If October being my favorite month of the year is wrong, I don’t want to be right! This month just brings all the feels and all the colors and all the traditions and all the cozy clothes and all the FALL! Bill was back at month this month, and we are in full-blown school time.
My cooking helper this month braiding challah bread like a champ!
There will never be enough read-alouds on the couch. Ever.
We took a week-long vacation to Myrtle Beach!!! God gave us rainbows on the way there and back (we haven’t seen one in years), mountains, downtime, laughs, and sweet peaceful togetherness. I think it was my favorite vacation. We actually just felt rested and blessed. Here’s the first glimpse of mountains we saw on the way down. I might have started bawling when I saw them…Posing at a rest stop looking out at the mountainsWe got to the beach right at sundown. This was the first time Malcolm and Cheyanne had seen the ocean, so it was particularly special. Victoria lost her flip flop in the waves a couple of minutes after this (Hurricane Michael hit in Florida while we were there–though we were only on tropical storm warning, the water was super choppy the first three days). This pretty much crushed her little heart. Four DAYS later, Ariana was walking on the beach toward our room and found Victoria’s flip flop!!! I know it sounds so small, but it was huge for our whole family. One more way God just kept showing off all week.The view from our penthouse balcony. Yep, had to throw that out there cause Bill is a ridiculous deal finder and found this amazing place for way cheaper than he could have found a hotel. It was seriously a penthouse and perfect!We went running together the first morning there. I hate running but could run on the beach all day long.The choppy waters brought in tons of sea foam, so our kiddos enjoyed making boots out of it.Even though we were under tropical storm warnings, we had gorgeous weather every day but one. And the last two days were perfect beach conditions and water.Lots of sand play and chilling Walks on the beach every day. These two little men started holding hands, so I joined in.A sad boy finding comfort in DaddyThe one stormy day we stayed in the room except to eat out. This little one learned how to play this solitaire game after just watching me and asking a few questions one time. She became addicted!That night, the storm clouds brought in the most gorgeous sunset of all times. Oh. My. Word!!!We got this view almost every night.And sunrises on the balcony. How great is our God!!!She made a garden with peas, apples, and corn. Shells were the seeds.Tabernacle Village. With a French accent.And a hot tubChillaxin in the outdoor poor which had a lazy river.We don’t have Krispy Kreme in Indy (glazed ones in the grocery don’t count!), so when we saw the “Hot Now” sign, stopping was a must.This guy claimed Miriam as his (her?–we didn’t check…) pet.
We spent a day at a farm with my mom and friends. I wish I’d gotten a better pic of Ariana and Liam on the Gyrosphere, but Ariana was pretty epic to watch. She would not open her eyes. Even for a second.At one point Victoria was interviewing me with her corn mic. I had no idea Bill recorded the whole thing. But oh he did and it can be used as blackmail for years to come.Hayride!Our friend captured this pic of Bill. I love it so much because Bill had no idea his pic was being taken, and this is simply a Bill look. Just quietly thinking and taking in his surroundings.
Our kids are continuing to exercise with us. Aiden is pretty much a stud, so he gladly joined Daddy in kettle ball swings.
And 2018’s Halloween Costumes–The Twelve Days of Christmas!!! And this year my mom was able to help since she’s HEEEEERE.Drummer DrummingPiper PipingLord a LeapingLady DancingMaid a MilkingSwan a SwimmingGoose a Laying–we forgot to have her hold an egg carton in this pic! Golden RingsCalling BirdFrench HenTurtle DovePartridge in a Pear TreeTrunk or Treating in Franklin, IN
We got to celebrate Halloween night with my parents!!! They moved in their new home the day before Halloween a year ago, so we’ve now officially celebrated a year with them here. Mom made soups and all kinds of fun foods for our kids. Ghost string cheese, a pumpkin fruit face, grape eyeballs, and mummy pretzels!They actually get tons of trick-or-treaters in their neighborhood, something my kids have never seen.And the last stop was Nana and Peepaw’s house. Andrew Luck, ahem, Peepaw was happily in the driveway passing out candy. So fun!