Literally the day after our trip to Temple Square we woke up to snow, snow, and more snow! It snowed for over 24 hours straight. And we instantly had to break out the sleds. We had the best time and played outside for well over an hour. Even though snow gets a bad wrap from me, the first big snowfall of the year really is fun. The kids are so excited! It is pretty infectious.
We had some fabulous warm days the first week of November and we lived it up. From experience I know that it only takes one big storm to knock the temperatures down and then we don’t recover for months. So I wanted to get outside and enjoy it before we had to deal with bundling the kids up.
Our first adventure was to BYU. We had to take Sophs down to get her second flu shot and while we were in the area I thought I would stop by the old alma mater. My intent was to spend some time in the bookstore looking for some Christmas gifts. But as luck would have it, I was there on a Tuesday right around 11 when everything is shut down for devotional. The kids were pretty disappointed that they couldn’t go run through the racks of clothes. But I took them on a tour of the campus. The fall leaves were still unbelievably beautiful there. I reminisced about the good ol’ days and couldn’t believe that it has been almost 10 years since I graduated. When I’m away from campus, I feel pretty removed from college life. I mean my life is completely different now. But when I am there I feel like I could just pick up right where I left off. Just hand me a backpack and some paper and I really feel like I could be a student again. It seems like yesterday. But then again, I look at the actual students and I feel like a grandma compared to them. I look far to momish these days to actually be a student! Jack thought the naked Indian statue was just as funny as I think it is. Who knows what he is all about? I still don’t even after reading the plaque that accompanies him!
A couple of days later we took the train downtown to Temple Square and City Creek. The kids absolutely loved the train ride and it made me reminisce about my recent and most lovely trip to DC. Love public transportation! Temple Square was lovely. They even had a few sections of Christmas lights on which made Jack’s day. I took the kids over the the Conference Center for the first time. The loved touring the roof and the waterfall. I love Temple Square during the holidays and can’t wait to go back when all the lights are on.
Halloween was a week long affair this year it seems like. We had the ward Halloween Party, Grandma Grossen’s Halloween party, Halloween playgroup, Halloween story time at the library and a Halloween party at preschool. By the time the day actually rolled around, Jack had been in his costume five times already! He loved it. We had exceptional weather again this year and enjoyed about an hour and a half of trick-or-treating. Dan was excited to join in the fun this year and decided to join Jack’s team and be the Hulk. It really made Jack’s Halloween to have Daddy participate. And we couldn’t leave our pumpkins out the Avengers theme! It was a great holiday with the kiddos.
2nd half marathon complete. And you want to know what I told Dan the minute I saw him!? “Don’t ever let me do that again!” Ha. It was tough this time around. Around mile 10 my right hip was killing me. With every step I wasn’t sure if my leg was going to pop off or not! But thanks to Olivia, Kerri’s roommate, who stuck with me the whole way, I never stopped and made it across the finish line at 2:22:27…beating my old time by a minute and some change. Not sure how I did better cause it seemed so much harder. But I did it. And my recovery after the race was much, much better. Only a few waves a nausea that subsided in about 20 minutes. I didn’t have any GU this time around-just water-and I think that is really the key for me. Those nutritional chews do me wrong for some reason. So I’m not sure when my next race will be, but I have a feeling that in time I will forget the pain and sign up again just to remember how hard and painful it really is. Kind of like another process I’ve been through called pregnancy and childbirth!