Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fall Firsts...

Fall is a special time of year: Football. Food. Fireplaces. Friends. Family. All of the good things that start with the letter F.

This fall has been particularly wonderful as it has been the little bug's first with us.

Here are a few "highlights" from our fabulous fall.

First football game festivities...including a trip to Hideaway pizza and pre game with the Pride. Mommy and Daddy got to enjoy the game courtesy of Ouma...but we also came home to another first. Baby's first fever. MC was a champ through it all though. She was her usual happy-go-lucky self. She has such a sweet sunshine about her, that even as I have seen her struggle through other little sicknesses this fall- she still has a joy that is not shaken.

"The Patch"
We got to take the little one to the pumpkin patch for the first time this year. She ate it all up. Almost literally.

I loved watching her touch all of the pumpkins that were around her. She smiled in the sunlight and at us - almost as if to say..."Is this for real? Because it seems too good to be true."

With first pumpkins comes the holiday of Halloween.Over the past several years we have insisted on carving pumpkins together. It was a HUGE deal in my home as I was growing up and one tradition that I will not soon part with. However, one thing would lead to the next over the years and Halloween would be over. And then there would be uncarved pumpkins-left to rot. But this year I persisted and insisted...and finally won out.

Baby watched as Mommy and Daddy carved pumpkins.

Offering a helping hand where she could....

And...It was also a first for daddy.

He wasn't so sure of the guts...but, once we got into the details, he became an old pro.

I think they turned out pretty good.

I look forward to this becoming a tradition with each year and for the day when MC can join in on the fun.

After the pumpkins have been carved, the next best thing is the costume. Or, maybe the costume comes first and then the pumpkin. Either way works.

I have always loved ladybugs so this year's costume for her first Halloween was a pretty easy decision. It is also befitting of the nickname I have for her, Bug. I crafted her costume from dollar store and Hobby Lobby finds. It was fun and I saved a few bucks (or a lot of bucks) and she looked pretty cute, if I do say so myself...

I also got to borrow a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" hat from my good friend, Catherine. I loved coordinating with MC's costume,"The (not-so) Grouchy Ladybug"- who knows, maybe matching (and crafting costumes) will turn into a tradition too. (Well, for as long as she will let me anyways...)

We even ventured out for a little "Trick or Treating" - which really consisted of showing off our little ladybug to our next door and across-the-street neighbors.

A little unsure at first....

but no tears were shed. In fact a few smiles were thrown towards our surrounding friends.

This week brings Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to adding on to and ending the fall with some wonderful memories. Our hearts are expectant for all of the bits we get to gobble up!