As I write this morning, the sun is still coming up, and the snow is falling and flying upon the wind out my window. Autumn’s colder side indeed.
Yesterday, before the snow’s arrival, Jeramy, Simon and I bundled up and headed to Freeport, Maine. I had read this blog post, about the Camp Sunshine event at LL Bean, and since we had no other plans for the day, we decided to check it out. Also, the weather report had us realizing Simon needed boots for his tiny feet a lot sooner than expected, and the outlet stores in Freeport seemed like a good place to look.
We spent the afternoon walking around the LL Bean campus, looking at the hundreds of smiling jack o’ lanterns, first as they were lighting them, and then as it grew darker and the paths were all aglow. There was also a huge tower of pumpkins, and a stage with live bands. Every which-way there were children in Halloween costumes playing carnival games, rolling down the hill, and dancing to the music. Even though Simon is still too little to participate, he was definitely able to enjoy the visual display of bright, glowing, orange pumpkins, and to do some serious people watching. He also bobbed his little head a bit at the music coming from the stage.
Once it grew dangerously close to Simon’s bedtime, we returned home through the start of the falling flakes, put our tired Buggle in his crib, and then I drank a cup of hot cocoa while working on Simon’s Halloween costume. It felt a bit strange to plan for Halloween with a blanket of snow landing outside, but that’s Maine for you.