Since it's fall, there are tons of fun activities to do with the munchkin. He's still a bit too young for most of them, but we wanted to at least give a shot at starting some fall family traditions!
The first thing on our list was the Enchanted Forest! A few years ago, Andrew and I were part of this great seasonal troupe as actors - and we wanted to try it out from the audience side. We were definitely not disappointed!
All right. So if you look at this photo, it might seem that Lincoln was not having the time of his life. In fact, he was throwing a nice little tantrum. There's quite a line for admission to the forest (we waited about an hour and a half), and they provide some great entertainment - costumed characters who interact with you, and a firetruck and an ambulance to tour. If you caught my post on Lincoln's latest obsession earlier this week, you can imagine his excitement. The face he is making above? It happened when we had to remove him from the driver's seat of the fire truck.
He couldn't be bothered to look away from the truck long enough to pose for a photo with Mommy!
Once it started to get dark, some characters came out to visit with us! He isn't super familiar with Finding Nemo, but he did recognize him as a fish - or "shhhhishhh!" as he shrieks. Yes, it's always a shriek.
He was able to "drive" the firetruck several times while we waited. And it was probably the highlight of his small life so far.
Family photo time! Excuse my dead eyes as you remember that I am super pregnant and had been, at this point, standing up for like two hours straight.
Binky had to come out as it was past Lincoln's bedtime before we ever got into the forest, but you can still see the smile hiding behind it when he got to check out the inside of the ambulance! The EMT commented on how fearless our child seems to be. Yes, he was running around and trying to climb on the bed and pull things off the walls.
Finally we got to head into the forest and watch some great character skits! Since some of the forest folk are friends, we had to pose for a few photos. Here we are with Effie the Forest Fairy!
Lincoln's favorite part of the night (aside from the amazing firetruck/ambulance) definitely had to be seeing Winnie the Pooh and friends!
We wrapped up our forest adventure on a hayride that took us past a band of marauding pirates. The gunshot effects didn't even scare Lincoln - awesome! He was a very tired little boy when all was said and done, and fell asleep almost immediately in the car on the way home. We can't wait until next year, when we'll get to take two kiddos out into the Enchanted Forest!
(Cutest sock monkey hat on this earth was purchased here.)