Or rather things that didn’t happen. Hi there, Catie here!
As a family we all love Autumn. Here in New England the weather gets cool and we break out our sweaters and hoodies. The air is crisper, the sky a brighter blue, and our trees turn the most amazing shades of yellow, orange and red. Lena and Ri have their birthdays and of course Halloween happens! What’s not to love? We usually make the most of this time of year (I did even more so when Ri was little) by spending October picking pumpkins, going on hay rides, visiting haunted houses, taking a day trip (or two) to Salem, MA. We enjoy this season to the fullest because it is so fleeting and quickly turns to the hell that is winter.
This year though, we seem to have missed the mark. Lena and I looked at each other earlier in the week and said, “Wait, how are we this far into October and we haven’t done ANYTHING!?!?!”
So we pulled out our handy-dandy mobile phones and opened the shared family calendar and why we haven’t done anything suddenly became very clear. “Well we’re all free in like August 2018, maybe we could squeeze in a hay ride?” Sigh. If you think scheduling gets easier as the kids get older, let me just say this:
If anything, it gets worse. They turn into busy adults with classes and jobs and friends and opinions about how NOT fun things like pumpkin picking and haunted hay rides are (ahem, T, sorta looking at you here.) Toss in the fact that Paul works 2nd shift and Ri works overnights so evenings are usually out. Plus Lena has a relatively busy schedule between “real” work, writing, art and being an officer of a writers league. Plus we have a household to run, trips to take and a great many pets to care for. Chaos I tell you, chaos.
Anyway, Lena and I managed to round up the three spawn one night last week and take them to RWPZ Jack o’Lantern Spectacular which was amazing, as always. I recommend going on the Tuesday, the tickets cost less AND you’ll pretty much have the place to yourself. It was awesome to be able to take my time and look at each jack o’lantern without getting run over by a stroller or losing the rest of my group. So yay! One seasonal tradition done!
I know some of you are saying “Wait, it’s only the 20th, they have plenty of time to do more stuff.” In theory you are correct, however, we all have work and school next week and we’re going away the last weekend of the month. Well, most of us are going away, one of us *cough, Orion, cough* can’t get the time off work.
On the docket for tomorrow:
- AM – I.Hop for breakfast, followed by shopping and the dentist (for me, again)
- Afternoon – Hayride and pumpkin picking
- Night – Field of Screams Haunted Hayride, Haunted House and Zombie Paintball.
WE WILL SQUEEZE IN EVERY SECOND OF FUN WE CAN (or die trying)