I made some Halloween-themed pancakes for breakfast. Quinn enjoyed them but was leery about eating anything with eyes.
At work I dressed up as Isabelle from Animal Crossing. It's a lot of fun working somewhere that you can dress up at. As an extra bonus I was dressed and ready to go out with Quinn as soon as I got home.
So we headed out around 6pm to start trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
Quinn really wanted to be a car for Halloween. He loved the Lightning McQueen costume and that meant I didn't have to make one. So instead I added some EL Wire around the car as extra lighting. He enjoyed it and as it got darker outdoors it became more and more visible. 

I made some yogurt-covered banana pops for Halloween tonight. They did not come out as good as I thought they would.

Quinn loves Mario Odyssey! He loves seeing the eyes on Mario's hat (Cappy) and being able to walk around.

Quinn slept in late this morning, which he almost never does. So we headed out to the museum and got there after 10am. That ended up being excellent timing to watch their kids planetarium show at 11am. After the show we looked around at the different exhibits. 
We went out for a nice bite to eat and then came back to our place to visit a little. It was a fun day for everyone!

My parents drove out today to visit a little and go to the museum with us tomorrow. Quinn had a great time visiting them in their hotel room.

Yesterday we did some pumpkin carving for a work event and today we finished things off. The wifi being down is a scary thing indeed when you are in IT.

My new employer does a lot of fun things, including a Halloween treat exchange. This was what I received - a cauldron of candy and trinkets.

Its been awhile since I've worked somewhere that lets you have this kind of holiday fun so I'm really enjoying all of the Halloween happenings.

 Today is Chris' birthday! Quinn picked out the cake design.
And after dinner we sang and had cake. Birthdays are a lot of fun with a toddler. They love to help with everything!

We decorated a co-worker's cube for his birthday today.

We decided to make it a weekend of dressing up and went to the John Ball Zoo for their Zoo goes Boo event. The toddler is a little older so the concept of Halloween isn't quite as confusing as it was last year.
He had a lot of fun and enjoyed collecting toys and candy. 

This weekend is Grand Rapids Comic Con. We spent half the day at the con with Quinn, who had a blast! He loved all of the attention he received, because who doesn't love a mini-Iron Man with a light up arc reactor.
We stopped by to see Adam and Comfort at their booth, and Corinne (but we forgot to snag a photo of her booth!). I met up with a co-worker and we all walked around the show.

At lunch today a bunch of us played Mario Kart. Nintendo's Switch really is an excellent form factor.

Some items I purchased from Adafruit for Halloween decorations and costumes arrived today. Quinn had a lot of fun with everything.

A co-worker brought in a bunch of Halloween trinkets for an event. He had extra so he gave everyone around him some cool desk decorations.

Quinn spent part of the evening with me while I was sewing in our bedroom. He's very into the dump truck he and Chris picked up today, carting a load of bells back and forth on the table.

I bought a giant bag of candy from Costco last week so I filled this back up today. We have plenty of candy for the next few days, at least.

 Lorelei turned 4 this week! She's getting so big. Her birthday party was today and tons of fun.

Quinn got to hit his first pinata.
 And there were fun photo standees that Dan's mom made. 
Overall Quinn had a great time, even running around outside despite it being freezing!

We woke up and headed out to Quinn's swim lesson in the morning. Chris dropped us off to do shopping so we had a little time before we got picked up. Quinn was very excited to run on the indoor track.
It rained pretty heavily all day today, which meant the outdoor Halloween activities we were going to do were canceled. I spent a big chunk of the afternoon working on my costume instead. Quinn watched the Trolls movie for the umpteenth time as a refresher for a birthday party tomorrow.
By 5:30pm Quinn was out. It's been a busy few days for the little guy.

My cousin Fredde is staying with my parents for the week while visiting from Sweden. We have a pretty busy weekend so I took Friday off to go and spend the day with my family.

As a cool bonus, Chris's best friend who lives in China (also named Chris) was in the state for a week so he drove up and visited for a bit as well.
It took awhile, but Quinn did warm up eventually. He had a lot of fun outside driving his cars and eating raspberries.
It's also Fredde's birthday, so had a nice dinner to celebrate.
And a tasty Swedish-style birthday cake, which features whip cream and strawberries instead of frosting. That actually made the cake feel lighter to me. I really liked it that way. So did Quinn (minus the strawberries).  It was a nice visit and we will have to get over to Sweden sometime and visit him.

A co-worker is out this week so we are placing a bunch of these all over his workspace.

This was a pretty tasty snack first thing in the morning.

I'm trying to do more quiet time with Quinn before bed. We've been alternating between reading and watching a show before he goes and sleeps in his room. He considers laying in our bed a real treat.

I do not like white chocolate, but the peanut butter in this almost makes up for it. Almost. I should have read the label more carefully when I snagged it.

We made monster cookies with some candy melts. I was curious to see what it was like working with them. They are easy enough, but taste too close to white chocolate for anything I'd ever eat. The other members of our household however...
...taste tested them. The candy coating met with everyone's approval.
There was devastation when one of the eyes fell off. He didn't believe us at first that they were candy. It took some coaxing but eventually he ate the eyes and all was better.


Even though going every Saturday is a hassle, Quinn is making progress with his swim lessons. He still wont put his face in the water, but he is willing to do other things, like jump, that he wasn't before.

 After a dramatic reading of Green Eggs and Ham, Quinn agreed to try green eggs.

He was not impressed.
I refused to eat any more and ate peanut butter toast instead.

There is always a lot of silly, squirmy action when the toddler cuddles in our bed.

Even on bandaids.

Flipped through several pattern catalogs looking for a Maleficent-like robe. Not a lot of success.

These are the types of photos you find on your phone when the toddler gets a hold of it.

We drove to the east side of the state to visit family today. Our first stop was at Grandma Karath's house, where Quinn immediately ran to the back of the apartment to hunt for toys. He found several new ones to play with.
At my parent's house we had a late lunch and exchanged birthday gifts. With 3 birthdays in less than a month mid-September and early October are always a busy gift-giving time-frame.
Quinn helped his grandmother open her gift.
And his grandfather. It's pretty exciting to unwrap anything, even if you helped wrap it a few days earlier!