First: A cute pic from my school's Fall Carnival (held Oct. 3...that's how old these pics are). My sisters Allyson and Dixie came with their families, as well as my brother Porter and his family. The lines were a bit long and obnoxious, so it wasn't as fun as it could've been. On the upside, I won one of the raffles--3 months of free car washes! Cool, huh? My student teacher also won a raffle - a $150.00 karate birthday party for child and 20 friends - however, she has no kids, so we "won" that as well, and Carter gets his free party next Saturday! Woot! Woot! (We only do parties every 4 years, so he gets a lucky "bonus" party, because hey...free!
Second: My class had our annual "Fear Factor" Fall party, and here is one of my favorite stations: Bobbing for rats in a tub full of live goldfish!
Another favorite station is "Dirty Diapers" where they have to figure out what the "poo" in the diapers is.
They also found "worms" in whipped cream, and ate "pig brains". Overall it was a smash hit!
Third: My sweet nephew Max Van Patten was born. Allyson had him on October 21st (I think...uh oh, I hope I got the date right...) anyway, he is SO SWEET! And I am SO BABY HUNGRY! So I've enjoyed holding him lots lately. Here's a pic of Brooklyn enjoying her new "brother cousin."
Fourth: I turned 34 on Nov. 2nd, and my two sweet boys (mostly Cooper, but Carter threw in an egg I think) made me a cake FROM SCRATCH for my birthday! I was quite impressed. It was a cream cheese pound cake (Troy said it was more like a 10-pound cake, but it wasn't too bad for a first attempt...and done ALL BY THEMSELVES!) Troy and I went to dinner at Oregano's (Pizooki anyone??) and saw Eagle Eye, then Sunday I literally LAZED around all Sunday (after stake conference of course) and watched all the DVRed TV shows I never have time in real life to watch. It was AWESOME! Oh yea, and Troy got me a bracelet (you know, the medic alert ones since I'm broken and have Diabetes now), and a $20.00 gift card to Borders (BOOKS = MY FAVE!) I also got lots of phone calls from family and a nice lunch and gift card to Barnes and Noble from my team mates at school. All in all it was a lovely birthday, and even though I'm getting OLD, I had a good time. Here is a picture of the boys with the cake, and of me after blowing out the candles (please forgive the pj's and awful hair...remember I was lazing around all day!)
Fifth:My boys performed in a piano recital at the mall and did an EXCELLENT job! They hate practicing and it's like WWII every time I try and get them to do it, but they are truly talented and amazing, so I'm always happy when they do well and feel good about their hard work, and hope it will help the next time I'm nagging them to practice! They do love performing. (I DON'T know where they got that from...)