Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ghost & Grim Reaper

This year for Halloween Evan went as  Ghost.  Ryan went as the Grim Reaper.  We didn't intend for it to be a theme but I guess it kind of was!   We had lots of Halloween festitivites to participate in this year.  It was also Red Ribbon Week and Ryan had a major field trip.  Whew!  I'm so glad this week is over.  And hooray for the end of daylight savings time!  

 The kids are strictly not allowed to wear masks to school and both boys chose a costume with a mask.  So.. before we purchased the costumes, we had to find a way that they'd work without the costumes as well as with them.  For Evan, we decided face paint would be best.

 Halloween Carnival at Church.

 Getting ready for school on Friday.  For Ryan, we bought a Grim Reaper whose mask could be removed.  Then, to protect his costume from the self-eating velcro, we put a piece of fuzzy velcro down- it seemed to work okay.

Ryan at the parade. 

Evan at the parade. 

5th Graders lined up to do their Thriller Dance.  Every year the Tech coach teaches the fifth graders (used to be the sixth graders when they still went to Elementary) the Thriller Dance.  
It MIGHT have been on my list of reasons Ryan needed to attend this school.  

 After the Thriller performance, I helped Evan's class with their Halloween Party.  I did a mummy wrap game.  The kids thought that was a lot of fun.

After school we went to Daddy's office to go trick-or-treating.  The boys got a surprisingly large amount of candy after hitting only 2 floors of the 20 story building.  

When Halloween evening finally rolled around, we dawned our costumes one last time and went trick-or-treating.  The kids had a lot of fun and got TONS of candy.  But our neighborhood was a litlre bit quiet.  I was surprised that with the weather being so nice that we didn't see more people out!  

One house in our neighborhood had a weeping angel in the front yard. We couldn't tell if she was fake or real.  So we went closer to have a better look.  She was real!  So I asked her if we could pose for a picture- this one's for you, Aunt Katie!  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Junior Achievement City

 Our school participates in the Junior Achievement program.  This is a financial literacy program taught by volunteers, except in fifth grade where the teachers do the instruction and then the volunteers run the field trip.  Fifth grade is a special year for Junior Achievement because the kids get to apply for jobs and then take a field trip to the Children's Museum at the Gateway and run the city for a day.  The city, or Biz Town, is located on the fourth floor and is only open to field trippers for this exact purpose.  I really enjoyed this experience as a teacher so I was really excited when Ryan got to participate as a student.  And this year I volunteered so I also got to see Biz Town from that perspective for the first time.

 Ryan was hired as CFO of Merit Medical for the day.  He ran all of the finances for the company.  He printed and delivered bills to all of the other companies in Biz Town and ran deposits to the bank CEO as well.
 There are two pay periods and two break periods throughout the day.  Here's Ryan depositing his first paycheck on his first break.  After he ate lunch he could then go around and spend his money at the different businesses throughout the city.

Here he is working hard!  

And here he is spending some Money!  

He bought googly eye glasses and some candy with his biz town money and spent his allowance cash on his very own Biz Town shirt!  

I'm so glad we got to go together this year.  Ryan commented at the end of the day that he understood why his dad comes home tired at the end of the day.  Ry was quite worn out after school and acted like he needed a nap!  He also said he had a lot of fun and worked really hard!  Colin always tells the kids that the moves the keyboard around a lot and types on the computer at work.  So, when I was quizzing Ryan about what he did as CEO of Merit Medical, he said, "I moved the mouse around and typed on the computer a lot!"  Ha ha ha.  That kid is so funny... just like his dad!  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pumpkin Drop!

Jess & Cole invited us over to drop pumpkins in their circle.  Their neighbor rented a lift and hoisted them up in the air to drop their pumpkins!  It was a crazy, fun idea and the kids all had a blast.  Jess and I were glad when they came back to the ground!  And, no, I did not take a turn!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Family Hike

We heard the weather was going to change this week, so we decided to take advantage of the good weather while it lasted and go hiking.  We had a great time up at Bell Canyon.  We hope we can go again sometime soon so hopefully we'll have another nice weekend again!  (Can you tell we're all terrified of the winter coming???)  

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall Fun at Cornbelly's

We had a lovely time at Cornbelly's today! The weather is just perfect and the kids had a great time on all of the attractions.  Ryan even asked me if we could go back tomorrow!  There were a lot of people at the corn field today but I have to give major props to the folks at Cornbelly's because you really could not tell how busy it was.  We never felt crowded at all!  Lines were short and there were LOTS of things to do.  The majority of them were free with admission too so that was nice.  We finished the corn maze in record time! 25 minutes.  

Waiting for the slide- okay, the potato sack slide was for sure my favorite! 

Jumping on the giant air pillow 

You can't see it very well in the photo but this truck says "Candy Cannon", Ryan said that's what ALL kids want! 

Setting out in the corn maze. 

Navigating our way. 

Uh, oh!  Rule breakers!  

Rat Race!