Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rewind and Recap: October!

October was another busy month for the Pitman family! We started the month with an unexpected, wonderful trip to Canada for Canadian Thanksgiving, which also happened to fall on my birthday. (Which is the most beautiful time of the year in Ontario!) Because he knows that this is my FAVORITE time of year to be at home, Neil conspired with my family and planned this fun trip to to surprise me. We left super early on a Saturday morning and Iain and I followed the Emmaus volleyball team to Chicago, where they played (and won, I might add!) two awesome games! Then Neil, Iain and I left for good old Flint, Michigan, where we met my parents and stayed overnight at a hotel. We all left for Canada in the morning, and poor Neil headed back to Dubuque and work. Then he drove BACK to Canada in time for my birthday the following Friday, and we all spent the long weekend there and celebrated Thanksgiving together. It was a great trip, although I don't have many photos to show for it. We did a lot of lounging around, a lot of good family time and a lot of visiting friends, ate lot of good dinners (including a bang-up Thanksgiving feast, fried turkey and all, complete with a drumstick for the little man!), went to our traditional Thanksgiving craft shows, and spent a lot of time"putting" with Grampy for Iain! He even got to try his hand on a real golf course. Needless to say...he loved it! And there were a LOT of tears when it was time to leave! I also enjoyed lunch and a birthday play at the Shaw Festival, with my good friend Deborah, but sadly have no pictures of that day!

Other than that trip, we mostly stuck close to home. We went to lots and lots of volleyball games at Emmaus, (including the inaugural JAM the GYM!) and Iain and I had a super fun sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa Pitman's house one weekend that Neil was out of town with the team. Neil's band, The Surf Report, had a release party for their third album (check them out here!) and it felt like "old times" to stay up late and hang out with friends and listen to music! (Although I must admit, it was a lot harder than it used to be to stay up past midnight!) Iain and Mama baked autumn cookies and delivered them to the neighbors, took a lot of walks in the nice fall weather, and spent lots of time snuggled up inside coloring, doing puzzles, and reading books.

Of course, we finished up the month with a weekend full of Halloween celebrations. On Saturday morning, we headed to the nearby pumpkin patch, where Iain found and collected "bumpkins" and "gourd-as" to his heart's delight. From there, we headed to the apple orchard and got some cider and a tractor ride! We carved our pumpkin in honor of Iain's "funny face", and had a blast trick-or-treating and handing out candy with Uncle Graeme and Aunt Ashlee and our little "burza". (For some odd reason, this is what Iain consistently calls a bear....we're not sure where he got his little Polish accent...!) It was a very harvest-y month, (as October should be!) with lots of leaves, color and beauty, and lots of fall fun. Because I have a TON of pictures this time around, I'll stop talking, and just let you see! Here's what we did in photos!

Reading his FAVORITE book with volleyball buddy Shannon

Advising Grampy as to putting strategies...

The chilly Vineland craft show (pardon me...ARTfest!)

At the golf course with Daddy, Uncle Brett and Grampy

Sister time at the Ball's Falls Craft show!

Thanksgiving feast!

Big boy coloring!

Snuggling at Grandma and Grandpa's

Cookie delivery!

At the Pumpkin Patch, choosing gourds and pumpkins!

Pumpkin carving with Daddy

Little Burza, trick-or-treating

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