1. In October I ran 63.2 miles! My year-to-date mileage is at 460.4 miles. By the time I complete my half training, I will be a little past 500 miles!
(October: 63.2, September: 65.17, August: 13.5, July: 52.12, June: 41.25, May: 32.3, April: 47.3 miles, March: 69.05 miles, February: 57 miles, and in January: 36.51 miles)
2. I read two books this month:
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate - This is a wonderful book, that helps you learn what love language you and your spouse speak. The five different love languages are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Once discovering your love languages, you will know what the other is seeking to feel loved. Brian and I both read this book, and really enjoyed it. He has answered all the questions in the back to determine which love language he is, I still need to find time to do this... although, he thinks he knows which I am. ;) He is already reading The Five Love Languages of Children, I have that on my list to read soon.
Winter Garden - This is a book I got free through a House Party a couple of years ago, and I finally found time to read it! It started out slow, but was REALLY good. I love historical fiction, and war stories... this story may not be a good one to read on the treadmill, though, there are some heartwrenching parts that had me crying and gasping for air. The Mother in this story had to make some hard choices, choices a Mother should never have to make... but had to because of war.
3. What did we do in October? Lots. It was crazy packed full.
Warrior Dash, the weekend before our wedding. (I did not overcome my fear of heights)
Married Brian :)
Nathan's first stitches :( 7 to be exact.
Halloween Go! 10K, which sucked for once because I was sick... which, thus, started the plague at our house
Autumn's FIRST field trip, to Stuckmeyers. So excited because I got to go :)
Brian moved in
Eckerts Pumpkin Patch with entire family
Jeff and Tracy's Halloween Party
Autumn's First Ballet/Tap Dance Show (Need to blog about this still)
Nathan earned his Bobcat Badge
Nathan took a limo from school and had a pizza lunch at Happy Joe's
Trunk or Treat, we won 2nd place
My purse ALMOST got stolen at WC Mall (I need to recap this in a blog post)
4. What's up next? Going to Orlando to run in the Disney Wine & Dine Half NEXT WEEKEND! And, I am getting things together for Autumn's 4th Birthday!! Also, I signed up for Santa's North Pole Dash (5k) in December... I have never ran in a race in December but the running shirts are Santa themed. I am hoping to work on my time for this race.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
2012 Porch photo of the kids on Halloween
This was taken without my flash... the kids had all kinds of glowing toys!
Here we are heading out... love this photo because it shows all of their little movement :)
Running from house to house. See Nathan's Anakin braid? LOL! I cannot believe it did not fall out once the entire night.
Our neighbor's dog had the cutest costume!
Bed time was a little tricky with these two candy lovers. I was a little sad when I woke up this morning, another Halloween already past us. Next? Autumn's birthday!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Since I shared what we made for Autumn to hand out in class for Halloween, I thought why not share what Nathan handed out. I volunteered to make the treat for the party, sooo since I love Funfetti cupcakes and icing, that is what I did! I hate icing cupcakes, so Brian iced them all for me... he is so sweet! Brian has many useful traits. Then, we added a spider ring on top of each, because all 6/7 year olds love these cheapo rings.
Then, I wanted to make Pumpkin Poop for Nathan to hand out to each kid... but, he said, Mommmmm... what if Mrs. H makes me pull my green card for saying 'poop'? Smart boy! So, Nathan came up with the phrase 'Pumpkin Goo'. Much better... I guess? We got a big tub of cheese balls from Sams, put them in Hefty's Halloween bags, and labeled them 'Pumpkin Goo'. Easy peasy! I just love Halloween goodies!
Monday, October 29, 2012
It is crazy how many Halloween themed blog posts I have done recently... it seems we do SO many Halloween/fall activities before Halloween even arrives! Last week, Nathan had his Halloween party for Cub scouts. They had a neat game where each kid had to search for a prize in a pot of cooked (not hot) spaghetti noodles and grapes (eyeballs). The slimy texture really freaked out a lot of the kids... ha, ha! Nathan pulled out a googly eyed ring.
Then, Nathan got to come up for his Bobcat badge that he has been working towards... I had no idea I would get a Mother's pin to go with it, too! Here is Nathan putting the pin on me.
My pin... seriously, if I had known I was going to be going up to get a special pin from my special boy, I would have looked a little less ragged that night!
