Arrrr, me hearties! 'Tis true: Cap'n Sammy be 3! T'was a grande celebration at ye old dwellin' O' Nicholson. It were fairly crawlin' with scallywags 'n landlubbers alike. Thar were swimmin' 'n slidin' in ye shark infested backyard. Thar were crafts 'n fierce battles with swords. Thar were a grande pirate feast 'n drink aplenty. Thar also were a treasure hunt! Cap'n Sammy had ye best birthday party a wee pirate could 'ave!
'Tis ye cake o' pirates.
Cap'n Sammy 'n Annabel a slidin' with ye sharks.
Polly wanna cracker!
Cap'n Sammy with ye sword 'n hat.
Scallywags a slidin'.
Ye olde table o' crafts.
Ye pirate ship suffered a fierce blow, yet she sailed on.
Hoist ye sails, matie! Thar be a strong wind a blowin'!
After Paul's month-long business trip (no kidding, 30 days around the entire globe... working), we decided a mini-vacation was in order. A quick trip to Southern California for two days at Disneyland fit the bill. We all missed having everyone around in our family for the month that Paul was gone, so there was nothing like Disneyland to celebrate having our family back together. Really together. Maybe a little too together. Errr, just kidding!
Disneyland: take two actually was pretty great. In fact, it was better than our first trip of 2012 back in May. I think the whole holiday thing that both amusement parks do kind of took over and made us feel festive and thankful and Christmas-y all rolled into one. There were decorations everywhere. It was impossible not to catch a little of that holiday spirit. So we caught it and had a good time. The crowds were at a minimum, the weather was nice, and we all were in pretty darned good moods for those two short, sweet days.
We hit the pumpkin patch early in October because Paul was off on a 30-day long business trip around the world (yes, really, it was a trip around the entire globe) the next week, so we wanted to fit in some fun fall festivities just prior to his leaving. We went back to Joan's Farm and Pumpkin Patch out on Mines Road after a couple years' hiatus. It was better than I remember it being. They moved the animals to a semi-shady spot with lots of grass growing just outside the pens, so all the kids were picking fistfuls of grass and feeding it to the animals. It was early in the day, so there actually weren't too many people yet, which was nice. However, there were plenty of pumpkins from which to choose, so the kids found three perfect pumpkins to carve come the eve of Halloween. We even packed a lunch, so we got to enjoy the morning and early afternoon out in the sunshine.