Holy moly, this may be the longest post ever. But I know I've said that before, so probably not. I squished everything from October into one big, ole post, even Halloween.
So, here we gooooo....
The girl's rode in their first actual riding competition. It was a trail ride through the gully and along the way there were different obstacles. They were judged based on how well they were able to get their horse to do the obstacle. Miss Luna was having some feet problems, so at the last minute Kaylie borrowed a friend's horse for Laylah to ride. His name is Alek, and he is a big, huge sweetie pie. Daphne rode her favorite girl, Sage. She is a family friend's horse who let's us borrow her so Kaylie can give my girl's lessons.
It poured through most of the competition, so the girl's were a freezing, soggy mess by the time they finished. But they both did amazing, and couldn't have done it without their incredible Auntie Kaylie (who rode her other horse, Nika). She is seriously the best. They have learned so much from her as their teacher and love horses and riding so much because of her.
Just a lovely photo of the gully that they rode all throughout.
Kaylie's awesome boyfriend took all of these great photos for me because I had soccer games and football games for the boys that morning.
I arrived right after the girl's had finished. We waited around for a little while and ate lunch and then the awards started. The girls both placed in their division and we could not have been more excited for them! Daphne got 3rd place and Laylah got 4th. So exciting!
Beautiful rainbow after a day full of rain.
My sissy poo turned 35. I love her. I made her this hilarious cake that ended up completely falling apart.
Just walking my cute boy to preschool, which happens to be around the corner form our house, 4 houses away. So handy. He likes to walk by himself these days and I watch out the window until I can't see him anymore. But by the time I can't see him he is to his friends house and they walk the rest of the way together.... which is only two more house lengths, haha :)
I love Lucky Charms. I rarely ever eat them, but when I do I sit and pick out all of the marshmallows. I want to buy just a bag of cereal marsh,allows. I found one on Amazon, but they are like 10 bucks! Someday...
See? I told you I liked me Lucky Charms...
I came out to my car after class one morning and someone (um, Andy) had left these beautiful roses on my front seat. There was a card, too.... signed by me secret admirer. They smelled sooo good.
Silly puppy sticking her head out the window. She usually hates the car, so I was happy that she seemed to be enjoying herself for once ;)
My big baby on my small lap.
Jonah and Daphne both play a lot of soccer, and have for years. They are also both growing a ton. One day Jonah started complaining that his ankle/heel was hurting after a game. I had him ice and elevate it and it seemed to get better. Gradually he was complaining about it after every game and practice. He would ice it, but it would still be sore. Then all of the sudden Daphne started complaining of the same problem in the exact same spot on the exact same foot. Weird. I used that amazing little Google tool and found that it was likely to be something called Sever's Disease which sounds like it is a big problem, but is actually quite common. I took them both to the podiatrist just to be sure. They both had x-rays done of their feet and exams. And guess what? Dr. Mom was right. They both use inserts to play now and they have some exercises they do to help strengthen and make their muscle more flexible. But neither of them have complained about it since we started doing all of that. Hopefully they will be fine from here on out. It did make me nervous when the Dr. told me that Jonah has a very tight Achilles tendon and will need to be very careful as he gets older. It is on the same foot that Andy's tore on. Eeesh.
Jonah and I went and tried on some new glasses since it's been awhile since he has gotten new ones and his are hanging on by a thread. I love these ones:
But while we were there Jonah reminded me that I told him that when he was 12, he could get contacts. Ummmm.... Jonah turns 12 in July. What?! So crazy. While I absolutely love Jonah in glasses and can't imagine him not wearing them (he's had glasses since he was barely 4 years old, almost 8 years!) I guess it's time to try contacts. He has an appointment with his eye doctor next month and we will discuss contacts. So I left those cute glasses on the shelf for now :(
I just had to post this annoying thing for you all to see. While I absolutely love my neighborhood and don't plan on leaving anytime soon, I hate having to deal with this:
There are two different sets of train tracks right outside our neighborhood. One of them runs Trax, and one runs Frontrunner and also these HUGE, LONG, and SLOOOOWWWWW cargo trains. I have sat at this stop for 10 minutes before. It is highly annoying. The kids have been late to school before because of the train, I have been late picking them up, and I have been late to various other things because I didn't plan for a train stop. Ugh. They bug.
We had a super fun night together as a family at Cornbelly's. Daphne's soccer team went together and we got tickets to go along with them.
We had a great time doing all of the activities, eating dinner and treats, going through haunted houses, and just being together. It was a blast.
Pretending to be lost in the lame corn maze.
Oh my goodness, we had sports galore in October. Everything was finishing up and it was the biggest relief when it was all over. I absolutely love watching my kids play sports and watch them gain so much from the experience, but it is also nice when every Saturday isn't filled up with one game after another.
Jonah and Baron's football seasons ended. They both played amazingly well and Jonah scored so many touchdowns and had so many interceptions. He is really struggling with the concept that he can't play both soccer and football competitively and that he has to choose one. He loves both so much. He has to decide in the spring which he would rather do, so we shall see.
