– October in photos –

October marks one year since we moved into our home – crazy!  And this October was even more mild and beautiful than last year.  I was able to spend A LOT of time in my yard deciding what plants I no longer wanted, moving plants, planting bulbs and cleaning up.  I can’t wait to have more time to spend out there, even though it’s hard work I really enjoy it!  Yard work wasn’t all October consisted of:

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We were lucky enough to spend Conference weekend  at Bear Lake in a beautiful cabin with the Tanner family.  Even though the weather wasn’t quite as nice as we had hoped we had a wonderful time together!  It was a phenomenal conference and it made it even better to be able to hold Olivia all day, watch the cousins play, go on nice long walks!

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Eli attends Preschool two mornings a week, Audra attends afternoon Kindergarten.  That means that three mornings a week these two have each other to hang out with.  They play SO well together which makes me glad I went ahead with their alternating school schedules.  One of their favorite places to play is the pantry (I don’t blame them, it’s one of my favorite rooms too).  Sometimes they’ll build a fort and play in there and sometimes they’ll fill it with pillows and blankets and play on the iPad.  Does it get any cuter?

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In September we had Logan’s 8th birthday and this month we had his baptism.  It was a beautiful day!!  Not just because of the weather.  We had a lot of our family in attendance, Logan’s little group of friends came, and the spirit was incredible.  I think I’d been so wrapped up in the details of the day that I had forgotten why we were there, but the spirit made sure I remembered.  Both Dave and I were choking up before the baptism and once Dave started speaking the spirit in the room was thick.  Dave also gave Logan a beautiful confirmation.  Grandpa Mac’s talk on the Holy Ghost was beautiful and MaKenna & Aubree sang a very sweet song.  I am so grateful for the gospel and am happy my children are making the right choices.

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As bedtime nears we can all often be found in Conner & Logan’s room.  It’s a big room and there are places for everyone to sit while we read scriptures and just spend time together.  Not only is it a fun room to be in, but Conner’s bed is everyone’s favorite place.  He greatly discourages anyone from climbing up there, especially his younger siblings (he keeps his Lego sets up there and naturally they want to touch them) but sometimes he will bend and let them come play under his supervision.  He’s such an awesome older brother!

fallbreak

Fall Break happens in October and this year the weather was so great – more Summer like!  We’ve had season passes to Lagoon this year and Halloween is the official last day of the season.  We went quite a bit as a family in the Summer and Conner has gone A LOT with his friends so it has been a good thing.  We decided we needed to get one more day in together as a family.  After spending the first day of Fall Break cleaning and organizing bedrooms, Dave took Friday off and we headed to Frightmares.  Conner has wanted me to ride on Cannibal all year – I had no desire, but I gave in and told him I’d go with him this time.  Plus, I’m trying to have less regret in my life and I thought I might regret not riding it the first year it was opened.  Yeah, so I rode it and never will again!!!  Wow!  Not a fan of heights and that pushed me to my limits.  Conner got a kick out of my nervousness so we have the memory at least.

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After a thrilling day at Lagoon, we held what we hope will become a tradition, a neighborhood outdoor movie night!  Our backyard is really perfect for such a thing and we’ve talked about doing it for a long time.  Unfortunately it doesn’t get dark until quite late in the Summer so we were so glad the weather was so nice this late in the year.  The kids had all their friends there and loved running around, laying on the tramp, eating popcorn, candy and homemade hot scones with hot chocolate.  It was such a fun night and the perfect ending to our stay-at-home Fall Break!

It was that same weekend that something very tragic happened in our family.  My 31 year-old cousin had a stroke and ended up passing away.  Leaving behind 3 very young children and a 26 year-old wife.  His death, beyond being very sad, served to remind me that life is fragile and can change in an instant.  After attending his funeral in Idaho a week later, I definitely hugged Dave and all the kiddos a little more.  I continue to think of his wife and wish her burden could be lifted – all I can really do is pray for her.  I’m so grateful for the knowledge I have that they will be reunited and, more importantly at the moment, that she can have her pain lifted from her through the Savior.

