Tuesday, March 14, 2017

October 2016

 The kids and I kicked off the month of October with a visit to Marquette and Cameron's house. Ethan had to be gone for work for almost 2 weeks, and I just couldn't face being cooped up with three kids all by myself for that long so we hopped in the car. We had so much fun seeing their new home and spending time with family!
One of they days we were there the wash behind the house ran a little and the kids knew just what to do with that water!

 On our way back home, we stopped to hike around in 5 Mile Draw, just north of Snowflake, AZ. It's a pretty, narrow little canyon with petroglyphs all over the canyon walls. It was a fun little hike
 After Ethan got home from his work trip, we decided it was time to go on another family adventure. We loaded our crew into the car and drove around the mountain to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. I have lived within a few hours drive of here for most of my life, but had never been there until now. It was a pretty warm day for October, and perfect for being outside in. 

 The thing the kids were looking forward to most this month (of course) was Halloween. Sharli wanted to be Princess Sofia the First, so we started shopping around for tiaras and materials to make her skirt and amulet. She was THRILLED!
 Maren was going to be Sofia's cute little sidekick Clover the bunny, but I ran out of time. Instead I threw together a little red cape for her at the last minute and she got to be Little Red Riding Hood. Surprisingly she didn't seem to mind wearing the cape and hood. 
 And somehow I didn't manage to get a picture of just Erik in his costume. He was a pirate, complete with awesome hat and sword. He was pretty excited about it all!
We had a wonderful Halloween this year. The Saturday before Halloween the community had a Trunk-or-Treat, and it was so much fun. There was a great turn out and everyone was so excited to see all the kids out having fun. They all had a marvelous time. On Halloween night (monday), we took the kids trick-or-treating. We had only intended to go to a couple of houses, but each person sent us on to someone else so we kept going for several hours. We met up with Sally and her girls along the way and it was so PERFECT watching the kids, holding hands with their best friends, skipping through the leaves from house to house. It was such a wonderful happy night for our family, I have a hard time imagining a better one.
 Also this month, the children napped in weird ways and weird spaces. So basically it was a normal month. :)
 Maren learned a new skill this month; closing doors. The problem though is she can only close them when she is inside the room pushing on the door, so she tend to lock herself in to places she doesn't want to be. It's almost become like some weird game; did Maren close herself in behind door number one or door number two?
 She has also started working on pulling up to standing, and is even thinking about taking a step or two here or there.

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