Baron is having the same dilemma, although I feel like he has already decided that he would rather play football. We have done competitive soccer for years, so football will be a whole new thing for us if that is what he decides he wants to do.
Silly cousins playing dress up.
Daphne ad a fun Daddy-Daughter date for activity days. They ate dinner, dressed up for photos, and did some other fun stuff.
Daphne and I went to see her new ENT doctor for an assessment to see if she needed her tonsils out. She has had strep throat 3 or 4 times this year plus mono, so her tonsils weren't doing anything for her and it was time to say bye-bye to them. He looked at them, told me they needed to come out, and I set up her appointment for her surgery, done and done.
I had tried this cool new thing with my hair and Daphne took a photo for me while we were waiting. My hair needs to be a little longer though because it fell out after only a couple hours. Cute while it lasted, though!
This is Jonah, hiding in the front seat because I was embarrassing him by having a dance party in the car when my favorite childhood song came on, "We Built This City" and while I was having a grand ole' time dancing, he kept slinking further and further down and said, "Mom! People are looking at you!!" Oh my word, I thought it was the funniest thing ever and opened up my windows and started singing at the top of my lungs, along with my dancing. He wanted to melt through the floor. Hilarious.
Some ladies in my ward got together for "Witchy" night. We had a potluck dinner and then they headed out to Gardner Village for the Witch's Parade and dance party. I headed home after dinner to do homework, but it was fun while it lasted :)
This kid can sleep anywhere. Seriously, it's crazy!
FLAT on his face.
I took the opportunity to examine his scars. They are all looking pretty dang good. So grateful for amazing surgeons.
My parent's had their annual Halloween Party and it was so much fun, as usual. Yummy dinner and treats, games and prizes, and a spooky movie to top it all off. Such a blast with cousins.
My mom and dad are so cute and the best ever.
We got invited to a trick-or-treating activity at Make-A-Wish. Andy took the kids because I was at work. They trick or treated and got tons of candy, and they also frosted and decorated sugar cookies. They had a lot of fun.
My silly, little study buddy peeking her head up for a quick kiss and pat on the head. She sits under the desk by my feet while I spend hours at the computer doing homework.
And finally, we have Halloween! Actually, the day before Halloween since it was on a Saturday this year. The kids all had their school parades and parties on Friday. Magnus had so much fun at his preschool party. He brought donuts for the treat.
BAron's costume came with a mask but he couldn't wear it to school, so I whipped up this skull make-up about 15 minutes before we had to go to school. Not too shabby.
My cute sister is pregnant with baby #6! It's her 5th boy. Her house is crazy, basically ;)
I LOVE THE HALLOWEEN PARADE! It warms my heart and embarrasses my kids, win-win.
Daphne's class did their traditional Halloween Haunted Houses. Jonah did them when he had her teacher and Baron will do them next year when he has her teacher.
Fun Halloween festivities with friends
We decided to take our kids to a haunted house this year, minus Magnus. They all enjoy being spooked and there is the perfect family Haunted House (it's actually a whole village) up at This Is The Place Park. They were all sooooo nervous to be going to a real Haunted House.
Andy and I have been here before and while it is definitely spooky and creepy, it is not gory or gross at all. It is so much fun. The kids absolutely loved it. They couldn't stop talking about it. It took us about an hour and a half to walk through.
We rode a train back to our car afterwards. They begged to make it a yearly tradition. It was seriously such a blast. While I miss my little babies, it is so much fun to have older kids that I want to hang out with.
We had to stop for hot chocolate and donuts afterwards, of course. It was great night and I can't wait til Magnus is old enough to join us.
Like I mentioned above, all of the sports ended this month. Daphne's soccer, Jonah's football and soccer, and Baron's football and soccer. This was Baron's last soccer game on Halloween morning. His team played so well this season. He's the giant in the middle.
After soccer, we went home and carved our pumpkins for Halloween night.
I left to go get ready and came back to this mess. I finished carving everyone's pumkins and put them on the front porch with a candle inside.
The kids all got their costumes on, ready for Halloween night!
Daphne was a cute little nerd
Baron was a skeleton
Jonah was a cowboy
Laylah was Cat Woman
And Magnus was a ninja
We broke from tradition this year and instead of going to our neighborhood soup potluck and trick or treating in the neighborhood, we headed up to Logan to watch Andy's brother David play in the first exhibition game of the year. They have trick-or-treating in the Spectrum and the kids got lots of candy. We went to dinner at Chik-Fil-A with Andy's family before heading over, but after we arrived we had a fun night eating candy, hanging out together, and watching the Aggie's kill the Oklahoma Pan-Handlers.
Andy's mom had these shirts made for all of the ladies. It has a sparkly, blinged out #13 on it, David's number.
Just eating lots of candy!
Reading laffy taffy jokes
All of the kids were getting super restless by the end of the game. The Aggie's ended up winning by 40 points or something like that.
Yay Uncle David!
It was a fun Halloween, and definitely different than ones in the past. October was a fun, crazy, and busy month. Bring it on, November!