Last weekend (Oct 29) we went to Exploration Acres for Nathan’s birthday adventure. We’re keeping the tradition alive. This year we went with the Smith’s (who ended their halloween party early to come over and stay with Emily when we went to the hospital for Nathan’s birth) and the Cooks (we went with two years ago when Emily and Arthur were Lucy and Nathan’s age!).
It was cold snowing part of the time, raining a bit, with occasional sunshine. That didn’t dampen things much. We spent the first half hour playing with the bikes, teeter-totter, swings, big slide, and haystack maze. When the kids were begging to do the corn maze and the adults were excited to walk to warm up, we hopped on the tractor and headed to the entrance.
The kids wanted to ride in the wagons. This set up lasted the majority of the time until we convinced them it would be warmer to walk a little. Andrew led the way in navigating after strategizing which coupons we really wanted to hit the checkpoints for. With it being the last day of the maze being opened there were lots of little shortcuts and paths that we took advantage of.
We are grateful for friends that have become like family that we can enjoy traditions with.
That evening there was the trunk or treat at church. Emily was a princess (when everyone asked her which kind she said, “Princess Emily”) and Nathan was a fireman. I pulled their costumes together in the morning with them – just in case! (ha!) – and getting them dressed when they were already tired in the evening went well because Emily had already made decisions down to how we tied on her cape. I donned a doctor’s cap and mask and put a red cross on our white honda civic to create an ambulance. Andrew took the kids around and they had a great time. It didn’t take too long for Nathan to get the hang of trick or treating. He was also completely distressed at having to leave his bag of candy downstairs for the night after having a piece.