Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Celebrating Halloween and lots of firsts...

Friday was actually quite amusing. I noticed on a sign that they were having a petting zoo, pumpkin carving and face painting at a local business so we got her dressed and drove there. Now picture this "petting zoo" that was by a local animal "rescue". Notice all the quotation marks. I wish I had taken pictures. Well the petting zoo consisted on three animals tied to a chain link fence. A baby buffalo and two goats. In various cages there was a opossum, about 8 cats in one cage, 4 small yapping dogs in a cage fit for a bird, oh and don't forget the wolf being wrangled by a young girl. Now when I say wolf, I mean straight out of a Sookie Stackhouse novel. My eyes were as big as saucers when the girl says oh you can only pet the back end of the wolf as she muzzles it and wrestles it to the ground. Ummm, NO! I quickly picked up Emerson and whisked her away. So, Emerson is the only person up here and they have horse with a saddle and I set her up on the saddle and held on to her and she did truly enjoy it...but the lady was like, "You want one or two turns????" Seriously!! Okay so we decide to head back to the car and they tell us oh there is face painting up there and points up to the building. So we go up and see they have a pack of face painting crayons that you buy at Walmart and I guess that means I'm supposed to be doing the face painting. Oh well, not a total loss because Emerson got her ginormous balloon and itty bitty pumpkin and away we went. I really wish I had taken photos of the "petting zoo".

Saturday night we went trick or treating. There was some controversy about when people were actually doing this because Halloween fell on a Sunday this year. This is a small community with a whole bunch of churches. The county officials and the paper proclaimed that trick or treating would be on Saturday so that's what we planned. First we went to the local mall that was having an event put on by the local mom's club. It was packed!!!! We quickly left there as well. Thank goodness that the actual trick or treating went off without a hitch. This was Emerson's first time trick or treating....she's a natural to say the least. We practiced saying "trick or treat" all week but she had stage fright when it came down to saying it to strangers. She would walk up to the door and just smile at the people holding enormous bowls of candy. But don't dare touch her bucket of candy or she would throw down in a nanosecond!!! I didn't buy her a costume this year.....just used various things laying around like her leotard from gymnastics, a tutu a friend made, and some wings from the dollar store. She insisted on carrying a toothbrush so we said she was the tooth fairy!!! We tagged along with my life-long friends Jenna and Kim and their respective broods!!!

Sunday was pretty low key and we went to a local church that was sponsoring a trunk or treat and I actually liked that even better then walking door to door!!!

I enjoyed being with Emerson all week and relishing many firsts like eating her first tootsie roll, trick or treating, riding a horse!! Tonight we're headed to the county fair for some fun!! I don't know how much of the rides we'll do with my little 31 inch princess but hey who can complain when they cotton candy and candy apples!! Yummy! Hope everyone had a safe and happy halloween!!!

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