But perhaps the best part of our morning was when Cruz spotted little miss Harper from across the parking lot, and started shrieking and shaking in excitement at the sight of her blond pigtails. Our two littles saw each other just in time to ride the yellow school bus together, followed by the tractor, the military hummer, and the police swat car. What a fun surprise running into his favorite friend!
Cruz and his friend, Ethan, found themselves together in the back of a police swat vehicle. I really hope this isn't some bizarre foreshadowing into our future...
After his first ever stint in a blow-up castle (which he loved, by the way), a very patient wait in line at the balloon animal stand, and a few Scratch cupcakes for the road, we enjoyed a rare Saturday afternoon at home, taking naps during football, doing a little paint project to hang on our fridge, and mixing up some yummy movie night snacks for our night ahead.
With the first expected frost of the season falling on Saturday night, we decided it was the perfect night for a movie night with Jordan, Kelli, Charly, and Hayes. And to think Cruz's day could get any better! We ordered pizzas from the OP, curled up under a sea of blankets in the basement, made movie night necklaces of Cheerios, Fruit Loops, and Gummy Savors, and the adults sipped Coke with Black Velvet Toasted Caramel. And although the kiddos weren't too content on cuddling up and watching Cars with us, they seemed pretty happy to reconnect.
How else did we celebrate this first official weekend of fall?
...a nighttime walk under the orange glow of street lights, and a pit-stop by the football field in our pajamas.
...Friday night dinner in --- one of our favorite classic pasta dishes with our final batch of garden tomatoes, an after dinner drink or two (have I mentioned how good B.V.'s Toasted Caramel is?!), and a simple, no-stress breather after a busy work week.
...playtime in the basement. We use our basement more after summer's end, and are always reminded of how cozy it is. So cozy, that we decided to renew our Netflix account and vowed to spend many nights curled up with a bowl of popcorn and a good flick.
...homemade applesauce in the crockpot. It was easy, it was tasty, and best of all, it simmered in the slow cooker all afternoon and filled my house with a smell that made my Wallflowers curl up in embarrassment.
...Cruz's photo book came in! This is one of the single most exciting days of our fall, and is always followed with a perfectly timed walk down memory lane right before our sweet boy turns another year older.