October 31, 2009

Snow White

This is Katie's first Halloween that she has really understood -- OK, at least the American commercial understanding. Nana bought her the Snow White costume she really wanted (thanks, Nana), and she got to wear it for five different Halloween events this week. This was after a party at Bucknell last weekend.

My favorite event was the preschool parade and party - they were all so cute! After a "parade" around one town block, the kids played games and then sang songs for all the parents who could come. Here are Katie and her best friend Laura singing part of "Five Little Pumpkins".

The town Halloween parade was really fun, too. We followed the high school marching band -- all in costume -- and saw lots of friends (mine and Katie's) in costume.

Katie's favorite part was probably the trick-or-treating, of course. She is definitely her parents' child, with a love of sweets. Why did I work so hard to keep her away from sugar for two years? Oh, well. She at least understands the concept of rationing, so her haul will hold her for several months, I hope.

She's already informed me that next year she wants to be Belle. I'll be interested to see what happens next fall....

Fall in Pennsylvania

I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything, so I'll make up for it with beautiful pictures in the next few posts!

One of the things we missed last year in Texas was the beautiful fall colors of Pennsylvania. We've had a record amount of rain in October, but that's only made the colors more vibrant. I'm coveting the next door neighbor's scarlet gum tree....

On Columbus Day weekend -- Fall Break for Dave -- we drove up to Wellsboro to take the Tioga Central Railroad fall foliage train. A little boring for Katie, once the conductor punched her ticket, but we loved watching the colors.

We capped off the day with a trip to the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. We usually forget about going in the spring, when mountain laurel and rhododendron are out, but we try not to miss fall there.