Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jason's Halloween Party

Hello future readers!

Happy Halloween! Since this is such a groovy holiday, and there was so much happening, this is another entry that's just gonna be loaded with pictures! I just love pictures, don't you?

Anyway, school was super fun! Our class had a party of course, and the school had us march around in our costumes. We also had a special assembly and got to watch a movie, Disney's "Sleepy Hollow". And the Spook House was set up behind the school, just like last year. But this year, after we all went Trick-or-Treating, we went to Jason's party. Jason and his dad set out all kinds of goodies.

There were caramel apples, popcorn balls, licorice whips, lollipops, cookies, hot dogs and lemon-lime punch. (Jason called it swamp juice!) Mr. Gerard let Jason borrow his record player so we could have groovy music to dance to and listen to scary stories.

Man, did we ever have a ball! We ate, and danced and played games. We played a ring toss game with a giant witch's hat and bobbed for apples.

It was really far out. Mr. Gerard is such a groovy dad. I think he kinda wants to make up for all the hard times Jason's mom put him through. But he was having just as much fun as us kids. And as I expected, he loved that I dressed as Batgirl, and Jason was Batman, so of course he had to take our picture.

Jason was trying to look all heroic and pretended to flex his muscles. What a ham! Then Jason announced that he and Danny had set up a graveyard in his backyard and anyone who wanted to come out see it should follow him outside.

Susan really doesn't like scary stuff, so she said she wanted to stay inside. Since we had to go in groups, (because Jason's yard isn't very big), Danny said he would hang out with her until he led the next group.

Crissy isn't really into the scary stuff either, so she offered to keep Susan company. I thought that was really nice of her.

So we all went out to the backyard. I could tell Jason and Danny worked really hard on the graveyard. It was pretty far out!

They hung this spooky pirate from a tall tree. There were tombstones made out of cardboard, and broken dolls on the graves to make it look like the dead weren't "resting in peace". There was even rubber bugs on the ground.

As we walked into the yard, I saw Jason switch on his tape recorder stashed behind one of the tombstones.

Those sounds were pretty spooky! We all walked slowly through the "graveyard" so we wouldn't knock down any of the tombstones. Kim jumped when she nearly stepped on a rubber bug!

I gotta hand it to Jason and Danny...even though this whole set up was done by a couple of grade-school kids, it looked really cool. And with the spooky sounds playing, it really did almost seem like we were walking through a graveyard!  We went back inside and Danny brought out the next group.

Danny told me Wendy screamed when she bumped into the skeleton! Hahaha!

Finally Jason brought out the last group. He was a great tour guide!

Well, after the graveyard tours it was time to go home. We all thanked Jason and his dad for a dynamite time. What a groovy day! First having all that fun at school, then Trick-or-Treating, and the this super Halloween party! I don't think it gets any better than this on Halloween! I'm really full from eating so many goodies, and I have enough candy to last me a month! It's late now and I'm gonna hit the sack. I hope your Halloween in the future was just as outta site as ours was. *yawn* Happy Halloween, future readers.

Until next time,
Your friend,
Julie Newman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Surprise!

Hello future readers!

I hope you like looking at pictures, 'cos I put a LOT of them in this entry!

On Tuesday, we went on our yearly class trip to the Springfield Farms Pumpkin patch. It was the perfect Fall enough for our jackets, but not too cold. On the bus ride there, we were talking and joking, and challenging each other to thumb wrestling, when Miss LasSalle called for quiet, and said that after we picked out our pumpkins, there would be a special surprise! Outta site!

Then we really made a racket! We all wondered what the surprise could possibly be. Jason thought it was candy, Melody thought it was a hay ride. Jennifer said maybe we wouldn't have to go back to school after our field trip and the bus would take all of us home! *giggle*

When we got off the bus, Miss LaSalle reminded us that we had to stick close by and to only choose one pumpkin. Well that was gonna be tough. All the pumpkins were so beautiful. I really love coming here. Away from the pollution of cars in town, the trees really change pretty colors, and the air smells cleaner. It's really groovy.

Well we all wandered around for awhile, looking at pumpkins and gathering pretty leaves.

After everyone picked out a pumpkin, Miss LaSalle told us to put them on the bus, and come back out for our surprise. We all got a little carried away, running and pushing to be the first ones on and off the bus. When we got off the bus, we saw Cherokee! The horse from our horseback riding lessons at Camp Echo Hill! Far out! We all cheered and clapped. Things were a little slow at the dude ranch Cherokee comes from, so his owner, Mr. Gage, brought him to the pumpkin patch so we could ride around and take "pony pictures"! We all agreed that this was a super surprise. since Cherokee is so old, and can't gallop anymore, it was safe for us to ride him without Mr. Gage's help, like we did at camp. Everyone got to trot around the pumpkin patch once and then stop for pictures. Miss LaSalle was getting them developed and giving them to us as a Halloween present! Man, is she ever the grooviest teacher on Earth! Anyway, here are our pictures:

I really like Wendy's pictures.

Kim loved it! She couldn't have done this back in New York!

Go Melody! *giggle*

Cheryl told me once that her uncle took her horseback riding on the beach! No wonder she looks like she was born to ride.

My turn! Wow, I wish I had a horse like Cherokee. But where would I keep him? *giggle*

There goes Sunny!

When Jason got on Cherokee's back he yelled "Yee-Haw!" like he was a cowboy or something!

Jennifer really missed Cherokee when we came home from camp this summer. She was so happy to see him again.

Even Miss LaSalle took a picture to send to her family in France.

What a dynamite field trip! We all said a big thank you to Mr. Gage and Miss LaSalle for this wonderful day. When I get home, I'm gonna make Miss LaSalle and extra special card. Not all teachers are as groovy as she is. My mom says she appreciates how she goes out of her way to do nice things for us kids. She's the greatest teacher at Springfield Elementary School. I hope the teachers in the future are just a special and as far out as Miss Mimi LaSalle.

Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman