October has been fun and full of colorful leaves. I never thought I'd live in a place that could give Utah autumn a run for its money. But Germany has done it! Standing ovation, man. Lyla has become a much happier baby the second half of this month which has made our whole home a happier place :) I listened to the Mom Conference this month too and it was a definite highlight. I learned a lot, and it was a good "cup-filler". Jane's new favorite phrase as of late, when I tell her she can't do something, or that she cant have candy for breakfast, or some other things that are, in my mind, completely reasonable, she quickly retorts back with "JUST LET ME!" I don't know why she says it every time, without fail, because never once has that phrase changed my mind. She is persistent though, I'll give her that!
Apple Nachos: a little post-pumpkin painting dessert. not shown: the first batch of burnt to crisp marshmallow goo. Thanks for cleaning the pan out, jeff.
"If you want candy then....": Basically what every sentence has started with lately. This particular instance: "if you want candy then SMILE!"
Leaves: throwing them, jumping in them, and laughing and laughing. I love that she is old enough to have fun jumping in piles of leaves- she's like a legitimate kid now! A happy simple moment I'll always remember. I remember this day, I had SO MANY things to do but I decided I should pause to play outside with her for 30 minutes. So glad I did. I love when I can stop and soak in a moment instead of trying to hurry to the next. I'm working on doing that as often as possible!
"Wow he did? You lucky duck!"
"I'm not a duck, I'm a missionary!"
* My new role as an FRG leader. Which is quite the big role. I'm the volunteer in charge of planning events, fundraisers, FRG meetings, and informing everyone in the troop of everything going on. I probably spent 20+ hours this week calling people, emailing people, meeting with people, manning the booth for the fundraiser, and going to classes all revolving around FRG! I've felt quite overwhelmed at times because leadership has never been my strong suit. But ALSO grateful because I know it will be a good growing experience (it already has pushed me far past any previously distinguished comfort zones) and service opportunity.
Life is too good right now. Thanks October, for being awesome this year.