at the furnace.


We talked to the gentleman for 15 minutes.  We all had a lot of questions about the process.

But I only thought that we spent a lot of time with charcoal making.

Trenton could have spent all afternoon at the next station.


Trenton now wants to be a blacksmith when he grows up.  Too bad the job outlook for his newly chosen occupation isn’t very good…

While Trenton was still enamored with the blacksmith, Charlotte moved on to decobbing and grinding corn.


Next we walked to the opposite end of the park for hayrides, the birds of prey show, and pedal carts.  By the time we got over there, the bird show was almost over and the hayride line was really long.  Trenton and Charlotte were more than happy to ride pedal carts though.


On our way out, we grabbed snacks to share.  You can never go wrong with funnel cake!

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Oh, and no, we didn’t forget Evelyn at home.  She slept in the stroller for a while, and then spent the rest of the time taking everything in and looking adorable in her sister’s old winter hat!