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October 2015

October was a busy and fun month!  

The first Friday my mom had the kids, so Connor and I had date night.  We invited Holly and Jona to go to Benihana and then watched the BYU game after.

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We shared a table with another couple that was obviously getting some VIP treatment, but I was oblivious to really know what it was all about.  Connor then showed me on his phone under the table that he happened to be a football player for the 49ers.  Then it all made sense.  We started chatting with them about some of their favorite places to eat and they were really friendly and nice. We never mentioned him being a football player and I think that made them a little more friendly.  I think they were surprised when we took the above picture and didnt ask to get one with him. 

The next morning Cason had a soccer game and then we watched General Conference, which I LOVE.  What is better than hearing leaders that I love and sustain tell me exactly what I should know for my life rignt now?  I like to try and involve the kids in the listening and we did our usual candy jars.

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Corbin was being really affectionate to Holly and I had to capture it!

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The next morning we continued watching but this time we tried bulding a temple out of Legos.

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Besides the wonderful messages, it is also really nice watching from home in pj’s!

The next day, Kinsley and I being silly.

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And a rare nap from Kins.  This hardly ever happens, but if she is tired she just puts herself to bed. 

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My beautiful girl reading books.

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I think I have more pictures of Kinsley at this age than my boys.  Probably since she is the baby and I don’t want to forget these precious moments together!

Since Corbin was 8 months old, we have made it a yearly activity to go to the Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay for the pumpkin patch.  Connor has usually takesn a Friday off work for us to go.  Now that the kids are in school and naps are less common, Connor just takes a half day off and we go after the kids get out of school.  It is a lot less crowded and so a lot more fun. Connor and I were talking about how we wonder how much longer we are going to be doing this.  Corbin is starting seem a little too old, but i would also hate for Kinsley to miss out on these memories just because she has older siblings.  

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After the pumpkin patch, we decied to head to dinner near the beach.  Our seafood loving girl chose to get the kids salmon!

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Then we played on th beach for a bit.  The kids always want to get in the water no matter how cold or under prepared we are.

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We had such a fun family tome together!

We also had some more of Cason’s soccer games!  He really started to get good after starting the season not knowing anything about soccer!

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The boys got their school pictures back!

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We had a movie night watching It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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The boys also had their schools annual Walkathon.  It was Cason’s first offical time participating and he did awesome.  He walked/ran 27 laps and each lap is about 3/4 of a mile.  He is in Kindergarten.  Amazing!! Corbin did better than he had ever done before and walked/ran 26 laps.  I was super impressed with them both!

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Kinsley started loving tomoatoes and now I buy them for her.  She’s the only one in the family that eats them!

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And she is still loving dance!

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A random night out with my sweet Cason!

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We also went and saw Veggie Tales Live.  Corbin used to LOVE this show and I had always wanted to take him but it never came to our area.  I think since we are used to Disney shows and none of our kids are super into the show anymore then it wasn’t as fun as could have been but I still enjoyed it.  The theater also sold some of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve had, hot out of the oven!

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Some friends of ours had a Back to the Future party to commemerate the future date from the movie!  It was a costume party and it was awesome!

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The kids getting ready for our ward Halloween party!

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I volunteered in the Fruit Loop necklace room!

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The princess dancing room!

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Punmpkin Walk!

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Kinsley getting a tattoo!

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The “hay” ride!

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Coloring room!

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Then finally, trick or treating with a million kids!

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One Sunday, Cason wanted to dress up as Clark Kent and I thought it would be fun to do a side by side comparison in his Superman costume!


We went for a Sunday walk at a local hiking spot.

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I took Kinsley to Happy Hollow one morning, just the two of us, while the boys were at school.

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She was just enraptured with the puppet show!

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And, of course, fast asleep!

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For FHE we carved our pumpkins!

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Hot chocolate and banana bread at Starbucks.  A fall and winter favorite!

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Kinsley got her nails done to match her Cinderella costume!

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Kinsley had her school Halloween party and parade.  It was crazy for just Connor and me to go and not have any other kids to worry about.

Lots of princesses!

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Parade time!

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After school Kinsley really wwanted spaghetti so we wnet to Pasta Pomodoro.

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The next day the boys had their Halloween parade.

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Cute elementary schoolers!!!

On actual Halloween, Cason had a soccer game in the morning.

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Then we all got ready for trick or treating.  

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We stopped and got some mini donuts for the drive to our first trick-or-treating spot!

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My Aunt Tina asked is if we wanted to trick-or-treat at Willie MAys’ house and we jumped at the chance!

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Is that asweome or what? A big bucket of full size candy bars and a big bucket of baseballs.  They got one of each.  So cool.  Then we we trick or treated a little more around the neighborhood but didn’t stay too long since it was a long walk betweeen each house.  

When we got back to our neighborhood, Corbin was feeling sick and so Conno and Jona r took him back home to pass out candy.  The rest of us kept at it.  Kinsley totally cracked me up because she was on a mission to get tons of candy.  No stopping or lagging on her part.  She would book it to the next house and we would have to tell her to slow done.  My sweet candy loving girl.

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Checking out their loot!

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And of course, fast asleep!

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We had a very busy and fun month!  Such good memories!!

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