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.

Thankful Tree

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.

The kids and our Thankful Tree

It is Election Day and I voted.

I voted!

My mom and I went together and I couldn’t stop the tears as I drove to the polling place. Americans, we are about to elect the first female president of the United States. The election is about more than just this, but damn, this is meaningful to me.

It’s Halloween!

by Leslie

We carved some of our surprise pumpkins today.

Our pumpkins

We’d done our trick or treating on Friday, right after Lucy had her first day of crossing guard duty at school.

Lucy's Day as a Crossing Guard

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!).

The kids in their costumes, take two

Lucy dressed as a butterfly.

Lucy the Butterfly

Lucy's colorful wings

Phoebe was a dragon.

Phoebe the Dragon

Julia was a Hogwart’s student. (She made her own wand.)

Julia the Ravenclaw

And Jackson was Spiderman.

Spiderman

Spiderman

(He was really into the posing.)

Does whatever a spider can

I’ve had a cold for more than two weeks, but let’s not let it ruin anything.

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