Part of October

 I'm the garden helper for Grant's kindergarten class.  The garden last year for Ava turned out awesome, so the teacher asked if I would do it again. No pressure!  Actually, it's crazy to see this picture, because all the plants are huge right now.
 Eli came for General Conference weekend and had Erin's ring with him.  The kids were practicing their proposals.
 Getting as much use out of Eli's kayak as they can before it leaves for Arizona.
Conference Sunday cinnamon rolls.
Eli approved.
Ava only picked off a few of the 'very pretty flowers' in the Spring, so we had a good crop of pomegranates this year.
Noah has amazing scout leaders. They made Indian vests and drums one night for den meeting around a camp fire!!  How awesome it that?!  This month they did knives, so Noah was in heaven.
My last pumpkin patch field trip.

Of course we stocked up on 'weird' pumpkins before leaving.  I love unusual pumpkins.  We give all our pumpkins a clorox bath and then wipe them down with vasoline.  Makes them super shiny and they last FOREVER!!  or until I turn them into pies. :)

Saturday chore reward - lunch and movie (Hotel Transylvania 2).  There's a new theater nearby that you sit in big comfy seats with a little table.  You push a button (which my kids did multiple times) and a waiter brings you your food.  The kids thought it was pretty cool. 
More scouts - Rain Water Rigatta

He lost, but I'm just happy he did it.  He was sobbing a few seconds before this.  I don't know why this kid gets so much anxiety at pack meetings. 
Ava's homework.  She was so proud and did most of it by herself.  She's definitely my most creative.
Baking class homework - pastry cream (took 2 attempts) and pate sucree (tart crust)
Crazy sock and hair day.
I'm not nice like my mom, I make my kids gut their own pumpkins and carve it. 
Dad helped Ava since her pumpkin was so thick.  We had a ward party the night before Halloween, and we were headed to the cabin right after, so we did a quick carving before the ward party.
Ward Fall Festival and Chili cook off.  Always a fun time!
Went to the cabin right after the ward party and played up there on Saturday.  Came home after lunch to get ready for trick-or-treating.  Crazy busy weekend.  Noah and Grant were goofing off in the truck on the way home and knocked out Grant's very loose tooth. 
Grant - Donatello
Noah - ninja
Ava - who knows?  She told everyone she was 'dead'.  Ha! 
 I was looking back at past Halloweens and remembered making all their costumes and trying to have a theme, etc.  This year we went to target for their buy one get one free deals, let them choose what they wanted, and Noah wore Grant's old ninja stuff.  It was SO much easier.  I enjoy making their costumes, but I admit that when life is busy, I prefer the low stress, easy way out, holidays. 
Our neighborhood is great for trick-or-treating, although we had hardly any come to our door this year.  Lots of good decorating, but again, not as good as years before.
The kids got more candy than we could ever eat (we had to come back and dump their buckets and start again - lots of full size candy bars - I need to step up my game), but they had fun collecting it all.

Had the primary program in October.  The kids did great memorizing their parts and Noah played in a little string quartet.  This was during their practice (I know you're not supposed to record in the chapel).  The kids and I went to Hawaii in October, but I have way too many pictures to include that in this post. 



 Wonder if it's legal to kill one of these wild turkeys if theyre in your yard. Hm......
 More trips to the cabin.  Adam has been up there almost every weekend, busy with SO MANY PROJECTS. 
 We joined daddy for one of his trips, so we could check out the progress.
 Getting super dirty and building bridges over daddy's trenches.

 Ava was super nervous about coming down the hill. 
 Noah got a bigger cello, and I got Mary's to learn with Noah, so now we have 3 cello's hanging out in our living room.  These are NOT small instruments. 
Noah's new cello came in this box that looked just like a coffin. 
 The kids were asking to watch a movie, so I told them they could if they could hold a handstand for 10 seconds.  They practiced for over an hour.  After a few minutes they forgot about the movie and were completely focused on seeing how long they could hold these.
 The kids wanted to use their chore coins to got to a pottery painting place.  Grant picked a tea pot so he could pour his own water at the dinner table.

 The finished products.  Our coin system has really brought out their saving habits.  Noah is my saver - when it comes to buying something, he usually opts out and decides he doesn't need it.   Ava is my carefree spender and earner - she doesn't really care about earning or spending her coins.  Grant is my spender to the max - he wants everything and usually has no coins because the minute he gets them he wants to spend them.  He's usually got a loan out to Ava when he really wants to do something and has run out of coins. Ha! 
 My first born had a birthday in September.  9!!!  Can't believe it's been that long.  Started with the birthday breakfast of choice - poached eggs and toast for this boy.
Opening presents.  He got this little RC car (broke 2 days later, because Ava put it in the pool) and some binoculars.
 Charlotte made him this little adventure pouch and also a prairie dog tail.  He thought it was pretty awesome.
 He took chocolate crinkle cookies to his class.
 One of his favorite dinners - crab legs and biscuits.
 No fancy cake this year.  Instead we opted for Dairy Queen Ice Cream cake.
 Sure love this boy of mine.  He drives me crazy a lot of the time, but that makes his snuggles and sweet times that much more enjoyable.
 We were so thrilled when Aunt Emily said she wanted to come hang out with us for a few days.   We got to meet baby Jack and play with Ollie too.
 It was so fun having a baby in the house, especially one that I didn't have to get up at night with.
 Jack fit perfectly in my old, now Ava's, baby doll crib.
 Grant loved seeing Ollie at kindergarten pick up.
Trying to capture a smile.
Lots of extra hands trying to capture that smile.
Ollie, I don't think that's going to make him smile. :)
We treated ourselves to a little custard and italian ice.  Not quite the same as Luna's, but still good.
Got to finally use my big kitchen sink for what it's made for, bathing babies.
Jack sure was loved while he was here.

Their Saturday chore reward was a reptile show in Sac.  Em was thrilled, I'm sure.  She's got 3 boys now, so she'll get used to this stuff quickly.  My kids loved it, of course, and wanted to bring one of every creature home.

Doesn't this creature look like a real dragon?!

Cutest little turtles
For my mom - pretty amazing butterfly collection.
Noah holding a millipede.
Noah holding a stick bug - cool bugs.
Freaky bat

Em did a cute scavenger hunt for the kids after they got home from school.  Grant was mad because Noah got to the clue first.  It was like this at every clue. :)
The prize was Kripie Kreme donuts - because supposedly my kids are deprived because they rarely get donuts.   They were more than thrilled. 
Sad our visit had to come to an end.  Dropping Em and the boys off at the airport.  Thanks again for coming.  We LOVED having you!!!
Adam and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary in September.  I don't really care for cut flowers, and he usually sticks to plantable flowers, but it was a nice surprise.  He also brought home a yummy chocolate cake for Ettores.  We had plans to go out to dinner sometime, but still haven't.   It's been a busy few months. 
Ava's class does a themed activity day each month, so I went in to help for Septembers Johnny Appleseed day.  My station was an apple smile (apples, icing and marshmallows), caramel apples and apple cider.
They made apple hats, made an apple book, apple craft and 1 other station I can't remember.  So glad my kids have such amazing teachers.