Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Looking back, we were spoiled by pleasant temperatures throughout September and October. In fact, this was the first fall soccer season where we didn't have any weekend rain to contend with. It's been lovely.
After their last soccer game(s) of the season,
we celebrated with Bubba and Nanna at Arctic Circle.
It was a real treat having them come up to the games!!
Thank you, both! 

The changing of the leaves was a quiet reminder that summer had truly passed. As beautiful as the trees are, it seemed to conflict with the mild, warm temperatures. However, with daylight savings hitting last weekend, it seemed to signal that shift that we could no longer delay the cold.
Forrest made the most of the warm weather. 
He was outside as often as possible. 
I want to remember this scene:
driving his trucks, while wearing footie pajamas in his most favorite spot..
the sandbox. 

It's chilly outside; sweater weather, some call it. The stunning leaves, so full of color, have peaked. We've had our first "cold and flu" related illness. Halloween has passed and the holidays are right around the corner. My mind is filled with various Christmas related lists. I'm spending time in excel, working on different documents as I plan and budget out my shopping strategies. I do this with the hope that I can relax and enjoy December; even though, truth be told, I enjoy the shopping part very much. :) Our gratitude Turkey is up on our kitchen window and our thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving. It will be here in a blink.

I love this time of year. I love having four children, and an Andrew, to share this season with. Before things become to crazy, I'm here to post the events leading up to Halloween.

Lottie had a trunk-or-treat at her preschool. Even though she had signed up to be Tinkerbell for Halloween, she asked if she could go as Elsa again. It was an easy "yes" from Mom. She won't be a five year old girl obsessed with a snow queen forever. Let them be little, right?
Here she is with her cutie pie, pirate pal, Millie.
My favorite.
Scratches on her face,
courtesy of Forrest. 

Another, new to me, tradition is being 'Boo-ed.'
We came home from Church to find a most delicious plate of cupcakes
and a note explaining that we had been 'boo-ed'...
It was then our turn to come up some Halloween goodies 
and then anonymously "Boo" three families. 
 We made these darling Monster cookies.
The kids think it's SOOOOO exciting to deliver the "boos"

Here are the kids in baking action.

Eliza and Henry had spirit week. 
Crazy sock day coincided with school picture day;
so they looked extra special.
Crazy hair day...
Eliza came up with Henry's hair piece. 
I was surprised that he was brave enough to go with it. 
He said he was teased a little bit, but didn't seem to care too much. 
"People mostly laughed" he said.

It feels like
we procrastinate pumpkin carving every year. 
But don't worry. It happened.
And the best part was watching Forrest scoop the pumpkin guts back into the cleaned out pumpkins.
It was a very fun night. 
Friday, the day before Halloween, the kids did not have school.
Nanna Teresa was thoughtful enough to invite us to go see the musical,
Mary Poppins at Olympus High School. 
It was so well done. We really enjoyed it. 
Coming up next, our first ever Halloween themed costumes. (!!!!!!)

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