Even with an eternal perspective, life here in the world continues.  And Conner had his first orchestra concert.  He has started playing the bass this year and absolutely loves it!!  I have to admit that I was kinda dreading this concert – seemed like it had the potential to be a little painful with a bunch of beginner players.  Turns out it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.  His teacher kept it under an hour and the kids did a great job!!  So fun seeing Conner up there playing along.
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As if one Halloween concert wasn’t enough, the boys also had their Halloween piano recital.  It was one of many opportunities the kids had to dress up in their costumes that week, and the boys did great on their songs.  Dave was lucky enough to be out of town and now owes me a piano recital where he takes all the kids :-).
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The next day was the last day of school for the week and our new elementary school does a Halloween Parade so the kids get to wear their costumes to school.  They then parade through the school and the parents get to come.  After the parade, the second grade does a short but super fun Halloween program!!  And as if one parade wasn’t enough, because Audra is in afternoon kindergarten, I got to go back for yet another parade of just the kindergarten classes.  And our cute little cheerleader was the leader of the parade right behind the principal.
There just happens to be a story behind this cheerleader costume.  Audra really wanted to be Elsa for Halloween; I really didn’t want her to be Elsa – boring!  I tried to talk her into being Snow White because I think she looks like Snow White with her short curly hair.  I almost had her convinced until she somewhere got the idea to be a cat.  My rule for this year was that we were not spending a penny on costumes since we have dress-ups coming out of our eyeballs.  Well, we don’t have a cat costume so I had to talk her out of that.  After much, much drama and tears we came across our cheerleader outfit and she was convinced.  Sadly the drama didn’t stop there!  We had issues with shoes, hair, and socks.  Oh that girl nearly sent me over the edge, but when all was said and done she looked adorbs!
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In October, by some miracle, Dave only traveled once.  It was during the last week of the month and that just happened to be the busiest week.  We were surviving just fine running from thing to thing without him when BOOM…..my phone ended up in the toilet.  Ahhhhh!!!  My phone that I’ve had for like 4 months and had the worst karma with.  I was beyond stressed.  So after leaving it off for 24 hours, setting it in a bag of puffed rice, and saying countless prayers (even though I felt silly praying for such a thing) a miracle occurred – I took the phone to the apple store and had them open it up to see what damage was done.  The guy brought it back out to me in total awe.  He said it looked like a brand new phone.  I may have squealed right there in the store!!  I was beyond relieved.
One disaster averted.  Just in time for the next one . . ..  you see we have this running joke that whenever Dave goes out of town something breaks.  It’s actually not a joke, it is a real thing – sometimes it’s a big thing that breaks and sometimes it’s small.  We figured my phone incident was the incident.  We were wrong.  The next day while I was out visiting teaching, my car battery died.  Yeah, that was fun – NOT!!  So I got that taken care of and just in time.

Our sweet new niece, Olivia, is now 2 months old and she has had what we thought was a clogged tear duct for most of her life.  Megan finally took her to a pediatric eye doctor because the drops the pediatrician had prescribed weren’t helping and Olivia’s eye was hazy and she never wanted to open her eyes.  This eye doctor thought it was most likely glaucoma and wanted her to get into a specialist at Primary’s ASAP.  They knew they were going to have to put her out to be able to look at the eye and then the plan was perform the surgery if needed right then as well.  The big day came and so while Megan, Tyler and baby headed to the hospital, I took Kade & Chloe. Turns out it wasn’t glaucoma so that was good, but it also turned into nearly 3 days in the hospital while they waited for test results to come back.  Olivia has the herpes virus in her eye, sounds weird I know, but that’s what it is.  She is on a pretty intense at-home injection treatment which should clear it up.  We are just glad to know what it is and are all hopeful her eye will be just fine.  So while Megan was having some of the most stressful and exhausting days, we were able to play with the other kids.  I’m glad we were able to help out a little bit!
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Having the Thueson kids here coincided with Halloween, so they got to join in on a few festivities before Megan and Tyler and Olivia made it home just in time for trick-or-treating.  This was Conner’s last year trick-or-treating, but his cute group of friends had worked out quite a route and plan for the evening.  They had discussed all dressing up as Star Wars characters, but remember my rule about not buying anything and Conner wasn’t too keen on my homemade suggestions, so it seems appropriate that his swan song Halloween costume was a clown – a pretty traditional costume.  He was excited about it and looked great.  He also had a fabulous time going out that night and then coming back here to hang out.
Logan also headed out with his friends and ended up coming back before the rest of them because his legs were tired.  Seems crazy that the thought of getting more candy wasn’t enough for him to keep going.
Audra went with her friends and their dad, so that left little Eli (our treat monster).  Dave took him up our street and then Ali and Josh arrived so we decided to all walk down and get the famous neighbor doughnuts.  It was a beautiful, warm night!  I’m glad it’s over and that everyone had fun!
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If I had to sum up October it would be that it was beautiful, busy, and bursting with life.  And now it’s done and according to every store Christmas is just around the corner ;), I’m looking forward to enjoying November!

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