The older two and Papa had a couple weeks of soccer at the beginning of the month. The kids had a good experience there and are excited for the spring season. The weekends were pretty busy. We celebrated M4's birthday the first weekend, traveled to Iowa for a funeral during the second. The next weekend was the University homecoming parade, M.G. singing in the church choir, and her piano recital. Then, Halloween weekend, of course! This month M.G.'s orchestra started group rehearsal twice a week and she started a weekly enrichment class for students who have been evaluated as meeting the requirements. And we had a short visit from Grandma B who sewed M3's beautiful Elsa dress!
M4 had so much fun with the leaves this year and is still young enough that they'd rake a pile just for him to jump in.
He spends so much time with the toy kitchen actually pretending to cook. Makes it much easier for me to cook too!
The weather for the homecoming parade was beautiful. A little chilly, but not bad at all. This is our town's biggest parade with the most bands. (And lots of candy.) M.G. was so impressed to see the 5th grade orchestra there. The cellos and basses were riding on a trailer, but the violins and violas marched behind! That was a first for us to see.
We carved pumpkins on a nice, warm afternoon. M4 wasn't interested in pumpkin guts! M.G. and M2 did quite a bit of their own carving this year. (With those safe pumpkin saws.)
I couldn't get all 4 kids looking and smiling for my annual sitting in front of the house with pumpkins photo. It helps mark another year in our house. (5 years already!)
We had a homegrown pumpkin mold on us (we had 2 homegrown and 2 store bought ready to go.) M.G. was excited to be given a pumpkin at religious ed the Wednesday before Halloween. As soon as I saw her she said it should be his. Instead of carving it we used these Mr. Pumpkin Head parts we had been given a few years ago. The kids tried to help him pick his favorite parts, but then we realized he was just handing them all the parts!
M.G.'s school had a very fun Fall carnival on the Tuesday night before Halloween. The kids wore their costumes, played a huge number of games, and went through a haunted art room. There was even a dj and dance floor! They had a blast and, with the weather turning really cold, it was a good chance to wear their costumes without layers. M3 had walk over and say hello to every other little Elsa we saw - and there were quite a few!
M3 was able to wear her costume to the party at preschool. The teachers assigned a saint to each kids' costume and talked about All Saints day as well. Then she changed into jammies for the daycare party that afternoon. M.G. and M4 got to wear jammies to school and daycare. M2's class dressed up as scarecrows for their party.
The temperature was right around 30 to 35 degrees at trick-or-treat time Friday night. The kids didn't care and bundled up before heading out. This year we had a sorceress, a magician, Elsa from the movie Frozen, and a calf.
The spoils, minus the unsafe nut candy.