Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 5-on-5: Halloween Traditions Changed

This year, for a list of various reasons, our family vacation took place the weeks preceding Halloween.  In some ways, this was a welcome change.  We had less crowds, our travel expenses were lower, and the weather was neither hot nor freezing.  On the downside, we weren't able to participate in a lot of our typical Midwest traditions, like pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, or corn mazes.  Leave it to my family to find a way to sneak those things in someway.

Enter the 2008 Guinness Book of World Record's Largest Maze, located at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, HI.   While not made of leftover corn husks, this maze gave us a serious run for our money.  Not only a maze, but also a bit of a scavenger hunt (with a timed card to boot), the point of the maze is to "collect" all the various stencil markings available at 8 different spots with the maze.




It has been neat to see how my kids are beginning to fight for being in charge now that little miss is getting bigger.  For the biggest portion of the maze, we allowed our Life Scout to lead the way.




Once we were down to only one remaining stencil, we let our girl lead the line.  It was a HOOT to watch her be large and in charge.




Of course, if you know anything about my husband, you know that really, he's always in charge.  And so, taking shortcuts (or cheating) to beat the kids was his MO more than once.




In the end, we all had a lot of fun and were able to collect all 8 stencils.  We definitely didn't do it in record time, but then again, no one else had a 4 year old on their course.


Of course, there is much more to be seen from our trip that I look forward to sharing (so I hope you come back)!  In the meantime, I'm always excited and honored to share the work of the ladies I am lucky enough to be in this circle with.  Up next is Margaret Albaugh, Spokane Photographer.  Make sure to show her some love.

Until next time,


6 comments:

  1. This maze looks like so much fun! And of course Dad is the one taking the shortcuts- I think that is part of the dad code. I hope you guys had a fantastic vacation!

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    1. For sure the Dad code! And we did have a ton of fun!

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  2. Melissa, this looks like so much fun. Your first photo had me laughing. Your daughter is so cute!

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    1. You know that was happenstance girl. She was trying to get ahead of brother and about went head over heels. I just thought it was the perfect shot to share!!!

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  3. What do you do with the stencils? Are they pumpkin stencils? Sounds like so much fun!

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    1. I wish they were pumpkin stencils! They were just stencils that you drew on your map of the maze, so we have proof that we were able to find them all. Lol

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