Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Halloween happens to be my favorite Holiday of the year! This even happens to be my favorite season! I love the crisp cool air at night, the cooler temps (if 75 degrees can be considered cool) and the beautiful fall colors, which you don’t see much of around here in SoCal. But where I grew up there was rolling hills of color as the trees went through their color changes. Oh what a beautiful site!

This month, the girls and I have been very busy with trips to Disneyland to visit their Halloween area and Haunted Mansion all done up in Nightmare Before Christmas. Of course we have been checking out the various pumpkin patches all around too. Oh, and who could forget trips to Rita’s Italian Ice for a nice Pumpkin Pie Ice and Starbucks for Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Mmmm so good…. I love anything with Pumpkin flavoring!

First off we LOVE going to Disneyland with all the pumpkins everywhere, but one of the best parts is going to the Halloween area! Mickey and his friends walk around while dressed up in their Halloween outfits, they have a little Halloween parade and show for the kids too. Most of the time we go there to Conjure up a Villain (We have only gotten Cruella DeVille and Jafar this year, bummer). Miss M likes doing that so much that she volunteered to do the conjuring! It was so cute seeing her up there while waving the magic wand around. She was so excited when Cruella came out (I was a little bummed since it was the 3rd time we saw her at that point). But it was for the experience more then anything.

The pumpkin patches are always great! We’ve been to a few of them before but they are just so fun. The first one that we went to was the Irvine Park Railroad. I personally think this one is kind of pricey but since we went with friends I put that aside. The girls had tons of fun in the hay maze, haunted house and with all the cut outs.

Miss M had a field trip with her Pre-School this month at the Tanaka Farms. It was a lot of fun, we’ve gone there for Strawberry picking and Watermelon picking. But this was our first Pumpkin picking tour that we did. I paid to have Miss S participate too. They had tons of fun petting the animals, picking veggies (4 carrots, 4 green beans, 4 radishes and 4 onions each) and then picking their pumpkins! Miss M picked a fun white pumpkin and Miss S picked a super cute little orange pumpkin.

The next one that we went to is one of our favorites, The Great Park. In previous years they had it on one Saturday before Halloween. But since they are developing that area they made it every Saturday of the month! This I thought was awesome because it seemed to cut down on the amount of people that participated (you had to per-register for the event). While the kids had fun walking around trick-or-treating, doing crafts and playing games, Mr F and I felt a little disappointing by how they had the pumpkins laid out. Instead of having them in their growing rows they had them all bunched up into rectangular rows. Kind of took the whole pumpkin patch feel away from it. It order to participate in the trick-or-treating and pumpkin patch each kid had to bring in 5 non-perishable foods for the food bank. This of course is an awesome deal!

The last Halloween event that we did was Santa Ana’s Boo at the Zoo. We have done this for a few years now. The girls love being able to see the porcupine awake and walking around at night. Unfortunately, he wasn’t out this year so the girls were a little disappointed by that. But they did get to take a try at milking a cow in the dairy barn. It was a fake cow, but still they get the idea of how to do it. We were a little disappointed by the lack of stuff that this year had (they are doing a lot of new builds and renovations so I can see why they would cut down on the stuff this year) but the girls did get a cute little Wreck-it Ralph stuffed animal on the way out. She is one of the racers from Sugar Rush… and she smells like grapes! MMMmmm

Miss M’s pre-school class took place on Halloween so they had a cute little Halloween party with all the kids dressed up in their costumes. To start the party off the kids walked to the corner of the street and tried to get the cars that drove by to honk. It was so cute seeing them all walking around in their costumes. The parents all brought in treats, snacks and drinks for the kids to much on. Even little Miss S got to have some!

Now we are finally to Trick-or-Treating! We had some friends come over to go around our neighborhood with us. Our neighborhood is mostly older families so there isn’t that many kids that go around. So, when our crew came around people were very excited! Since the parents were dressed up to, we even got candy! Right when we started to head back to my house it started to sprinkle! That is a very rare thing down here in SoCal… I was happy that it was raining but why couldn’t it have come on another night! One night when we are actually doing something, it decides to come. Lucky for us though it was only sprinkling… it didn’t start down pouring until around 1 o’clock in the morning.

We had a very fun filled October as you can see! Hope yours was just as good! Feel free to share your Halloween costumes with me, I would love to see them!

Orange County Fair time!

