November was a good one.
I want to capture it here before it slips right through the holes in my memory.
Here we go.
Sometimes I just feel the need to follow these two out in the morning and take a picture when they are leaving for school. They make my heart hurt I love them so.
They even had me video their own little cooking show…I’ll have to put it on here at some point…
More about that another day, but for now I’ll just day man alive, Lu thinks she’s pretty much a professional now:)
I took my little girls out on a special date from school to get passports.
…and it wouldn’t really be a “date” if we didn’t go to lunch after…
(see more about how she pulled that sucker off over here)
I missed it because I was taking Homecoming pictures for this boy and his group:
(More about Homecoming back HERE.)
Lucy gets someone special to walk with her to school:
Max and Elle get a special lunch date:
What good guys.
Somehow Grace, Claire and I lucked out and got to go with this great group to the Selena Gomez concert:
A drive past this most gorgeous temple that will open up in a few months. Anyone is welcome to the open house. Can’t wait!
Elle came with me to try to find the perfect spot for pictures for our big “Temple Walk” coming up. (I’m in charge of taking family pics. for everyone in our stake during the walk.) Hmmm, not sure this spot will work 🙂
Tried another new chocolate chip cookie recipe.
I’m not sure there’s a bad one out there.
Grace figured this little reminder would help her get ready a little quicker in the mornings (she’s been struggling lately).
Not sure if that’s made a huge impact on the speed of her get-ready-for-school routine but I’ll give her an A+ for the effort.
Elle has been soooo busy with photoshoots and is learning so much. I’ll post more of her stuff soon but here’s a sneak peek:
Loved that sweet family.
Her cousin came to assist on one of her shoots.
Love that we get to live by cousins.
We went to a “braid-bar” that night at this cool new salon that just opened up in town.
These two also got to go to Time Out for Girls with their Nana.
Lucky girls. Good times.
Claire got to go sleep over at the zoo with her zoology club.
She thought it was the best thing EVER.
Grace’s volleyball season wrapped up.
Oh boy, we really do need a pet.
(my cute sister-in-law took those great pics. BTW)
We are in the middle of Ender’s Game.
Luckily I’m the one reading since there’s some not-so-great language in that thing!
These girls forced their frazzled-crazy-sleep-deprived mother back in bed one Saturday and made her their own version of an omelet.
Complete with a “Lucy” drawing.
I adore them.
These four cousins can never get enough of each other.
…nor of the red lipstick that somehow manages to mysteriously appear on their lips when they are here for some reason.
We made a “thankful turkey” during singing time in primary.
She was taking that very seriously.
Have I mentioned how much I love how she writes? She always remembers to do the box around the “stuck-together” sounds and she always puts her stars above the double letters.
We had to disguise her turkey so it wouldn’t get eaten for Thanksgiving.
She was dead-set on it being a girl and that would save the day.
We had to make a few pumpkin things to get the season going:
(Recipe back HERE.)
Grace saved out a few of them for her older siblings who were out at some party with kids from their rival high school. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of her note:
Breakfast vitamins for her eyes every morning.
Claire’s thanksgiving assignment:
Socks in the hair at night:
…equal this in the morning:
(She didn’t have make-up on yet…heaven forbid!)
More pics of that back HERE…
…and of the the Turkey Trot HERE.
Dave had a birthday.
I’m pretty sure I can guess exactly what he’s thinking in this picture:
“Boy I sure wish my wife would take more pictures of me and blog about me.”
We ate almost three whole pans of ocean pancakes for breakfast.
…and went out to dinner at his favorite place that night.
Grace was very insistent that we do this pose:
Got together with a whole bunch of Dave’s cousins and their families over Thanksgiving weekend.
(The girls were the winners for gathering for the picture.)
They came over to check out the progress on the house.
I am so lucky to be related to all those wonderful women.
…as well as these three I got to go to a fireside with prepping for the big temple open house.
Our friends we love visited from Utah.
I came out of retirement and did a photo-shoot for my friend who has helped me a TON on my house.
Oh boy her kids are so darn cute.
And let’s just end this post with a Pinterest-inspired addition to the thanksgiving feast this year:
I don’t think anyone else was as excited about it as I was, but hey, it’s a veggie turkey for crying out loud! What could be cooler than that?
On to December…