We have had several holiday concerts to attend recently. We listened to the 6th grade band at Kelly Middle School. It was their first concert, and they did very good. Leilani is in the back with the brass.
My daughter seems to be enjoying the french horn.
We also went to the holiday concert of the Oregon Children's Choir. Emily is really enjoying singing with this group.
They had a surprise visit from Frosty the Snowman. The first graders had a concert at the mall. Elisabeth got to direct one of the songs. She did a good job.
We are finished with the Fall gymnastic season. Both girls did well (Emily is not doing gymnastics anymore) Elisabeth had the highest score on floor at her meet. Unfortunately we did not get to see her meet, because Leilani had sectionals in Roseburg at the same time. But Grandma and Grandpa Bevans took her to the meet and videoed it for us. Unfortunately my dad's videos are way too big to post. Leilani had one of her best seasons yet. She earned 9's on every event but bars. It is fun to see Elisabeth compete and see how far Leilani has come. Beam is definitely Lani's best event; although it is not her favorite event. She seldom even wobbles. This was her first season using the grips on the bars. It was hard for her to adjust at first, but she did it! The moments while you wait for your score are full of anticipation. This is the highest vault score that Leilani received this season. This was her highest beam score - which earned her second place. Below is a video of the routine that earned this score.
Alan took the day off work yesterday, so he volunteered to help at the first grade Thanksgiving feast. They chopped vegetables to make soup. When the soup was done, the class divided into Pilgrims and Indians and ate their feast of soup, juice, bread and pumpkin pie. The younger girls had a half day, so we decided to enjoy the last day of sunshine and take a bike ride along the river path. (It is pouring rain today) The fall leaves were beautiful. We stopped at a playground and let the kids play before we turned around to head home. For some reason I didn't take any pictures of us on our bikes yesterday, but here are some from summer time. We found a great deal on a trailer at a garage sale, so we were able to start going on long rides again. Emily really needs a new bike, but luckily for her Lani will probably get a new one for her birthday...so there will be one to hand down! (Poor middle girl) :) Alan has to use my bike or borrow one, because he ruined the back wheel on his bike giving Emily a ride in the baby seat. He got it fixed, and ruined it again. Sigh.... we will probably give him a new one for Christmas. Anyway, it was a beautiful fall day and I'm glad we were able to enjoy it together!
We had our Primary program today. Since I couldn't take pictures at church, I took pictures of the girls when we got home. They did a great job! Emilyanne accompanied the Primary and a small singing group on the piano for the song "Happy Family" She did very well! Elisabeth sang "Happy Family" in Japanese with a group of kids from her school. Leilani was one of the narrators (which she has been looking forward to since she turned 8) We were very proud of them. It was a little sad for me too, because this was Leilani's last Primary program - she will go into Young Women in March!!! I also can't believe that Benjamin is going to be a Sunbeam next year. Yikes! Where does time go?
This didn't turn out great, but I filmed Emily playing the piano while Elisabeth sang "Happy Family" in Japanese so we could capture the moment.
Trunk or Treat Our ward had a fun Trunk or Treat party. We ate hot dogs, nachos and hot apple cider They had fun games and a pinata. They also had Trunk or Treating - which the kids loved!
School Activities I was really sick the week before Halloween, so Alan ran to school on his lunch hour and took pictures of the kids in the costume parade. It is the first year I have missed this, and I was sad not to be there. But I was really glad to get pictures!! (Emily could not seem to make up her mind which costume to wear this year) Benjamin had his first Halloween activities at school, and he was very excited about the ghost he made (we hung it up in his room) and the trick or treating they did.
Halloween Day On Halloween day, we took the kids to Toys R Us for the costume parade and trick or treating. They got Lego cars, coloring pages, crayons and some candy. When they got home, Alan helped the kids carve their pumpkins. He missed out on this last year because he was in Missouri. Elisabeth decided to color on her pumpkin instead of carve it. Emily designed her pumpkin and carved most of it herself. Leilani also designed her pumpkin herself, but had a little help from Dad with all the carving. Hers definitely had the most carving! The finished products were very cute! When it was getting dark, the kids got dressed and went over to Grandma's house to meet up with their cousins for trick or treating. Alan was nice enough to miss the football game and take the kids out because I was still not feeling that great. It started raining, so we broke out the umbrellas to keep them dry. Luckily the rain was on again off again showers, so they didn't get too wet. When they finished trick or treating, we all went to Grandma's house for our traditional cider and donuts. It was a fun Halloween, and we were glad to have Alan here with us this year.
We went to Thistledown farm for our annual family pumpkin patch trip. It was muddy, but it was sunny and not too cold. The kids were excited to find their own pumpkins.
We had a fun time. The kids really liked the wagon ride too. We were pulled by a tractor on the way out and pulled by horses on the way back. Kim and I also took the kids on our traditional walk through the corn maze, but it took a little longer this year. For some reason we seemed to get lost more often :)