Sunday, 20 November 2016

Halloween and Fall Things

Keeping up with this blog is giving me a run for my money. If I didn't know I'd find it valuable down the road, I don't think I'd even try anymore. Here are quick highlights from October.

1) A trip to Tubb's Berry Farm because fall is not fall for me without a trip to the pumpkin patch. And not just any pumpkin patch, but a working farm's pumpkin patch. It just feels good.

I had to include this one because this pig cracked me up; he was eating with his head in that pumpkin the entire time we were there.

2) The day before Halloween we carved our pumpkins. I kept mine very simple this year so I could help Sprout with his. Mr. Mitchell went elaborate as he does every year.

3) Halloween. We were able to do a Halloween party in Boise the weekend before Halloween, and we went trick-or-treating around our neighborhood on Halloween night. Sprout had badly sprained his foot the week before, so we didn't go very far or very quickly, but he was still excited. Both kids did well using their manners, and I was proud of them for that. Sprout was worried that people might actually think he was the Big Bad Wolf instead of a little boy in a costume and felt the need to assure many people that he was just in costume. Little Lady was terrified to go to almost every single door, but once it was opened she'd trick-or-treat with the best of them.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

General Update

Thanks to life, morning sickness, and the hectic summer, I have fallen very behind on documenting what has been happening with our family. The last thing I posted was a catch-up for March, so, you're in for a whirlwind of a catch-up.

Garrison and Gabi got married in St. Louis. Abigail and I flew out for the event and had a wonderful time. I was only able to get phone pictures because adding the camera to the luggage felt like punishment. I guess I also missed getting pictures of the couple on my phone, but I did get some of the travelling.  FYI: It's a little claustrophobic getting to the top of the arch. My sister about had a panic attack.

Mr. Mitchell and I celebrated our sixth anniversary with a date night and temple sealings. No photographic evidence available.

We do, however, have evidence of our trip to Zoo Boise with Grandma and Grandpa Holdaway. Sprout was king in his wagon, and Little Lady loved the ocelots.

In June we had a visit from Grammy and Grandpa Earls who picked up mommy's morning-sickness slack and made up for daddy being gone so much with the start of fire season. They got us all caught up on yardwork and planted our garden for us.

During the summer we spent one afternoon a week at the lake. This tradition started in June with the warmer weather. Both of the kids LOVE digging in the sand. (Little Lady usually preferred to be sitting in the water up to her armpits to do this.)

We spent the 4th of July at home. We went to the parade and festival in Buhl, made fun treats and crafts, and enjoyed fireworks at home.

We spent a day driving the Thousand Springs Scenic route and stopped in to dig up some fossils in the middle of nowhere.

We spent the 24th of July in Mendon so Caleb could experience the holiday. It's a great small-town experience.

Mr. Mitchell was gone on a long assignment in August, but he was only a couple of hours away, so we were able to visit him for a day. We played in the river, rode a gondola, saw where Daddy is working, 'flew' the helicopter, played in a fountain/mini-splash pad, ate lots of food, and had a great time with Dad in Ketchup (as Caleb called it).

This month we finally got to celebrate the newly weds on our side of the country with a cute open house.

Our Sprout turned 4 years old! We celebrated with a little birthday party with family after the open house, and on his actual birthday we opened presents. He was very insistent for a few hours that he wasn't four years old yet because he still didn't reach the '4' on the measuring stick. We were finally able to convince him that height and years are different and rarely the same.

Hopefully I do better in the future of keeping our long-distance family updated with our doings.
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