After going through all the pictures I took in October I now know why I am so completely exhausted...holy crap we did a lot.
October in Utah is one of my favorite months though (it almost rivals June).
We took the kids to hike The Y.
I was the only one who had done it before and I had forgotten how incredibly steep it is.
1,000 feet of elevation gain in 1 mile. that's a lot for little legs and
even longer ones too.
The kids did amazing and M&M ran most of the way up (after complaining and crying the entire drive to the trailhead).
As always, Paul and Ruby were best hiking buddies.
We are soaking up the sunshine until the cold weather hits.
Lots of playing on the deck for these 2 while I try to get a few things done in the house.
It's crazy how much I miss this tiny space when the snow comes.
And who can resist getting to play in the rain?! And yes, he has pants on, he's just rolled them up. :)
This is Ruby bossing the big kids around and telling them not to touch her toys.
Every once in awhile Crewby gets lucky and I take them somewhere fun, instead of just running errands while the big kid are at school
Checking out the new toys at the mall
and swimming at the rec center.
And when I'm feeling very generous I pull out the paints and playdough.
And then I am reminded why I prefer to do things outside of our house.
M&M obviously get a little upset when we do things that are too
fun while they are at school, so we make sure to include them from time to time.
Thanksgiving Point usually does the trick.
Especially when it's with The Brown's.
We have about a million pictures with this dinosaur, that can no longer be seen since we have so many kids now and they are all so big.
We picked the perfect Saturday to go to The Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Ruby parked herself in the Vet Clinic and had it all to herself for probably 30 min. And we didn't even loose anyone in the Jungle. New record.
Pretty sure everyone else was busy at Cornbelly's.
Ruby and I have still been running with Traci a few times a week. Her and Hailey like to ride together to pass the time and we rotate pushing that beast of a double stroller.
Macey has been working on her cooking skills this month. And it is starting to become very helpful.
First, she made us cookies and then when I was at the boys karate class, she preheated the oven and put dinner in for me. Sometimes it's not so bad that these kids grow up.
Sharing her cookies with the neighbors.
We had a girls night with some of our favorites.
Dinner at Corner Bakery, a 1 hour play, and we wore our matching leopard print booties. Perfection.
One of the more exciting things that happened this month was Miles graduating from Speech!
This kid has been rocking first grade and is working so hard (that does not mean there still isn't lots of screaming and tears) .
I cried at his IEP when they told me he tested out. Mostly I was crying because Miles has had a team of people at his side since he was 6 months old! It is a very strange feeling to be out on our own and I just have this deep gratitude for all these amazing programs and people who have helped to get us to this point.
In case you were wondering if Ruby has calmed down, she has not. In fact, things have only gotten crazier when it comes to her.
yes, she's cute. And it's fun to see her start to use more imaginative play. She always makes sure I never go hungry and is constantly "cookin" me things in her kitchen.
But, don't let this fool you.
The moment my back is turned she's flushing things down the toilet, climbing on things, dumping things, hitting kids, breaking child locks, and drawing on any surface that should not be drawn on.
The hardest thing this month has been the fact that she forced our hand and we had to move her out of the crib.
This means no more naps, early rising, terrorizing of the boys at night, and emptying everything in their room every single night.
I am barely holding on by the end of most days. I am still not used to not getting a break from her to eat my lunch in piece or shower or just stare at the walls in silence. I miss nap time.
Luckily, she has fallen asleep a few times this month, so I have been able to eat a snack without her trying to steal it from me.
Her current favorite book is Alice the Fairy. I think there's a lot of resemblance between Alice and Ruby. and luckily, it's one of the books I don't mind reading every single day.
Low point of the month was when Macey asked me, "if it wasn't for Ruby would you be so grouchy?" :)
I did have one glorious afternoon this month where I got my hair cut & colored. I even had time to read some of my book club book.
And yes, my amazing hairstylist made cat ears on me while my color set. It's the little things.
phew. That's our October in a nutshell.
I LOVE Halloween.
Alligator, Cat, Rey, Charizard, Minnie Mouse, and Bulbasaur
Candy, parties, dressing up, and trick-or-treating are just some of the reasons.
We started out the festivities with our annual neighborhood carnival.
I never let the kids wear their actual halloween costumes, as they always end up spilling something. So, I send them to the dress up tubs. Crew was Chewbacca, Miles Dino rider, Ruby Minnie Mouse, and Macey wore an old ballet costume I wore in the nutcracker with Kirsten in a matching dress (my mom of course made them. She's got mad skills). And I had to include a picture of Emery in her adorable old lady costume. She was the cutest thing ever.
Next up was Fright Fest.
It was our turn to host. We decided to play a Mormon drinking game.
We got a bunch of different sodas. Some gross (peanut butter, bacon, hot wing sauce), some good (rootbeer, butter beer, horchata) and LOTS in between.
It was highly entertaining and after sampling all of them I deemed the worst ones to be Peanut Butter, cucumber, and bacon. The only one that was actually good was the rootbeer.
The kids actually got us to carve pumpkins this year. it is not a favorite activity of mine, but it got done and we had some very happy kids. And no one loved their Jack 'O Lantern more than Crew.
