Emma and Bryce had lots of fun this year with various Halloween activities. As already mentioned in the previous post, we went to the pumpkin patch (Emma still says in her prayer "We thank thee for going to the pumpkin patch"). We also went to the Ward Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat. Emma dressed up as Little Bo Peep, and Bryce was her lost sheep. After going home and allowing Emma to change costumes (tell me about it), I went back with her to the Elder's Quorum Party, where we posed with the Grim Reaper for bottom photo, and went on a "pumpkin hunt" -- kind of like an Easter egg hunt.

In addition to that, Emma had a Costume Party at her pre-school class. At the end of class, the kids marched in a parade, and got to sign some songs for senior citizens and the kids parents at the Community Center (co-located at her pre-school).

It was a fun Halloween.


A few days before Halloween, Emma, Bryce, and I made a trip to a local pumpkin patch to pick out our Halloween pumpkins. The pumpkin patch was unfortunately overrun with school children on fieldtrips (I counted 3 school buses!). Despite the crowds, we did find some good pumpkins. We had fun exploring the corn maze (in the above picture Emma and Bryce are clinging to each other as school age children dash around the maze at top speed). We also were able to ride a train ride which the kids enjoyed and Emma was thrilled when the sales lady gave her a pumpkin sugar cookie after we bought our pumpkins. I am often amazed at what little things can bring my children the most joy and create the most lasting memories.
Bryce is a cookie monster! A couple of weeks ago, I left Bryce playing downstairs to go and help Emma in her room for a few minutes. When I came back downstairs, I found Bryce happily gobbling down an Oreo cookie that he found hidden in one of our cupboards. He was quite upset when I took the package of cookies away from him and put a bib on him, but cooperated with this picture when I let him finish eating the cookie he had in hand. To this day, he continues to rummage through the same cupboard hoping to find more cookies!


Trip to Ohio

In October, we took a trip back to Ohio. Fall is my favorite Ohio season because of the wonderful Fall colors and mild weather. It has been years and years since I have been back to Ohio in the Fall and so I was particularly excited. It was fun to get to spend time with Mom, Dad, Andrew, and Dinah! While we were there we also took a trip with Mom to Palmrya to see some of the Church historical sites and then on to Niagara Falls.

In Palmrya, I found the Grandin Publishing Building, which I had never visited before, especially interesting. It was here that the first edition of the Book of Mormon was published. We learned about the tedious and exacting process required to print and bind the books in the 1820's and 30's. Grandin printed 5000 copies of the first edition, an enormous number at the time. It was the primary focus of his business for more than a year, and by far the largest order Mr. Grandin ever took. Interesting, considering that he was never a member of the Church.

In Niagara Falls, we got to ride the Maid of the Mist boat. Emma and Bryce were very cute in their blue rain ponchos. Emma and Bryce did great on the boat. I was surprised that they weren't afraid! The only thing that upset Emma was that her pants got wet. This was quickly remedied by the purchase of a very cool replica of the Maid of the Mist boat that is also a piggy bank of sorts. She is always on the lookout for change (she knows where we keep change and I have discovered her raiding the stash) to put in her boat bank.

Emma started preschool in September. This is a picture of her just before leaving for her first day of school.

I have been a little surprised at how little Emma will actually tell me about what she does at preschool. She always seems to have an excuse to not answer my questions when I try to pry any details out of her. Lately she just makes any sort of nonsense noise in response to my questions or she will frequently say, "I have food in my mouth!", meaning that since she is observing proper etiquette, she cannot answer my questions.

I did have the chance to go and be the parent helper one day and was able to see first hand the things she does at preschool and so I feel a little more informed about what happens on a typical day. Every once in awhile if I ask the right question, she will tell me about a story, song, craft, or friend from preschool. So for now, I just cherish the little bits and pieces that she does share with me!