October

Any one reading my blog will learn pretty quickly that I am an inconsistent writer.  But I have put blogging on my weekly list for Sunday’s.  Eventhough today is Saturday, I am writing because I figure that I will write as often as I can, but at the worst once every week or two.  Hopefully we won’t go another several months. 🙂
This has been a very busy summer for.  Just to catch you up on the basics.  We went to California in the beginning of July, Puerto Rico for my brother, Josh’s wedding at the end of July, Alaska on a Cruise in September for our 10th anniversary and Denver in two weeks for my brother’s wedding reception (for those who were not able to make it all the way to Puerto Rico. :))  Garion has finished a season of tackle football and is well into his 2nd grade year at school.  Kayla is in preschool and loving it!  SHe is learning her ABC’s and all kinds of cute songs that she like to sing around the house as she playing and doing her chores.  Brynn is growing like a weed.  She is starting to talk with 2 word phrases!  Though it is not always clear.  I can understand her because I just know what she is saying. 🙂  But some other people are not able to understand her.  She is 18 months old now and is in nursery at church!  Jason is very excited for this milestone bacause now he can enjoy church and not wander the halls with a bored toddler. Brynn loves nursery!  Last week was her first week and she just walked right in without a backward glance. 🙂  She even threw a fit when I went to pick her up because she didn’t want to leave.  I will take the leaving tantrum to the going in tantrum any time.  If that makes since.
Last night I went to Witches Night with my good friend Julie and her cousin Elham.  It was awesome!!  The are some serious witch costumes there…very elaborate and glittery and fluffy and HUGE hats!  Julie and I have a hat and a boa now.  Hers is purple and black and mine is orange and black.  Both hats have spiders hanging from them and are glittery, thanks to the lady in the store with the glitter spray!  I found several great christmas buys and a fun new church bag for myself!  Julie got a matching one and since we were sorely missing the third part of our trio, Michelle (who is in Mesquite this weekend) we got her a matching bag as well.  🙂  They are black with white pokadots.  Looovveee iiiittttt!!!  
We jsut tried to take our kids to the fall fest at the local charter school and it ended up being a disaster.  We might try again later this afternoon, but I am not sure.  The first thing we did was walk into the room where all teh vendor booths are and Garion saw some marshmello guns.  THey were cool, but I didn’t have the money for it so he started pouting and refusing to do anything else.  He just stood there grumping.  Then, I think Kayla got overwhelmed, because without any trigger that I could detect, she got grumpy and shut down.  SHe didn’t want to do any games and when we tried to do the cup cake walk, she freaked out and started screaming.  Jason had already left with Brynn because she was so tired she was melting down as well.  I called Jason back to get us before he even left the neighborhood, and we came home for quiet time.  All this happened in about 30 minutes of time.  Sometimes it is amazing to me how fast kids can lose it!  In retrospect I fell like I could have been a little more observant to Kayla’s moods and then I could have explained things to her better.  I just assumed she knew how the fall fest worked since we went last year, but Her little 4 year memory doesn’t go back that far on the details.  And with Garion, I should have talked with him before hand about the fact that there are going to be things we want that we can’t afford and we need to be brave and not throw fits.  We can save our money for next time or ask Santa for it for Christmas!  I knew Brynn was tired, but I hoped she would make it through an hour of games.  I was worng.  So, next time I know what precautions to take so hopefully we can have a better time!  🙂  Garion and Kayla are done with a short quiet time and I told them we might go back.  We will talk and see.  I want to have fun at the festival, and I am pretty sure they do to.  So we will try again. 🙂  Such is life with kids.
2 days ago I made tomato puree!  It is just like tomato sauce and I am very proud of myself.  It was ridiculously easy!  We have a Victorio Strainer that we inherited from Jason’s mom and all I have to do is stick the tomatos in the top and twist the handle.  It spits the peel, seeds and other undesirables out the end and gives me beautiful, bright red tomato puree.  I have also been jarring the tomatos to just use as tomatos.  It is really easy as well.  All you have to do is boil the tomatos for about 1 minute to loosen the skin, then peel them as soon as they are cool enough to handle and then quarter them , stick them in jars with a T. of Lemon Juice, a T. of salt and  T of sugar.  THen process them in a steam or water bath for about 45 mintues.  I fel so domestic!  And it makes me feel good to preserve and use all teh harvest from our garden.  We could have done so much more with the other veggies we grew, but I am learning.  Next year we will have salsa, dried peppers, dried herbs, canned fruits, jams, and butters (like apples, plums, strawberries and rhubarb).  The three pumpkins we have on our doorstep are also home grown!  The kids love to use the things from our garden too. 
Halloween is next weekend!  Garion has decided to be Harry Potter, Kayla is a dog and Brynn is a honey pot.  They all look so cute!  I will post a picture of the three of them they next time they all get dressed up.
Well, Have a great day!
Kelly