28 October 2016

Last Week in Moments

Last weekend was the Lapham Peak Fright Hike. It was a blast! H absolutely loved it. C was terrified - but I think had fun nevertheless. Brian may have been one of the few adults in costume, but it sure was a hit.

From what I understand, the local drama clubs put on the various "skits" as you walk about 2 miles through the forest. They did such a great job. There was even a headless horseman on a horse, which was totally eerie.

Wednesday was rainy all day. The dogs wanted nothing to do with it.

I however, don't even mind rainy days. Fall is my favorite! So pretty and I feel so great.

Blisters, broken pumpkin bits, knives that are not electric (someone watched YouTube), taking too long.... You should have heard the drama while carving pumpkins the other night. Thankfully, they still had fun.

He wasn't thrilled with his school photos this year, but this one made him very happy.

For extra credit in Spanish class, H had to make a Day of the Dead ofrenda. He chose Grandpa Pat, and ended up winning a $10 prize for coming in 3rd place. Plus, it was fun telling him stories about his grandfather so he could pick objects to include. It was a good project.

27 October 2016

Jack O' Lanterns


Every day this month, the boys have been asking when it was time to carve pumpkins. We finally had a night free -- here's the result of their labor. C looked up techniques on YouTube, of course. And H's says "Hello?" Good stuff.

21 October 2016

Last Week in Moments

This is my absolute favorite! Crisp, sunny days surrounded by beautiful colors. It feels incredible.

We went to the Kletsch Waterfall to watch the salmon run. Watching those huge fish try to jump up these falls always amazes to me. Truthfully, I cheer for them instead of the fishermen. But we did get to watch one person catch a 15 pound salmon, and that was kind of cool too.

Catching up on his reading.

These two. Now that it's getting cooler, there are lots of snuggles. Storm may put up with it, but it's always Gretel pushing her way next to the big guy.

Thursday's harvest. The garden still has a few plants that are doing pretty well. Including our surprise tomatillo plant. Brian and H thought they were planting sugar snap peas. Something must have been labelled wrong, but I'm not complaining. These are beautiful!

14 October 2016

Last Week in Moments

Last week was Homecoming, and H was all about it. Friday night, he walked in the parade. C and I went to watch, then left him at the bonfire and backyard games before the big football game.

This guy wanted to go to the game too. He sat with me for a bit, then ran off with friends. Brian's been in Austin the last couple of weekends, so he unfortunately had to miss it.

H went over to one of his soccer friend's house before the Homecoming Dance, where a group of them met up, had dinner, then went over to the dance together. He had a really fun time.

They came up with a new trick.

The boys had off of school on Wednesday for the Jewish holiday. Gretel made herself comfortable -- right on H.

We also went apple picking! So glad we finally made it.

C had his last cross country meet of the season. He came in 7th for his school (45th overall). He was running slower than last year by a good 30+ seconds, but still did awesome. His school won conference for the second time in a row too. So exciting.

12 October 2016

Apple Picking

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It's been a few years since we've been apple picking. With a day off of school for the Jewish holiday, it seemed like a great opportunity to go. Besides apples, we harvested popcorn. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it. There was also Indian corn in the fields. We didn't get any, but it sure is pretty. C thought some of the kernels looked like glass. We also didn't pick out a pumpkin, but they were everywhere. We also picked out giant gourd make a birdhouse with next spring. Such a fun Fall day.

07 October 2016

Last Week in Moments

The boys and I made to the final weekend of Oktoberfest. (Brian was in Austin for work). H went for it, and ordered the pig head. So gross -- but he thought it was pretty awesome.

Trying to get better about walking these two instead of just letting them run around the yard all day. Started off strong, but they haven't been out in three days again now.

Sleepy head.

H had his last JV2 soccer game this weekend. It's bittersweet. It was a ton of fun, but he's ready to start playing with his club again. Fortunately, a number of these guys will continue playing with him there. The game ended in a tie (1-1), with H having the assist.