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Halloween Recap

Hi, it’s November, and I haven’t blogged in a month. Oops. Partly because I just haven’t felt like it, and partly because my new iPhone 6s is not cooperating with downloading all of my phone photos into my photo-editing app, Lightroom! I’ve had to find an alternate way to download my photos… and I’m still not quite sure if it’s working properly.

Well, I do have a lot to catch up on, but for now, I thought I would post a little Halloween recap.

I know it’s been over two weeks since Halloween, but GUESS WHAT?! The beauty of having a personal blog is being able to post what you want whenever you want to post it… so… too bad. You are getting Halloween pics NOW! LOL. Fall has been incredible though (despite the 11 days of straight rain we recently had), and I look forward to sharing some more of our experiences here.

But for now…. Halloween!

A week or two before Halloween, we went to a pumpkin patch at a local farm, which the kids enjoyed.

Pumpkin Patch © Bright Autumn Sun

On Halloween, we had a REALLY busy day! I went to Orangetheory early in the morning to get in my 6th workout for “Hell Week” which is an annual OTF tradition! Just like last year, I dressed up in my orange tutu. It was a great way to start my morning!

Last Day of Hell Week Workout © Bright Autumn Sun

Next, we got the kids dressed up and ready to go out. Zachary dressed up as the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who, and William was Batman! They were both so adorable! Adrian got tickets for us to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this season, and they had a wonderful family program on Halloween. The kids were encouraged to dress up, and they had activities to participate in. The youth orchestra was there with an “instrument petting zoo” so the younger children could touch and try to play some of the instruments. Then, the ASO performed songs from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Fantasia, and more. All of the musicians were dressed up in costumes, too.

Halloween with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra © Bright Autumn Sun

Here is a bigger version of the Orchestra after their performance, so you can see the costumes better. The kids loved Princess Leia right there up front!

Halloween with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra © Bright Autumn Sun

When we got home, it was time to get ready to go trick-or-treating. Zachary’s costume especially was a huge hit among all of the high school girls that were trick-or-treating. They all thought he was so cute and were “melting” over him! It was awesome! The kids both had a great time trick-or-treating and got tons of candy! While Adrian and I walked around with the boys, my parents hung out at our house and passed out candy to all of the kids in the neighborhood. They loved being outside in the cool air. William is still obsessed with the idea of Halloween and can’t wait for next year. It is definitely his favorite holiday!

Halloween Costumes © Bright Autumn Sun

Halloween Costumes © Bright Autumn Sun

Halloween Costumes © Bright Autumn Sun

They got TONS of candy… this is just a small sampling… and it was different from what we used to get in Florida. No gum, less lollipops and Nerds, and NOT ONE SINGLE Pixie Stick! I could not believe it.  I love Pixie Sticks. Either way, it was way too much. They loved it though.. and so did I. Haha!

Too much Halloween Candy © Bright Autumn Sun


Fall is here…

Somehow the months have passed by, and it’s now October. September was a very busy month, and I took an unintended blogging break. We have been here in Georgia for six months now, but it feels like so much longer. Autumn has always been my favorite season, and October, my favorite month.

It’s been such an experience to see all of the seasons changing over the past half-year. Autumn has really snuck up on me once again, and once again, I feel unprepared. The leaves are starting to change colors and fall right before my eyes, something I have never really seen before living in South Florida my whole life. When I walk to the bus stop every day with William, we find leaves of all different colors as we wait for Zachary’s bus to come. It’s so beautiful and amazing to see the seasons change.

Being here in North Georgia, where we can actually experience the season, there’s so much that we can do, compared to Florida, to make the autumn special. I don’t even know where to start!

Last year, I made a fall bucket list. Here are a few things I would like to try to do this year. Some will be fun to do with the kids, some with Adrian, and some by myself.


Visit a pumpkin patch and take photos with the boys

Enjoy a fall hike

Visit a u-pick

See the leaves change color at a GA state park

Enjoy as many pumpkin-related food items as possible… mmm!

Visit a farmer’s market

Make chili!

Visit a winery in Dahlonega with Adrian

Enjoy more bike rides in the cooler weather

Participate in Orangetheory’s “Hell Week” and earn my t-shirt! (wished I’d done it last year!)

What do you have on your to-do list for this fall?


So, I got a bike…

Inspired by several friends over the past few years, I’ve been wanting a nice road bike for a while. In the past, I had heavy bikes that were really too large for me and thus… uncomfortable to ride. I finally made the leap last week and got this absolutely gorgeous thing…

Meet my new friend, the Liv Avail 1.

I’m a little bit in love! <3

I went on a short ride in my neighborhood the first weekend I got the bike, then had my custom fit done, and what a world of a difference… yesterday I took a 16 mile ride through the Alpharetta Greenway… I saw so much beautiful scenery… flowers, trees, deer, a rabbit… and felt an amazing sense of peace with the wind in my face. I LOVED it. I’m absolutely hooked.

Next time, I’m getting out earlier and going longer. I’m so incredibly happy to have had that push from my friends to finally take the leap into cycling. It is an amazing feeling to be able to go so far and still feel so good. Running is great, but I feel like I am so limited with it, because I really don’t think I will ever truly be able to push myself for those long distance runs. But this? This is different. I can’t wait to get out again… <3

Me & my bike

JudySeptember 7, 2015 - 11:53 am

May all your adventures be happy!

AutumnSeptember 8, 2015 - 3:23 pm

There are so many good trails around here too- I recently heard about the antebellum trail and I think it sounds awesome!! Have fun on your bike!!