The leaves are falling, the morning frost is getting thicker and lasting longer, and nights are cooling off earlier. Today I kept the fire in the fireplace going all day long.
: : Missoula Maze
My kids love the Missoula Maze.
It was almost impossible to figure out when we could go this year since the kids all have such varied schedules and the maze is only open a few day a week. We finally decided we'd try it at night this time, so we could wait til Israel was done with practice and join us.
Israel and Andrew had to try it too.
The kids also had to challenge each other to races through the obstacle course.
|Azia & Zoran|
Zoran was all about the competition.
Lex couldn't be left out. He jumped right in the middle of Azia & Zoran's race and tried to beat them both.
By the time we got to the actual maze it was pretty dark. The kids all decorated themselves with glowsticks which made them a little easier to keep track of.
I went through the main part of the maze with everyone except Israel and Andrew (who we lost before we even started).
After a lot of wandering around I eventually lost Azia and Zoran, too, because they were tired of waiting for Lex and me. Lex was very excited at first, but after twenty minutes or so got tired and bored and then we went in the same circle about four times before we made it out. ( Lex had decided he was done after about the second circle.)
: : Studious Azia
Except she is easily distracted. (Which is largely the problem to begin with.) The tissue box was sitting next to her while she was supposed to be doing her book report. I came back in the room to check on her and she'd created a whole garland of ghosts. Halloween decorations are so much more fun than schoolwork:
The next time I left her working on math and after I returned from an ambulance call I discovered she'd painted a mask on Lex's face and covered his whole chest with a painted-on Captain America shield. Costume makeup is also more more fun than school work.
Azia has such a long list of things much more fun than schoolwork.
:: Bryce's Birthday
Azia following our wide path through the field to the best friends/ cousins a few yards away.
Bryce had his party Sunday. We're finally making it to the end of all the October birthdays.
And these two are pretty fond of each other, too.
The older girls organized all the games for the kids.
|tearing into his Headstart Halloween treats|
We had all sorts of Halloween fun Monday. Of course Lex's favorite may have been the candy.
We had two small superheroes, a gang of 1950s kids, and some sort of camouflaged sniper. (Or maybe he's Bigfoot?)
|Gwen and Aodhan waiting for the Spook Parade at the school to start.|
|The kids trick or treating. . . Azia showing off all her cool swag from trick or treating at Brandy's. Lex had a few bags full just from Headstart.|
They had so many participants this year! It was a really long parade.
Azia was pretty into it too. Ms. Batichuck had talked to her about it at school, so she was pretty excited to see what it was all about.
Unfortunately Azia and Jenna seemed to have forgot that they live in Montana and that it is November. Also, it was nighttime. Luckily I grabbed them jackets, but when I looked at them when we got out in Missoula I realized they had ignored my telling them to go put on warm clothes before we left. Azia had a little skirt and Jenna was wearing shorts. Guess I should have actually checked. When I asked Azia why she didn't change she just said "I thought it was going to be warm!"
: : We've Survived October!
We made it through the end of this hectic month. October is always crazy: practices and games for two soccer teams and a football team; birthdays for Dad and me, the two boys and three nieces & nephews; dentist appointments; Homecoming; teacher conferences and conventions; Halloween and Halloween parties, and then just all the other day-to-day stuff that is always going on or coming up. I was thinking November was going to slow down a little and then I ripped off this calendar month and realized next is already just as packed and it's only starting. I forgot it's pretty much overstuffed days from the last of September through the New Year.
It's not a bad dilemma, though, this problem of having too many good things to do.
And now it's full speed ahead into November, our superheroes leading the way. . .