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Life Lately- October 2023

Just as I predicted last month, October has flown by and was full to the brim! We’ve spent just about every Saturday at the soccer fields, for anywhere from 1 to 3 games for the day. Each one has a practice on a weeknight, so we are hitting soccer three times a week for now. Both are still basically learning the game, but they are improving each week, which is so fun to see! We only have a few more weeks of soccer, and then we’ll transition to Liv playing basketball just after the new year at school.

Steven has had a few call weeks that seemed closer together than usual, but we did manage to squeeze in a few family picnics, and our traditional Saturday morning breakfast together when we had late games scheduled. Crawfish even got a tag along on a few picnics!

The high school cheerleaders here had a little mini camp for the elementary girls, and then camp attendees got to cheer on the sidelines with the big girls at the varsity game one Friday night. Liv was all about it, and can’t wait to cheer next year in the pee-wee football/ cheer league with their school. (if you also have a tiny cheerleader, I snagged this top and this skirt off Amazon to make getting dressed on football Fridays a million times less of an argument. It is good quality and has washed well so far, and I may end up taking it to a local embroidery place to have our mascot or school name put on the top, but I haven’t decided yet.)

I mentioned last month that we have a unique schedule now of eating out in the middle of the week and doing the bulk of cooking on the weekends, which was still the case through October. Steven’s birthday was at the beginning of October, and after lunch at our favorite restaurant here in town, I had to go home and recreate the loaded mashed potatoes he had. They are a keeper! We also got to have lunch with Granny at her assisted living one Sunday after church and these two really enjoyed it!

We took a Friday and Saturday a few weeks ago to binge the Beckham documentary on Netflix, and we loved it. The best part was it inspiring us to talk about the next time we go to the UK, which I never expected my husband to ever utter those words, haha! I’ve read 4 books this month, and am planning to share thoughts on Friday, so check back then! I’ve also been reading my notes and daily questions for Bible Study Fellowship, usually during soccer practice (while one little plays cowboys and t-rexes).

We managed to get a little rain a few days ago, and Henry spent some time looking for frogs in the puddles with his “nockalers”. He didn’t find any, but he looked pretty sweet in the search!

We have been enjoying cooler temperatures, and are staring down the barrel of a downright cold Halloween! We will be in the 40s, so our little Cinderella and Simba are going to have to bundle a little at the church carnival that night. After Halloween, there are a few things in November we are excited about- mainly all Nutcracker affiliated! The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea with both grandmas and our besties, and then the main event- two Nutcracker performances the next week, followed by Thanksgiving. We are rolling right into my favorite time of year- all the holidays! Happy October!

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