Fall break

Nov 5, 2016
Every year we get 3 days off in October and I usually go a bit crazy with our adventures.  So, I tried to pace myself this year and just had one fun thing planned each day.  Worked like a dream.

Day One:

Made the kids do chores (insert screaming, whining, kicking) and then when they were done I braved the crowds and headed to a pumpkin patch.  

I rarely make public appearances during fall break, as most of the state has the same days off and I don't enjoy large crowds.  But, I was feeling brave and the weather was perfection.  

No one got lost, the kids listened, no whining, and only one incident with our wheelbarrow falling over and our pumpkins rolling all over the parking lot when I was trying to load Crewby in the car.  

I'd say it was a very successful trip. And yes, I was finding corn in the house for days, especially in the washing machine.  

Day Two:  
Scarecrow Festival and Michelle's house (where she worked on my halloween costumes)  

I was actually very impressed with the Scarecrow festival and we will be back next year for sure.  Macey and Libby were the photographers and took pictures of EVERY SINGLE Scarecrow, so we could then vote for our favorite one.

Macey's favorite: Harry Potter
Crew's Favorite: Jack Skeleton
Miles' Favorite: All of them
Ruby's Favorite: Elsa.  

The boys like pretending to be scarecrows.  

We walked through the "I am the Light of the World" exhibit.  it was very cool and of course only something you would find in Utah County.  Crew broke out singing "Gethsemane"  when we found a sculpture of Christ praying in the garden.  :) 

At the end was the scared grove and yes, Miles instantly ran to Joseph Smith and started hugging him.  

Putting Michelle to work making a peter pan collar for my costume.  

Day Three:  
Bowling at BYU with the Rensinks & getting our fridge delivered
(we didn't have a fridge for 10 days.  We lost all our food. it was very annoying and I am so grateful for modern day appliances.)  

We had the bowling alley to ourselves.  Boys on one lane and girls on the other.  It was great.  And Ruby impressed us all with her ability to pick up the ball with no help and put it up on the ramp thing.  This girl is tough stuff.  

It was great having the kids home for a few extra days, but I can't say I was sad to send them back. :)  

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Fall breakin'

Nov 7, 2015
We had perfect weather for fall break this year and so we did something we've never done before in October...we want to the pond.

It was actually Ruby's first time at this pond and she was loving life.  

It helped that we had the whole place to ourselves and lots of friends to play with and give her snacks.  

So glad Julianne and Gina are always up for a good time and didn't mind the extremely nasty water.  Luckily none of the kids got sick. :)  

Paul wanted to take the kids bowling, but I just kept thinking how horrible it would be.  

Confined space, heavy balls, changing kids shoes, and the crying if they lost...

Turns out I was wrong.  It was a blast and the kids loved it.  

Look at that little jump after knocking down some pins.  Totally worth it.  

Other excitement included:

Carousel Ride

Kirsten came out of storage

Emmie invited Macey over to play, so I was hoping that maybe she would want to take Kirsten with her, since Emmie loves American Girl Dolls.  It worked, 4th time is the charm, she's in love with Kirsten.  

Movie Nights

And even some late night coding

It went by too fast, can't wait for the next school break.  

Tags: fall break
Fun times! So happy to see Macey with Kirsten!

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