Autumn is hands-down my favorite season. We are enjoying it to it's fullest - though I have to say it's sort of strange here where instead of a Autumn-Summer collision, there is a Autumn-Winter collision! Yesterday and the day before we experienced a huge snowfall, in fact, we had about a foot and a half in the back yard! How's snow sledding for a Fall activity?! Well, we were doing it!
I was obviously unprepared though, we couldn't find our sleds and Felicity doesn't have snow boots yet! Thankfully, I had just purchased thermals for all the girls on sale the previous week!
You would never have known that only a few days before, it was in the high 60's and beautiful out! We went to the pumpkin patch and apparently had perfect timing! It was a gorgeous day and we had so much fun picking out pumpkins, carving the big one, and eating pumpkin seeds.
Now we're getting ready for Halloween tomorrow, which is very exciting for the girls. Halloween is one of those holidays where we try to carefully balance the appropriate secular traditions with the Christian ones, seeing as that the following day is All Saint's Day!
We steer clear of anything scary or sketchy and are just taking the girls to "Boo at the Zoo" to trick-or-treat. They are dressing up as Saints, because in the evening we'll go to an All Saint's Party. I feel like that is a good compromise on the fun of dressing up and getting candy and avoiding what can certainly be quite a diabolical "holiday." All Saints/All Souls are actually two of my favorite days on the liturgical calendar. They are so profound and bring to light our mortality and need for Christ, just in time for Advent and Christmas!
This evening we got our traditional "jack-o-lantern" pizza from Papa Murphy's. We get these every year and the girls think they are such fun!
I've been making Saint costumes too, and am finally (at the last moment!) finished with them all, have them set out with all their accessories, thermals, shoes and socks, and trick-or-treat buckets for the morning when we leave for the zoo.
Tonight I was planning on making "soul cakes." They looked easy enough, but of course I ran out of time. Here it is midnight, I just got the baby to lay down without me holding her, and Charlie's still at work. It just didn't happen, so thank goodness I have apple pumpkin muffins stashed away in my freezer from the apple crop. I just got those out and they'll be perfectly thawed and ready to go by morning for a quick breakfast!
Aren't the glitter pumpkins lovely!? The girls and I enjoy watching Martha Stewart "On Demand" and saw the glitter pumpkin idea. They got so excited about it that I decided that we had better try it out! It was messy, and I had to order the glitter quite a while ago (I got mine on ebay for about 1/4 the price of the company Martha suggests), and of course the glitter is everywhere. But, we had such a fun time and I think they turned out beautifully! Hopefully the'll last through Thanksgiving!
Tomorrow should be a fun day, and we are looking forward to celebrating Serafina's baptism on All Saint's Day, followed by a visit to the cemetery and a Eucharistic Procession on All Soul's Day! I hope everyone enjoys their day tomorrow as well!