To jog my memory about what happened 2 months ago, I went through my pictures and my phone’s calendar. It’s funny because as I look at it…it’s just our life. October was mostly just full of soccer games and preschool drop off and kids birthday parties and church callings. Looking back at it in just cryptic calendar entries, it looks kind of sweet. All part of that idea that the little brush strokes make the big painting. We are blessed to have our lives filled with kids’ activities and other mundanities (word?).
Probably doesn’t make for a super interesting blog post though. But I’m doing one anyway.
Jane was on a super soccer team this year. Fun girls and great coaches. We watched her really figure out the game this season and she started scoring pretty much every game. She’s the cutest girl.
Faith had her first field trip to a pumpkin patch. Fun, cute, COLD.
Our neighborhood is awesome at hosting kind of regular events and the Liaboes always do the neighborhood harvest party. The apple bobbing is a must, despite the fact that everyone was in down coats and hats. I love it because I don’t have to cover my table in newspaper in order for pumpkins to get carved.
We made a last minute decision to pull the kids from school and take advantage of Ryan’s business trip perks in Seattle. We hit the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science center, hung out with friends (Anna and Jeanelle) and family (Mark and Mandy), shopped when we decided to extend a day and didn’t have enough clean clothes, and ate. It was fun, but if I’m being honest, I was extremely stressed by the mass of active children that were within 2 feet of me in busy places at all times. I don’t know why it was so difficult this trip, but I was continually having to calm myself (and them) down. I felt like we were this huge disturbance everywhere we went. Case in point: At the Woodland zoo, Gabe was carrying Faith on his shoulders ahead of me. As he rounded a corner, too fast, he tripped and both of them hit the cement. I walked around corner to screams and copious amounts of blood from both my 12 and 4 year old. We had a 15 minute accident reporting/bandaid dispensing incident with Zoo security. But hey…free carrousel tokens.
Also there was a tantrum that lasted 40 minutes. I was in a good place and just thought it was funny. THought I’d document. The middle one is where she caught me taking pictures “DON’T TAKE PICTURES OF MY TANTRUM!” And then it ended and we were buddies again.
I had a ton going on it October, started with hosting my fabulous book club. My book club is truly the best club I’ve ever heard of. We have a crazily on-the-ball leader and she makes sure it’s an actual literary pursuit, which I love. And the hostesses really go all out—full course, themed dinners. It’s a collection of women from all over Spokane, only maybe 20% Mormon, and I love getting to know women I’d never have had the chance to know. Anyway…we read a Southern migration themed book, so I went all out on the food: grits, buttermilk biscuits, cobbler, bread pudding, shrimp creole. I look forward to hosting all year and the night was a success.
The kids were in the Primary Program of course. Highlights were Faith memorizing her part which said “as we follow the council of the prophet, we’ll know his words are true”. Except she kept inserting the words city before council, which cracked us up. But not as much as when she loudly whistled through the last 5 songs. Everyone could hear her. We didn’t realize she’d been asked to accompany.
Halloween was fun. We fit everything in: the ward party, the class parties, the work party, the dinner-in-a-pumpkin and the actual trick or treating. Of particular note was Emma’s amazing, completely handmade BY HER peacock costume and the fact the she and Jane were trick or treating buddies which made Jane’s life. And, really, the only thing cuter than trick or treating with a 4 year old is trick or treating with a 3 year old but apparently God has decided Faith has to grow up, so I’ll take what I can get.