Audrey got to dress up for Preschool. She was so excited!
There was a gang of robbers at our ward dinner and trunk-or-treat: watch out!
A ghost, a mummy, and a beautiful princess had a very fun and successful time walking around our neighborhood tick-or-treating.
If you can believe it we actually ended up with more candy than this because Adam went out trick-or-treating with friends after he went with us, and brought back another full bucket. The sugar rushes were coming for days.
Yesterday Jenna took many photos of Audrey playing outside. I am impressed with Jenna's skills! She had a pretty cute subject, too! Also featuring in the pictures is the new play set that we got from my friend Holly who is moving soon. The kids are loving it already. I love these pictures!
I can hardly believe I am typing this, let alone that it actually happened. William is 12! That is just crazy! He got to open presents bright and early on his birthday. And since he turned the big 1-2 he got his big Aunt Amy blanket! He was really excited about that! He chose a Kit-Kat M&M cake, which was delicious if I do say so myself.
He was ordained a Deacon this past Sunday. And in two weeks he will get to pass the sacrament for the first time. He is really growing up so much. He is still in piano lessons and rocking it! He and I got to play a duet together for his recital a few days ago and we had a great time! He is playing percussion in band this year. He also participates in student government at his school. He is a great brother and such a help with Audrey, who loves him SO much! We are blessed to have William in our family!
Have you ever played Bean-Boozled? If the answer is no, don't do it. If the answer is yes, then you understand our pain. We played bean-boozled, and learned our lesson. It was actually a lot of fun and we had a lot of great laughs, but I don't think anyone in our family will be playing that game again. At least not willingly. William was the lucky one and he never got a bad bean. Joel was the unlucky one and never got a good bean. Afterwards we had to make some caramel popcorn to cleanse our pallets from the horrible flavors. I think from now on we'll stick with regular jelly beans.
The Saturday that Jenna was at State Marching Band was a beautiful day, so we took the rest of the kids for a walk down by the river. The weather was beautiful and mild. The kids stopped to throw about 400 rocks in the river. We saw geese and ducks and even two bald eagles. It was a great walk.
Joel took all of the kids to Laramie for a UW football game on Oct. 8th. On the way home Saturday night he hit a deer. It did this to our van. :( It is now in the process of getting fixed, but it will still be awhile before we get it back. I miss my van. I don't like that deer.
This Fall Adam got to play flag football again. And he loved it, again. He had a great coach and team; they were undefeated. He had so much fun, and scored many, many touchdowns. He's also quite the flag grabber. He's a fast one! It also helped that Adam now has an inhalers for his exercise induced asthma, so he doesn't struggle with his breathe so much. We are very proud of him!
This year Jenna has had the opportunity to participate in the marching band. She wasn't able to take band as a class this year because she didn't have enough electives, but she chose to go to zero hour (class at 7 am) and practice with the band. She was in the percussion pit, so she didn't actually have to march. We got to watch her perform at football games, which was a lot of fun. They also went to State Marching Band in Casper and did very well. We are really proud of her for the work she put into it, and for not complaining about having to get up so early for school. She did great!
I was a very lucky girl, and I got to go to a Mumford and Sons concert in Salt Lake with Adrienne! I have wanted to see them live for years, and it was kind of just luck that we even found out there were coming to the area. The concert was at Usana Amphitheater, and at the end of September we were lucky that the weather was beautiful and mild. It was an awesome concert; words can't describe it. It helps that I love Mumford and Sons SO much (but even if I didn't, it would have been amazing!) I hope they come back soon!
Because Mary wasn't able to come up for the family reunion, and because she had an adorable baby girl that I needed to meet, I decided to take a quick trip down to Phoenix, just me. Well, just me as in no kids and no Joel. After Adrienne found out I was going, she jumped on the bandwagon so it was a bit of a sister's weekend! We flew in to Mesa Thursday morning, went to Mary's house, and didn't leave her house until it was time to go back to the airport Sunday morning. It was delightful!
Baby Eliza is beautiful and so sweet! She didn't always like me, but we got along okay. :) We also made a chocolate souffle from a recipe we'd seen on The Great British Baking Show. They turned out quite amazing, if I do say so myself! There was also plenty of movie and show watching, and of course a lot of talking. Friday evening Laura, Amy, Rachel, and Erin came over from Mesa for a sisters night. That was great fun, as always. I do miss being able to see my sisters more often. It was a great weekend. Thank goodness we snapped a picture of the three of us before we left for the airport on Sunday. (And of course I took pictures of the souffles. Priorities.)
Here are some random things I want in the blog book. One evening Joel, Jenna, and William were at mutual and scouts. It was a beautiful evening so Audrey, Adam and I went for a walk. We ended up at the Truman playground. It is a great place to play! On the way home there were some deer on the walking path, and they were not scared of us at all. There were probably around ten of them.
One evening this buck and his friend buck (not pictured) were hanging out in our front yard.
On Labor Day we went over to Laramie for the day. We hung out with the Bades, went to lunch, talked a lot, and Sarah and I snapped a couple of pictures before we left. We even got to see Erin for a few hours! It was a great way to spend the day!