October, Halloween, Fall, colorful leaves, crisp mornings…this is my FAVORITE time of year! Each year, once October rolls around, I become a kid in a candy shop. This year is a little different and I wasn’t able to whip out my storage bin of Halloween goodies because I don’t have time to decorate the way I normally do. I did get our two wreaths up, our bat window clings, our lighted jack-o-lanterns, and our candy corn lights out, but that’s it. We normally light our walkway with skeleton lights and hangs limbs from our entryway, but we never got there.
I was hoping Caleb would wait to be born until October 1, because I wanted an October baby, but he jumped the gun. I always wanted a fall baby and he is definitely my favorite little pumpkin. Before Caleb was even born, Manfriend bought him a puppy Halloween costume and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton outfit. He will surely be wearing one of them to great all of the Trick-or-Treaters with me.
I love all things pumpkin and have been obsessively making layered pumpkin cheesecakes and pumpkin pies. I have been able to do this when Caleb is sleeping or when I put him in my Moby wrap. Because I love pumpkin so much, it should be no surprise that I love pumpkin flavored anything. Last year my friend took me to a cooking lesson which was pumpkin themed. We learned to make pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin bread pudding and these are still two of my favorites recipes! There has been one area where pumpkin flavor has failed me: Hershey’s Kisses. They made a pumpkin flavor and it is disgusting. It takes just like spices and nothing else. I think they should have called them “Nutmeg Kisses” because I taste little to no pumpkin whatsoever! Moving on…
In the last couple of years we have gone to haunted Halloween forests and a haunted asylum (which was scary as hell) but we won’t be taking wee Caleb to the scary festivities this year. (And to be honest, Manfriend hates them so he said he won’t go again…I think they scare him more than he wants to admit though). So, we decided we would take our little pumpkin to the pumpkin patch and just eat some roasted corn and gallivant through the corn maze. Did we do that? Nope. It has been raining so much here that the idea of trudging through mud with a newborn is a Nightmare on Elm Street in itself. We plan on doing those festivities next year when we know Caleb (and we) will enjoy it more. I think drinking hot chocolate in our warm house, carving pumpkins and eating roasted pumpkin seeds with my new family beats being out in the cold any day.
P.S. Check out these awesome photos my sister and brother-in-law took! I asked them to do a photoshoot because I’ve seen lots of their other photos and know they could do just as great a job as any photographer. We decided on an exchange so in lieu of the photo shoot payment, I am making them an art piece for their house (which is taking me longer than I had wanted). Caleb screamed for the bulk of the time he was in this outfit- so it definitely fit the theme. I cannot wait to see the rest of his photoshoot because they did such an amazing job already! Thanks so much Jim and Becca! You are awesome!
The “Caleb” pumpkin was painted by our friend Nicholas Nyland.