We had a magical beginning to our weekend with our school's lantern walk on Friday night. The children all had their lanterns they made in class as well as gnome hats lovingly made by their teachers or parents. It was a perfect Oregon night - full of rain. C gave up on her lantern before the walk even began (as brother rain kept putting out the candle) and K tried her hardest to keep her flame going but it just wasn't happening.
I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to get any pictures (due to the rain and the squirmy baby on my chest shaking my camera), but that's ok. We have our family lantern walk on Martinmas coming up in just a couple of weeks. Maybe I'll have better luck then. You can see last year's school lantern walk here and our family lantern walks from previous years here.
Kevin had to work on Saturday so we were unable to have our family day, but we made up for it on Sunday. This was to be our pumpkin carving day.
Our day started out with K and I getting some much needed time alone together, while Kevin had some time with C and Baby L. We ran out to buy K some fairy wings for Halloween and ended up also picking up a little
K and I were greeted with a warm fire and fresh baked cookies. I could get used to this sort of homecoming!
Kevin requested some time alone with his girls so Baby L and I disappeared into the kitchen to make dinner while they carved the pumpkin. I did have to sneak in a couple of times for pictures, though.
My little chef! We just started putting him in the high chair as he is beginning to sit up a bit on his own. It feels so funny, though. Now we need to go shopping for a chair for C. (Hopefully we can find it at a thrift store.) I don't know what to call them though - it's like a high chair but without the tray... anyone know what those are called? Anyways, back to the pumpkin magic.
The girls came to see Baby L and I in the kitchen to show me that Daddy had started cutting their pumpkin, so I followed with my camera. By the time their jack-o-lantern was finished, so was dinner. We ate a picnic style dinner on the living room staying warm by the fire. It was the perfect way to bring the day to a close.
After dinner we lit the candle in our pumpkin and read one of our favorite fall time books: Pumpkin Moonshine,by the fire. Then it was time for all the little ones to be asleep in their beds. That part of the day was a bit rough, as to be expected. The girls know today is Sunday and that means that it's back to work for Daddy tomorrow, leaving us without him, again, until next weekend. I don't blame them for getting anxious and cranky. I feel the same way!
I hope we can have more magical days like this in the future. I realize I did not convey just how magical these days were for us. It's something I am feeling but yet can not seem to put into words. Today, especially, reminded me of those fun family days from my own childhood. I know I will be holding on to it in my heart for a long time to come.
Now, please excuse me as I go back to relax and knit by that cozy fire!
P.S. I have been working on some much needed re-organizing here. If you are looking for the tutorial links, they all have their own page now located underneath my header. More organizing to come. I am just feeling a bit cluttered lately.