Halloween Festivals Fun

Happy Monday. Today is brought to you by lots of coffee. I am already on my second cup and it is only 9am and I usually only drink one cup a day. After a crazy busy weekend, I need a vacation and one of those is not in the future. 
We had a fun filled weekend. Here is a photo filled fun wrap up:

Right after school on Friday we picked up dinner from Chick Fil A, ate in the car, and headed off to the Halloween Fair at Carlisle Reservation. From 5-7 it is kid friendly Halloween fun, and it is normally crazy busy. We got there a few minutes before they opened and got right in line...

We waited in line for 15 minutes to ride this Green Little Choo Choo. It is one of the big highlights of the event for kids. Previous years we have waited over an hour.

 Austin got so excited when he saw the Choo Choo, but doesn't like family selfies. The train goes down a path with a bunch of different Halloween Blow Ups. 

After riding the train, we walked down the 1/2 mile Halloween Fair Trail. Along the trail are pumpkins, animated scary things, ghosts, skeletons, scare stations (they are only open after 7), witches, tombstones, ... Nothing at the time we walk is scary, it is all just fun.

My favorite thing about the Halloween Fair is Pumpkin Hill. There are over 100 pumpkins that have been carved and donated by different organizations. At night they are lit up. We had a lot of fun again this year, this was our 3rd year going. The weather was gorgeous and such a fun family tradition.

Next we headed to Ella's school for their Fall Festival put on by the PTA. Austin ran and gave the blow up Mickey a big hug. 

Throughout the school were 8 different activity stations, like bingo, and ring toss. At each station the kids did an activity, got a punch on their activity sheet and got a piece of candy. When they completed the activity sheet, they turned it in and a random winner will be chosen this week at school to win a prize.
In the gym was also some cookies, drinks, and a dance party. Ella had a blast. We saw a bunch of her classmates, and a few girls from Girl Scouts. Austin wasn't behaving and Brian wasn't feeling well so they drove home early. Ella and I walked home when we were done. 

Saturday was Sweetest Day for us Ohioans. For those of you that don't know what Sweetest Day is, it is similar to Valentines Day. It is celebrated the 3rd Saturday in October, created by American Greetings (which is originated in Northern Ohio). It was originally meant for the lady to buy the guy the gifts and show appreciation. However most people including myself don't do it that way. My father proposed to my mother on Sweetest Day 38 years ago.
Saturday morning I woke up to Ella saying "Mommy breakfast is done, do you want it in bed or at the table?" I opted to get up and found that Brian and the kids got me flowers and a sweet card, made coffee, pancakes and bacon. What a great start to my day. 

Saturday was also Ella's last Cheerleading game for the year. They even got to cheer on the High School football field. 

It was a fun 2 and a half months. Ella had fun, made some friends, but said she really doesn't want to do it again next year. I think partially because she was cheering for a different school and it was a big commitment when you add in an hour travel each time. 

Saturday night was Boo at the Zoo at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo. We have went for the past 3 years (i think it may have been 4), and we have a blast every time. This year Brian and I also "dressed" up. Ella was a good witch with a green face and wart on her chin, Brian had on a Darth Vader shirt with a cape, Austin was Superman with a cape, and I was Bat MOM with a cape also. 

Throughout the zoo there are different Character Meet and Greets. Ella had to meet everyone and get a picture. I was so excited that she actually gave everyone a hug this year. She barely even hugged anyone when we went to Disney World last year. 

Ella's favorite part of Boo at the Zoo is standing in a bubble. She had to hold her tulle skirt cause it was to big to fit in the bubble.
Like always we had so much fun at Boo at the Zoo. Ella did two dance parties, got some candy, made a craft, and even saw her teacher. Austin enjoyed being in the stroller, seeing everyone's costumes and eating candy. Hopefully next year he will want to walk. 

Sunday started off as a lazy day for the kids. I went grocery shopping, then Brian cut the grass. The kids enjoyed not being rushed and playing with their toys. 
Later in the afternoon we enjoyed seeing family from out of town. Ella played with her cousins, while Austin enjoyed playing with rocks and dirt being a little boy.

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  2. Sounds fun to do with the kiddos! :)


  3. I did not know that about Sweetest Day! How cute!

  4. Wow!! I feel tired for you after reading everything you did in one weekend!! Sounds like it was awesome though and you made some great memories!


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