A week and a half ago, we went as a family to our ward Halloween party. It was so much fun, and by prayers and a miracle, Ammon and I together created six pirate Halloween costumes from piles of red, black and white fabric in two hours. We were literally finishing the touches as we pulled up to the church. It is SO NICE to have a husband that can do it all...;) He really helps me with so much. He did half the sewing on all the costumes. Women, teach your sons to sew. I am so glad Ammon's mom taught him!!!!! I will be posting pirate family pictures tomorrow...I want to get a family shot tonight...so you'll see them tomorrow. I was actually proud of us... we made costumes for the first time, and it was so fun!! It was a family effort, and I think we actually pulled it off...stayed tuned for those...
[Thursday] Thursday, the 25th, Brynlee had her dance performance. They have a theme each month and this month was Storybook. They perform their mini routine for the parents during the last class of each month. She was so cute (I'll include the movie...but she does get a little shy and she is the youngest by far) and her friends in her class dressed up for Halloween. It was really cute. Ammon was even able to go to her dance classes with us this month, because he was off some Thursday mornings. He even likes all this girl stuff!!! I am so grateful for affordable programs for the kids...we are lucky that even families like us get to do things like this...
[Friday] We attended the rec. center party. The kids wore their costumes from last year (it was nice to get another use out of them). The rec party was a lot of fun, with a cheesy magician and all. It was fun to let the kids teachers see them all dressed up and to get to dress up in more than one costume.
Our little crew...That lady bug costume has got some serious use in the past four years!! ;)
[Saturday] We went to Ethan's last soccer game until the spring. He has changed so much, and loves the sport just like Ammon. Last year he was a little of a dandylion picker (I say this with as much love as possible), but this year, he goes after the ball and because of his small stature, he can wiggle his way into the circle of kids on the field, and get the ball. It really is fun to have a boy and have sports games to go to..
The after game tunnel...they love this!
[Saturday Night] That night, we went to our neighbors big Halloween bash. It was a lot of fun, and so new for us to be social!! Ammon and I are such homebuddies but it was really fun to get to know people beyond those in our ward. Our neighbor outdid herself with decorations, games, food, etc and we enjoyed ourselves. The kids had so much fun as well. Ethan was in heaven playing "boy things" with the other kids. Ammon and I will have to try to be social more often!! It was our first experience though with alcohol at a party. We went to grab sodas, and then we watched as everyone else grabbed pumpkin flavored beers, etc. Ammon and I looked at each other, like, "How are we suppossed to act"...but we tried to be as nonchalant as possible, and it went ok. We politely refused and kept to our waters and diet Orange sodas. I know that we were watched and it was a little out of our comfort zone, but it was our first eye opening experience in front of friends. I don't know if this makes sense at all or makes us sounds weird, but I am grateful for our standards, and that we can have just as much fun at a party even without drinking. Our neighbors were gracious and respected us and we left "to get the kids to bed" before it got too late. It really was a good time getting to know all the parents of the kids in Ethan's class that live on our street. We have found three other kindergartners that live three houses down from us.[Sunday] Sunday night we went to our closest friend's eldest daughter's baptism. This is a picture of her...It was wonderful and such a sweet experience. It had been years since we had been to one, and this was the kids' first experience. They loved watching and were entraced by all that was going on. It was a special evening, and I had the wonderful opportunity to gift the talk on the Holy Ghost and create a baptism box for Emily. She really is a beautiful, sweet girl and reminds me so much of myself at eight. I was nervous to give the talk, but it went ok and I was pleased with the baptism box as well. The Bowen Family also invited some of Emily's teachers, one being the kids teacher at the rec. center and it was so special to have her come and experience something with all of us "Utah Transplants" as she calls us. She really enjoyed herself and it made me thankful the Bowens were "brave" enough to invite her. They are examples to me on really living the gospel and inviting non-members to live it with you. I will really have to keep that in mind when it is our kids turns to be baptized...Now when I tell the kids they need a bath, Hailey says "need to get baptized"...we have a couple more years to teach her...;)
[Monday] Monday was spent raking lots of leaves and watching the kids jump in them. The kids LOVE the leaves that our covering our front yard. Ammon has raked piles up to my waist for the kids to jump in. The trouble is trying to get them to come inside!! Here are some pictures and a video we got too... (I'll add the video to the next entry...it won't let me add two!) :)
I told you it was also a time of making projects...here is one of them I did for my visiting teachers...it is SO EASY and really a fun way to give cookies or a treat to someone...Here is a picture of it...if you ever want to make one...let me know. It is made just out of a square piece of paper, scored into 9 equal squares, etc. You fold it up, add a handle and wala! There you go! Ok, well there are a couple more steps, but really each box took about 10 minutes to make and I added half a dozen cookies to each one, and that was it!! You could try this for anything...Christmas, etc.!! I have some more projects coming up that I'll show in the next month or so. Let me know if you need directions..:)
Wow, this is getting SUPER long...I told you we have been BUSY! How am I managing to blog in the middle of the day you ask? Ethan said, he's in charge for lunch and made everyone easy mac and cheese for lunch (in the microwave). I have only had to go in there twice! I could seriously get used to this! J/K. What a big kid...he really surprised me with how much he knew how to fix. He has done a super job...but the girls keep asking for water, and he keeps running to the bathroom to fill up their cups, than looking at me and saying "Are these girls ever going to let me eat"and sighing....Heehee...he is getting a taste of my life!! We'll have to try this more! :)
[Tuesday] Ammon didn't have to be to the ER until 5pm (his shift was until 1am), so we had a lot of the day together....We decided to carve six of our seven pumpkins....someone asked me if the seventh is because I am pregnant....Um definately not....It is just because Ethan went to the pumpkin patch with this class earlier in the month. :) The kids gave their requests and we did our best to comply!! Ammon, the surgeon, made an incredible pumpkin for Brynlee...she wanted a ballerina and he found a picture on the internet...drew it free hand on the pumpkin... then used a surgical razor blade and created if for her... what a talented dad!! I did my best on the other pumpkins. Let's just say that I'll stick to crafts....It was warm enough to do it outside this year too! It was so much less of a mess!! I enjoyed it the most this year!! I'll include the glowing pics tomorrow with the costume pictures!
The ballerina before she was cut...
[Wednesday morning] Ok, well here we are. The girls and I went into Ethan's class this morning and helped with his party. I am a room mom and it is so fun! I love elementary school life and I am seriously going to enjoy this "phase" of motherhood. The girls were really good and Ethan enjoyed himself. After all the planning, the party turned out well and I am grateful that I can do stuff like this with the kids. It is a special treat. Here are a couple craft ideas too. I stole the rice krispy treat one from another mom but it was cute. It is a rice krispy treat pumpkin witha candy face....(the stem was originally a tootsie roll) and the pumpkin was what I came up with for the kids.
Well, I didn't realize I had so much to show, type and tell but I guess so! I guess I really do feel less stressed. November is all about enjoying time with my kids. I saw the movie, "No Reservations" and it hit hard....good movie and I plan on more forts, picnics, etc with the kids. We love you all! I hope everyone is enjoying the Halloween season....Have fun tonight and stay tuned tomorrow for PIRATE pictures!! Happy trick or treating!