Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween 2011 - part 1

This year we thought we would try something new.. and old, but in a new way.
We traveled out to our local pumpkin patch the Friday, and again on the Sunday before Halloween. On Friday evening it was too late to really enjoy much except the sunset, but we made the most of it.

M made it all the way to the top of the tall hay pyramid all by herself!
 On Sunday morning, the prospects for activities were much better and we had Grandpa R.L. with us too!

We had talked about maybe attempting the pony rides but decided to play it by ear because we've attempted such activities in the past and let's just say... it didn't go well. 
This time, at the mere sight of the pony rides, M was all excited. We were still tentative because she was totally ok last time too, until the realization that ponies are in fact much bigger and snorty in real life than in books and pictures.
So as we walked up and eyed the situation we were ready to distract with "It's ok! Let's go jump in the bounce house and leave this nibbley-lipped hairy warhorse of a pony behind, along with all the related terror!"
 But.. the freak out never happened, and she got to ride a real horse, not just a pony, and then immediately wanted to do it again. 
We obliged. Because we could. Because there was no screaming in bloody panic like last time. 
This time it was all about capturing the moment for the ages.. and the internet.

There were also other fun things, like the aforementioned bounce house (you don't bluff with that), and some pumpkin eating pigs. 

Nitro the pig... powered by pumpkins.
It was a much more successful trip than times before..

I'll post about the actual Halloween day next!

Rewind... Nevada City Classic

Like many topics, I've been meaning to post about this since summer!
It's been a long time goal of our BZ to not only ride in the Nevada City Classic, but to finish - and this was his year! By riding his butt off, he was able to upgrade from a category 3 to a 2, which means he is able to ride with a lot of big names.
The race is held on Father's day every year and this year we made a day of it!

M made friends with the other race orphans

She watched closely to try and see her daddy.

BZ was able to finish with out crashing! Here is a little snapshot of the race.
It's nearly impossible to see BZ - he's like a flash!

After the race we all had a nice picnic in the park - it was reported to be a perfect father's day!