Luckily for us all, the Ducks were leading at halftime, so Daddy was in a great mood to trek the neighborhood for trick-or-treating time. We tried to get a picture with Grace, but since she doesn't eat candy, the idea of a bucketful didn't have the same appeal :) The flickering Jack-o-lanters were another story entirely! And the best treat of all?
This year, the boys each did their own pumkin!! It's amazing how big they are getting. Usually we have to do it for them, but this year they had their safety carvers and went to town. (Daddy did help with the initial stem-ectomy, but they even scooped their own guts!)
Grace missed the whole adventure since she spent an hour deciding that napping was not on her agenda today. It seems the 5 minutes in the van she got because the gas line at Costco was long was all she wanted. Does she know there is trick-or-treating tonite?
The Gordon Girls came up to do the pumpkin patch with us. Since the girls outnumbered the boys, we even decided to let Grace walk rather than stay in the backpack. She had a great time tromping around in mud boots and falling down. She even got to do her first hay maze.
Because she was on her feet, she was quite brave...but she also realized the benefits of being toted around.
We kept making the kids pose for photo-ops. I do not think they were nearly impressed at the 'memories' we were making as we were.
We took in the new exhibit at OMSI today - everything but the guillotine. I wasn't ready for that. I think Bayley might have tried it. He had a great time showing he wasn't afraid of creepy crawlies, gunshots, electrical shock, falling, being chased by a leopard...it was quite entertaining.
The picture is of the 'falling' machine. They strap you in and then tip you back while a camera records your fear response. It was interesting to see everyone flow from anxiety to startled to joy. Everyone who 'fell' ended with a huge smile on their face.
Hayden struggled between wanting to be with Bayley and his friends, or in the science playground with Grace. He opted for Grace and was wonderful about playing with her.
He tried to get her to love the water tables, helped her with playdough, and gave her the cutest puppet show on record. It was the most beautiful thing I've seen in ages. Sometimes things just align.
Bayley enjoyed big-boy time, playing with the friend he brought and another who happened to be there (both from his last school).