Wednesday, November 5, 2014


On October 30th I got LASIK! I've been wanting it for years. The idea never to wear contacts or glasses, or lose my glasses, or have my kids break my glasses, or scratched my glasses, or buy prescription sunglasses, etc. is so exciting. It's been a week now. I love that I can do everything without glasses like running, driving, watching TV, and more. It was a little uncomfortable, the surgery, but it's worth it. Lizzy picked me up from the office; Jeff was home with the kids and Jordyn who stayed home since she had the flu. I slept for 4 hours when I got home and I had to keep my eyes closed for an additional four hours. I'm still putting lots of various eye drops in my eyes but I LOVE IT!!!! The results are amazing. On Halloween, the morning after my surgery, I had an appointment and my vision was 20/20.


 The week before Halloween, we went to a halloween party. It was a rock-n-roll theme so we went with the Perkins dressed as the Village People. I was a cop and Jeff a construction worker. Fun to dress up and go out with our friends.
 On the 29th, we carved pumpkins. Levi chose a haunted house.
 Sydney chose the word creepy and actually did a lot of the carving too.
 Jordyn chose the witch's hat and broomstick. She was feeling sick, even throwing up a few times and had a fever.

 Levi wanted to be a pirate this year. He made a great pirate and even had the facial expression down.

 I dressed Macie as an In-N-Out worker. She wouldn't keep the hate on or the name tag on so I only got a few pictures before she was just plain-old grumpy. I got a drink thinking she would be distracted holding a cup, and she was for about 20 seconds before she realized something was on her head.
 See...hat and name tag are gone.
 Jordyn wanted to be snow white. She loved twirling around in this dress that Aunt Tricia made for her daughter years ago. It's hard to tell but I spray painted her hair black.
 It was fun this year because their school had a parade. I remember having a parade when I was in Elementary so I was happy for them that they could have that too.
 Sydney decided she wanted to be a dead bride. We bought this costume.
 I spray painted her hair white and black too. They both were pretty excited for their classroom parties and the parade. I helped out with the parties and of course stayed for the parade before going to Levi's school for his party. There was a lot of driving around that day.
This is Jordyn's class. There were so many Elsas and Annas from the movie Frozen.
 Levi's school had games to play and then they performed a little dance to the song, "Ghostbusters."
The day before halloween, Sydney had her first big school project. She had to pick a book, do a book report, writing a 5 paragraph essay, and make a pumpkin into one of the characters. So she read Charlotte's web and made a pumpkin to look like Charlotte.
 That night we had several families over: the Rigby's, Steele's, and Moncurs. Everyone brought over soup. We ate outside in the driveway with our fire pit and then the kids were off. Some of us walked with all the kids while the others stayed on the driveway passing out candy.
 Here's the party. The kids had fun walking around with their friends.
 After walking around the neighborhood, they came in the garage, dumped their candy and started comparing and trading. By the time the kids finally went to bed, I was pretty excited that the day was over. It's fun celebrating but also exhausting.

Pumpkin Patch Time

 We went back to Vertuccio Farms again this year. I love how Macie's eyes are looking to the left.
We went right after school during the week. It wasn't busy at all.
The kids had fun on the huge teeter totter...
pumping water and watching the water move the ball to the other side,
looking at the pets,
play on the giant spider web,
jump on the big balloon thing (this is Jordyn),
go down the big slides (Macie loved it and wanted to go more and more),
jumping from bale of hay to bale of hay and climbing on them,
riding the pedal cars,
more jumping and leaping,
riding on the grain train,
making silly faces,
enjoying time together,
taking lots of pictures,
acting like scarecrows by the corn maze,
in the corn maze. The corn maze was a lot of fun. They make a game out of it. Sydney won with 1200 points. Another fun time at this farm.

our halloween dinner

 I got my halloween menu from pinterest: finger hot dogs (it's hard to see the nail bed in the picture below), Bone breadsticks, pumpkin fruit salad, and Mummy pumpkin truffles for dessert. The kids love it all.

After dinner we had FHE and then had a halloween dance party. We all had a great time.
 These were so yummy! I'll be making more next year.

Phoenix Temple Tour

On Oct. 17th we drove to Glendale to walk through the new Phoenix temple. It's so exciting that this is the second temple in the same year that the kids had this opportunity.
 The temple is beautiful. I loved the oval baptismal font and celestial room. It's smaller than the Gilbert temple. It's kind of off the beaten path. You can't see it from the freeway. It's close to some homes and a water park. We had to park at the water park and they shuttled us to the temple.
Me and my love
Macie loves Jesus. She has a picture of Him in her room and she kisses his picture every night before bed. If I don't do it, she grunts and points to His picture.
 Our family picture. Macie was difficult to manage throughout the temple, wanting to walk and check out places we weren't allowed to the baptismal font full of water.