Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy November!

We had an awesome Halloween and October full of fun and spooky activities, but now it's November, and that is quickly becoming my favorite time of year.  I've been super busy volunteering at school this year, and I'm in charge of a service project that is finally coming to fruition.  So I'm pretty excited about that.  (In fact, I need to shower and get to school real quick to help out!)

This weekend, once the tricks or treats were over, we worked together as a family to winterize our yard.  We were so proud of the kids for working together and having such good attitudes doing what we asked of them.

I snapped this picture of Steve reviewing the triumphs and lessons learned of our day working together.  It was mostly triumphs.  I love how the kids are fixed on Steve's every word as he doles out fatherly praise on them each individually.

Scarlett saved this leaf for me which she is sure was made by her personal leprechaun.  We love all types of magic fun around here!

Guy continues to be an amazing big brother and a super-duper family historian.  He participated in someone's Eagle Scout project on Saturday, taking pictures of tombstones in a local cemetery, then digitizing the information and uploading to a family history site. He was jazzed about it and bore his testimony in church that he felt the Holy Ghost very strongly during the project.

I have much to thank God for in my life, and I bet you do to.  I love a season that is all about saying thanks.  I am also grateful that my gratitude calendar (that I threw together years ago) is holding up!  Each day, we write down one thing we are grateful for on a slip of paper and place it in the pocket.  (I fill the pockets with stickers for the kids to take once they put a slip of paper in.)  After we eat Thanksgiving dinner, we open the notes and read them aloud.

Have a great Monday!


  1. my favorite season coming up too...Thanksgiving!

  2. It looks like your November is starting out really good. Wishing you a wonderful month of gratitude. I you get a moment check out my blog post on a new book: "Family Talk", I wish I would have had it when I was raising children. I think you would love it.
    Blessings for your thankful heart!

  3. Love that calendar and what a pretty leaf too!

  4. I was literally about to write what Michelle has already written above! The gratitude calendar is a wonderful idea - I'm always a little bit disappointed that we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but I think having a special time dedicated to giving thanks to Heavenly Father is a wonderful idea. Perhaps I should break tradition and organise a low-key thanksgiving dinner for our family. I wonder how well that would be received?!
    Scarlett has exception taste when it comes to leaves! Simply beautiful.
    The Youth in our Ward are hosting an Indexing and Family History event tonight at our chapel. I'm excited to see what goes on! I've been trying my hand at indexing, but think I need to put a little more effort into it and perhaps doing some each day.

  5. What a wonderful family you have! And I love that leaf too.