Photo from OCRegister.com

My husband and I decided to take my girls to the OC Fair on Sunday since it was the last day. It was a fun day for everyone! We don’t do all the stuff at the fair that you usually do though. Since both of the girls are a little young still, we just hit up the animal barns and went through the crafting/art building (big surprise there huh!). We did play a couple of the games and won some stuff for the girls.

So, this morning we packed up the van and headed to the fair. Their weekend promotion is if you get there before 11am you get the admission tickets for $3 a person instead of the full price of $12. Big savings so there is always a mad rush to get their in time. When we get into the parking area I always hop out of the car and get in line for the tickets while he parks the car and gets the kids together. Makes it easier to get in that way with the kids.

Whenever we go anywhere I always bring the girls some food an drinks to save some money. This time I decided to bring two cans of soda (one for me and one for my husband), little did I know that you are not allowed to bring cans into the fair so they took an ice cold can of Dr Pepper and Mello Yellow. We actually thought of running the two cans back to the car but decided against it last minute. I’ve brought cans into Disneyland before with no problems so I never even thought that I wouldn’t be able to at the Fair. Lesson learned I guess.

Once we got into the fair we sprayed everyone down with some spray sunscreen (best invention ever btw) and headed to the animal barns. The first barn had a bunch of llamas in it. All of them had been sheared previously so they looked a little silly. I even heard one lady say that they looked like poodles. Hehehe I loved looking at the piles of yarn that they had there. They had such beautiful colors and textures. Of course I was so excited by the sight of them that I forgot to take a picture to share with everyone. I mean what yarn lover would have taken the time to step back and take a photo of the yarn when they could be touching the fabulous fibers instead!

They also had some goats, pigs and a turkey in that barn and the second one. They had a bunch of fainting goats that were head butting each other but alas they did not faint. I have always wanted to see that happen in person. Nothing is funnier then watching a goat run through a field and all of a sudden go stiff and fall to the ground. Then proceed to get up and walk away like nothing happened! Hahaha

The last barn in that row had a bunch of dromedary camels. The girls weren’t to impressed with those since we see them at the Santa Ana Zoo all the time. But I still think they are fun to watch move around and eat.

Yes, that is my husband’s shoulder. Shhh don’t tell him.

The last barn in this area was the Budweiser Clydesdales! I just love looking at these hugely massive horsesĀ  and the long hair around their ankles. They are such gorgeous animals, probably my favorite ones to see at the fair. All the girls kept talking about was how big they were.

We left this area to go to the Centennial Farm which was basically on the other side of the fair. While we were on the way there we saw some awesome metal sculptures next to a BBQ pit. We were more impressed by the dragon then the knight. But they were both very cool to look at.

When we got the Centennial Farm the first thing that we saw were baby chicks! They were so cute! They also have goats, sheep and long horn cattle in that area.

At the end they had mama pigs with their babies. The first set that we came across looked to be a couple of weeks old but still snuggling up with their Mama. The middle pen had much older babies… I would say that they looked to be a couple of months old. But I have no idea, I’m not a pig expert. hehehe The last pig pen was the more exciting one! That Mama Pig was delivering babies as we were watching! When we first got there she had three little babies and then there were four! How exciting to watch such a thing!

We decided to head over to the Family Fairway after this so the girls could play a couple of games and on our way there we happened to go through the artists area. At the end of it they had a Butterfly House! Of course we had to go in there and do that! We all got our q-tips dipped in sugar water and went looking for a willing butterfly to come hang out with us. I was able to get one that let me pass the q-tip over to Peanut so she could hold it and then gave to Mushy to have a try at holding it. That one left us shortly after so I couldn’t get it to move to one of us for a photo op. The next one that I got on the q-tip just didn’t seem to want to stay on it, but Peanut got to hold it for a little while before it left. The last one that we got to hang out with us was our favorite though! This one actually went onto Mushy’s finger and boy was she excited! When I asked Peanut if she wanted it on her finger she was not having it. Hahaha Guess a q-tip is better then nothing. Mushy ran out of the butterfly house yelling “Daddy ! Daddy! I had a butterfly on my finger!!”

We decided to wrap up the day at the fair with some games. We tried to get a Despicable Me unicorn at the water gun game with no luck. We ended up getting a yellow bear at a frog fishing game for Mushy and a Molly at a balloon throwing game for Peanut though. And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to the fair without winning some goldfish! So, Nemo now has some buddies to swim with again. The girls wanted to name them but I told them that we can wait until they are here for a couple of days.

All together I think it was a fun-filled Sunday for this family!

How about you? Do you like going to the fair? If you do, what is your favorite thing at the fair?