Tuesday, November 3, 2009

October Fun in a Million Pictures

October was a crazy month in our house. Here is a look at what we've been up to...

As mentioned in a previous post, we took our youth to General Conference. It was an awesome experience that I know left lasting impressions on all of us who attended. We drove all day Friday, saw all 4 (5 for the boys) sessions of general conference, and drove home all day Monday. One of my favorite talks was by Elder Bednar. I loved this analogy...

"In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.

Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results."

During our trip, some of the kids may have not appreciated the hours in the car, or the fact that I confiscated all cell phones, Ipods, DS' upon arrival in Utah, or sitting through hours of conference, but I'm pretty positive they returned home with a few more "brushstrokes!"

All 29 of us! Notice how much energy the kids still seem to have on Sunday afternoon, and how exhausted the adults look :)

My girls, while the boys were off at the Priesthood Session

While the boys we getting all tucked in the first night, Mike came out of the bathroom and told them he didn't see any floss in the garbage can! He provided them each with a piece of floss and a little flossing lesson to boot. It was pretty hilarious. A few of the boys are patients at our office, and jokingly told Mike their dentist told them they didn't have to floss. They are funny boys!

We left early, early Monday before it started to SNOW! Mike is standing by his new wheels, the "big black truck" as Asher likes to call it. He's moved on up (literally) from our stylin' black tracer.

Insert a short hospital stay and a couple weeks of recovery from the flu here.

The kids enjoying the annual tradition of decorating pumpkin cookies with lots of candy and sprinkles.

Then fun with real pumpkins

Halle loved the pumpkin "guts" while the other two wanted to wash their hands every two seconds.

Mike, carefully planning his creation.

The last week of October was "Red Ribbon Week," an anti-drug campaign, at school. The girls loved the mixed up clothes day, which was a reminder to not get mixed up with drugs.

We ate some really tasty, and cute too, pumpkin patch pancakes for dinner one night.

Asher loves blueberry smoothies!

My brother Dustin, had a birthday on the 30th so his wife planned a totally awesome 80s birthday bash!

My other brother, Kyle, in his creepy wig with his cute wife, Amanda, who was going for the more sophisticated "Top Gun 80s look"

My mom, in the black wig, and her BFF, Lora, in the creepy mullet wig

Kaden, the rocker/transformer and Wanda, an adopted member of our crazy family

Kyle, playing DJ

Do you recognize this handsome devil?

Spider deviled eggs, for our Halloween after party
(thanks Jill for the idea)

My sioux chefs, Mike and his brother Steve

Mike's creative eggs

Bread bones

Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue and his cousin the witch

The whole gang

Mike and I with our poodle, spa girl and buzz

Happy Belated Halloween!


Auburn said...

So fun! Those bread bones are adorable! I saw them on familyfun.com, but never got around to making them!!

Place Family said...

Very fun month...I cried from my laughter at the floss comment. Love it!!!

Calley said...

Hooray! Love it when you post. Love all the 80s hair from the party, and the Asher smoothie picture is classic :)

Jenna said...

All of these pictures are AWESOME! I don't even know which ones are my favies.

All the girls look beautiful @ conference. Love the floss story. Congrats, Mike, on the new wheels! We love healthy Lemmes! You have the coolest kids... love the group pumpkin shot. Can I borrow the girls outfits sometime? Did you just laugh the whole time during Dustin's party? Buzz Lightyear... priceless.

Good blogging President!

Linda said...

Looks like a great month. Glad to see everyone has recovered at your house. The floss thing is hilarious!

Lemme said...

fun fun! you should blog more often!! and there are a lot of youth in your ward!!

Mom said...

Your "bones" look better than mine did. Actually mine looked great until they raised. It looks like you rolled the ends of yours almost like a cinnamon roll to get that nice circular look for the ends of the bones? Anyway, fun pictures and stories. I love Kyle's 80's look - especially the "molest-ache". Thanks for sharing :)

Jennifer said...

It's so fun to read about all your activities! I love that you guys brought the youth down to Conference, and I love even more that you confiscated all their electronics! It snowed the day after Conference, and now it is 72 degrees here the first week of November -- crazy Utah weather!

cat said...

first off - are you pregnant? you look WAY too cute and non-fatty. bleh!
love the kids costumes. too cute!