Sunday, October 26, 2014

Our Family: Week of 10/20-10/26

On Monday we made some Oreo spiders, from a cute kit my mom put together for us when she was up here (thanks, Mom!) after our FHE lesson.

Mike went ahead and let Sam in on the action.

It's safe to say he's a fan of Oreos.


On Tuesday, after pre-school, elementary, and middle school, and Grace's volleyball, we all gathered after baths and pajamas and prayer for some pin-the-face-on-the-pumpkin.


On Wednesday I had my Activity Days meeting. We learned about the Holy Ghost, and then made some Halloween ghost crafts: cheesecloth ghosts and Nutter Butter ghosts.

It was pretty fun.

Afterward, Sam entertained us with a little peek-a-boo.

We can't get enough of his adorable-ness!


On Thursday afternoon, we went down to the school to see Adam's cosplay fashion show of the week.  He went as Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time.


On Friday after baby-sitting and football, we got these kiddos in their Halloween costumes and headed over to the school for their Fall Festival.

They had a blast trunk-or-treating, playing games, going on cake walks, and getting scared in the haunted house.

Well, some of them had a blast.

Olaf was less-than-impressed.

About both the festival AND his costume.



On Saturday after Adam's football game (he won!), we grabbed some Halloween donuts at Krispy Kreme, per our tradition. That night we ate them while we drove around and looked at Halloween decorations.


On Sunday evening, our good friends, the C* family came over for a spooky Halloween dinner (goblin eyeball meatballs, slimy spaghetti, bone breadsticks, and witches broomsticks) and some pumpkin carving!

They hauled these pumpkins down from Utah for us (a relative grows them in their garden), and we so appreciated it.

We had soooo much fun together!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Family: Week of 10/13-10/19

On Monday we made dinner-in-a-pumpkin.

Which was super-yummy, and featured a beautifully-decorated pumpkin by Josh.

Sam is a little apprehensive about the front porch step of ours.

He will sit there, back-up like he's going to go out, change his mind, and watch his siblings play outside once again.

I'm a big believe in the need for daring boys, so I hope he makes the plunge and dares to risk it soon.

Also, I may be reading w-a-y too much into his fear of that front step.



On Tuesday, we painted our annual mini pumpkins (along with some Halloween wood cut-outs).

Everyone was so creative!

And, with Mike sleeping through this activity the past 2 years, man alive were we happy he was able to create with us.


On Wednesday I picked up a bunch of bruised apples that were .25/pound, and surprised the kids with homemade crockpot applesauce.

They were beyond excited to come home after school to that stuff.

They fought over every last bit, and believe it's the the absolute best thing on the planet.

Just like I always felt about my mom's homemade applesauce when I was a kid.


On Thursday we did some extra baby-sitting, and I watched Josh's best friend after pre-school.

That afternoon, Adam participated in his first cosplay seminar.

I didn't know what "cosplay" was before Adam chose it as his October seminar (an elective class each child gets to participate in each month).

And now I can't un-know it, people!

For those who don't know, it's (apparently) when people dress-up and act out as fantasy or science fiction characters... when it's not even Halloween.

He had fun making a costume with his friends.

Can't wait to see what he comes up with next week... though I think he is with me on the weird-ness of cosplay.

That evening Adam went ahead and ditched 11-year-old Scouts, and we all went as a family to Grace's volleyball game.

It was so nice to cheer her on as a family.

And the extra hands keeping this guy from crawling onto the court were pretty nice, too.


On Friday we baby-sat, went to football practice, and decorated pumpkin-shaped cookies.

My kids have a rule that says "You can never have too much frosting... or too many sprinkles."


On Saturday I finished up the last of the Halloween costumes, we went to Adam's football game, and then we went to a friend's Halloween-themed birthday party.

Unfortunately, it was 90+ degrees, so they lasted about 2 seconds in those costumes.

Come on, weather!  It's October.

And our brief stint in Flagstaff with a real autumn, has spoiled me forever.


On Sunday after church, we headed up to Mt. Charleston for some family fun in the beautiful and cool weather... and to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous fall leaves.

There is an awesome pasture in the forest, that made it perfect for some football tossing.

Sam was pretty un-sure about that pasture, though, so he stuck to his blanket.

My sweet kiddos picked me some flowers, as usual, and my heart melted.

As usual.

And then I yelled at everyone for not telling me how gray my hair was.

They all told me they thought I liked it like that.

Josh started to get cold a few hours later, so I tried to get a picture of the four of them before we headed home.

Well, I tried, anyways.

When we got home we whipped up some mummy mini pizzas, and enjoyed a cuddle on the couch while we watched a movie together, and talked about Heavenly Father's creations.

I am so thankful for the beautiful world Heavenly Father gave us, and that He gave us fall.

Even just spending a little bit of time in that forest with those leaves left us in awe.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Family: Week of 10/6-10/12

We continued on with our Halloween fun with making caramel apples for an FHE treat on Monday.

They were delicious.

Or "a-licious" as Josh says it.



On Tuesday, we had volleyball practice.  I started the kids' Halloween costumes.  We had fun hanging with Aunt Kayty.

That girl can make me laugh like nothing else.

Love her.


On Wednesday I had Activity Days.  A sweet sister in our ward offered to teach the girls to decorate Halloween cupcakes, so we went to her house to do that.

Right afterward, Kayty and I went to see Wicked!

We had the BEST time!

It was my first "grown up" musical (probably the first I've seen since high school) and it was soooo good!

And since I used my birthday money for it, happy early birthday to me!


You know what people don't tell you before you have kids?

That you will never, ever get a night out to yourself again.

Because even with being out by myself for the first time since Sam was born (besides quick grocery trips), those little punks never left me.

The entire time I thought about how cool Adam would think the set and special effects were, how much Grace would have loved the costumes and the singing, that Josh would love the theater with all of the stairs to run up and down, and I worried about Sam home alone, without his Mama (trying to drink a bottle).

And I missed them all like crazy.

They have ruined "me" time forever.

But I wouldn't have it any other way.


Mike had to work late Thursday, so my sweet sister brought Adam to Scouts while I went to Grace's volleyball game.

She did great and bumped the ball twice!

That evening I worked on Grace's Elsa costume (and Sam's Olaf) some more.


On Friday both Adam and Mike had (separate) campouts.

They packed a little differently.


We got them all sent off, and had pizza night at home with Kayty while watching Casper.


On Saturday Kayty left bright and early.

We miss her already!

She needs to find a cute Vegas boy and move here stat!


We had Primary program practice in the morning.

In the afternoon, Grammy and Papa + Doran and Amber and Kelsie and Kooper + the C* family kids came over.

It was a full house!

I LOVE it that way!


On Sunday we woke up early to get ready for the Sacrament meeting Primary program.

Which just happens to be Adam's very last one.


They all did a wonderful job!

Years ago, my mom began leaving Grammy bags for the kids when she left.

Because those crazies cried for hours after she left each time, and she wanted to leave them something to make them happy.

It totally worked.

These kids raced home from church to get their coveted Grammy bags.

They did not disappoint.

We spent the rest of our Sunday resting, getting ready for the week, and feeling so thankful for that family of ours.

We are very blessed.