This weekend was classic fall in Indiana. Chock full of crisp air, light jackets, scarves and tall boots. And the trees. Swoon. SO many beautiful colors out there already!! I loved every minute of the past few days. If I could freeze-frame life into a perpetual fall, I’d be a happy lady.
Speaking of my love for all things fall, fall cooking is another love of mine. I’ve been scooping up all the acorn/ butternut squash I can find at the market lately. Whether it’s made into soups or just eaten with butter and brown sugar. So so tasty. I put my fall cooking to test on Saturday night, when we had a bunch of friends & kiddos over to our home. On the menu: chili, vegan cornbread (!!), jalapeño poppers, guacamole & many more delectables. I tried out a new chili recipe from my Mama that I found in my wedding cookbook, and it was a huge hit by all. Probably cause of the 12 oz Stella it called for I could eat chili and cornbread every day in October if I had to. & caramel apples. & cider. Oh, and squash too. We topped off the night with s’mores by the fire pit. Dude, I’m hungry again.
Sunday started off pretty lazy after our previous night of fun. E napped and the hubs ran into work for a few hours while I did some post-visitor house cleaning. After all of the above was done, we loaded up Libby and headed downtown for ZooBoo, the annual Halloween festival at the Indianapolis Zoo! We pulled into the semi-packed parking lot around 3p and waited for our friends at the front gate.
Once our friends Kevin, Lauren & Callie arrived, we all made our way through the gates. The idea behind ZooBoo is that kids (& adults if they choose) dress up in their Halloween costumes and visit all the Halloween-themed activities, all while doing the typical zoo spectating! Since this mama is slacking, and Emery still is costume-less (horrible, right??), we compensated by wearing his Halloween jams with a skull swacket on top. Unlike me, Lauren was on her game and Callie was all dressed up like an adorable little owl. She even played the part and gave her fans a “hoo hoo” when prompted! Skills, girl
The weather didn’t look very pretty, but it was (yet again) a classic fall day, mid 60’s with a light breeze. In other words, perfect for zoo-ing. Apparently the animals thought so too, because almost all of them were out in full force!
Trick-or-treating sections were set up in the Plains area, which E & C loved! They collected a fair amount of treats,, most likely to be eaten by the Moms & Dads. Although we did let E have his first try of M&M’s today and I’m pretty sure we have a new-found chocolate lover on our hands.
E & I were so happy to have Daddy spend the day with us!
Emery has been to the zoo a handful of times in his (almost) 15 months. It’s been so fun to see the progression of his awareness from a itty bitty 7-week old during his first visit, to now. He’s so much more into the animals now. He loves to point at everything and he’s definitely a people-watcher (just like his Mama!). I’m definitely thinking a zoo membership is in our future!
And the outing wouldn’t have been complete without a baby photo shoot. Emery loooooves Callie <3
Can’t fight fate
Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I’m off to look for toddler Halloween costumes and eat some more chili!! xo.