THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK:
Really missing my older kids! I still haven’t figured out how to mend my heart as I realize that they really do grow up and leave the house. I love that they get to live their lives, but I really miss them.
Dixon: “I know who I”m going to marry, we have a deal, but I’m going to miss being a kid.”
Presidential Debates. Hmmmm, I won’t say my opinion, but I had to watch and listen as I drove the kids to activities. It was awesome to have great conversations with the kids as they listened.
Our great President Steven Dalton passing away. He was such a great man and influenced so many people. We named our Dixon Dalton Jones after him. Our family has been deeply affected by him and how he lived his life. I think he lived more in his time than most people ever squeeze in. I’m so thankful for his service and love to us and so many others. Love the Dalton family!
Dixon: “Watch for your heads.” Meaning “Heads up.” 🙂
Pearl the duck! There are no words to actually describe this experience, so I’ll just touch on it. Kevin saw a lame duck on Vernon Road as he drove home. He posted a description on a community FB page and someone claimed her. Others freaked out that Kevin didn’t take her home and heal her (we are so far from being able to handle something like that, time wise or knowledge wise, we’d probably just eat it.) Someone even called him a SOB, wow! That is a first for Kevin. I had to defend him, making my first dramatic moment on FB. We aren’t in Alabama anymore!
Annie Schmidt missing. Our hearts were so sad for her family and truly touched by how her family has dealt with this tragic event. We prayed so hard for everyone involved. I loved this article on the situation.
Dixon listening to the hymn Be Still My Soul and asking “Why do they steal his soul?”
After fishing in our pond Dixon said: “Guess what?” “We saw the sturgeon and it was huuuuuge, but then it ran away.” The sturgeon is not huge and it doesn’t RUN away.
SCARY HOUSE FIRE!!! Long story short….. Some hot coals caught our deck on fire and went up the side of our house. THANKFULLY, we were home (we had been gone for three hours while the coals were sitting there) when the flames burst forth. If we had been gone, the house would have burned to the ground. It’s amazing how quickly fire can spread, it was hard to put out. Thankfully, we have fire extinguishers and the kids moved quickly. We were in shock afterwards and freaked out that it could have happened when the kids were home without us. Feeling very blessed it unfolded how it did.
THINGS THAT WORKED:
Mock Missionary Family Home Evening. We had different parents act as investigators while the kids rotated rooms in companionships teaching “The Restoration” from Preach My Gospel. It was so fun to watch the adults really get into the different scenarios. The youth did a great job of teaching! So much fun!
Dixon: “Mom, when I have a really good day, it’s really hard to get sleepy and TODAY WAS A REAAAAALLY GOOD DAY!”
Kevin finishing a music video that Bryson and Elizabeth (Stephanie) made last summer. I wish it showed Bryson playing the piano too, but they were lucky to squeeze in enough time to get this much done. Crazy young people…. 😉 (It isn’t quite done – this is a draft.) Bryson arranged and played the piano for it.
Driving home from the dentist on a beautiful day with the kids and deciding to stop at the Columbia River, just because we could. I love home schooling, we can adjust our schedule to squeeze in special things.
Dixon: “Mom, Mom, I know what I want to watch soon, Red Robin Hood!” 🙂 He must know what my favorite restaurant is.
Getting to go to the Washougal Halloween Festival, Camas Boo Bash, a number of parties and our ward Halloween party. I am Halloweened out, but the kids still want to go out tonight! So many cute things for families to celebrate the holidays.
Early church! We have a really weird church time because of our parking lot, 3:00-6:00 pm. We had Stake Conference which made our church time 10:00 am. We loved having a full day after church. We got to have my childhood friend Kimmy Davis’ (Brandenburg) family over. Our kids had a blast playing and I LOVED getting to visit with her and her husband. Oh the memories…. 🙂
Watching The Great Debaters with the girls. It’s such a great movie and we had the best discussions.
Pumpkin Patch with the three youngest kids. It rained but was still really fun. We loved the pumpkin washing station. I have to admit we missed the huge Alabama pumpkin patches with a ton of activities for all ages.
Missionaries over for dinner. It’s always eventful when someone comes for dinner because our kids are in rare form. Uuuggghhh!
Doing better with my no sweets/treats, until all the Halloween candy came in the house. I’ve been making through though. I physically feel great, just sad without my chocolate. We get to have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and our birthdays off. So today I made a chocolate cream pie and have been eating it all day instead of food (I think the crust is like a biscuit, so that might be counted as food). Such a happy day! I LOVE CHOCOLATE!