Friday, November 9, 2018

October 2018

Happy Fall!  Here are a few pictures from the past month...

Eli's school does a "color run" 5k in the fall as a fundraiser.  They had a blast!



I LOVE watching Eric and Eli have a catch in the back yard.


We went to the fair this year with our friends Dawn and Lauren.  Lauren and Eli have been good friends since primer!






They rode a ton of rides- even the big scary ones!  I like how they're looking at each other here, before the ride started.  :)



They played a bunch of games too.



They're on there somewhere!  We adults could barely LOOK AT this spinning ride!  :)



It has been incredibly rainy here in Dallas this fall!  The boys do not let a little rain stop them from playing tackle football, though (and destroying lawns in the process!).


Eli won this little tiger at the fair, and Hank immediately claimed it as his own.  :)  


Our church had its annual "fall festival."  I like how costumes are MUCH easier now than when he was younger.  This year he just grabbed a jersey from his closet!  :)



Our whole family went to Daingerfield for our annual fall trip at the end of this month.  We had a blast!  

When we got there the first night it was POURING.  But, again, who can be stopped by a little rain?  :)  Eli and Cooper played football in the downpour for hours!
 

LOTS of football in the field...



Duck feeding...


Sunset watching...  (You can't beat fall Texas sunsets!)


Hiking...



The cousins always have so much fun just being together.


More football in the field...


And more sunsets!


For Halloween we made a carnival of our own.  First was the classic eat-a-donut-off-a-string-without-using-your-hands game. :)

 


Eric won the men's competition.  :)


Next, we sent them into the woods to trick-or-treat from Eric, Phil, and my dad, who were very well hidden and ready to scare them. :)


Next up was the pie eating contest.


And finally, pumpkin carving! 



So many beautiful sunrises, too!


 Campfire stories and games...


Fishing...



Creature catching...  (The caterpillar was kind enough to color-coordinate with Eli's shirt.)



A dog in a sweatshirt...


Unbelievable sunsets!


Our little family...


And our big family!


And that caps off October (and the first few days of November, too).  We're so thankful for the memories we made this past month and are looking forward to what November has in store.  Love to you all!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

September 2018

The beginning of September was all about settling into a good school routine...  I think we finally "hit our stride."  :)  Then we sort of capped off summer with a trip to Destin, which was definitely the hi-light of the month!  Pictures below!

Starting with a random one...  I love this picture of Eli (and Hank) reading in bed.  


On to Destin!  We spent a few days in Destin, Florida with Uncle Albert and Aunt Kathy.  We treasure these few days and love that it has become a September tradition (4th year now!)  

I LOVE the beach in Destin- white sand, turquoise water...  plunk me down under an umbrella with a good book and I'm happy for days!  :)  We enjoyed lots of swimming, boogie boarding, snorkeling, ghost crab hunting, sand castle building, seafood eating, mini-golfing, game-playing, and even bumper-boating.  It was a perfect little vacation to end the summer.




 

 
 
 



 
Those three black dots in the water are Eric, Albert, and Eli snorkeling.  At this beach there were dolphins swimming and playing SUPER close to where we were.  It was so much fun to watch them!


Will you look at that water??  Unbelievable beauty.









Okay, enough of Destin.  :)  On to somewhere decidedly less beautiful...  the Texas State Fair!  :)  Eli's whole school had a mandatory field trip to the fair on opening day.  It was SO CROWDED, but we did have fun, and we capped off the day riding rides with Eli's closest friends.



And that rounds out September!  We have some fun plans for October and are excited for some COOLER temperatures hopefully heading our way!  :)  

Love to you all!