I thought I would update you with my fall instagrams! It is a fun glimpse of what we have been up to.
We had some fun dress up days for homecoming this year at school and it was easy especially for teachers to just wear a tshirt that fit the theme and jeans. I wore jeans every day that week! We had patriotic day, superhero day, decades day, and spirit day.
We had such a good habit going of taking a walk to the mailbox after school (before even going in the house) this fall. Michael would ride his bike and usually ran into a neighborhood friend and the girls held off on their crankiness just for a bit. I appreciated the fresh air and sunshine!
I've made it to a few football games this fall and have had a good time. I've appreciated the help from my mom and sister so much. I started out the season with a "cold heart" towards the Cyclones as to not get too worked up about so many losses but it does make it less fun when we do have some big moments. I feel like I really, truly was "all in" for a lot of years and I hated the way I would feel after so many big losses and close games. Is that weird? It is hard to describe but I have had to distance myself emotionally from it just to save my own grief. I realize this makes me sound like some kind of crazy fan but I guess its where I am at in my personal Cyclone sports journey. :o) I have enjoyed the season and I'm looking forward to next year and for basketball!
We celebrated Scott's 37th birthday with a trip to the Iowa Tap room (it was awesome!), a visit to the basement video game bar (yeah, thats a thing) and then a concert downtown. It was a really fun night out and nice to do something different. We also celebrated with cake and the kids.
We went to night eyes at the zoo before Halloween and had to wait for Scott for almost an hour to get done with work. The girls were being so cranky and while I was trying to take a "everyone look happy!!" selfie, Brynn totally chucked her milk cup at me and it was caught on camera! I figured that summed up it pretty well.
A baby girl rhino was born at the Blank Park Zoo and the day after they announced she was ready for exhibit, we booked it out there early to catch a glimpse of her. She is the cutest! It is really special for a black rhino to be born in captivity and they said her mommy is taking extra good care of her. She acted just like a baby, prancing all over the place and needing to take lots of naps. It was really amazing for me to see and it was a little bit of an emotional experience for me, especially this was the time of fall leading up to the election and right after two police officers were shot in Des Moines. It is hard to keep your eyes to the positive things when so much darkness is still in the world, but this baby rhino helped me on this day. They are going to name her after Christmas-exciting!
It had been such a nice October and November- such a saving grace to be able to go outside for a bit after a busy day. I loved it.
I celebrated my 34th (still young!!) birthday this fall also and my mom surprised me with flowers sent to school. They came during 1st hour band and it gave all the students a chance to oo and ahh over them. They lasted for a good two weeks and were such a nice treat. Mom also got me the soundtrack to Hamilton and I LOVE it!!
Love these positive notes from kids!
We are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with Scott's parents and then being home for the last football game afterwards. I am officially not celebrating Christmas until December, but I did stop for a peppermint mocha in a red cup before my conference last week. I couldn't help myself!