Whew, time has once again gotten away from me!  We have been busy creating, learning and enjoying fall.

I recently ran my first half marathon!  I am proud to have finally pushed myself past the three mile rut.  Some spots were tough, but I finished without walking and I am ready to run another one!

The race was in Albuquerque, NM.  While there we took the kids to Tinker Town.  All of the children enjoyed the wooden figures.  Ethan was the most excited.  He kept saying “Wow!”  It brought us such joy to see him so genuinely happy!

We have enjoyed learning about fall and creating Halloween crafts.
We made a family of ghosts for our front door out of tissue paper.

We made pumpkin play dough.  We just added allspice and a drop of food coloring to our normal cream of tartar play dough recipe.

I set up a Halloween card making station.  Madeline created cards for her friends for over an hour!

We got our skeleton puzzle out and discussed what it would be like if we did not have bones.  This was Ethan’s work when he was little and it was neat to see Madeline trying to figure it out!

We have been hammering wooden pegs into pumpkins.

We made a beautiful leaf sun catcher for our window.  Idea courtesy of The Artful Parent blog.

We created “Spooky, kooky, junky pumpkins!”  The children had a blast making these.  Especially Ethan who even created a detailed story to go with his pumpkin.

Whew, and finally we went to our church’s trunk or treat last night.  John and I were nerds.  Max was to be a cute little baby nerd, but he kept saying, “No, Max bird.”  He would say, “Bird, flies.”  So I gathered items for him to become a “cardinal.”  I love that as he is beginning to talk a bit more he can express his creativity a bit more!  Madeline decided last minute that she wanted to be a candy fairy.  So we added a sucker and ribbon to a dowel rod.  Super simple!  Ethan is a ninja.

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