Saturday, November 08, 2014


Curtis and I played in the leaves one beautiful fall afternoon.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but our pile was massive.  Our yard was completely covered - couldn't even see the grass; which made for great pile potential.   I loved it!

Every time I pull into the driveway, I am overtaken with awe over the beauty.  When the sun was hiding on this gray day, the orange and yellow leaves offered their cheer instead. 

On to Halloween. . .

I spent the morning at Curtis's preschool party.  His teacher did such an incredible job.  The gym had stations set up all around for the kids to play games and win prizes.  There were enough activities that no one had to wait in line!

And of course there were some delicious, sugary goodies. 

The Meade family (Andy's sister, husband, and kids) were with us for the weekend.  We LOVED having them here.

Curtis and Charlie got a little pummeled by our massage chair. 

We had a little Halloween party in our basement with games, prizes, and pool. 

Ready to trick-or-treat!

Shortly after this photo, the clouds rolled in and the rain began to fall.  Plus it was COLD!  Our visions of bopping around from house to house were replaced by an indoor 'trunk-or-treat' and crafts/treats at the museum.  As we were settling into our vehicles after exiting the museum, the lights went out.  It seemed, at first, that maybe just a parking lot light shut off.  But when I looked across the street and saw a darkened gas station, I quickly realized that the whole town was in a black-out.  Driving home and getting into the house were interesting.  We had six super thrilled kids running around declaring this the best Halloween ever!  (It seems that the black-out made up for their lack of candy collecting that evening).  Laura came prepared for the weekend with glow sticks and flashlights.  Who knew how much they would come in handy!  She corraled the kids and got them into their jammies as I looked around the house for every candle that I could find.  The evening concluded with all of us in the living room, snacking on Halloween candy, and telling stories. 

Not exactly the Halloween that we imagined, but it definitely offered us some fun memories. 

The following evening was our church's barn bash.  This is held at the barn of some church friends and they did such a wonderful job transforming the space that usually stores their tractors and farm equipment into an awesome fall party.   

Country music provided the soundtrack to the evening that consisted of food, games, prizes, and a bonfire.  Everyone had a blast!

All good things must come to an end. . . 

Fitting in a couple more gator rides before the end of our visit. 

And here is some proof that Tim, Laura, and I were there. 

We were sad to see the Meades leave, but are happy that we live close enough for more visits!

The kids' school held a Fun Run this morning.  Andy is out of town at a Fall Retreat for some of the kids in our church, so it was me and the kids.  When we got there, Graydon informed me that he was wearing his crocs.  Nice.  The boys' age group ran one time around the track.  For not wearing running shoes, Graydon actually did pretty good.  Curtis started off strong, but got a little tired about halfway through.  They both finished well though. 

Bella's age group did the half mile.  She was awesome!  She finished third in her age group, and was the first girl. 

It was another super chilly morning though, so we were glad to come home afterwards and get some hot cocoa!

Later on this afternoon, they called me into the living room to show me how they were snuggling up together.  I love when they are getting along so well!

1 comment:

mary said...

Can't wait to see them in just a few weeks!!