Monday, November 3, 2014

a happy halloween

On Friday evening we enjoyed a very happy Halloween together. I'm pretty sure I had some fun Halloweens when I was little, but this one has to be the best one I've had since then ... maybe even better.

While Emerson took a little afternoon rest I got a few things together for our evening activities: a lunch packed for Emerson, a yummy treat plated up to take to the pumpkin carving, camera, snacks, books, and a few other things. Although it felt like I was leaving with the whole house as I was loading it up into the car.

Our first stop was Landon's office building, several of the secretaries were doing trick or treating. After getting Emerson dressed up we went inside and met Landon. We walked around and Emerson enjoyed his first ever trick or treating. He was so good about it too. I'd tell him to take one candy from the basket, he would look at the candy, then gingerly reach his dimply little hand in there and pick just one candy. He was always sure to say sign "thank you" to the giver of treats, after I asked him to. They didn't know what it meant, but we did, and we told them that's how he says thanks. Each time he was so shy and sweet about getting candy and saying thanks.

We walked around the building for a while and made sure to hit up all of the participating offices. It was so nice that we were able to go trick or treating. If we hadn't have had the option of trick or treating at the civil building, we wouldn't have been able to go. It was freezing outside. It was nice to enjoy the safety and warmth of the inside while still having some Halloween fun.

Even though Emerson is still so little, and didn't really understand what was going on,  I think he still enjoyed himself. He loved running down the long hallways and then turning a corner to keep on running [maybe we should go play there more often? ;]. A few ladies gave out cookies or a little bag of snack bunnies, and he gobbled those up fast.

We got to explore most of the building and Emerson lead the way for most of the night, only being a little more shy when people were around.

It was the perfect way to go trick or treating. I think he'll have even more fun with it next year. And the loot he got was pretty good too. No bad stuff at all. Just the good things like Twix, Snickers, Milky Way, Reece's Cups, M&Ms ... things that he can eat and enjoy .... or maybe not? I'm sure that even if he doesn't eat them, someone around here will enjoy the tasty treat that they are ;)

After trick or treating we had a little bit of time before the pumpkin carving event started. And it was dinner time. So we went across the street to enjoy a little meal out as a family. Emerson ended up choosing something off of the kids menu [really, he pointed to what he wanted to eat] and ate it. He's getting so big! It was such a sweet and relaxing time as we ate dinner together. Even though it wasn't our usual Friday night - it was better. It was fun going to that particular restaurant for dinner. We had eaten at that same one when we came to visit Illinois when Landon was looking as schools. It was February and snowing like crazy. Emerson was just four weeks old. It was a little different going back this time, but just as fun.

After dinner we went to the pumping carving contest. It's an event done by one of the organizations in the department. We went last year and thought it'd be fun to go again. While we didn't carve a pumpkin, we did get to visit with some of the students, eat yummy treats, enter Emerson in the costume contest [he won :], and what not. We didn't stay the whole time, but it was fun for a bit and the students always seem to love seeing E and playing with him. Apparently there aren't many babies in the PhD program....

After the pumpkin carving we stopped to trick or treat at Bee's house. We stayed and talked/played for a little bit and then headed home. It was a super full [but not crazy busy] Halloween evening. I hope you all had evenings just as fun!


Susannah said...

Your little guy is just far too cute!

Jillian said...

Adorable costume for an adorable kid!!!

Sara McCarty said...

He is adorable! Love the elephant costume! What a cutie!

Laura said...

Such a cute little elephant!

Lauren said...

what an adorable little elephant! too cute!