We started out the month of October with General Conference, which is always fabulous and did not disappoint. My personal take-away message was to remember to live with joy. God wants us to be happy.
Mid-month we were able to take a trip to Ouray, which is heaven on earth for me. We began with the gondola ride at Mountain Village, before ever making it to Ouray. It was fun once again. Once in Ouray we did a little hiking and some playing at the park. We fed fish and Russ and I agreed that we needed to buy a vacation house there. (Wouldn’t that be great if all you had to do was agree and then the thing would happen!? There is always that pesky thing called money – or the lack thereof – getting in the way.) I forgot to take the camera, so I told Russ he had to take pics with his phone and get them to me, but so far, I only have this one:
There is a gal that we go to church with that studied speech therapy. She is not licensed in the state, but still likes to do what she can in that field. My mother-in-law mentioned that to me, so I approached her about meeting with Brooklyn. It was this month that Brooklyn was able to start meeting with her. She has a hard time with the “R” sound. In exchange, I am tending her girl weekly while she goes to sing in a choir. She seems to really know what she is doing and Brooklyn is great about practicing what she is learning.
Russ borrowed a bee suit from a neighbor and took apart the trampoline and then the cinder blocks supporting the dirt around the hole for the tramp.
The project took a while and he got very hot and sweaty (good thing it was a cool day) but he finally uncovered the wasp nest. He got one sting through his sock but that was it. It is nice to have the backyard safe again for the kids.
This year we got to carve pumpkins from our garden! I was afraid they would all rot before Halloween because the squash bugs really destroyed our plants and we had to harvest them super early. We did lose a lot of them but we had enough survive for the kids to carve. They each picked out a template and we had a fun evening carving them.
On the Friday before Halloween I was able to go to Austin’s class and help with the party. It was fun to be in there. This is the first year I haven’t been in his classroom regularly and I miss having that opportunity. I don’t know the kids in his class anymore.
On Halloween day we participated in the 1 mile “Zombie Fun Run”. Connor rode in the stroller and the other two ran and did an awesome job. There was a trunk-or-treat following the run and the kids got a ton of candy. We usually hit about 10 houses and call it good because they feel like they have a lot of candy and are as happy as can be. This year there was the trunk-or-treat and then the regular houses that we visit, so they got a lot.
After dealing with their sugar high on Friday night, before they could eat a bunch more on Saturday, the family sat down and we made everyone make a rule for themselves about how much candy they could eat each day. They were way more strict with themselves than I would have been (two of them said they would only have one candy a day and the other one said they would only have two candies a day) and I tried to talk them into allowing themselves more each day, but they wouldn’t budge. They have amazed me with their commitment to their rules and I have never had to deal with the effects of too much sugar.