Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Fest 2013

We had opted to skip Fall Fest this year because people's schedules weren't lining up and we had planned on attending a Fall event at Camp Hiawatha instead.  We missed the Hiawatha thing and the kids complained rather bitterly, so at the last minute Steph and Siri decided we were doing it, so we threw it together!

Since it was rather last minute, Grandma Linda was the only one who got creative with her contribution to the spread of food.  Deviled egg spiders:

And this disgusting but delicious cookie truffle rat!  Eeeeeeeeewwww!

There were hotdogs and a veggie tray too, but Scott opted for sugar with a side of sugar and sugar to drink.  It's a wonder he ever went to sleep that night!

Alarik was a fan of the candy bowl too.

We've found that the older the kids get, the less we actually have to plan stuff for them to do.  The girls were happy off by themselves playing some sort of game that involved all of Steph's gourd decorations.

And the boys played football.

Steph did do a scavenger hunt for them and check out her action shot of the girls racing to find their items!

Yes, a good time was had by all and I'm very grateful that Steph and Siri decided to do this at the last minute.

Because you just can't beat sitting around a campfire on a nice, mild fall day.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Hot Chocolate Sort of Day

It's not exactly winter yet, but it isn't still fall either!  We spent a little bit of time outside this morning, packing away all the sandbox toys and outside chairs.  I raked another couple cartloads of leaves onto the garden and by then we all had rosy cheeks and runny noses so we came back inside and warmed up with hot chocolate.

 Bekah asked to put Alarik down for his nap all by herself which I obliged but I had to sneak up there and snap a photo of her serenading him with a lullaby on her violin.  How adorable!
Funny side story:  Bekah was bragging at daycare a few days ago that she could play Twinkle, Twinkle on the violin four different ways!  Scott said, "Yeah, but do any of them actually sound like it???"  Bahahaha!  That's what a violinist just starting out must endure I guess.

Bekah, Scott and I had a round of Skip-Bo and War while Alarik was napping.

 We had to pause the game at one point for Bekah to take a bathroom break.  This is Scott on pause:

I didn't get much housework done but we had a pretty fun, lazy day.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Budding Poet

For awhile now, Bekah has been saying she wants to be a farmer when she grows up.  She'll often add to that though and lately she wants to be a farmer who is also a writer, painter and poet.  Here's a sampling of some of her recent poetry work.

The girl is not short on creativity, that's for sure!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pumpkin Carving 2013

Bekah and Scott couldn't wait another day to carve their pumpkins so last weekend we did!

 Hopefully they last until Halloween.  I soaked them in bleach water and have been spritzing them with a water, vinegar and lemon juice concoction, a trick I read on Pinterest, so I hope that helps.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Last 2.5 Weeks

Whew!  It's been a busy, crazy couple of weeks around here.  I started a new job on October 1st.  It's actually my old job as Bigfork city clerk so it's sort of "new again" I guess you could say.  I'm very happy to be back but the place is a mess and I've got my work cut out for me to get it organized and running smoothly again.  Jesse just wrapped up coaching his 3rd season of pony league football and of course fall means hunting so we haven't see much of each other lately.  But now that football is over I hope to catch up with that guy I call my husband.  Here's what else we've been up to so far in October:

Playing with the Angry Birds Hotwheels track.  Alarik got this for Christmas last year and it's recently become one of his favorite toys.

 We've done a lot of laundry.

We had some visitors on our deck who left little tracks in the morning frost.  Poor old Morgan is getting so hard of hearing that she must not have had any idea they were there.  The tracks went right up to the three pumpkins we have sitting on the deck waiting to be carved, but thankfully they didn't nibble on them at all.

We biked down to the creek one nice day after work.

I'm always trying to get a decent picture of the three kids together.

Usually I fail.

This was one of those times.

How did parents ever manage before digital cameras???

We've spent a lot of time raking up the same leaf pile and subsequently un-piling it.

Scott dug a mine in the sand pile.  Thank you, MineCraft for making him think he wants to be a miner when he grows up.  Little does he know that actual mining has nothing to do with the video game.

Bekah presided over a very lengthy church service for her Zoobles.

Scott built this cool hotel for his Hotwheels.

We did eventually rake up all the leaves in the yard and we piled them over the garden which Jesse tilled up for the fall.  I've been studying up on a garden concept that keeps 6 to 8 inches of natural mulch on your garden at all times.  Claims to keep weeds to a minimum and produce the best soil possible for your veggies.  We'll see about that.

Scott set up this makeshift drum set and he and Alarik rocked out all one evening on it.

It was super loud and hurt my ears.  Then Bekah joined in with her violin and I think my ears bled a little bit.  :)