Next Halloween Festivity was a party at Paul's bosses house.
Marty McFly and his mom Lorraine from back to the future. And Eleven and Dustin from Stranger Things.
As always the party was very impressive. Party buses, food trucks, even better portable bathrooms than last year, light up dance floor, and tons of amazingly creative costumes.
Love a good party.
FINALLY, we made it to the actual day.
We were up bright and early getting kids in costume for school.
Then there was the Halloween Parade.
Miles was just smiling and waving away. And yes, his costume is too small. I had a tough time with my amazon orders this Halloween. :) Luckily, he was the happiest pokemon around.
Crew wanted to dress up for the Halloween Parade too (we skipped his preschool party, there was no way to fit it in). He loved that all the kids in the parade knew who he was and were waving at him and talking about his sweet costume.
But seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bulbasaur?
Then I ran home grabbed my supplies and came back to do Macey's class Halloween party.
I love getting to see her in her element and chatting with all the kids.
Next stop was the Domo Halloween extravaganza.
It was amazing this year. So organized. They had a map for everyone, arrows on the ground of which direction to walk, crossing guards, and themed buildings. I just loved it.
Paul's building was Harry Potter. They gave out gummy frogs, bertie botts beans, and chocolate coins. And a real owl, because this is Domo afterall.
The Sorting Hat put Macey in Slitherin, she was not too pleased.
I actually didn't take a single picture because it was still so crazy, luckily Paul snapped these ones before it got crazy.
And now we have finally made it to the main event.
Trick or Treating.
I was so happy with how Ruby's costume turned out and it was probably the easiest one I have attempted yet. Plus, she loved it and wanted nothing more than to be Minnie. Makes my mama heart happy.
I don't sew, but I do love hot glueing and taping a good costume together.
And I was so proud of the pokemon ball pumpkins I made the boys too.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood and seeing all our friends.
We had a crazy, but awesome, group this year and I had a few moments of stress, but overall it was pretty much perfection.
then we finally got to the candy sorting.
Can you tell what Crew's favorite candy is?!?
and that finally is a wrap on Halloween. Yes, this is why I am exhausted.
Nana comes to town
Nana wanted a "vacation", so what better place to come than a tiny house filled with 4 crazy kids for the weekend. :)
She was just here for the weekend, so there were only a few must do items.
1. Teach Nana how to play Pokemon Go
2. Visit the Puppy Barn
3. Play LOTS of games
4. Go on a hike to see the changing leaves.
The kids favorite part of the hike was hiding in the tall grass and jumping out and scaring us. They could of played this game for hours.
Love me some wide open spaces.
Nana claims we didn't wear her out too much, but we made sure to keep her going with daily trips to Sodalicious.
Can't wait for the next visit.
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. :)
Halloween is one of my all time favorites.
I love decorating
I (kind of) enjoy carving pumpkins
I was proud of all the kids for actually cleaning out their own goop this year without complaint.
Ruby had to be right in on the action and could not be contained, so we eventually had to put the poor girl to bed, so we could finish carving.
They were quite proud of their creations.
I LOVE costumes
and helping everyone figure out what they want to be. Usually I like to piece together or make the kids', but this year I ended up buying everyones, which I ended up loving too.
Crew was a Cowboy Hulk and Chewbacca.
We also had Jasmine, Raja, and a storm trooper.
Chewie doing his roar.
And a shower.
The kids have plotted against me and have decided they will not cooperate for group pictures.
Luckily Paul's CEO invited us to a party, so I had an excuse to make myself a costume! Thanks to Julianne's help, we finished it in our 2 day window.
And it reminded me of my love of hot glue and putting a unique costume together. Maybe next year I'll find it in myself to make some of the kid's costumes. (con't to read for further costume pictures)
One of my kid's favorite parts of Halloween in our Neighborhood Carnival
We kept it super simple this time around and it was heaven.
I didn't want to be Room Mom this year, but alas I was roped into it. The good thing is, I enjoy throwing a good classroom party.
Paul impressed all the kindergartners with his amazing costume too. :)
Can't forget the sweet halloween parade. Miles was crying before hand and didn't want to do it, but he of course ended up loving it.
And seriously, look at this girl!! I did her makeup before school for the Halloween Parade and I could not get over how old she looked!!
Now, onto the real reason we all love Halloween so much, trick or treating
The excitement level was at an all time high as they started out the evening by running around the townhouses.
I love trick or treating in our neighborhood!
Seriously, it's the best. Seeing everyone and their costumes, and all the happy kids running around...it's my favorite.
Ruby was pretty much the cutest thing trying to keep up with the kids. She didn't get too much candy, as she did not get the concept of putting it in her bucket. But, I could of watched that little tiger trick or treat all day.
She got a little worn out by the end though.
After trick or treating we came home, shoved some candy down, and put the kids right to bed. Then we got ready for my favorite part of this year's halloween!
We actually got to go to an Adult Halloween Party.
Simon and Garfunkel, a pinata, titanic survivor.
I loved getting to dress up and eat and dance until midnight.
And having Brenden and Julianne here is pretty much the best, they know how to have a good time.
It seriously felt so good to dance like that, it had been way too long. Good for the soul, I tell you.
Best Halloween yet!!