October, you've been good to use this year. If your job has anything to do with filling our hearts and souls in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving, then you've done your job well. We've had gorgeous weather, fantastic foliage, beautiful pumpkin patches, amazing late afternoon light, farms with barns, fun class parties and a banner year of trick or treating. You really came through for us October and I thank you mightily. I'm going to get over my insecurity of posting a bunch of iPhone pictures and just go for it...even through an inferior lens you're looking pretty good Octy. Tober? Either way you should be proud of yourself. I sure am.
A beautiful Saturday afternoon pumpkin patch excursion where the light could not have been more heavenly. Field of dreams ya'll... field. o. dreams.
I'm riding along with my little cow pokes somewhere in here and my husband says, See? Don't say I never take any pictures of you.
We've had quiet mornings of coloring and watching sisters become friends.
We've had impromptu backyard family soccer games after dinner...
and a backyard trapeze performance.
Snapping pictures just because my beautiful girls are growing up before my eye, or
because of first time pony-tails on a baby who is almost no longer a baby, or...
because I can't believe I have a daughter old enough to read Harry Potter out loud to me while I do the dishes. All of this! Bounty. Fullness. Beauty.
We went to our friends farm with a beautiful old barn and
and a half pipe.
And another pumpkin patch. My kind of farm.
An entire afternoon was spent collecting and arranging leaves. First like this...
then like this...
then like this...
maybe on black.
Also, I have a thing for teeny, tiny leaves.
Bring me all the tiny leaves please!
Or leave them on the tree...that's good too.
One afternoon there was the perfect fall, sunshiny rainstorm--a meteorological unicorn if you will--so I ran outside with my camera and tried to capture it on film. Not as good as the real thing, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
And then Halloween. Once again dad won best parent by carving Zuzu a beloved Mickey Mouse pumpkin.
I surprised both of my big girls by showing up for their class parties...I think Ariel was happy.
Making slime with PSP's class (though they weren't allowed costumes. Sad face.)
And Halloween night we took one flapper girl, Hermoine Granger and a costume resistant toddler out trick or treating in our neighborhood that was full of fire pits and people waiting to greet you on porches in chilly, but mild weather. The rain held off until later that evening. Win!
My heart is full. My cup runneth over.
Lets do this again next year October.
In the meantime, bring it November. You've got big shoes to fill.