October 24

The insulation and vapor barrier were installed this week. We are ready for sheetrock!

October 21

We have decided that the boys are going to be pirates for Halloween. So, we are attempting to make our wagon into a pirate ship. We made it last week and started painting it today. 

The boys had a blast and Grayson said, "I'm such a good artist, Mom!" 

October 20

I knew Grayson was getting big when he started asking to pour his own drinks all the time. Today, Neylan asked for the first time. He got his milk out of the fridge and sat to pour. You can see how he did!

October 19

Ready to run the KC Marathon! It's a very chilly morning, 34 degrees at the start. I'm running the 6 mile leg of the relay with some girlfriends and some guys from church have another team.

I was "lucky" enough to have the first leg of the race, which had 2 killer hills. The first was the hill to come up to Liberty Memorial. It was rough, so I took this picture when I made it to the top!

The boys found a spot outside of their school to cheer me on

Adam said I needed to stop to give them high fives! He said several other runners had come by and gave them high fives too, so they didn't want me to leave them out. It was great to see them at the start of mile 4 after the two monster hills were done!

When I stopped at the boys, they didn't say anything or want to give me a high five. Adam said after I took off again, Neylan turned around and said, "We forgot to say, Go Mommy, Go!!" 

All bundled up! They talked Daddy into taking them to Wendy's for breakfast after I went by. 

Whew! I did it!

We found Kate at the finish line! After waiting on a bus after my leg to get back to the finish line for a while while your body does what it's supposed to by cooling you off after sweating a bunch and then stepping back out into the cold, it was freezing! Thank goodness for a heat sheet. With that wrapped around me in the sunshine, I finally warmed back up. Adam said my lips were purple when I got to the finish line

The boys beat us!

The girls crossed 10 minutes later

Both teams!

The girls minus one. We all had a great time and are looking forward to next year!

This afternoon we had our neighborhood Octoberfest. This is the view we get to see everyday as we walk to the park or drive down the street. Our trees are so beautiful!

We stood in line forever to get faces painted!

Grayson, Neylan, and Sophie (our neighbor) 

After our race, Matt and I were starving tonight. We decided on a delicious breakfast dinner!

Matt said we needed to carb back up! I think between pancakes, french toast, eggs, hashbrowns, and bacon, I think I got enough carbs back in me to last a week!

October 12

Yesterday, Mimi and GrandNan arrived for a little visit. Today we brought them to the Red Barn Farm for a fun fall day. The weather was perfect and the pumpkins were everywhere!

Grayson picked out a little gourd for everyone in the family!

October 11

Thanksgiving preview!
Enough said :)

October 10

I had some free time today, so I wanted to get our porch decorated for the fall. I've been looking for a hay bale and finally found one at our little hardware store by our house. The guy put it in the car for me and as soon as I took it out of the trunk, it busted! I never even got close to the porch. What a mess!

I sweet-talked Adam into trying to return my busted hay bale in exchange for a new one. They were really hesitant, but Adam convinced them that I grew up on a farm and knew how to handle a hay bale, so it wasn't just user error! 

While Adam ran that errand, Neylan and I went to find mums. He picked these out and when I put them beside him he said, "Oh my goodness, the plants are getting me!!"

October 9

Had a little problem today when the boys fell asleep on the way to church. I just sat in the car for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to get two sleeping boys and our dinner out in one trip. 

October 8

A bit more framing has been done today

The bathroom

family room

my office with pocket door frames in place!

October 5

The boys got anxious to carve pumpkins tonight with a friend. Adam said both were hesitant to touch the guts, which is different than in years past!

Grayson's is on the far left, Brayden's is in the middle, and Neylan just wanted his simple pirate