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Trick and Switch: Fun Halloween evening started with walking a couple neighborhoods over to where some church friends were doing a haunted house in their garage. I took Arthur through the lights-on, less scary version ("Hi, it's me, Emily!" says the creepy masked being) and it was really fun. Then we got to go into the "Friends only" trick or treating in their house with full sized candy bars, donuts, and they even had chili, corn bread, apples and dip for the kids in the haunted house and everyone. (We did not steal their dinner). The kids all loved it. I love fun, generous people like that.

We meandered our way through the next neighborhood trick or treating as usual. The kids got tons of candy and sorted it out for the Switch Witch when we got home. Sienna woke up crying at 11:30 pm because her candy was gone but there wasn't a toy in its place. The toy was outside her door, and assured of that, she went back to sleep. She got a baby fingerling, that also included two surprise baby fingerlings (surprise to the switch witch who bought it on clearance and wants to go back and buy more.) Maggie got the latest Wimpy Kid book ("I didn't know this was out yet!"). Arthur got a Thomas train mini mystery ($1.49, score) and Dalton got the board game Qwuirkle, which I can't wait to play with him. The Switch Witch needs to be more on the ball next year.

The Switch Witch candy was gone from the EY break room by 9:30.

Travel Plans: Last night John told me he was taking the morning off and going for a hike, so I asked if I could tag along. I swapped Arthur to my neighbor - and took her kid running errands with me afterward - and we headed out after dropping Sienna off at school. I haven’t been hiking in a long time, especially if you don’t count the easy 1-2 mile kid paced stuff we usually do. We did close to 4 miles, up some steep grades, and John patiently waited for me at the top of each one. When I wasn’t breathing embarrassingly loudly, we had a great talk about our set future travel plans and possible other ideas. A topic we both love, and it was nice to have uninterrupted time together doing something we enjoy.

Travel Plans: Last night John told me he was taking the morning off and going for a hike, so I asked if I could tag along. I swapped Arthur to my neighbor - and took her kid running errands with me afterward - and we headed out after dropping Sienna off at school. I haven’t been hiking in a long time, especially if you don’t count the easy 1-2 mile kid paced stuff we usually do. We did close to 4 miles, up some steep grades, and John patiently waited for me at the top of each one. When I wasn’t breathing embarrassingly loudly, we had a great talk about our set future travel plans and possible other ideas. A topic we both love, and it was nice to have uninterrupted time together doing something we enjoy.

Arfor : After 3 years, Sienna has started saying “Arfor” instead of “Arsor”.

Tree Beard: Probably every kid does this, but Sienna calls root beer “root beard” and it’s adorable.

Goal #10: I finished goal #10 of my 18 in ‘18 goals yesterday - playing every hymn in the hymn book. Apparently there are 14 men’s choir songs, all in weird keys, so I plugged through those and finished with a patriotic bang.

Spiteful Christmas Music: I turned on some Christmas music in the car to spite my “but it’s Novemebr 8! Why are the Christmas movies out?” kids. Sienna asks, “I wonder what Santa will look like this year”, remembering that “last year he had dark skin.”

Flip: We have many good Reasons for staying in our little house, so it’s been a long time since I wished we had more space. But apparently flipping water bottles is a thing, and it’s a thing Dalton has gotten into and no matter where he goes I can hear the *thud* of a water bottle landing over and over.

Things That Go: During Maggie and Dalton’s theater class on Thursday afternoon, I took Sienna and Arthur shopping. On the way back to the theater, we pulled over in rush hour traffic to let a fire truck through. I was impressed at how the packed traffic of people trying to get somewhere managed to make room so quickly. When we got to the theater, we sat on a grassy spot in the parking lot. It was dark because daylight savings ended, windy because Santa Anas, and airplanes taking off instead of landing in that direction, probably also because of the wind. The kids loved it.

Time Change: Last week I, and 61% of other California voters, gave permission to the legislature to make daylight saving time permanent, as soon as they can get federal permission. It’s been 10 days since day light saving time ended and my kids were all awake by 7:15 today. My friend summed it up nicely yesterday: “She used to wake up at 7. Now she wakes up at 5.”

Veterans Day Tradition: Apparently, we went to breakfast at Stacks with our neighbors last time we had school off for Veterans Day. So we did it again yesterday. We also scootered down to the park to meet one of Arthur’s baby friends, and John bought new couches we’ve been decided on for the last couple days.

Phone Addict: Arthur, trying to get my phone away from Sienna: “I need to tell Tressa something!” In case we didn’t know how I always get my phone away from him!

Javier: Sienna, watching live action Beauty and the Beast: this Javier scares me a little bit. (Lumiere.)

Poisonous Gas: In the cell phone waiting lot on the second of many airport runs in the next couple weeks. I can hold my breath through the tunnel under the LGB runways, but not through the LAX one.

Maggie Sits: Tonight Leonard took John and I to Javier’s, which was so yummy. We left the kids home with Maggie, and when we got back she offered to put Arthur in bed and did a great job of it. Maggie being able to babysit is my new favorite thing about parenting. She also babysat for both of our neighbors this week, earnings a total of $21.

: I subbed Sienna’s primary class today. In sharing time, she went up to pick a paper and when the teacher asked “do you hear the Sacrament prayers every week?” She answered “nope!”

First Class: John and I are traveling to a new executive conference in Orlando, first class. The kids are mad. Dalton thinks he’ll never get a chance because John won’t let him be an accountant. Sienna is mad because she wants to go “to first class.”

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