Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! We love to dress up for Halloween. Sadly, this year is the first time we did not do a family theme. So sad. But everyone enjoyed their costumes. 
Rebekah wanted to be Elsa from Frozen. Her friend, Bridgette, dressed up as Anna. There were a TON of Elsas and Annas running around. Emma wanted to be a pirate. We based it off of some pictures of Elizabeth Swann from Pirates of the Caribbean. I found all the items at the thrift store and altered them. Her friend, Olivia, is dressed as a demi-god at camp half-blood from the Percy Jackson series. Rebekah also went to school as Pippi Longstocking. Though I don't have a picture, Clay put on all his St. Louis Cardinals gear and dressed as their manager.
I decided this was the year to pay tribute to my grandmother, Loretta Thorpe Chase, who was an actual riveter during WWII. I only found out about this a few years ago. She would put the kids to bed and work the night shift. She worked at Douglas Aircraft and did riveting on the SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber. There's a video below about these planes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lego Club

Rebekah loves going to Lego club after school, even though she is the only girl in the club. She has fun creating things. She always has a great story to go along with her creations.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin carving

We had the missionaries over to Family Home Evening. They are teaching lessons to Rebekah to help her get ready for her baptism next month. We also carved pumpkins with them. We had a lot of fun! Rebekah carved a traditional jack-o-lantern. Emma designed her own with a dolphin. I found templates for the Elders. Elder Matthews did Gru and a Minion from Despicable Me. Elder Morris-Cartegeña did Pikachu from Pokémon

Friday, October 24, 2014

A walk in the woods

Clay did an overnight hike in the George Washington National Forest, south of Shenandoah National Park. Clay hiked 22 miles. That makes 95 miles for the year and a total of 458 miles of the trail.
 Clay likes to take panoramas with his phone. It is beautiful country.

Playing in the Park

 The construction workers dropped off several piles of gravel in the park. It was too much for the kids. They all ran out to climb around on the piles of gravel.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Accessories make the outfit

We had our parent-teacher conference for Rebekah today. We got to see some of her school work. On display in the hall were all the jack-o-lanterns the kids made along with their instructions on how to carve a pumpkin. I got a kick out of Rebekah's pumpkin.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Farm Tour

It's time for the farm tour!!
1. Day Spring Farm
2. Donkey Meadows
Have you ever ridden a donkey?

3. Mackintosh fruit and berry farm

Lastly I had a bit of fun photo bombimg all of Emma's pictures.