We got a chance to carve the pumpkin Grandmama gave us and we used this Pumpkin Prayer as we did it. Riley refused again this year to touch the "yucky stuff", but Maggie poked it and played with it a little bit. We made pumpkin puree out of 2 smaller pumpkins and had pumpkin pancakes that night to wrap up our themed activities.
Here's one of our "pumpkins" all dressed up after church last week. She's getting so tall and talkative! She's been calling her paci "pappy", and says her own version of ball and book (usually leaving off the last letter sound). She repeats everything that Riley says and is also showing lots of love with random kisses and hugs and pats on the back which of course melt our hearts! She's still a ham for any camera (check out that wrinkly nose and "cheese" pose in the second picture). What a doll baby!
My other little pumpkin is learning and catching on to concepts so fast these days too! Here he is with his spelling spider web that we made. He got to throw a pom-pom after spelling words like cat, hat, dog, mom, dad, log, net, etc. that I would sound out for him and he'd tell me what to write on the dry erase board. Of course, he wanted to spell words like refrigerator and marker instead! He is really starting to grasp how to show kindness to others. He's sharing some more with Maggie and praying such sweet, sincere prayers for others. He really liked the plate of goodies we made for the nursing home workers, but also wanted to make sure that we saved some cookies for him too!
We had a super special day on Halloween. It began with a trip to IHOP for free "Scary Face Pancakes" which consisted of a pancake with Oreo eyes, strawberry nose, and and candy corn teeth. Then we went to a local nursing home to drop off our plate of goodies and trick or treat down their hallways. I think it's important for both Riley and Maggie to be exposed to people of all ages and abilities. After that, we headed to Cherry Park to run off some energy. Here's a picture of Riley helping Maggie go down the slide.