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Halloween-Lo-Ween: Halloween morning I went to a High Fitness class in costume. It was super fun. I finished in time to put my room mom hat on and help with Dalton's class party, running spider races. I was able to peek into Sienna's party for a few minutes before I had to pick up Arthur.

We got invited to a chili cook-off with some church friends. I made white chicken chili and we played at the park. Then Maggie went off trick or treating around town with her friends, and we headed out just the five of us. We did end up trick or treating with some preschool church friends for a bit, but it was nice not to be in a big group waiting for people. Our kids got tons of candy and were very happy.

I'm pleased with our Avengers costumes this year, but it was fun to dress up in my Monsters U costume for the dance class and I want to do something more fun for myself next year. I'm also glad we got a lot of use out of our costumes. Besides Oogie Boogie's Bash, we wore them for trunk-or-treat, park day party, a friend's party, kids got to all wear them to school, and Maggie is going to a middle school Halloween dance tonight.

Arthur Halloween Funnies: In a (successful) attempt to be a fun mom, I made a Halloween playlist this year, and bought some fun songs for us to listen to in the car. Arthur is obsessed. He particularly likes Thriller, Monster Mash, I Put a Spell on You, and Ghostbusters.

He's obsessed with Thriller (aka the song where if you don't dance the zombies will eat you) and he constantly asks me technical questions about zombies, the plot of the song, and 80s music in general. How do they eat you? Do hey cut it into little bites? What happens when the sun comes up? What if you get tired of dancing? What does "Ow!" mean? What does "yeah!" mean? What does "Oh!" mean.

Arthur was also really into Hocus Pocus this year. Again with the technical questions about their powers, hair, coats, and teeth. He wants to be Winifred.

Back to Work: I recently got a job helping an attorney friend with office work a few hours a week. It's nice to have my time more structured - with Arthur at school/playgroup twice a week for 5 hours, I have plenty of time, and it's a good way to fill it.

On a Mission: Last week I went on Dalton's 4th grade field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano. I'd never been there before and it was very interested. The kids learned how to make adobe bricks, from a very animated instructor, and got a tour about life in the mission. Dalton wanted to sit by me on the bus, which made my heart happy.

Arthur Swims: Arthur hit the Magic’s breakthrough in his swim lesson this week, where he realized he can put his face underwater without breathing, and then he doesn’t inhale water. He just asked me for goggles so he could practice in the bath. So cute.

Double Birthday: Sometimes John has good ideas like “you should go on a girls trip with your friends” and “we should throw a party for both Sienna and Arthur at the park with a bounce house and invite all their friends.” So we did. The bounce house was actually pretty cheap - certainly cheaper than going to a play, and we could invite as many people as we wanted. So we invited all their friends, and all their siblings and ordered pizza and made two cakes.

Arthur wanted a Star Wars cake - he wanted a Star Tours ship on top of it. Lo and behold, apparently that’s a thing. I got an overpriced Starspeeder 1000 and a Millennium Falcon diecast on Amazon. Then I dyed chocolate frosting black, and drew white lines on the cake to make it look like lightspeed. He loves the new spaceship toys.

Sienna wanted Jasmine cake. We agreed on teal rose cupcakes and purple cupcakes with gold star sprinkles. Turned out super cute. I also made her a last minute Jasmine dress because she threatened to wear her pajamas to the park. And Tressa made her a cute Jasmine bow to match.

The party was just bounce house, park, pinata (bye bye Halloween candy), pizza, and cake. Perfect.

Christmas Disney : We had a reservation-free Friday on everyone’s Disney flex passes last night, so we went and enjoyed some of the Christmas atmosphere. We made it in time for the parade. I saved a spot while John took the kids on Star Tours, and our neighbors met us in time for the parade. Then we went to California Adventure, got some Peppermint Hot Chocolate Floats, did a few rides, and watched the holiday World of Color from underneath the Golden Zephyr. We also went to Bing Bong’s candy store and for a rainbow unicorn slushy with nerds on top, and Sienna picked out a birthday baby Dory stuffy. It was a great night, and the kids were chatting so nicely about math and science and being so good the whole time.

