This past little while has been a bitter sweet time. We love the fall, and all the festivities that go along with it, however, it has also been quite stressful. We have been going through a fellowship application process, and in the end we have applied to about 25ish places. However, as stressful as the situation has been, we have had some amazing faith building moments as well as prayer answering, and comforting moments. I know Heavenly Father loves me and although I never doubted that, I have definitely felt his love for not only me but for Matt, and our sweet children as well. I am amazed and humbled at the small(as well as big) reliefs he gives us in our lives.
This is our sweet Talia on her first day of school. She loves school, and she is doing really well. At her parent teacher conference her teacher told me that she is the equivalent to a 2nd grader. I was proud of her for being so excited to learn, and grow. She loves to teach Aerom and Aevenlea too. Whether they are retaining the information I am not sure, but it is still fun to see her put her education and excitement for it to use.
It was Matt's first day of school too. He didn't want to take the picture but I made him. :)
This is our new favorite family activity. We were so grateful to Matt's parents for helping us get our bike back together so we could enjoy the outdoors a little more. We finally got Avenlea a little Seat to go on the back of Matt's bike and so now our whole family can get out and get our blood pumping a little bit.
This fall Matt was able to play on a tag football team with some of his colleagues. I put the little picture of Aerom and Avenlea, because they have become really close this year. They would play before, but now that Talia is in school, and Avenlea is old enough to pretend and interact more, they have become really good friends.
So on pinterest there was a recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes. They looked and sounded so good that I wanted an excuse to make them, so kind of for Aeroms Birthday I decided to do a Harry Potter night. So in doing this, we rode our bikes out to a little wilderness by our house, and we searched the woods for some good wands. The kids had fun searching and picking out which ones they wanted.
After we got our wands, we went home and made the delicious ButterBeer Cupcakes. Girls were in charge of the Cake part and boys were in charge of the filling and frosting.
They didn't turn out as pretty as the ones on pinterest, but they tasted AMAZING! After we finished the Cupcakes, we watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone. It was really fun, because Matt and I hadn't seen it in a while and it is fun enough that the kids actually really enjoyed it too.
On Aerom's birthday Matt couldn't be there that night, so he made sure he woke up early and made him breakfast in bed.
Because we couldn't do much on Aerom's birthday I decided to take him to Chick-fil-A. I love spending one on one time with my kids, and they love it too. So we got our food and we chatted, and when Aerom was finishing his food, he said "Mom, we don't have to go yet do we?" It was so cute. So I went and ordered him a Oreo Shake, and they said they would bring it out to us. When I got back to the table he said "What did you tell them." I told him "You'll see" When they brought it out, his face was just beaming. Aerom is our shake boy. A little while ago he got a minor case of Hand Foot and Mouth disease. It wasn't too bad but it made it so he couldn't eat anything with substance. So for those few days I made him Ice cream shakes, which he loved. So from then on he always asks me "Mom, can you make me a shake like you did when I was sick." I love my 5 year old Aerom Boy!
Matt rough housing with the kids.
Aerom opeingin presents. And then Avenlea in the box.
General Conference. The kids had fun playing bingo, and eating candy when certain words were said.
This is at the Trunk-or-treat. We were watching some of our friends kids from our neighborhood while they went to a Ball. We rented a movie and had a sleepover the kids loved it.
The kids wanted to work like their dad, so they decided to "fix" their bikes.
The picture of Talia on the bottom right is her dressed up like Ella Enchanted. For school they are suppose to dress up like a book character which normally would be fine except she wanted to be a vampire for Halloween and I couldn't think of a kids book with a girl vampire in it. So we improvised.