Speaking of driving and vehicles. . .we're in the market for a replacement:
Thomas took Marie to practice on Monday. . .as he and the dog were heading home, his back-end slipped out away from him. . .a car hit him as he over-corrected into the other lane. Luckily everyone walked away. . .the dog was the only one with a visible scratch -- right above her eye from the glass. I imagine she probably had a pretty big headache too :(
The axle was bent and really, we have been contemplating whether to put any additional money into the truck anyway. . .so. . .Tom put it on Craigslist and within hours it was gone.
Speaking of work, this was Red Ribbon Week and also RIF (the kids each get to get a book of their choosing for free!) so school was sort of crazy. Thursday, when the kids made their book selections, we had "We write our own drug-free stories". . .aka: dress up as your favorite storybook character day. In my new school teams of teachers get together and do this. I am NOT a dress-up person (we are a non-Halloween family so we don't have stashes of costumes either). . .and I was assigned the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland.
|This was Thomas's "I don't really want to take your picture" picture at 6:15 a.m.|
|I tried a selfie so I could get Margaret's great ears in. Tom said I looked "terrible". Oh well. At least I was a team player :)|
The first grade teachers did Alice in Wonderland too. . .lots of characters walking around the school Thursday!
|2nd & 3rd grade as Peter Pan|
|The pre-K team|
I am in an awesome school -- so lucky to have been hired here and hopefully will get to continue to grow with them.
Last weekend we had a tournament out of town and were able to stay with our cousins. They were so awesome and celebrated Marie's birthday with a great cake and 15 candles!
This soccer weekend was for Frederick - #10
They were wearing pink this tournament for Breast Cancer Awareness month. . .normally they are blue and orange.
These two teams out on the field together looked like Easter eggs!
|Frederick throwing in|
I haven't been great about taking pictures this season (BAD mom). . .and now the few I took on the "better" camera, I can't get them to download right now.
This was a rainy weekend. . .it is the only time we have played 8-v-8 this season (Frederick's team is U12 but will move to U13 which is 11-v-11 next season -- the coach moved them up this year but they haven't had much success. . .). We didn't do as well as we wanted/expected, but by this last game the boys really had their groove and were playing well.
|Great room area|
|Another shot of the great room in relation to the kitchen and the sliding back doors. That's my sister and mom backlit in the photo.|
I really, really want to decorate this space!!
I think she is hiring someone to help her out -- will love to see how it all comes together.
This will be a nice-size kitchen for her -- the bar will have an overhang to sit at -- the sink and dishwasher are in it. The door in the background is a pantry.
My photos are certainly sparse this month. . .
While I was at my mom's we did some major purging and packing. . .and came across more than a few gems. Here are some favorites that I snapped photos of:
|My senior/my sister & Tom's junior prom with my mother. . .Jodi and I went together with Tom and his best friend|
|My high school graduation -- we ate at Max & Erma's and Jodi & Tom had an eating contest (the are both fast eaters). I forget who won???|
I think this was Tom's birthday (in September). . .
Marie and I seem to have the same tired eyes in both pictures.
So that is October for us. Nana and Grandpa visited, but I wasn't here so no one was taking pictures.
My beautiful niece, AVJ, had her homecoming and I did receive a picture from my sister:
So. . .that's October 2015 for the Bells. Soccer is over for Thomas -- over for good, he's decided to not play any longer -- Frederick has one more tournament coming up, Marie's school season just ended with a trip to State (for varsity -- they lost the first round) and now her travel should begin any day. . .her first games are next weekend! Margaret's cheer season is about to start. . .they have been practicing since June so it's a long time coming. Frederick and I are hoping to pick up tennis this winter -- I have to look around and see what our new town has to offer. The house is STILL not unpacked -- I think we have counted 3 weekends that we have been home since we moved in the first week of August. . .
Looking forward to this season of Thankfulness as we head into November. . .and celebration of our Savior's birth as December follows. . .onward and forward!