October is over and even though fall doesn’t end for another month and half, it feels like it already has come to an end. Once Halloween is over we officially go on Holiday’s mode. Halloween decorations go down and Thanksgiving ones come up. Some of my friends are ready for their Christmas decorations and to put up their trees. I’m not quite there yet but I did start listening to Christmas music as of Wednesday morning. Yup, as of November 1st it is perfectly acceptable to play Christmas music. So, even though pumpkin flavors are still around through Thanksgiving, most fall activities are over and now it’s all about Turkeys, Santa, and gift shopping. So since this is the case, I thought I would write a recap of our favorite fall activities since there were a lot of firsts for Emma and how we prepare for the upcoming Holiday season.
First Time Apple Picking With the Baby:
We started our fall activities with Apple Picking the first week of October. We headed over to Jaswell’s Farm which is located in Smithfield here in Rhode Island. This is my favorite farm to go apple picking in. They have a great variety of apples and it is a very big farm. They also have a good selection of fresh fruits and veggies at their farmer’s market. I always stop and get a few along with one of their delicious homemade pastries.
This was Emma’s first time Apple Picking and it was very special for me. I wrote a whole blog post about it. (Read here why it was so special for me). She had a great time and loved running around the whole farm and through the apple trees. She kept wanting to take the apples on the ground instead of the ones off the tree though. It was really cute and I had a great time watching my daughter enjoy this experience and have so much fun.
Released Fun Treat Fridays (Fall Edition) Series on the Blog:
The fun activities didn’t just happen in our personal lives. Here on the blog I have been having a lot of fun too featuring this series. Every Friday I have been featuring a different treat/dessert using popular fall ingredients. So far I have featured Candy Apples, Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Ghosts in the Graveyard (healthy alternative), and Pumpkin Donuts. This series is still going on for another weeks and I still have two more delicious treats I’m sure you guys will love!
I’m really enjoying bringing you guys a brand new recipe every Friday that is sweet and healthy. These are all recipes that your kids can join in and help out in the making. They are very easy and a fun way to spend some quality family time. I am also enjoying this series because it has challenged me as a recipe developer and blogger.
Most of these are recipes I have been making for years. However, because I make them for myself and my family I would just throw a bunch of ingredients together when I wanted something sweet. It’s a great way to keep things clean and healthy. I’m not good at baking and with this series I had to improve these recipes and keep track of ingredients and measurements. It has helped me step out of my comfort zone and stick to something that I’m not too good at and improve myself at it. Even if it’s just a little bit. It’s also helped me keep my blog more organized and on top of things. Overall, it is improving my skills and my commitment as a blogger.
Went to the Pumpkin Patch:
What is fall without a trip to the Pumpkin Patch? Am I right? We took a trip to Adam’s Farm in Cumberland, Rhode Island. My friend and her daughter (who is Emma’s bff) joined us on this visit to this farm. We made it a girls day and had a great time. I absolutely love this farm also because in addition to gorgeous pumpkins, hay ride, and corn maze, they also have cute farm animals. They have cows, goats, ducks and many more. They also have a fun hay maze and the girls had so much fun playing in it.
This is actually the first farm Emma went to last fall for her first time pumpkin picking. It was really nice to go back and relive those wonderful memories from last year. The only downfall was that we went on a Monday so they didn’t have any popcorn. They only make it on the weekends. Other than that, we had a wonderful time and it was very refreshing being outdoors and enjoying some fresh air while we caught up on girl talk and our babies played together.
Saw the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular:
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is sort of a big deal here in Rhode Island. This event goes on for the whole month of October and it is held at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. It features a large number of pumpkins which are carved into many different designs by very talented artists. Seriously, these pumpkins are so impressive and look amazing lit up in the dark. Every year they have a different theme. This year’s was Travel Through Time and they had very creative designs. Here are some of my favorites.
To this activity we went with my husband’s cousin and her son who is just a couple of months younger than Emma. It was the first time for both of the babies so we were all very excited to have them experience seeing the cool pumpkins. They couldn’t have cared less! (lol). All they cared about was their popcorn and pretzel. They didn’t really seem to grasp the concept of how awesome these pumpkins are. Maybe next year when they’re a little older they’ll get to appreciate them more. If you’ve never been or if you ever find yourself in Rhode Island in October you definitely need to go to this great event!
Emma’s First Time Trick-or-Treating:
This was another very special first for me as a mother. While it was Emma’s second Halloween it was her first time trick-or-treating. I dressed her up as Minnie this year (last year she was an adorable witch) and she looked so cute. Her costume was picked out by her by the way. She saw it at the store and started screaming “Minnie, Minnie”, “Mine, Mine”. I had to get it for her.
Halloween night we went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood my husband grew up in and used to go trick-or-treating in himself as a child. It was very special for him to get to bring her here for her first trick-or-treat. At first she seemed a little skeptical and wouldn’t let us put her down when we approached the houses and the candy givers. However, as soon as she saw other kids dressed up she was super excited. She went down to the ground and started walking around the neighborhood by our side.
By the end of the night, she was walking up to the candy givers herself, grabbing her candy and putting it in her bucket herself. It was a great experience to see my daughter have so much fun on such a special night and watch her be a kid and full of excitement. These are the moments we live for as parents. Overall, it was a successful and unforgettable Halloween.
Now that October is over and we have entered Holiday season it is time to start planning all the fun activities for this time of the year. First up is Thanksgiving and this is probably my favorite Holiday. I get to cook a great big meal and then eat it while spending time with loved ones. It’s also the time to reflect and be thankful for everything we have. Our family tradition is to put up our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year, since Emma is older I am hoping that she can help us put up some decorations. It will be so cute.
Once December rolls in we start shopping for Christmas gifts. I also like to participate in a charity or find a way to volunteer around the Holidays. It is definitely something I want my daughter to grow up being a part of. Again, since Emma is a older I do want to take her and participate in some Holiday activities that are kid friendly. Last year we got to meet Snata for the first time and Emma did great. This year I want to do more things with her for the holidays.
To be honest, I do have to look into these because I’m not too familiar with them right now. I know they have the Polar Express Train Ride in Newport for kids to enjoy. I have to look more into it though and see if she is old enough for it. We have also talked about maybe taking a trip to The Rockefeller Center in NYC to see the tree. Either way, since having a baby Christmas is a lot more special and the best part of it is enjoying quality time with our loved ones.