I didn’t know how much I liked the American version of Halloween (i.e. more fun than scary) until I moved to England and convinced other mums to get into it. And with how excited E and her friends got last year—more than Christmas, seriously—I felt like I needed to live up to last year and put on a great pre-trick-or-treating party to hype everyone up and show them how Americans celebrate a fun night of playing dress-up and begging for free candy.
As I mentioned last year, Americans LOVE the season of fall. And American families spend their October weekends doing Fun Family Fall Activities outside, the main one being a trip to a farm for hay rides, pumpkin patches, and apple picking. I missed getting to do this last year, so this year I suggested we rent a car for a weekend and find a farm near London. We got lucky with a beautiful October Saturday.
In my never-ending quest to find a good workout class nearby, and with my heel giving me some trouble for the last several months when I run, I’ve gone back to two things I’ve loved for years but haven’t been doing recently, and it feels good to get back into both.
Busy busy busy. Between E being out of school in August and then transitioning to/settling into “big school” in September, I haven’t had much time to write up everything we’ve been up to. We’ve had both sets of our parents plus a friend visit, and we’ve traveled abroad a couple times, so there’s lots to catch up on.
I started writing this post in the bar of Edinburgh’s famous Balmoral Hotel, where J.K. Rowling lived while she wrote the final Harry Potter book.