I don't want to take away from that Thanksgiving post, but I'm sneaking this in at the end of the day here because I'm trying to catch up! Here we go back into October for a little bit...
October started off strong with the highly anticipated birthday of this child:
...who made it into the "double-digit club" and and insisted we camp for real this year (her birthday tradition):
This is how Lucy's texts always look:
I loved her thank-you notes for some of the gifts she received:
For Fall Break we got to soak in the grandeur of Lake Powell:
Here's one of the "food creations" from that post:
HERE), and club is still going strong:
We also got to go to a few football games to watch our cheerleader.
Lucy brought her traditional reading material:
Each class had their own huge poster and did a dance at half time.
It was so weird to be there amidst that throng of kids (not so many on the other side) and reminisce about my own high school days so long ago.
And these Junior High kids had stars in their eyes about getting there some day:
The "Mom Conference" came and went:HERE.
Meanwhile over in Hawaii:
Along with the play Elle worked hard at school.
Her semester ended the end of October and she learned so much.
I liked this quote she was messing around with fonts on for her graphic design class:
...and here's a random sunset shot she sent.HERE.)
...and meanwhile over in Taiwan:
Family FHE at Costco...
We got to go visit the lady who comes and cuts our hair so we could meet her brand new little sweetie:
Shadow-your-student day that we were pretty excited about:
FaceTime with our sweet baby Moses over in London:
Date night with Lucy:
The founder of Rising Star came to the desert and did a little presentation at my friend's house:
HERE, HERE and HERE and HERE).
Some day we will go back!
Claire and Elle sending pics back and forth of what we were each doing:
My best practicer:
One weekend in the middle of October we helped with my friend's daughter's wedding.
Our job was to clip branches and make arbors for the reception:
...as well as help with the luncheon:HERE.)
But there was some sort of mix-up of communication and we were suddenly in charge of decorating this whole thing for the reception:
But it all turned out pretty beautifully:
...and we all have some pretty crazy, hilarious and great memories from all that hoopla.
Sure makes me think about when that's coming for me. Hoping not for a good long while!
Grace sent off all her friends to go Homecoming. She won't be 16 until June.
This was that same night as I was running back and forth between things:
And so was this Halloween neighborhood party:
Lu and I finished Prince Caspian:
...which I'm sure is what inspired her "Daughter of Eve" inspired art work at church:
Lucy has volunteered to give talks in church twice in the lat little while.
She insists that she has to write her own talks. She will not let me help her aside from suggesting maybe she use one of my favorite pics. of Christ as a visual.
Dave's nephew and his wife moved here recently from Milwaukee. Remember their wedding back HERE? We got to have them over for dinner and some FHE games:
All of Dave's in-town family headed over to help them move into their new place:
Book Club came and went. (We read "The Aviator's Wife" which I wrote about back HERE.)
But I didn't write about the cookies Kara made for us, which is very important:
I'll share the recipe this Thursday so get excited!
Watched a couple of my Young Women play volleyball in "Max's old gym" :)
Taught Art Masterpiece on perspective:
Worked with Lucy on her Halloween outfit...
Grace opened her first real bank account:
(back HERE and money system is HERE) and is doing so great with it!
That girl is really shining as the oldest one home these days! Love having her rule the roost.
Lucy finally got her birthday gift at the end of the month (kind of a fiasco getting it figured out):
Little did we know it would be so great and helping her get her exercise in. Here she is one day on her way home from the bus moving her arms around like crazy since she realized that thing would count her arm movements as steps:
Reading time together with my girls is sadly getting more sparse these days (they are growing out of it all) but I love when we can squeeze it in:
Random pic. of Max since he needs to be more accounted for in this post:
A paddle-board exercise morning with these women:
And a pretty funny group message/text/ pic with some friends:
Getting ready for Evening in Excellence:
One Sunday when I had so much to catch up on in planning and thinking I assigned these girls to do the whole Sunday dinner without me. (We always cook together on Sundays.)
They were the BEST at whipping up that meal.
Lucy is not pictured but she did her regular awesome job setting the table with notes to each of us. Here's my brother's which made us all laugh:
We do "huddles" for family prayers sometimes.
I took a picture after one just so we can remember:
My little girl ready to be a red-lipsticked "robber" on Halloween:
Elle and crew in Hawaii:
Sunday dinner prep with Elle on Face Time (see that phone propped up against the hairspray bottle? I know, hairspray in the kitchen? What the what the??)
Another football game:
I experimented with making pesto since we have such a huge basil bush:
We had three different occasions for pumpkin carving in October (HERE are the first couple along with some Halloween prep).
Then it was HALLOWEEN (back HERE...our "official" pumpkin carving party is at the end of that post).
Phew. I thought this was going to be short! But there we go, October 2016 wrapped up.