October Photo Challenge: Oh, The Places I’ve Been

October is finished and it’s time again for PJ’s photo challenge. This month’s prompt is Oh, The Places You’ll Go. This is so open to interpretation, but I chose the traditional route because….It was a very busy month! But, since I sometimes don’t do well with rules, a couple of these have more than one photo. So, without further delay, here’s my five (or seven) for October.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Place #1
Yes, it’s a Disney baby shower, and we all were required asked to wear mouse ears in honor of the mommy-to-be. She books tours/trips to Disneyworld and loves all things Disney, so it was a very appropriate theme. Here are six pseudo-Disney princesses having some family fun together.

Place #2
I went with Peanut’s 4th grade class to the St. Louis zoo in early October. The calendar said October, but the temps believed it was still August.

The day turned out to be almost 90 degrees. Her friend’s mom and I checked our daughter/granddaughter out at the end of the day to save them from a hot, two-hour bus ride back to school. Of course we went directly to the ice cream stand…and then to the “bug house.”

Place #3
And, in just a week or so after the zoo, the temps dipped back to normal just in time to spend a chilly morning at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. This sleepy, little river town has a population of just over 100 people. But every year during their pumpkin festival, the town swells to about 50,000. Vendors offer everything from fine art to homemade crafts. In true Autumn spirit, you can find apple butter, homemade pies and candy, kettle corn, turkey legs…and, of course, tens of thousands of pumpkins and gourds for purchase.

Place #4
Just when I’d thought I’d had quite enough of pumpkins, Twix’s preschool class went on a field trip to….you guessed it….a local pumpkin patch. We spent most of the day feeding barnyard animals, playing in a corn crib, riding a hay wagon, and picking our own pumpkins. Picnicking  with six four-year-old preschoolers was an interesting experience.

Place #5
The end of October is usually go-time for the trees to begin shedding their leaves. So when Peanut had a day off school, we let Twix play hooky from preschool, grabbed the camera and headed to a local nature area and park to capture some Autumn memories before they grow up any more than they already have.

Those are my pics for the places I went this month. Hop on over to PJ’s to see where others went this month.

8 thoughts on “October Photo Challenge: Oh, The Places I’ve Been

  1. Oh my goodness, that Pumpkin Festival sounds like so much fun!
    Great pics, zoo, ice cream – looks like you were busy in a good way!
    We were affected of the October heatwave as well in the Washington DC and Philadelphia area.
    I can relate – limiting oneself to 5 pictures is hard!

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  2. Lisa, I love how you started this post with the quote from Dr. Seuss. Such wise words!

    Your first photo reminded me of my time spent living in Orlando, Florida and the many times I spent visiting Disneyworld.

    The expression on that gorilla’s face is priceless! You can actually see him/her thinking.

    Wonderful selection of photos for these challenge, my friend. I especially love the one of the girls and pumpkins!

    Hope you had a fabulous Halloween yesterday!

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  3. Lisa, I had to read the sentence about the town swelling from 100 to 50,000 twice!! That’s beyond my ability to imagine!! So many great autumn and family photos is this post. Lucky you to go so many places with Peanut and Twix and lucky them that you’re able to go. 🙂

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