Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Weekend {Virginia | Halloween Festival | Birthday Party}

We had a very busy (but fun!) weekend! 
We spent most of it at my parents' house in Virginia. As soon as we arrived Thursday afternoon, my kids were put to work picking up the "monkey balls" that fall from a tree in my parents' backyard. 

My grandparents were also visiting from Ohio. We celebrated my grandma's birthday a few weeks early with some yummy chocolate cake! 

On Friday morning, we bundled up and went to Longwood University for the Virginia Children's Book Festival

The college brings in tons of children's authors every year to speak at this festival. 
Ella was most excited to see Todd Parr! He writes a lot of her favorite books, and comes to this event every year! My parents met him last year, and got him to sign some books for Ella and Ella had been counting down the days till she could see Todd Parr!

He did not disappoint! Everyone in the auditorium (it was packed with a bunch of school groups) loved listening to him talk and read a few of his books! He was nice enough to take pictures with my kids after his talk! 

Lucas had a little stranger danger!

We walked around the campus a little bit, and bought some new Todd Parr (and Madeline--the author's grandson was also a speaker at the festival) books! 

After lunch and nap, Ella beat all of us at a very competitive game of Chutes and Ladders!

Saturday morning, before driving back to Charlotte, my mom got out my old dollhouse for Ella. My grandpa made this for me for Christmas one year when I was maybe 8 or so? And yes, it looks almost identical to our old house! (My grandpa jokes with Travis that he's lucky my grandpa didn't build me a castle!)

Ella LOVED playing with it! A lot of the furniture is pretty fragile, and it's really outdated (anyone know if Chip and Joanna do dollhouses?!), but she talked about the dollhouse the whole way home! 

Once we got back to Charlotte, we met up with Mackenzie for Halloween fun at the Arboretum!

It was like Halloween practice!! 

Ella had so much fun painting a pumpkin and meeting Elena of Avalor!

Yesterday, we finished off our fun weekend with Eliana's carnival themed birthday party! 
Eliana's mom used to be a teacher and she went ALL OUT for this party! They had a face painter, ballon twister, horse rides, piñata, and tons of fun carnival games set up! 

Ella loved getting to ride the horse with one of her little friends from preschool!

Ella said, "Mommy, take a picture with me!" so of course I did!

We had a fun morning out, just us 2 girls!

{sweet preschool friends!}

Whew, that was a lot we packed into one weekend, but it was so much fun! 

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