Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
This year's theme was Peter Pan. Clay dressed up as Captain Hook. Rebekah was Wendy and brought her Tinkerbell doll with her. We all went to the Trunk-or-Treat party at church. There we found another Wendy.

Emma decided to dress as a cowgirl. She even had a rope that she and Rebekah made together in Nauvoo. 
When it was time to go Trick-or-Treating, Rebekah wanted to dress up in my old cat costume.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Decorating Pumpkins

We don't carve pumpkins. It's too messy and too much work for me. 
We decorate our pumpkins. Mr. Potato Head style.
 Here is how they turned out: 
 And this is what happens when Mom has too much candy corn: 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tooth #4

Well, this seems to be the norm now when I pull out the camera...

Every time I see her now I start humming "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth". :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

"You always cast me as the prop"

We found a real live walking stick on the house today.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Farm Tour

I love the farm tour! I love getting out of the house and driving around the countryside. And I love seeing all the fall colors.

Our first stop was the Equine Rescue League to see the horses. They rescue horses that have been mistreated, ill-cared for, or the owner can't afford to take care of them anymore. They get the horses cleaned, fed, happy, and healthy again. Then the horses are available for adoption. This first horse was healthy and very friendly. The other mare and foal were from a group that they rescued just last week. So sad to see these animals so malnourished. 

Next we went to the Double 8 Alpaca Ranch for some soft and woolly alpacas. Turned out the wife was one of Emma's Futura teachers! Small world. She is a busy lady teaching full-time and owning and operating an farm. She told us they make more money on the sale and breeding of their alpacas than they do from the actual fleece and yarn of the alpacas. Look at those cute faces!

After the alpacas we went to George's Mill Farm Artisan Cheese to see goats and cheese. The girls had fun feeding leaves to the baby goats. We got to sample some traditional feta and other goat cheeses.

Finally, we drove to Chicama Run farm to pick eggs. The girls got to go into the hen house and pick a half dozen eggs each. They loved feeding the chickens. Rebekah loved to drop the chicken feed at her feet and be surrounded by the chickens. Emma preferred to toss the chicken feed far away from her. We also picked up some homemade fudge from fresh cows milk and fresh breakfast sausage.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In loving memory

Clay's grandmother Deannie passed away today. He was able to fly out and visit her last week along with his Dad and all of his uncles. I'm glad he got that opportunity to be with her one last time. 
She will be missed.
Joe & Adeanya Hunt
Greg & Pris, Bruce & Kris, Deannie in 2013
Ethan, Deannie, Clay in 2011
Bruce & Deannie in 2010
David & Cyndi, Nathaniel, Heidi, Emma, Rebekah, Deannie in 2008 
She was the last grandparent for both Clay & I. It is sad to have lost our connections to that generation.

Uncle Greg wrote a lovely obituary for Deannie: 
Adeanya June Standridge Hunt, 87, of Olathe, KS, died October 16, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospice House, Kansas City, MO after a brief illness.

Adeanya was born to Carl Ancel and Ottis Lorene Gaar Standridge June 24, 1926 in Vanoss, Oklahoma. The oldest of three girls, she loved to read and excelled in school, graduating from high school at age 15 and from Oklahoma Baptist University at age 19. On June 24, 1946, her 20th birthday, she married Joe Harold Hunt, whom she had known since childhood. 

She and Joe moved more than 20 times during their marriage of 53 years, as Joe climbed the corporate ladder with the telephone company. They had four sons - Bruce, David, Paul, and Greg - each of whom now has a family of his own. To ease the family's transition from place to place, "Deanie," as she was known to family and friends, recreated a consistent interior design for each house and even used a butcher paper template for the arrangement of paintings and other wall hangings. Church involvement was a cornerstone of the family's life, wherever they moved.

Adeanya had an encyclopedic knowledge of many topics, loved music, and was an accomplished artist, expressing her artistic abilities through painting, decoupage, faux finishing, and rug hooking. Her master work, a 10' x 11' rug she designed with depictions of Audubon birds and plants, took more than 20 years to complete.

Along with her husband, Adeanya was generous in support of charitable causes, with special commitments to church and higher education. Her children, grandchildren, and others owe their educations to this generosity.

Adeanya is survived by her sisters, Octavia Duncan and Mona Preuss; her sons and their wives - Bruce and Kristen, David and Cyndi, Paul and Nina Martin, and Greg and Priscilla; her grandchildren - Clay Hunt, Kerry Madrone, LeAnna Lynch, Caleb Hunt, Nathanael Hunt, Ian Martin Hunt, Michelle Souza, and Ethan Hunt; 10 great grandchildren and many other family members.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

CAR meeting

For our C.A.R. meeting we went to a local Catholic church. On of our requirements this year is to learn about churches with stained glass and churches with ties to the American Revolution. 

Georgia did a great job talking to us about why churches have stained glass. She also showed us a piece that she did while on vacation this summer. Then Bekah talked about the Ketoctin Church and how Reverend John Marks (our society namesake) was instrumental in motivating the men in Loudoun County to join the Continental Army. It was because of Rev. Marks' sermons that Loudoun County supplied more men to fight in the American Revolution that any other county in Virginia.
After the presentations we took a tour of the church and looked at all of their stained glass.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

General Conference

Time for our weekend watching General Conference again. The girls like to get their little "stations" set up for watching. They were working on their Rainbow Loom bands -making bracelets and things.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Orbital Family Picnic

It's time for the family picnic at Clay's work. We always start off at the face painting.
This year they had a petting zoo with bunnies, chickens, goats, and a pony!
The girls loved this jumper thing. Both the girls were able to do flips on it.