Life Lately Volume 9 October 2018

Happy Halloween!  Today is the last day of October.  There are just two months left in 2018!  I can’t believe it.  Time is flying, I won’t lie I hope that means we are that much closer to bringing our little boy home.  Thanks for the continued prayers.

October was a really FULL month.  We traveled a lot, we saw a lot of family and friends and we made a lot of memories.  At the beginning of the month, I decided my word of the month for my Cultivate What Matters power sheets would be – make memories.  We did.  Goal met!  Let’s recap what we did in October before we move on to November all the holiday season has in store for us!

We started the month by completing the girls shared bedroom makeover.  You can read all the details here but they are still smitten with their new space.

Scott, Solon and I headed to Pittsburgh to visit my dad.  He still works in Pittsburgh and commutes home of the weekend to MN or AZ depending where my mom is at!  He had gotten Steelers tickets at an American Heart Association auction and invited Solon to come for my dad’s and his birthday.  Luckily, Scott and I got to go too!  The girls stayed with my mom and cousin in MN and enjoyed going to the American Girl Doll Store and Bistro for lunch.  They didn’t miss us at all ;)!

Lucy and I enjoyed story time and even checked out the local fire truck during fire prevention week.

We headed to MN for my cousin Alex’s wedding.  We grew up together and Alex is like my brother.  Vera was the flower girl and the rest of our family welcomed guests and handed out programs.  Lucy took her job VERY seriously!  My sister came home from Seattle so we enjoyed a little time at the lake together before the festivities.

Lucy’s Dress | Solon’s Suit Coat | Solon’s Pants | Solon’s Shoes  | Girl’s Shoes

This month’s Simple Purposeful Living challenge was all about spreading kindness.  Heather, a tribe member, sent us this darling sign that we hung above our garage door in the mudroom so we could always remember to choose kind.  How cute is that sign?

We enjoyed another visit to the orchard with Nana and Papa.  It was really windy but we made the most of it and tried out the kiddie corn maze.  I am not a huge fan of corn mazes, I get a little claustrophobic but it was a nice solace from the wind and we made it out just fine!   We all had a good time and hope to make it back one more time before they close for the season for more fall fun!  If you are local, we love Center Grove Orchard!

Our friends who moved away to Virginia this spring had to make an unexpected trip to a funeral and were driving through Central Iowa to Nebraska.  We met them at Culver’s at 9 pm and made the most of our time together.  We miss them so much!

Scott’s best friends from high school were also in town for a wedding so we enjoyed lunch together.

I enjoyed getting to share with 3 different groups this month.  I shared on both Overcoming Unlikeliness (read more here) and Cultivating Gratitude (read more here).  Getting to go and share with groups is one of my favorite things to do.  If you need a speaker, you know where to find me.  :)!

Then, this last weekend my sister came to town for a funeral.  She came early and joined us for ISU Homecoming.  She surprised my cousin who had not met Kinsley yet.  We had family game night and enjoyed the unexpected extra time with my niece.  The kids can’t wait until she comes and visits us again at Christmas.

Solon also wrapped up his flag football season and started his basketball season.  Scott’s assistant coaching his team and they had their first tournament on Saturday.  Solon is in his happy place playing sports!

We finished the weekend off carving pumpkins.  The kids all drew their own faces and the big kids did most of the cleaning and carving themselves this year.  We finished the evening watching Hotel Transylvania and enjoying a snack tray dinner.  Everyone’s favorite!

In Central Iowa, we trick or treat on the 30th.  The tradition of beggar’s night has been around for 77 years.  In addition to trick or treating, the kids are supposed to tell jokes!  My kids are too shy so they just say thank you :)!  Every year my mom comes for Halloween and hands out candy.  She also takes care of the kids Halloween costumes.  The kids and her love picking them out.

This year we had Harry Potter, a rainbow unicorn and Elmo.  The weather was much better than last year when it was freezing.  Solon also trick or treated with a friend for the first time.  Lucy totally got it and went for an hour.  The girls were happy to go home and hand out candy to others when they were done!

The we stopped by Nana and Papa’s.  Lucy was not impressed with Papa’s costume.  She hates anybody that’s dressed up so I am surprised she did so well trick or treating but no one really talked to her so maybe that’s why?

We ended the night with a quick visit from our dear friends.  By then their little guy had passed out in the car so we snapped a quick picture before bed!  We had a fun Halloween and now we all have sugarplums dancing in our heads ;).


Whew!  What a busy and fun month full of so many sweet memories.  We still have a few fall bucket list items to mark off our list before we jump right into Christmas but I am starting to plan.  You can read about what I am doing now to prepare here.


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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