With school, work, gorgeous fall weather, and lots of visitors, October was a busy month for us. A good month, but busy. At the beginning of the month, there was a forecast for a gorgeous 80 degree weekend. Knowing we were going to have guests for the next three weeks, we decided it was "now or never" to head to the beach for a weekend of camping, hanging out at the ocean, and visiting one of the NC Aquariums. It was an amazing weekend and just what we needed!
The next weekend, our dear, sweet friends the Ransom's came for a visit. I didn't take a lot of photos, but we had a great time of catching up, heart-to-heart talks, and craziness as all nine kids ran around the house! On the morning they left, we visited a farm where Jason sometimes helps out with the milking. They had lots of new baby calves.
Fall is so beautiful here in North Carolina! While the colors aren't as brilliant as they are in Michigan, the length of the season more than makes up for it. Rather than the colors lasting two weeks or so, we got to enjoy the beauty of Autumn for 6-8 weeks. It was stunning. Add in the warm temperatures and I am a fan!
At the end of the month, after my sister and her kids left, we headed back to the NC Zoo for a special event called Boo at the Zoo. The kids had a great time and I loved getting out my camera and documenting what might be our only autumn for a very long time!
You'll notice a bandage on Alaina's finger. That would be from ER trip #4 of our time in the States. Her finger got shut in a closet door and it was broken and almost completely severed. Thankfully, since the nail stayed intact, the orthopedic surgeon recommended that we not do surgery at this point. He said to give it a year to see of the nail and the nail bed stay together. The nail is acting as a splint for the broken bone and over the next twelve months we should be able to see if the tissues in the tip of the finger will grow together again.The last big event for October was Halloween! While we aren't big into the holiday, I wanted to make sure my kids had at least one chance in their childhood to go trick-or-treating. A bit of scrambling, a few costume loans, and a bit of creativity and they were ready!
Alaina was quite proud of her very realistic bandage over her eye. Two days before, she had been spinning around in the kitchen and banged her head into the wall. "Thanks" to all the other emergencies of the summer, I knew that while the cut didn't look good, it didn't necessitate a trip to the ER. Instead I just sent Jason to the store for liquid bandage.
While Jason and the big kids went our trick-or-treating with a friend from work, I distracted Bethany from the departing siblings with a bath. It worked and then we spend a nice quiet evening at home. What a way to end a busy month!