Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

This year's Halloween started off with a costume parade at Emersen's school.  I have never seen so many Elsa's in one place!
The kids have thus far made Halloween costumes really easy for me.  At first, Emersen wanted to be Jessie from Toy Story, but then we saw this darling Elsa dress on a daily deal site and she really wanted it.  So she chose to use that for Halloween instead.  (I basically refuse to spend a fortune on costumes, call me stingy.)  Bentley just wanted to be Batman and specifically wanted to use the shirt and mask that he got for his birthday.  "All I need is some black pants," he said.  His black church pants and shoes came to the rescue, and he was happy as a clam.

We invited some friends over for dinner and trick-or-treating.  Daniel had the menu all planned out.  We had minestrone soup, watermelon brain, mummy hot dogs, and cookies.  I also fried up some beignets from a mix I picked up at the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans a couple years ago.  Good thing we had someone to share them with!

Bentley got really tired waiting for nighttime to come so we could go trick-or-treating.
All the kids ready to go!

Emersen wanted to take care of this baby all night.
As soon as we said go, the oldest two were off and running.  Stanford also ran pretty much the whole time, though not quite as fast.  He was adored everywhere he went.  He would get to the door and say, "Chi-chi-chi" and then bring the candy (usually two pieces) back to me to put in his bag before running to the next house.

Our neighborhood was perfect for the event.  We went down one side and back the other, making a couple cul-de-sac detours.  Stanford and I came home about halfway through, and Daniel went out and took my place.  It started raining on them shortly after that, so the kids were cold and wet when they finally came home.  Of course, they immediately sorted their candy and took inventory.

This was the very first time we were at our own neighborhood for the holiday.  In the past, we have gone to either Daniel's parents' or sister's house.  But I think we had just as much fun this year!  The kids are already planning what to be next year.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Odds and Ends

October is apple season, and we sure had our fill of these beauties!  I love eating chunky homemade applesauce right out of the crockpot.  Mmmm.
Stanford is my movie addict.  He is constantly asking to watch "a show."  I love watching his face as he watches movies.  His expressions are adorable.  He also loves to cuddle up to me if I sit down and watch with him.
Since the high school football field is literally right behind our house, we had to go to at least one game and support the Panthers.  We picked the perfect night because the weather was so great for it.  The kids enjoyed the game for a little while, but Daniel took the boys back home at half time because Stanford didn't want to sit still.  Emersen enjoyed watching the cheerleaders.

Bentley was pretty cute carrying his football around with him.
We don't have cable TV, so I've had to get creative about watching the Utah football games.  Usually, I have to just listen to them on the radio.  One time, though, I found it on a free ESPN Spanish channel.  Who needs commentators anyway?
These two boys are home together most of the day and can get into a lot of mischief if I don't keep an eye on them.  Bentley decided his trains needed washing.
I started this "Cinder" series and finished the first three books in a just a couple of weeks.  It was pretty compelling, even though this genre is not my usual fare.  Now I have to wait until next year for the continuation of the series.  I was also sick with a cold for a week, so it was good company.
Stanford likes to wait with me for the kids to get off the bus.  We've had some glorious weather this month, so it's the perfect time to catch some sunshine.
When they get off the bus, he runs with open arms to give them hugs.  He is so glad when they come home.

Emersen finally got to the end of her Potty Game and earned these princesses.  She was beyond excited.  I really made her work for it, so I hope this is a lasting success.
We took the whole family to see the movie, "Meet the Mormons."  I really enjoyed it, but the kids kept asking when the movie was going to begin.  Haha!  I don't think we'll do that again (also because it cost us $50.)
I went to the Relief Society Super Saturday and made a couple crafts and new friends.  I made these candy jars and the book pumpkin.  It's not easy for me to make friends, so I'm trying to take every opportunity.
I put up some fall decor, and it made the house feel so much cozier!
I took this picture from Bentley's preschool's blog.  Bentley is in the "boy genius" shirt.  They always crop out the kids' faces, but when I recognize Bentley in one of the pictures, I have to save it.  He is loving being in school.
I helped the boys build all of our different train tracks to play with.
I think he's tired.
The kids love to play outside after school.  We're trying to get as much sunshine before the rainy weather kicks in.
We took a drive to see the Portland temple.  It was beautiful.  We walked around and explored the visitors center.

Emersen thought we needed to write up some "House Rules," because that's what they have at school.  We came up with these rules together and refer to them by number often.
For my monthly date with Bentley, we played tennis at the court behind our house.  It started raining not five minutes after we got there, but he didn't want to quit until we were soaking wet.
They have been begging to make "shape cookies" for a long time.
This was a first for Stanford.  He fell asleep two days in a row at 11 a.m. while I was in the shower.  Needless to say, I did not get my afternoon quiet time.
Bentley has joined Daniel in his trips out to Hillsboro a couple times.  I think he loves the one-on-one time with Dad and getting out of the house.  Sometimes he gets to play with a friend out there too.
Dance parties are a regular occurrence around here.  This was after watching "Happy Feet."  They were trying to tap dance, and it was super funny.
After about six months, we decided it was time to give Stanford a haircut.  He hated it, and he always looks so different after!
Everyone got haircuts this night, and I thought it was so interesting to compare the different shades and textures.  From bottom left to top right: Daniel, Emersen, Bentley, and Stanford.
Babies in overalls!  That's all I have to say about that!

This month I also started helping in Emersen's classroom.  I don't know how Kindergarten teachers do it, it's so exhausting!  It has been fun to see Emersen in her class and interesting to see the different levels in the kids.  She has a great class.

We've had more rain this month, prepping us for the winter I guess.

We set up a new budget, now that we're mostly settled.  It looks like we'll spend less on fuel for the cars and more on water and sewer up here.  Washington also does not have income tax, but the property taxes are huge.