Fall is Here (kinda)

October is here, which marks the beginning of my favorite time of the year–Fall!

Steve and I love Fall! We love curling up on the couch with a big mug of hot chocolate; we love walking Biscuit in the cool, crisp Fall weather; we enjoy the holidays that come with Fall-Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (Christmas counts as part of the season for us!).

This Fall has started off feeling a lot like the middle of July: 90 degree days with hot, scorching sun overhead. But that didn’t stop us from participating in our favorite things!

For the first time in a long time, I took a day off of work just to go to Disneyland! It was a special day because I was able to spend time with an old co-worker, and simultaneously enjoy the Fall decorations that Disney is always so detailed in executing.

But this year, Steve and I went trick-or-treating at Disneyland! I am sorry we didn’t dress up because it sure was the perfect excuse to, but it’s ok–we got candy anyway.

If you’re unfamiliar with what happens after dark at Disneyland for Halloween, it’s pretty scary: you have to pay EVEN MORE to get in to the park (that’s the scariest part of all)…but you get lots of candy! All throughout the park, there are different “treat trails” where cast members hand out handfuls of candy. My favorite part was that they even had healthy options if you (or your parents!) don’t want you to have candy. I got some raisins, craisins, apple slices and carrots! I thought that was pretty darn thoughtful of Disneyland!

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I was very amused by watching humans interact when there is candy involved. I watched grown women shove handfuls of candy in their purses, often demanding certain kinds of candy from the cast member (or more candy!) Adults pushed in front of kids in the treat trails, and some were dressed pretty inappropriately for Disneyland! Sometimes, I had to remind myself of where I was!

But we survived the candy-smugglers. If you are wondering what 50 additional dollars equals in candy at Disneyland–it’s this: Image

I was also fascinated by the people around me during the firework show. People were taping the show through their iPhones–they were literally watching the firework show live, but through their 2 inch screen. Who watches those later?! Why don’t they watch it now? I had a hard time seeing anything with all the arms raised in the air!

Disneyland also changes the theme on Space Mountain to “Ghost Galaxy”–aka super freaky mummy ghost hand guy that reaches his out from space and tries to snatch you! I hate it. It scares me too much. Can you tell from this picture?Image

We had a great time experiencing the Halloween Disney. Honestly, it’s about as “Halloween” as I can get!

The following weekend we went to Oak Glen Apple Orchards, and we took Biscuit along with us! We picked raspberries (but had to carry little princess Biscuit through there because of the stickers! Ouch!)

We picked apples, which is actually our first year being able to do that! The past two years that we have gone, there has been apple shortages or something. So this was fun to be able to do! We learned that an apple doesn’t even arrive at the store till NINETY DAYS after it has been picked! We have enjoyed our fresh picked apples. Contrary to what you might think, Steve was not a great apple picker… 🙂 Good thing he had me and Biscuit to help!Image

Our Fall is off to a great start, and at the end of October, we are going back to Pittsburgh for a Steelers game! It’s gonna be fun to show Steve Fall colors this year, plus the best colors of all–black and gold in Heinz Field!

Please keep us in your prayers as this Fall season approaches, so is a new season in our lives. We are trying to figure out what God has planned for us in regards to our jobs and are looking for ways to better serve Him and find peace in our finances. We are opening our hearts and allowing God to open the doors we might have been holding shut. Lots of decisions and choices to be made, but Steve and I know that we have good friends, steadfast faith, and lots of love to help us get this next season going!

Lots of love,

Mallory

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