Sunday, October 16, 2011

More Fall Fun

We had a busy weekend as usual.  While summer weekends are usually packed with traveling and picnics, fall weekends are packed with activities closer to home, usually something just trying to pull out what fun we can from the remaining good weather.  Pumpkin patches, football games, hockey games...you name it, we keep busy. 

Thursday night Jacob and I headed out to the Amerks' home opener.  Craig had to go to a big annual event up in Canada hosted by the Knighthawks' owner, but I opted to stay home with Jacob and check out what the Amerks (and Sabres) had in store for the new season.  I also didn't want to have to worry about taking time off of work or being up very late on a work night, so staying home made more sense.  Jacob and I had a pretty good time at the game, though we were disappointed to discover that the guards were preventing kids from playing knee hockey in the nooks off the concourse.  No idea why.  Jacob did get a moment with the Moose and Sabretooth, which was cool...


And here he is trying to escape me while we were waiting for the game to start...
He wasn't quite as good of a sitter as he has been in the past, but we managed.  The team looked terrible, but some interesting changes had been made around the arena.  It was funny being there without having Craig as an employee of the team.  First time since I've known him.

Saturday morning we headed out to the zoo where Craig was working at ZooBoo, the zoo's Halloween event.  Because the weather was cool, windy and rainy, I didn't want to risk Jacob's Batman costume since he still needs it for a few more events, so we opted for last year's costume, which still fits fine.
My little fireman...now with red pants AND winter boots that still fit!
Before we tracked down Craig we ran into Spikes, the Red Wings' mascot, as well as the zoo's penguin mascot...

Once we found Craig, we went around to the rest of the trick-or-treat stations and took a quick play break...

And had a little more fun with the polar bear statues...even if Jacob doesn't make it look fun ;-)

We got to see the sea lions go crazy at feeding time, saw the otter take a swim, the wolves run laps, and the penguins waddle around their new habitat.  We tracked down Jacob's good buddy, the Knighthawks' mascot R. Thunder...

And Jacob got what will probably be the first of many photos with pretty girls...
Soon he'll be watching the Knightingales closer than the mascot...
 Saturday night we headed back to the arena to see the RIT Tigers take on St. Lawrence.  RIT usually plays in a much smaller arena (1/5 the size) but they managed to sell out the arena with more than 10,000 fans, which isn't something that happens often.  Even with all the buzz the Amerks only announced around 9,000 on Thursday.  Many of the 10,000 fans were crazy college kids, and boy were some of them into it.  There were lots of chants (many with profanity, unfortunately--thank goodness Jacob didn't pick up on that), a full band, and some fun little quirks.  I loved that some of the chants included sign language, since RIT has a whole deaf program.  Jacob spent quite a while taking it all in, but eventually he really just wanted to go play hockey.  Here he is being a little crazy with a borrowed pom pom before we took a little walk...

This morning we got up for church, which was a near-disaster today for some reason.  No idea why Jacob decided to be absolutely ridiculous today.  Ugh.  After that, Craig headed out to the Bowhunter Cup, a lacrosse game he had to cover that was held at Turning Stone Casino out past Syracuse.  After Jacob's nap, we headed out to get some pumpkins and check out an indoor fall festival site nearby. 

The place was pretty cool and had an insane number of pumpkins of all kinds.  I had a field day taking pictures of random stuff.  Jacob took a liking to this stage coach...

I thought this little photo op was appropriate...sorry Jacob.

I fell in love this this warty pumpkin, but no, I didn't buy it.

There was no admission to this place, but most of the activities--little rides, crafts, and a petting zoo--cost money.  We skipped past everything and did what we could for free.  Maybe next year.  We did get to see giant bunnies and a llama, and then we saw some of the coolest birds... 
This was one of my favorite ducks.  You should have seen how the feathers on its head fluffed up when it got ticked off.
You'd never know it, but this is a pigeon.  There were some very regal looking ones, too, but this one with the "feather boa" was too fun to pass up!
 Jacob desperately wanted to get into this car...even as he pointed to something else...

He ended up getting a free fire helmet from the firefighters there (appropriate, since I was also hoping to get to a fire station open house today, but his nap went long...not a bad thing), and we ended up back at the stage coach...

He made the most hilarious face on my first attempt at this spot, but the picture was blurry.  I knew it right away and he managed to do a pretty good reenactment, minus really wide eyes :)



We headed off to the craft store and the dollar store afterward to do some Halloween costume shopping (enhancements for my costume), and we had a fun evening trying on our respective costumes.  Jacob still absolutely cracks me up in his.  I never knew I'd find a storebought costume so darn cute. 

We had a handful of difficult moments as usual today, but all in all it was a pretty manageable day, thank goodness.  We have another busy weekend next weekend, so hopefully this week goes quickly and restfully in the meantime.  

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