We celebrated Piper's birthday as a family a little before Veteran's Day. She had four requests: ice skating, ice cream, McDonalds, and Hello Kitty cupcakes. So, we did the first two while Dadda was home. Dadda corralled Tessa in the bleachers while the girls and I spent about 45 minutes on the ice. Afterwards we went to Baskin Robbins where Piper chose a scoop of rainbow sherbet. On her birthday I painted her fingernails pink and we did lunch at McDonalds, and then she helped me bake her cupcakes. She skyped with Gramma & Grampa C. and was very excited to show them the mermaid she picked out at Muddpuddles. For her birthday dinner she wanted pizza from Papa Murphy's and sparkling lemonade. We invited Sophie and the Ridgeways over for dinner and dessert. Overall, she had an amazing couple of days celebrating her birthday.
I am still utterly amazed when I look at these pictures! Sophie made the girls' costumes again this year. I didn't think she would be able to top Anna, Elsa & Olaf, but she did! The yarn wigs to the wooden buttons & face paint; she thought of every last detail and executed it all beautifully. She even agreed to get them dressed early Halloween morning so that I could take these pictures before leaving for Eugene. Dadda ended up taking them trick-or-treating around the neighborhood in the wind & rain storm, then they headed to our church's fall festival where none of the girls' friends had any idea who Raggedy Ann & Andy were (and Rags). I, on the other hand, spent the day watching our Varsity Guys compete at the State Meet. I chaperoned the 'supporter' bus, and was pleasantly surprised when we had 20 teammates join us to cheer on the guys.
McKinley, a couple of weeks ago, was learning about leaves and how they remind us to live and grow in Jesus. One of our fun, homeschool activities was to make leaf crowns. The girls enjoyed gathering colorful leaves around our neighborhood, and then using elmers glue for the first time.
We finally got some rain, so naturally, the girls wanted to go outside and play in it.
Last Sunday we trekked out to St. Paul where our friend, Bruce, has neighbors who grow huge pumpkins.
Bruce's neighbors also leave carving pumpkins on the side of the road for people to take. We grabbed two good size pumpkins to carve, but the girls also wanted to pick out one tiny one each. Tessa, on the other hand, wanted to do a quick 'farmer's walk' back to the van, so she took two.