Saturday, November 1, 2014


The beginning of October felt a lot like....August. It was triple digits on the first day. We finally busted out the plastic pool. It was refreshing but the girls have reached the point the thrill of it only lasts about 5 minutes and then I end up watering the garden with the water. 
We were feeling pretty sick of the heat, especially with no A/C at home. By October our resolve wears thin and we are just crabby in the heat so we headed to the beach. Gemma wanted to giver her new bike a good spin. Ventura has a great paved beach walk.
We walked to the end of the pier, fueled by juice boxes and cheeze-its.
Then the girls cooled off in the waves before they got in trouble for going out too far and not listening and had to be carried off the beach in tears.
To get into the "Fall" mood we went to the pumpkin patch with Gemma's preschool. Again, it was over 90 degrees so it was hard to get in the spirit of picking pumpkins. We had a fun time never the less.
Who wouldn't love a tractor pulled hay ride?
The grow many different kinds of heirloom pumpkins. They are so pretty.
Everyone gets to take home a baby sugar pumpkin. Lily wanted the biggest one and Gemma chose a yellow/green one.
A tradition, the giant pumpkin face.
The house made of pumpkins. Wonder what the big bad wolf would have thought of this one?
See how much we've grown?
Lily's treasure.
The menagerie of silly faces.
They could have spent all day on the tractor slide. The best is when adults give it a go, it is really fast and you sort of rocket out the bottom.
We cheated this year and the girls decorated their pumpkins with potato head pieces.
They look pretty cute and since they have an aversion to the feel of pumpkin insides we didn't go to the effort of carving this year.
To get our fill of Halloween fun we took the kids and cousin Ben to Boo at the Zoo in LA. It is a special weekend event the zoo puts on. They have trick or treat stations and everyone comes in costume.
Gemma could not be convinced to wear her Elsa dress so we settled for her #1 favorite Elsa shirt (she has four varieties to choose from ) and her Elsa hat complete with long blond braid. Lily needed no convincing to wear her fairy costume. Ben wore his Thomas costume like a champ and the conductor hat too!
We pretty much ate candy after each station. Smarties were the over all favorite. I think this little guy ate about 10 packages of smarties. (American smarties are little sweet tart candies, not the chocolate drop smarties in England).
We got there when the zoo opened so it was cooler and not too crowded. Thomas and Alex had a pretty good time.
Don't worry we did see some animals too.
The vampire wasn't even in a cage. He didn't bite though.
They have a pretty good play area but it was super packed.
The reptile house was fun, if you like snakes and slimy creatures.
I'd say it was an over-all success.
October was a happening month for Lily. She got a heart of an eagle award at school.
Gemma wrapped up her gymnastics class at the park and rec dept. She really enjoyed it
It was all kids her age and they did floor exercises and performed their routine for the parents on the last day.
The bar was the grand finale. Gemma did great. She is very agile and has good flexibility. Her no fear policy also helps.
It was a busy month and we wrapped it up with trick or treating at Uncle E and Auntie Rach's house and the first rain fall of the entire year. October started out like summer but we're hoping now Fall has finally arrived.

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