November 2015


We finally got the first snow of the season, and the kids were ready with their gear and snowman-making excitement.  Tim and I happened to be in 85 degree Austin that day, we’ll get plenty of snow I’m sure!

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The autumn here is gorgeous.  Have I mentioned how much we’re enjoying being outdoors?

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And an end-of-2nd-trimester belly shot…

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More Hiking Shots…

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Joining school late, we figured Miles could wait to join any of the after school clubs until the spring.  However, on day zero we met another kindergarten mom in the playground who happened to be a coach of the Foothill Cross Country team.  She was enthusiastic about it, and Miles was too, even after we cleared the confusion that cross country was running and not LEGOs.  He was still in!  He had only missed a couple practices and would be able to join some of the competition later in the season.  Signed up!

As runners ourselves, Tim and I were super proud of Miles’ excitement and what developed into a true love of “distance” running (the kindergarteners race a 1km).  He’s always been an endurance rather than sprinter kind of guy, and this was perfect.  The coaches were awesome, playing running games but incorporating all the elements of running coaching.  They ran drills, intervals, long runs (with stops at the playground in between) and prepped mentally for race day.

Miles participated in 2 of the races.  The first race had a tough start (about 1/4 of the little runners fell over after an ambitious group start), but he was back on his feet and pumped away to a 6:15 kilometer.  His first words at the finish were, “I want to do the next race”.  The second and final race had the added incentive of a medal at the finish line, and Miles was much more prepared this time, slashing his PR down to 5:30!  He wore that medal proud.

Track season is just around the snowy corner, and there’s a few events in the meantime to keep his interest.  I’m hoping to get involved with coaching at that time too!

We were very much looking forward to celebrating Halloween in our new neighborhood, and luckily we got to do it four times! Good thing as these costumes were purchased on the small side (Hazel already claimed koala for her getup next year, and are there any 2T’s that want to be a “Zebra Pony” out there?).

Our neighbors had a costume dress rehearsal party the week before Halloween, all the kids in costume and a parade too.

We waited until the day of to carve our pumpkins, keeping them whole in the window for weeks before we took them out.  I’ll just say our ‘hood has some fat-on-squash squirrels in its population.

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Miles’ school had a party the day before Halloween, and I got to debut my mummy bump.

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No photos at all from the actual trick or treat, but we did head out a bit early, then make a figure eight loop, dropping full buckets of candy at home at the intersection.  We were done and sorted by 7:30, which was a good thing as that’s when the hungry goblins came around.  We were nearly out of candy at that point, but all the kids’ rejects went into a bowl on a porch (lights on, shades drawn).  It was empty and gone by 8:30.  A great way to get rid of the extra candy!

The final and fanciest dress up happened the week after Halloween, where a classmate of Miles’ had a dress up party with a face painter.  The costumes are now a bit worse for wear, we squeezed every last drop out of this holiday!