Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkins, Rain, and Costumed Cuties

We had some welcome water fall from the sky (with more expected, woo hoo!) along with typical late-October treats like going to the pumpkin patch, attending costume parties, and carving jack-o'-lanterns.

 Monday afternoon brought a Girl Scout activity for Eliza: Reverse Trick-or-Treat at the local retirement home. Eliza’s friend from class Ellie is a Daisy, and Ellie invited Eliza to join in the fun. Eliza reported that she had a great time and would like to keep doing Daisies. This could be the start of a fun activity while Landon is at gymnastics, not like we need more activity in the mix or anything! Now if Hallie could just get busy on filling out the paperwork we will be all set.

Both kids received back the artwork they made at Reflections. Colorful! Landon’s story involved a hungry shark, and Eliza’s a flying squirrel. Perhaps it’s time to reintroduce her to Rocky and Bullwinkle. . . . or a Christmas in Nova Scotia with the Doreys.

At gymnastics this week, Eliza climbed to the top of the rope. That is way high up there!

On Wednesday, the kids at school had music on the playground with the new sound system. Everyone, including Mom, danced and sang and generally made merry. Hallie had over 60 minutes of activity on her Fitbit and 13,000 steps by the end of the day. Mrs. Walker sure knows how to get the kids to open up at lunch!

Mike joined Eliza, her K-1 class, and the other 1st grade classes on a field trip to the pumpkin patch at Underwood Farms. Activities included riding in a wagon pulled by a tractor, looking for the perfect pie pumpkin, eating a picnic lunch, and feeding the animals.

The weather made a change from Thursday into Friday. Thursday started cool, cloudy, and a bit muggy, and overnight we got rain. Good thing the kids had the day off from school for teacher professional development! Eliza started the day early with chalk painting in the backyard.

Later, we had lunch and cake at Grandma and Grandpa O.’s to celebrate Landon’s birthday. The kids love spending time with Alie and Shep. The kids also took full advantage of the big open backyard.

Apparently the #MormonMafia is sort of a trending topic, thanks to Lou Dobbs’ tweet relating to Evan McMullin’s candidacy for the Presidency. Too funny. A sample: They don't call them funeral potatoes for nothing.

On Saturday, Mike had to work, and Landon had gymnastics. This meant that Eliza and Hallie had girl time to themselves! They had Sawyer join in the fun. Las Posas Plaza had fun games, and plenty of stores participated in the trick or treat festivities. Hallie had a lot of fun running into kids and parents that she knows from school, and she really appreciated that Aaron and his mom went store to store with her and the girls.
Mrs. Fig as Mother Goose

Later in the evening, we all went to the stake center for the ward Halloween Party (or Harvest Festival, or Chili Cookoff and Trunk-or-Treat). Call it what you will. We’ll call it a good time had by all. Our friend from school Alyssa and her daughter Abbie came to join the festivities.

Mike monitored the kids as they dunked for apples. The water was pretty foul by the end of the party. Eww.

Bishop Meyring. Yee haw! 

With Baby Claire (who earlier had been Snow White before a little wardrobe mishap)

Who's Medusa? Sis. Rollins in amazing makeup! 

We have a mouse in the house (it appears to have moved from the garage into the walls). Kind of disturbing to hear the pitter-patter in the walls during the wee hours. Appropriately timed, considering the upcoming holiday. Our landlords came by and set traps. Assuming they work, we could have a corpse on the premises within the next day or so. Let’s hope zombie mice don’t exist. . . . “Cheeeeese!”  

We had rain again early Sunday morning and off and on throughout the day. So nice to hear the sound of rain! After church, Hallie and two sisters went to visit our friend Donna who has been in ICU at a local hospital. Donna was so happy to Hallie and friends and it was good for Hallie to see her too.  Both kids got into sidewalk chalk art before Landon and Hallie went to stake Christmas Choir practice. Choir practice makes Hallie’s heart happy as she gets to see friends from our old ward.

Eliza and Mike carved her big pumpkin while the other two were out.

After Landon got home, it was his turn. 

We had a little mishap. . . .

. . . Nothing some bamboo skewers couldn’t fix.

Happy lanterns all around! 

Oh, and the cat enjoyed dining on the leftover entrails. . . .

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