Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Octo-burrrrr!

I've been a real slacker this past month when it comes to blogging. I think I may be suffering from a mild depression due to the onset of Idaho's cold weather. What can I say, it's not fair that my buddies in Oklahoma are enjoying fun in the sun, clad in flip-flops and shorts, while I brace for blizzards. Therefore, the month of October will be rolled into one gigantic post. Enjoy.

June got her first report card early in the month. She did spectacularly well. Not a single negative mark or comment, and her grades were top notch. She's even reading at a 4th grade level, that's not too shabby for a second grader! We took her to Yo Crazy to celebrate.

This shot's from red ribbon week. It was crazy hair day, so we added a few wild extensions. June is having a ball in Mrs. Meline's class. She LOVES her new school and has made the transition beautifully. Hallelujah!

We've been spending the past few months trying to unpack and get our new place organized. Klive, always mom's big helper, made sure these drawers were cleaned out and ready to be filled with toys.

We had some special visitors in October. Nana and Papa flew in from Oklahoma to winterize their Malad house and stayed a few extra days to fill their grand-kid canteen. Klive remembered Nana the minute he saw her. He knows where to go to get spoiled. He didn't let her put him down the whole time.

Papa broke out the mandolin, and Klive warmed right up to him too.

We also had the added bonus of Audra, Nana, Grampy, U.B., Karen and Bek for the visit. Talk about a spoil-fest!

We headed down to Utah for Kolby's week-long vacation. Klive found Caulder's toy gun at Yaya's house and realized that barbies and dress-ups were for sissies - real men play with weapons.

We spent an afternoon at the corn maze with the fam. We went in with a false sense of navigation superiority (after all, we had a pilot with us) but it still took us a while to get out.

Things looked bleak for June, but Aunt Misty didn't mind getting lost.

These children of the corn tried to cut their own path. Winnie took a bathroom break in the tall corn. She simply couldn't hold it.

Klive wasn't worried a bit. He could see the exit from his dad's shoulders the entire time. His corn whip kept his ride moving.

Newly Weds. Enough said.

In the end, we made it back to Yaya and the Babe's. Cousin time rules!

Now on to a holiday that brought a smile to this boy's face: Halloween. Nana Deb outdid herself this year with our amazing costumes - We morphed into the Addams Family!

Wednesday Addams

Gomez Addams

Cousin It

Morticia Addams

And Pugsley Addams

Du-du-du-du, snap, snap! We won the grand prize in the costume contest at the zoo. It felt awesome!

Klive enjoyed the fruit of his trick-or-treating labors with The Thing in his high-chair. Nothing better than begging for candy with a face as cute as this one.

We did some pumpkin carving. These bad boys even got fangs.

Dad put his surgery skills to good use and helped June carve a masterpiece.

June did all the dirty work.

A jack-o-lantern with a skull. We found the idea on pinterest.

June performed in the second grade fall concert (she's the middle, front row chick in yellow). Her festive singing about fall foliage, delicious apples, Halloween spooks, and strolls down an autumn avenue was sweet and soulful. Klive totally dug it and danced through the whole thing.

Now for a Klive update. This kid just took off this month. He started walking on the 12th. I was sitting in the kitchen with Winnie carving pumpkins and he just cruised by with his big yellow bat in hand. I guess he had something he need to bust open and crawling just wouldn't get him there in time.

This is Kilve's dancing face. He is a dancing fool and I'm pretty certain he has perfect pitch. He already hits noted that he hears the girls singing. My little musical man!

He got his first tooth on the 23rd. It's a bottom side one - strange. He uses it to chew everything!

He is best pals with Tooder. With two sisters, he just needed another dude around to confide in.

These are his favorite toys - swimming rings and a yellow baseball bat.

He's also started saying a few things. He says, "Dada, Mama, Nana, Yaya, up, and uh-oh." He throws his hands in the air and says "Ta-Da," when he's excited. He growls like a bear, and he has mastered the signs for "eat, drink, more, done, and wash my face."
We are discovering that, although he's a bit of a late bloomer, he's pretty smart. The other day I told the girls to get dressed if they wanted to go to the store with their dad. Klive went into his room and got his pants, shirt and tennis shoes out of his drawers and brought them to me. I guess he wanted to go.
Smart, yes, but still disgusting. What do I have to do to get this kid to quit eating out of the trash?