Sunday, November 5, 2017

Going Backwards

I left off in July and am a little intimidated to cover all our fun August adventtures. So I'm going to go backwards from our most recent fun. :-)

I actually snapped these before a Halloween party a couple weeks before Halloween, and nothing on the day of (except one of Brennan). Sadly Hollyn's costume was better day of, but oh well.

Brennan is Scott Sterling from the recurring Studio C sketch; Asher is a Rich Guy (his ultimate dream in life); Hollyn is a 50s girl; Kieran a skelaton.

This year was the first time since Brennan started school that Halloween was a on a school day. Our district holds conferences the last Wed-Fri of October, so Halloween tends to fall on those days or a weekend. I think once they even put conferences in the beginning of the week. Not this year though. Wouldn't have been so bad except the schools don't allow costumes, and then the downtown trick-or-treating was held primarily during school time (whereas other places moved theirs to Saturday). By the time Brennan got home at almost 4:30, and costumed up, we made it downtown in time for some free ice cream at Dairy Queen, and then headed back home. After a quick dinner, Brian came over for the kids. He took them first to the church's trunk-or-treat, where I also went to pass out candy. Then he took them back around the neighborhoods and I went to community band. I didn't even decorate the porch this year - it was a kind of off year Halloween-wise. And even though I love the holiday, it was kind of nice to be more lazy about it.

T and I did get in a quick picture before our nightly walk too.

Last night after I got home from Time Out For Women, T came by to play some board games with us. He was a good sport to play Speak Out even though he didn't know Brennan was taking his picture. ;-)

Settling in for some BYU-TV

I am genius, hear me roar

I got home from Time Out For Women last night, where I had a great time with Angie! I always take notes, or photos of the quotes shown on the screens. But as is perhaps with case with you, I rarely if ever see those notes again. One year I purchases the DVD of the conference and even rewatched a couple of the presentations once. But really, I go, I feel uplifted and inspired, and then I promptly forget it all.

This year I'm spending my afternoon writing my notes into my LDS Gospel Library, including tagging with the sub-topics so I'll be able to find these thoughts/promptings/stories/etc. any time I look under certain topics, linked to scriptures and other talks I've also tagged before. Another great advantage is that I still remember the background stories and context the speaker was talking about when I took my brief note. I'm including that as well which will help my notes actually make sense if I read them in the future.

I'm down to ONE more speaker (Anthony Sweat), but it was the one where I wrote down the most. *shrug*

We dressed in this year's color scheme. Uh, yes. Totally on purpose too.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Summer Continued

 We're quite a FAN of our new friend, "Scoutie". He's totally COOL.

 Having some fun at the county fair with my fun date. When he asked if I wanted to bring the kids with us it took me less than half a second to answer "Nope!"

 Neither one of us is photogenic, especially selfie-style. Meh.

At the neighborhood BBQ

Kieran requested "Bat Girl." He was quite adament that that's what he wanted. Not Batman.

Hanging out at the train with a new-to-me Richardson. Can't have too many Richardson friends, am I right?

One night I fell asleep on the couch. When I woke up to relocate to bed I saw this sweet note on the floor - in a very clean room. It said, "Another quick tidy done by: the Living Room Fairy". I bet you wish the Living Room Fairy visited your house while you slept too!

Crawdad Fishing

In July the cub scouts + families went crawdad fishing and ended with a "Bake". I'd never done it before (and still didn't really. I just hung out with Hollyn and Kieran playing in the water). Brennan and Asher are champion fishers now though.

I was proud of Hollyn and Kieran for getting up the nerve to actually pick the little critters up. But then they got TOO much nerve and wouldn't leave them alone.

Not only did I not want to catch or hold them, I never did have the guts to eat one. I could look at their ugly faces and creepy legs and rip them apart. Brennan and Asher tell me that they taste a little like crab, but not nearly as good.