Closing day

I think we ended up using our season passes at least 9 times this summer. Owen wanted to go one more time before they expired, and I wanted to at least see the Halloween decorations.

It's really nice to go to an amusement park when it isn't sweltering hot.

Here is a rare picture of me with the girls. Rare for 2 reasons: 1 - I never post pictures of myself (since I'm always the one taking the pictures) and 2 - I get dreadfully sick on almost all rides. I found a motion sickness pill that actually works! Too bad it took me all summer to find it! I had so much fun this day!

They did lots of fun stuff for Halloween.

There was a corn maze in the little kids waterfall area.

They had pumpkin decorating for the little ones.

They had a GIANT foam pit that the kids could play in. I've never seen anything like it. Everyone but CoCo was too creeped out to try it out.

There were lots of cool decorations.

And, of course, the big kids had fun on the rides.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween!!

Halloween 2011

Yay Halloween!!!

We had a witch that hardly ever smiled.

A ninja that liked to attack princesses.

A Chinese princess dressed up as a Japanese princess.

And a very photogenic Dolly-wanna-be who insists that she, too is a Japanese princess.

A quick pick of Maddie and her BFFs.

And finally, our entry into the karate dojo Halloween party house decorating contest.

Happy Halloween!!

Happy 9th Birthday Owen!!!

Happy Birthday Owen!

Pumpkins 2011

This is what we did.

And this is what we ended up with.

Maddie (Team Jacob, all the way!!)

Owen (Argh!)

Ginger (Is there such thing as a princess pumpkin?)

CoCo (Glitter everywhere)

Mom (Staying Undead)

Halloween on the Gourd Farm

I don't take the kids to a pumpkin patch for Halloween. No normal stuff for us. Instead, we go to the gourd farm.

Just another one of the many reasons my children are destined to spend thousands of dollars in therapy when they grow up.

In any case, most of us had fun.

No matter how big they get, they still love to drive around these little tractors.

And, no matter how old they get, they love these goofy games.

The best part of the day is the haunted hay ride.

And no matter how old I get, that big bird always scares me.

Maddie was the only one who didn't have fun.

Fortunately, the folks at the farm were nice enough to let her take care of the animals.

And, of course, there are pumpkins to be had.

My only rule (about this particular thing, because we all know that I have lots of rules about lots of things) is -- if you pick it, you have to be able to carry it. I can't help but pat myself on the back, because I heard lots of parents repeat this back to their kids after hearing me say it.

All in all, another great day!