Nathan and his friend Dylan with their Bobcat badges
Another cute photo of Nathan and Dylan
Next, the kids got to make their own snacks. They filled a plastic glove with candy corn for nails, popcorn for the fingers then a special trail mix for the rest of the hand.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I love to make little favors for the kids to give out to their classmates on Halloween, and for Autumn's class I decided to make Pumpkin Pie Play dough. My Mom was sweet enough to make two big batches of homemade play dough on Friday for me while I was at work. She added a Wilton pumpkiny colored food coloring to it and also some cinnamon spices to give it a pumpkiny smell. If you need her recipe, send me a message... my Mom has the best homemade play dough recipe!
Another reason this was such an easy craft is because I only needed to make 12 balls of it for her classmates. If she had a really large class, I would have done something simpler! What I did first was I took the play dough and divided it in halves, so that I had equal portions for 12 balls. Each ball was a 1/2 cup.
Then I put them in little cellophane bags that Brian got for me at Hobby Lobby, and I tied them with green ribbon (green, symbolizing the pumpkin stem!) ,
Then I made custom tags... I have Adobe InDesign so this was really easy for me.
Then I hole punched each tag, and tied it to the bag of the play dough.
Then I took a thin and black Sharpie marker, and I made a simple jack-o-lantern face on the cellophane bag. SUPER easy.
Autumn's favorite thing right now is play dough, and her teacher does a lot of play dough projects in class, so this will be perfect. It really does smell like pumpkin pie, too!
I put them in a pumpkin trick or treat bucket, and she will hand them out to her classmates at the Halloween party. Yay!
Now for Nathan's class... I am making PUMPKIN POOP. Its basically cheese puffs in a bag, labeled pumpkin POOP. I am unsure if the word 'poop' is ok to use on labels for these, so I may coward out and just label them pumpkin candy or something. Any suggestions?!!
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Last Saturday was Trunk or Treat, and since it was J's weekend with the kids, we had ALL of Saturday afternoon to decorate my trunk. We also won SECOND place (we won third, a few years ago), and our prize was a Chic-fil-A gift card. Who doesn't love Chic-fil-A?
Brian wore his Darth shirt.
There is a little more light in this photo, and you can see that we did a Star Wars theme. Brian supplied the really rad (do people still use that word?) life sabers and even carved a Death Star pumpkin complete with a tazer that 'blew up' another pumpkin. Then, we had a large Millennium Falcon we hung and then put some of Nathan's Star Wars Squinkey space ships and figures at the bottom.
A closer view of the pumpkins... I love the Death Star pumpkin! So much work and detail. I was a little nervous to have lit candles in my car, but Brian promised me that my car would not catch on fire. Ha, ha! I am SO paranoid about stuff like that, yes, I even keep our toaster unplugged!
The kids by the car... I did not get one. single. good. picture of the kids that night!
The kids were excited once they got to go trunk or treating. I think there was 23 cars total, so they did fairly well since they went around almost two times.
A couple of my favorite trunks... Charlie Brown pumpkin and a pumpkin bean bag toss (this one won first place).
Autumn with her stash
Then we headed inside where it was warm, the kids enjoyed pizza and some more games that were inside.
One of Nathan's prizes from a game. Uhhh, oh boy, that there is a mustache!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
After we had lunch at my brother's party, I took some photos of the kids in their costumes in some of the shady spots in their yard. Here is Anakin and Princess Leia standing together. I found their costumes on a great website called Official Star Wars Costumes.com. I was really pleased with the quality of these costumes, much better then what I saw in the local Halloween stores.
During the photo session, we had a little mishap with Autumn's Leia wig! When she got up from a sitting pose, it got stuck on a branch and was just hanging there! So funny!
Princess Leia Autumn
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Last weekend we headed over to Uncle Jeff and Aunt Tracy's for a fabulous BBQ Halloween party! Unfortunately, my parents were unable to make it last minute due to Dad catching 'the plague' as we call it... Thankfully, I think everyone is healthy now! Here is the spread of food, which we enjoyed outside on a beautiful 74 degree Autumn day. Thanks for BBQ'ing Jeff and Tracy!
After eating, the kids got to search for loose bones and sparkly pumpkins in Jeff and Tracy's huge backyard.
Tracy was so sweet, she helped hide the bones/pumpkins a few times so the kids could look for them. Then, inside she had a little puppet show for them. :)
Brian was feeling under the weather too, he fell asleep! Ha, HA! (He didn't want me to post this!)
The kids got to take home some cute favor buckets, they loved the finger puppets.
And, no party at the Heaton's is complete without some cupcakes from Whipt Creme! YUM!