Yes that says “October” and I do realize it’s February 1st.
I haven’t done my “little things” posts for the last few months and although I’m not organized on most things in life, I do really like to keep those memories put together. I love being able to find all the little branches of happenings from a particular month through the links in these “little things” posts. So let’s reach back to ancient history for just a little bit to catch up!
October started with a grand 12th birthday for this girl:
We love our dog. And she loves us. Seriously, you think she’s died and gone to heaven when any one of us gets home from anywhere.
We put up some baby pictures of the birthday girl and got a little sad with how fast time is flying.
I liked this quote:
Lots of volleyball games for Claire:
(A full re-cap of Claire’s first high school volleyball season is back HERE.)
During one of those games as Dave and I were watching from the bleachers, this picture popped up on our phones from Max:
…which made our hearts pop up in our chests. Yes, we knew it was coming, we knew he’d be picking up that ring, but somehow getting that picture made it much more real!
High school football was pretty fun…our team was really good this year and the girls had so much fun at the games.
(Lots more pictures from that hike back HERE.)
Dave walked with us to school one day…he’s pretty fun to have along:
And it was on to fall break. I told all the details about that back HERE, but here are a couple more things that happened simultaneously during that week-long-break from school.
We made up a family dance en route to California:
…and listened to Conference.
Meanwhile Max and Abby got to be here for conference:
(Little did Abby know she’d be getting engaged a couple hours later…or maybe she did know a little bit…)
And Elle watched with her roommates (I know she sent us a pic, but I can’t find it…)
We were here…
Meanwhile Elle was over on her island babysitting this cute boy from our neighborhood who’s family spent the break over there:
We met up with these guys in Idaho:
(more thoughts about that “moment” up there back HERE)
…and did three college tours on a giant road trip:
…with Lucy as a laughing travel companion:
…at least most of the time…
…and stops to see this gorgeousness whenever we could:
(more on those pretty road stops back HERE)
…followed by a sleepover with these guys and an engagement photoshoot:
Phew, lots of stuff in spring break, and many more details on all that stuff back HERE.
We came home and listened to the women’s broadcast we had missed while we were gone…and it was SO GOOD!
(All about that back …along with some thoughts back HERE.)
I loved Lucy’s notes from conference:
(She had to weave in a little Elphaba, you know, because she does make some pretty good decisions…)
Love this girl:
We try to go through our goal/dream books at the beginning of each month. And we’re horrible at it most of the time. But I loved coming across some of Max’s goals that he made back when he graduated from high school:
(Love the “like Grammie” part in there. That’s my goal too 😉
Speaking of Grammie, we started into this reading challenge from the prophet:
Grace helped put together a “senior sunrise” where anyone who wanted met at the lake early one Saturday to watch the sunrise.
We saw some gorgeous sunsets.
And I marveled at how friends get so entertained by a computer.
We had a Relief Society (for church) gathering here to try to learn some new healthy cooking techniques. Lucy felt like she wanted to join in so she did…see her down there on the left side listening intently?
Check out these desserts:
Grace helped incorporate the “skate club” at school. And they take that business very seriously.
Lucy morphed herself into a creatively colorful dog for the ward trunk-or-treat neighborhood party:
And speaking of dogs, she and Bo were over-the-moon excited that Bo got invited to a dog party:
Here’s the “pup cake” Bo got made of dog-safe ingredients:
The annual huge neighborhood trunk-or-treat:
Wait hold off here…am I becoming one of those people who posts more pictures of their dog than of their children!? Ha! But I couldn’t resist this little snuggle:
A couple friends and I drove down to a neighboring town to go to the temple:
…and we were supposed to do a big hike, but this is how it looked by the time we got to the trailhead:
We still had a great drive filled with such good conversation. Love those dear friends of mine.
We carved pumpkins…once with the Activity Days girls:
(more over HERE)
Lu and I finished this very good book:
Bo tucks Lucy in bed each night and she can hardly get enough of it.
Elle got to go to a good friend from Jerusalem’s wedding in Utah (they flew her out to do the wedding video, lucky girl!) So my parents, Max and Abby as well as my sister’s son and his girlfriend all met up in that place to eat and talk:
I think it’s safe to say she had a grand time.
Grace and friends had fun with these wigs…
School Halloween/Fall festival:
(more about that in THIS post)
(some pretty awesome get-ups in that one…)
Shoot…another Bo picture…
All the youth from church gathered here for a little youth fireside:
Lots of thoughts on that gem over HERE, but here’s a little glimpse of the last two at book club when I remembered to take a picture:
We talked long and deep that night about that book and the richness of the characters and the things we learned and how we applied them to our lives and our families. It was a pretty beautiful night.
Then we wrapped up October, as always, with Halloween.
Had to take a picture of the spool of thread when we were done whipping up that dress…we barely made it!
(More on Halloween back HERE.)
And that’s a wrap. October is in the books.