October Weekends

 (This post is about October, therefore will not contain anything about the election. Also, because I don’t want to talk about it because it’s just too…. embarrassing? Depressing? Scary?)

Ahem. So, yes, October was a wee bit ago. Why it’s taken me so long to get these thoughts and photos recorded is beyond me. But here we are.

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October started for us with a road trip to Annapolis. We hadn’t been to a Navy football game since before we left for Belgium so we had to remedy that. With family and friends in Annapolis it’s always fun to return to my hometown and Ben’s alma mater. Game day was a complete wash out. Cold and rain didn’t keep us away from tailgating or the hill to watch Navy beat Houston. The rest of the weekend was rounded out with geocaches, crabs and phrase frenzy.

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What would October be without pumpkins? We headed out to the fields and each chose a carving pumpkin, another experience we haven’t had in years. Should you ever visit Jacquemin Farms in the fall, do yourself a favor and pick up some apple doughnuts. Oh my lord, so good.

Oh, you thought we were done with pumpkins? No, no. The Circleville pumpkin show has been going on for 110 years and this was our first year to join in. Man, there were so many people there. But we powered through and got ourselves all the pumpkin food!  Pumpkin chili, pumpkin soup, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin pie, pumpkin trifle. If we weren’t eating them we were checking out the heaviest award winners, strolling past towers of them, examining the blue ribbon baked goods made with them and children’s artwork dedicated to them. It was like a small town fair times ten.

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Somewhere in there, L gained herself one of those stories that you get to tell for the rest of your life.  While making graphs about running speeds in science class, she fell and tried to catch herself with both hands resulting in two (!) broken wrists.  Let’s just say, her friends were not at a loss of space to sign their names.

Which brings us to Halloween.  As you know, we love a good group costume.  (See here and here and here) and we couldn’t let a new Star Wars movie slip by without paying it some respect.

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All in all, exactly the kind of October I had been waiting for (minus the visit to the emergency room).

 

 

 

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