Wednesday, November 4, 2015


October is one of my favorite months of the year. There is just something so wonderful about fall, kids in halloween costumes and crisp leaves. I love it all. This October was also a busy one for us, so be prepared for a very large photo dump. In hindsight this should have been multiple posts, but alas, this is what you get.

We started off the month with general conference, which is always so nice.
James even made it through half of the sessions with a few pooh bear snuggles.

And then there was the great hurricane scare of 2015. No hurricane but we did get A LOT of rain.
Which called for us desert dwellers to go get some rain boots!

We had a few trips to the zoo...
One in which we discovered an entire bird exhibit we had never seen before.
We love exploring the zoo with friends!

Pumpkin painting:

And visited the zoo again with dada!
This time we discovered the big fish and the bird eating spiders... yikes!

We went on a date (all three of us)... haha, and James was actually GOOD at the restaurant!

We celebrated Rory's birthday, and James pretty much commandeered the car for the night!

We went on a Sunday drive and found the most beautiful park on the Potomac.
It was a beautiful day and one of the last truly warm days of the year.

We celebrated Rob's birthday by starting off the morning with a "full English breakfast" and then a walk around old town Alexandria. We discovered this train table at a cute toy store, and
James will never be the same. 

And then there was the great flood of 2015.
In which our upstairs neighbors put WAY too much soap in their washer and it flooded our apartment.
James thought the fans were pretty awesome though!

James has enjoyed going to his weekly music class-
he especially likes the drums!

And then we had our gender reveal for baby #2:

Hopefully this video works so you all can see it!

We were so surprised to find out we will be having a baby GIRL!

Then we got REALLY lucky and Grandma & Papa came to visit!
We had so much fun with them (even though the weather was randomly cold that week),
and got to do a TON of fun fall things.

We visited Cox Farms where we got to play on huge slides, hay bales, hay rides, mazes, pick pumpkins, pet animals, and drink hot chocolate!

We also took Grandma & Papa to James' favorite place:
the zoo.

We visited the farmers market in old town Alexandria and then stopped
to feed the ducks some goldfish
(it only seemed appropriate!)

We took a drive down George Washington Memorial Parkway 
to Mount Vernon and stopped at some parks along the way.

James was loving this BIG dog!

We took another drive down Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley.
The leaves and the views were breathtaking!

World's most unflattering picture:
But this kid totally cracks me up! 
(long drives call for doughnut stops!)

We enjoyed dinner at Farmers, Fishers, Bakers
and then took a walk around the harbor

We had a southern dinner in National Harbor and then rode the 
Capitol Wheel
Papa was even brave the entire time!

Papa made us visit some monuments-
he just can't resist.
This is the Air Force monument.

And then we tragically had to say goodbye to Grandma & Papa for a few more months!
James had grandparent hangover for at least a week.
We love them so much and they spoiled us rotten!

Next up: James' Birthday!
James' birthday fell on a day he had music class, we decided to bring some 
birthday treats to share!
Who doesn't love Mickey Mouse sugar cookies?!

And then we went and visited Dada at school for lunch!
James loves hanging out with the law students!

We went to dinner at Cafe Rio and then came home for some cake & presents!

Here is a video of us singing to James:

James also got this new lawn mower from his Utah cousins!
He loves taking pooh bear for rides in it!

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Trunk or Treat at the church:
James actually participated in the costume parade! 
(he's usually too shy for things like that!)

Our trunk:

And finally, Halloween iteslf.
Halloween is seriously one of my very favorite holidays, but this year James and I ended up with the flu so there was no trick or treating to be had! Such a bummer. My flu landed me in L&D for a good six hours while they pumped me full of fluids. James toughed his out like a rockstar! After the hospital stint we came home and made James' favorite snack, popcorn, and watched Hotel Transylvania.

I'm so glad we are doing much better, but here's hoping to a better Halloween next year!

What we are looking forward to:
-Nicole, Max & Will coming up to play!
-Nana visiting from England for Thanksgiving!
-Thanksgiving!! (YUM)
-Our trip to Utah for the holidays!