Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A visit from Papa and a few other things

It's already October.  The house is decorated for Fall/Halloween.  The shorts have been put away.  The leaves are changing.  I love it.  September was a little colder than I prefer, but it was a good month!  One of the highlights was a visit from Papa on his way to and from Canada.  

Papa was able to come watch Luke and Michael's soccer game. As you can see the shorts and flip flops had not been put away and we froze our buns off.  

I told Papa I would permanently keep him around.  Each morning he drove the kids to school for me.  (In his white custom school bus.)  Annie thinks his work car is pretty cool.  It was really nice to have an extra helper around all week.  He not only took the kids to school, but he spent one on one time with kids, ran them to activities, tuned up our cars, and took care of lots of "to do's" that just never seem to get done!  THANKS, PAPA! 

I love this picture...captures how much the girls adore him, and you can tell he really likes them too.  :)

We missed Nana, but she was getting prepped for her knee surgery...which is a GOOD THING!  

Here are a few other little things that happened in September...

1.  Abigail paved the way as the first cousin to get her drivers license.  It has been nice having her drive up here once in a while and she even hung out with Joshua one Friday night and took him to find a book he had been begging me to get.  Go Abigail!  
(Above she is posing with her sweet ride.)  I was telling her different ways to pose, but out of all the pictures, I liked the first pose she did the just looks like Abbie.  Such a great girl! 

2.  Joshua started Drivers Ed and got his permit.  

3.  While in CA, I had my nails done with Grandma C. and got me some FAKE NAILS.  They lasted clear until mid September and they were pretty fun I must say.  (My natural nails are awful.)  

4.  Luke came home from school with this love note.  

5.  I inherited this awesome china, it was like Christmas in September.  Thank you!  

 When my parents remodeled they did away with their formal dining room, making it into an office.  Since the house we are in now has a huge dining room, I was lucky to snatch it right up.  The new dishes had a perfect home in this hutch.  I think of both sides of our family every time I look at it since everything in it came from them.   

6.  Annie let me put curlers in her hair.  This is a rare event.  Sometimes I am still shocked I have two little girls in curlers.  

7.  We spent lots of time with our favorite sister missionaries!  (So sad, Sister Wood, on the left, was transferred today.)  We have grown to really love these two and they always bring a special spirit into our home!  More on this to come. 

8.  The weather was WAY colder than I was ready for.  I took this one day, while driving around still wearing flip flops.  

I should have been thankful for that 56F, because a week or so later we woke up to this...

 9.  Grandma came and froze with us at another soccer game. 

Joshua and I get a "little" excited at the games.  James told us we were embarrassing and watched the rest of the game in the car.  

10.  Annie became a "closet" Hello Kitty lover.  The shirts I used to have to hide because she wore them everyday, no longer are worn on "school days".  The one day she DID wear one, she came home with her sweater buttoned up over it.  She hasn't quite told me what is up with that, but kind of a sad sign that she is growing up and peers begin to matter.  :(
She does still LOVE all things Hello Kitty at home though.  

11.  This month has been a month of doctors visits for the extended family.  While my mom was in Arizona, my Dad had a horse accident and so I got to play caregiver a little (he would not let us do much!)  Grandpa didn't even call to go to the doctor until the next morning after the accident, but when it was all said and done he broke his collar bone and had to have surgery on it, he broke his hand, chipped his foot bone, and had a VERY sore back.  He was in great spirits, despite his discomfort. 

This was the same horse that sent my brother to the emergency room the week before, needless to say, my brother sent the horse packing.  

What a month!  Happy October, bring on the holiday season! 

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