We’ve been making a Thankful Tree at Thanksgiving for seven years now. Usually, we make it from paper and stick it to the wall (like this). This year, we tried something new.
We used branches that had fallen from the trees in our yard and cut out cardstock leaves with the things we are thankful for written on them. You don’t need to read mine – they are right here, in person.
We carved some of our surprise pumpkins today.
We’d done our trick or treating on Friday, right after Lucy had her first day of crossing guard duty at school.
She was so proud and excited to do it!
Our town offers trick or treat twice – once for businesses and once for residents to give out candy. We went for business trick or treat since we’d be missing the residential trick or treat for state marching band finals (where our band earned a superior rating – the best you can get!).
Lucy dressed as a butterfly.
Phoebe was a dragon.
Julia was a Hogwart’s student. (She made her own wand.)
And Jackson was Spiderman.
(He was really into the posing.)
I’ve had a cold for more than two weeks, but let’s not let it ruin anything.
This morning I dropped a dragon and a butterfly off at elementary school with a bunch of these cupcakes.
(You may notice the icing is swirled with candy corn colors!)
Then I took my Ravenclaw to Hogwarts. Spiderman and I will be going trick or treating with them after school and before the last football game of the regular season.
We’ve also reached the end of the competitive marching band season. Tomorrow are the state marching band finals. The kids haven’t gone to most of Julia’s competitions because a) it’s expensive, b) they last all day, and c) you are required to be relatively still and quiet while the bands are performing (and we cannot do either of those things). Last weekend’s competition was close to home, so all the kids came along to see their sister perform. We made signs and I wanted to get a picture since they were so excited.
My usual method for photographing the kids is to just take a buttload of pictures. There’s usually at least one that looks alright. The great thing about this method is I also get some fun outtakes. Like the look on Bee’s face in these.
I love it.
Oh, and there’s someone you should meet. This is Dipper.
I know. Another one!?!?
Lucy and I spotted him on the way home from dance class last Saturday. He was very malnourished. You could see the bones in his spine, he was so skinny. He looked pretty rough around the neck – I’m not sure what happened to him there, but he was missing fur all around it. I was a bit worried the first day or two he was with us. His tummy was painfully bloated, he didn’t walk so well, and he didn’t do much more than sleep. But now, his belly is normal and he is happy and playful. He’s very tiny and adorable and loved so very much by all of us. Picasso has been mothering him and Mabel loves having a playmate.
Speaking of Mabel, here she is at the very moment of this writing.
I don’t think she can get any sweeter.
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