Happy November! Halloween was so much fun with the kids, look for more pics later this week, but Harvey definitely took to the whole process after the first house. He also refuses to let anyone else hold his candy bucket. Let’s look back at how the month of October has gone – busy and fast I can tell you that! Want to read September? Check it out here.
goal 1: be more positive with the children & encourage their growth.
I’ve really enjoyed writing and working with the kids on some projects for the blog, you can see them here and here. They’re also all doing big things in their life, so that’s been fun attending and being a part of. Carson was the narrator at his Boy Scouts meeting last week, which meant leading the procession and Pledge of Allegiance. Ava did a big project and spent tons of time working on it and was chosen to present it in front of the Church today! Unfortunately, I can’t escape work, so Harv and Caleb will be our honorary attendees. Jack is doing really well in school lately, it doesn’t always come easy for him, but he works hard and homework together has made huge progress. It’s been great!
goal 2: be more creative and allow time for the projects we have and want to have.
I’ve been working on our Christmas theme, gifts, cards, etc. Plus I made both Jack and Harvey’s costumes. My hands have been working hard and it’s been awesome!
goal 3: dates. more dates.
Ok this may not count to anyone else, but it does to us, so it counts. We love, like seriously love, the show Blindspot and were devastated when we found out they moved from Mondays at 9pm (when we had zero to do besides watch TV) to Wednesdays at 7pm when we’re at Volleyball, or Church classes, and we are definitely not watching that kind of show with the kids still awake. So yes huge bummer.
Until… drum roll! I discovered we can watch old episodes on our Apple TV like a week or two late for free! Bam. We now watch each episode and make an effort to have nothing to do besides hang out with each other, cuddling on the couch, watching TV. Yes I realize it’s not the greatest activity, but we love it and we talk all day long so there’s that. Plus it’s hilarious. We’ve figured out exactly how long each commercial break is and there is a timer at the top so we run around stealing time in those 80-90 second intervals. It’s great. And… we live under a rock (the same rock) so we aren’t worried about spoilers.
We also got to go to Pumpkin Fest together, with no kids. It was awesome! Read more here.
goal 4: finish grad school.
Complete read here.
goal 5: document life more. it all goes so fast.
I’ve been blogging on a better schedule, both for enjoyment and sanity. I’m still plugging away on making photo books for the kids. This month I was a little behind, but I’m getting there! It’ll get done before December 20th or so help me.
goal 6: find and stick to a prayer schedule.
I finally am calling this a success. Harvey has been a little better sleeper so I’ve been able to get into a routine of praying before bed and in the morning when I wake up. It’s been nice. I’ve also been talking with Caleb about working time in for all of us to spend an evening in prayer together. A few years ago, we attempted at hosting a prayer night complete with family, friends, and snacks, but it only lasted 2 months in a row. I want to focus our energy again in that direction.
And our Fall bucket list! Lots is getting crossed off!
This makes us look wildly productive this Month! We managed to sneak in some time at the pumpkin patch and corn pit (read more here!). I successfully made both Jack and Harv’s costumes, although it was on Friday and Saturday so definitely not more than week before Halloween #procrastinatorsunite. We carved (and painted) pumpkins last week, before the kids left for their Mom’s house. Jack painted a pumpkin, then decided he hated it, so I washed the pumpkin and then gutted the whole thing so he could just carve it. Yep he decorated two pumpkins. Oi. And yes we attended the Pumpkin Patch! Yay for productivity and awesome months!
I will be honest I doubt the rest will get crossed off, but you never know!
Alright, bring on Christmas!