After our trip down to Houston, we kept things in gear and rolled right into the middle of the month with a number of season-specific activities. The weather was so nice we spent a decent portion of the weekend outdoors, which was just fine with the kids.
Really, it all began with a delivery that showed up from a store that’s very familiar to the boys.
They were very excited. About the delivery.
Super, duper excited.
Too excited for words.
Once they’d finished playing in what I can only assume was a boat or a car or a rocket ship, we got down to the business of actually putting the contents to use.
The last bits for Max’s Halloween costume. Peter Pan and Buzz Lightyear.
As the week wore on, we found other ways to distract them, like getting them some video game time on Thursday.
This is what it looks like when Max wins.
…and when he loses.
The stickers on their shirts came from the dentist, where Max got to talk all about his two missing teeth (yep, another one came out shortly after the last one). Both of them did shockingly well, and earned the upcoming weekend festivities.
Once Saturday arrived, it was time to head back to the dentist’s office. They were holding their annual Boo Bash, and the kids have been begging to go for weeks.
They weren’t quite sure what to make of the petting zoo.
But they warmed up to it nicely.
Owen even agreed to pet the goat.
Christy was kind enough to hold us a spot in line for the pony rides while the boys did that, so we quickly rushed back over.
Ahh, Owen’s picture smile.
Not quite the same as when he was Woody, but pretty good nonetheless.
We continued around to the various activites, like bowling…
…throwing bean bags…
…and, of course, face painting.
Max opted for the kitty.
Owen very reluctantly agreed to a teeny, tiny pumpkin, then scowled the whole time.
Until they showed it to him in the mirror, of course.
Balloon animals were also demanded.
Before we knew it, they were starting to pack everything up. We decided to take that as our cue to head out and get ready for the fun afternoon we’d planned. It’s been a while since we invited some of the boys’ oldest friends over.
Of course, not long after they arrived the ice cream truck came through.
So everyone got some ice cream.
The face paint managed to survive the nap.
Owen was happy to see his favorite person in the world.
Alex was just generally happy for some reason.
And everyone’s tongue gained its own unique hue.
Once they were completely full of sugar, we decided to take them out to burn off a bit of their excess energy.
So they went on slides…
…climbed all over the place…
…listened to each other yelling through the tube phones…
…enjoyed themselves thoroughly…
…imitated their favorite cartoon characters…
…and even somehow managed to sit for a half-decent family photo.
We tried to get some of the kids, but…yeah…
Then we went right back over to the park for some more fun.
I even took a little time to hang out with the big guy.
The following morning, we tried to start things off a little more calmly.
Never too early for toy catalogs.
But that didn’t last, as we had planned an outing with some cousins.
Been a little while since we’ve been out to the pumpkin farm.
Obligatory “Yes, Max is that tall” shot.
They really seemed to enjoy messing around on this tractor.
Max braved the ritual of feeding the longhorn this year.
Owen, emboldened by his previous goat experience, did the same.
We were joined by our little cousin Maggie.
They all had a great time feeding the goats, even though most of them didn’t seem very hungry.
Max insisted on going into the hay bale maze as soon as he could.
Once he’d gone through once, he demanded to go through again. And again. And again. After the first time we let him try it out on his own. Somehow he managed just fine. I lost track of how many times he dragged his brother through there.
Of course, we insisted on making them sit for a group photo.
Then there was our thinly-veiled ulterior motive for inviting Maggie along…baby Scout!
This was the first year they were both big enough to go on the little tractor ride.
We rounded it out with the big hay ride.
Then, of course, the pumpkins…it is a pumpkin farm, after all.
All that, and it’s not even Halloween yet. If you want to see the rest of the photos from the set (and there are plenty more), you can click here. Otherwise, you can check out a couple of videos from the week.
I had to cut out the middle part where he purposefully went the wrong way for several minutes…