October

For her own sake, October is wonderful. I must make myself forget that October foretells winter, the most dreary of seasons. Aside from my birthday, October means beautiful colors, perfect weather (if you live in Denver), great clothes, pumpkin flavored everything, and above all, HALLOWEEN! You'll hear about that last bit next week, but for now I'll address some of the other joys of this fine month.

Our Joy School took its first field trip last week, to a pumpkin patch. Asher ran around gleefully the whole time, and Finn tripped on pumpkin vines every five feet and ended up very frustrated and muddy. I was preoccupied with finding a perfect pumpkin for each of them, and in hindsight I probably shouldn't have bothered. Despite carefully combing every pumpkin in sight, both of my overpriced purchases lean heavily when placed on flat ground. 

After paying too much money to pick our own irregularly-shaped pumpkins, the kids jumped around in bouncy castles, ran threw a hay bale maze, and other various attractions.

 Finn was having a "lick everything" kind of day. The worst was the bar on the donkey pen.

Finn was having a "lick everything" kind of day. The worst was the bar on the donkey pen.

October this year also means making the most of our zoo membership. Our membership expires at the end of the month, and I don't plan to renew it right away. We went early in the month and marveled at "Washed Ashore," which is a traveling exhibit made of sea garbage turned into various ocean creatures. My favorite was the shark, but everything was pretty eye-popping.

 My littlest sidekick, before he busted out of his stroller.

My littlest sidekick, before he busted out of his stroller.

The boys also loved the primates. I see a lot of familial similarities here. 

Perhaps the biggest news I'd like to share of this month is something that no one but me will find exciting. I finished painting the eaves on our house! I've been working on this since July, and braved great heights, rickety ladders, and hordes of wasps to do it. Finn was a great mascot and a terrible help, as he climbed any chair or ladder I was standing on. Somehow his cuteness gets him out of everything.

And here are some random pictures that are too good to keep to myself.

 Finn is learning body parts. Every time I ask him where his nose is, his finger goes up it.

Finn is learning body parts. Every time I ask him where his nose is, his finger goes up it.

 He's very proud of that tongue.

He's very proud of that tongue.

 Asher was "being a pants monster," which I'm pretty sure was just a cover for "I thought my pants were a shirt."

Asher was "being a pants monster," which I'm pretty sure was just a cover for "I thought my pants were a shirt."

 Cutest little bathers anywhere!

Cutest little bathers anywhere!