Feminist Dalt: I told Dalton the youth were in charge of Sacrament Meeting today and he said, "but Maggie doesn't have the Priesthood yet!"

Conquer: Sienna somewhere picked up the phrase "conquering her fears" and uses it (appropriately) all the time. Recently I heard her tell a friend, "Once I get my own dog, I can conquer my fears alone. In my room."

Indoctrinated: Maggie: Gender doesn't matter in this family.


Me: Who wants to make me waffles?
Maggie: Last time I made waffles I almost put cream cheese in them. And used baking powder instead of baking soda. And didn't know what buttermilk was.

Super Mom: In the middle of the night, I woke up, sat up, and caught Arthur as he was about to roll off the foot of our bed. Some sort of sixth mom sense or super power. Also: can Arthur please sleep in his own bed?

Sienna is Seven: Sienna turned seven this week. She likes TsumTsum, her favorite princess is Belle, her favorite ride at Disneyland is the Incredicoaster (which she’s been on twice), she suddenly insists she doesn’t like peanut butter. She’s as spunky as ever. She hates practicing piano and it’s like pulling teeth to get her to sit and do it. Speaking of putting teeth, she finally lost her two extra front shark teeth when Uncle Franco pulled them both out at the pool one night when they were visiting. First grade, however, is my favorite because I love watching my kids learn how to read. She is learning very fast now that she’s in first grade, reading sight words fluently, and picking through short books pretty well. She fights with pretty much everyone in the family, but she’s also sweet and thoughtful. She only wears dresses and gets annoyed if I talk her into pants for hiking, or being out when it’s cold. She is obsessed with the hatchimals and the pogo stick she got for her birthday.

Memories: Tonight we took our kids to do chapel cleaning (so we can go to Disneyland in the morning) and then had dinner at chick fil a (including peppermint milkshakes!) On the way home we were singing snippets of songs and quoting lines from our favorite Christmas specials (we really like the Peanuts and Garfield ones). I hope this is what my kids remember from their childhoods and not the insane amount of bickering.

A Day Together: I spent all day with Arthur today. I mean, I spend most days with him, but today I spent it with him. After dropping Sienna off at school, I took him to his swimming lesson. He did great, and had fun playing in the pool with his little friends for some time after. Then we came home and he did window stickers while I took a shower. Then we scootered over to park day where we stayed for almost two hours.

After the park, we sat down and at lunch together at the same time. Then we played a game of checkers (his pick) and tsum tsum (my pick). We each picked ten tsum tsum, and then we started singing songs for each of them. I was able to sing a song for nearly all of them. Then we watched Little April Shower on YouTube because he didn’t know that one. Then we watched Fantasia faeries because he loves Faeries from Mannheim steamroller, and I’ve been meaning to show him that. Then we watched Sorcerer Apprentice Mickey because, why not. Then we sat in the car until it was time to get Sienna because I was cold and it sounded warm at the time...

He is such a good buddy, and I’m already sad he’ll go to TK next year.

Decorations of Red: This morning we went to Disneyland where Sienna got to pick a toy (a stuffed Porg) for her birthday, and we went on a bunch of rides, including it’s a small world holiday (yay). After Disneyland, we got lunch at Cava, my new favorite Mediterranean bowls, and then John decorated the entire house for Christmas. I got a bunch of our cards addressed, and sorted out some hand me downs as long as the attic was open. But mostly I sat around. Decorating is definitely John’s thing, and appreciating it is mine!

The Fun One: I’m on my way out the door to a church meeting.
Sienna: Is just you going?
Me: Yes.
Sienna: Good. I want the fun one to stay home.
Aka Dad, the fun parent. She went on to explain that she didn’t mean to hurt my feelings, but dad gives her treats. Indeed.

Supervising: I’ve heard Sienna use the word “supervising” twice this week. I think she meant improvising, coming up with a new way of getting something done, but it was adorable. I am loving watching her learn how to read.

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