Friday, November 9, 2012

Halloween Fun

The week of Halloween was upon us faster than I could imagine and we were busy doing a festive activity each night in celebration.

First up was pumpkin carving.  Last year we didn't carve a pumpkin as life with a new baby left little time for such things and he was too young to care either way.  Our pumpkin sat on our porch through Thanksgiving in it's un-carved glory.  This year Becker wanted to bring home a pumpkin as soon as Trader Joe's busted out their display in September.  Becker chose a nice big "fairytale pumpkin" for the front porch early in the month along with a gourd for the table.  On a subsequent TJ's trip (we are there at least 3 times a week it seems), he chose his carving pumpkin.  When the night came to carve the pumpkin I remembered my childhood days of carving in our underwear with a newspaper covered table because it was always such a mess.  I covered the table, stripped Becks down to his diaper and we set to work.  For being the boy who loves mud and dirt of all kinds, he surprised me by not wanting to touch the "goop" on the inside!  This kid will bend over and take a mouthful of gravel if the opportunity strikes, but orange stringy stuff inside a pumpkin?  No way.  He was very interested in watching the whole process, but touching it was just not going to happen.  He did briefly put a spoon inside the hole, but then quickly changed his mind and said "Mama help."  He sat content on my lap watching as I picked out all of the pumpkin seeds from the goop for us to bake.  Maybe next year he will surprise me and paint himself orange in the stringy goo?

The following night was pumpkin shaped cookie baking.  Becker helped me make the dough the day before and we let it chill in the refrigerator.  Daddy is our expert roller for cookies and pizza dough so we definitely needed him to be home for this project.  Becker helped roll the dough and snagged a bite for himself with a little grin.  His normal "cookie" would be a graham cracker so I am sure the realness of this cookie dough was a bit of a shock.  He was focused on the tasks and thrilled with the end result.  He even got to share a finished cookie with Mommy & Daddy.  He always surprises me with how willing he is to share, never afraid that there isn't enough or won't be more, even when in this case, there won't.

And the finale of the week was Halloween.  Becker has been making animal sounds since well before he could talk and his pig snort is our favorite.  When his costume arrived in the mail we tried it on and he wasn't too happy with the head piece, but loved the idea of "being a pig."  I did not expect him to wear the hood and was thinking of using some bronzer on his face to make it look dirty like a little piggy.  By the time Halloween sprung upon us, Becker was more than excited to wear the whole costume, headpiece and all.  He loved his tail and his little hooves.  I bought him a small metal pail to round out the outfit and Daddy and I dressed as farmers.  We talked about wearing the costume throughout the day and Becker would ask, "pig costume on?" at various points.  We talked about how we would go knock on doors and show neighbors his costume and that they would give him food you don't eat.  He said "trick-or-treat food!" all day.  When Daddy came home we got everyone dressed in costumes and set out down the street.  Some very thoughtful people handed out mini bags of pretzels meaning Becker could have one of the "treats" when he got home.  He was a trooper and walked all the way up the street checking out the other kids and decorations.  A couple of people commented on his tiny pail because it filled up pretty quick.  I laughed as they didn't realize that was completely intentional and I told them they didn't actually have to give him anything, we were just doing it for fun.  We headed home by 6pm and Becker was in bed just a tad past his normal bedtime.  He really enjoyed dressing up getting all of the attention in his costume.

Practicing Trick-or-Treat at home

And my favorite photo of him with his pumpkin.
Little Buddy and his Pumpkin before Trick-or-Treating

Pumpkin Patches

This was officially Becker's October where he could understand the concept and ideas of fall and Halloween.  Last year we did the pumpkin patch rounds and took photos of him absorbed in these huge orange balls and then took him out to dinner in his pumpkin costume and that was that. 

This year was different.  We went to the first pumpkin patch with Becker's Great Grand Parents and he loved the different sized pumpkins and trying to pick them all up.  He's a pretty strong kiddo!

Next we drove 2.5 hours in horrific traffic to Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center.  It was close to 90 degrees outside.  We drank a lot of water and stopped for each adult in the car to use the potty once on the drive. Somehow we completely forgot about the toddler strapped in the carseat who had just sucked down 14oz of water out of his new Camelbak bottle.  When I took Becker out of the carseat he was sitting in an actual puddle and I felt horrible. When he got antsy in the car, I thought he was hungry so I had given him a snack not even thinking that he may need a new diaper.  Mommy fail!  Thankfully I had a back up outfit packed although I was pretty dissapointed that he would not be wearing "the pumpkin patch outfit" I had selected that morning.  He was a good sport and enjoyed a few minutes of "naked baby" in the parking lot.  We had a good sweaty time chasing Becker and Bodi through the pumpkin patch and got a few cute photos to boot.


Becker was a pumpkin patch pro by his third trip.  This time we ventured to Tanaka Farms in Irvine with our playgroup.  As new moms, we took our babies to a different pumpkin patch last year and it has been so much fun to watch them grow and change.  This year was even more fun now that they are toddlers.  I just love these 4 sweeties!  We visited the petting zoo, climbed in the pumpkins and rode the tractor wagon around the farm.  Now, Becker calls his friends on my old cell phone to set up play dates at the pumpkin patch.

Look how much they've changed!