I LOVE being able to share our life with out of town family and friends through the blog, but I honestly procrastinate with these recap posts because they take so much effort! It takes a significant amount of time to sort through photos, (if I haven’t misplaced the disk that I used!) fix the photos, effect and frame the photos, and then put those pictures to words instead of me spouting my pen off on some random topic that tickles my fancy for the particular moment. But – I have made my peace with the amount of time it takes to construct these posts by telling myself that they can double as 7 baby books someday when I print each child a copy and hand it to them on their wedding day, right?
We started off the month of October with a weekend visit from Grammie and Papa, a wonderful time had by all. The highlight was when Papa surprised the kids by bringing his two razors. They had a blast whipping up and down the hills and crevices, to the river and back, blowing dust in everyone’s face and hollering pure joy at the top of their lungs. Even Luke enjoyed a slower, more cautious version of the fun.
Last Saturday I decided to take six of the kids (Luke excluded) to the local fairgrounds where they were offering pumpkin decorating for $5.00, pumpkin included. Sounded like a fantastic deal, especially considering that the mess would stay at the fairground. Unfortunately the idea didn’t quite go as planned. We arrived only to discover that it was a pumpkin painting contest, which drew lots of “Ughhhh’s and Noooooo’s” from the back of the van. The kids had their hearts set on pumpkin CARVING so off we went to find some pumpkins to carve. We were successful and they had a great time making a gigantic mess all over our deck.
I’ve been planning the Ronne Family Halloween Extravagance for about a year now after seeing the cutest costume idea on Facebook last year. Here’s just a little preview of the fun to come; however, for some reason I couldn’t get the males in the family to agree to red tights so I suppose blue jeans it will be.
Our first visit to church was a wonderful experience, and I am very thankful. That Sunday we also invited our neighbors over for a social gathering, the first since we’ve moved here. It was so fun to entertain, even on a very small scale. I made a tasty cheese dip and the girls made a childhood favorite of mine known as English Muffin buns. These are such tasty, easy, little morsels. If you need additional reassurance contact any of my siblings who will happily endorse them. I added the recipe for these to a new blog category called My Recipe Box which you’ll find in a side category of the blog along with a few other features. My goal is to occasionally add some of the tried and true gems I often make for my family.
Finally, we were brave, exceedingly, exceptionally brave, and we did something we do not plan on ever doing again. We organized and conducted our own family photo shoot, and it did not go well. Josh and Jada were so sad, Luke was so “all done” and Ryan and I felt the need to invest in some sort of relaxation inducing plant (just kidding, sort of…) by the end of it all. Here are a few of the better shots we took.
Just keep livin!!