Wednesday

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Yes! We finally had some family pictures taken, it's about time now that Caden is 2! I'm so glad we got out before the cold weather rushed in. We are busy, busy, busy with the holidays fast approaching. And I know I'm far behind on my blogging. Christmas shopping and decorating my family room have been consuming my time. I can't wait to get the rest of these pictures done! Thanks to Richelle for doing such a great job, love you girl! Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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Thursday

Happy Halloween

Oh Halloween. I love you. October is by far my favorite month.. and since Halloween falls right into October.. I happens to be one of my favorite holidays.

I couldn't believe how much difference a year made in Caden's excitement for Halloween. He was begging to go trick-or-treating a week before Halloween. Now if you know our family.. you know we are die hard Cougar fans. And True blue must run in my little boys blood. He loves BYU. Especially BYU football. There are some days when he tells me he doesn't want to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, he wants to watch BYU Cougar football. Yes I'm serious. Good thing I love watching football too. Caden chose his costume for Halloween. We took him to a costume shop and let him walk around. He narrowed it down to 2 costumes: Elmo, or a BYU football player. Hmmm. Now which one is more practical? Football of course! How many of our future kids will be wearing this outfit for football games and Halloween? Plus Mommy and Daddy already had costumes to match!  haha. He was so excited, I had to pull it out of the box several times before Halloween to let him look at it or try it on. When Halloween came he was so excited for me to paint the black under his eyes. He held so still. He took the whole matter very seriously ;)

Since Halloween landed on a Sunday this year everyone went trick-or-treating on Saturday. Unfortunately the weather was wet and cold. That didn't put a damper in our step. Caden made the entire round in my parents neighborhood. Then we took the van and drove through the big neighborhoods to get the big candy. I figured I would just keep Caden in the van while my siblings ran up to the doors.. that was not what Caden had in mind though. He wanted to hit every door and sit in the trunk with his cool uncles. I felt like he was saying "Don't you know mom.. that's the cool thing to do." He got so much candy. Five or six full sized candy bars, money.. and a full ice cream bucket of candy! Yes I was shocked. I swear he got more candy then I ever got as a kid. After trick-or-treating, we headed back to my parents and watched a "scary" movie (according to my mom) called Rear Window staring James Stewart. Haha. I laugh thinking about it. My mom swore it was the scariest movie she ever saw when she was 23. The movie was around 120 min long and it didn't get even slightly suspenseful until the last 10 minutes. Haha. Oh, I love you Mom. Surprisingly Caden watched the entire movie.. He thought it was pretty suspenseful ;) or maybe it was just the Orange Julius and Popcorn that was keeping him seated?

It was a great Halloween once again!

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Taylor and I dressed as Caden's football fans. Caden of course was a BYU football player. Jarom wasn't dressed yet. Ben was the Nutty Professor. Nanny was Jack Sparrow. And Rachel was Nanny's parrot. I loved her feather eyelashes! They looked so amazing.

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We just so happened to get our favorite Cougar's (now Colt) number!

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Tough guy! I love his cute face!
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Can anyone guess what Caden's favorite candy was???

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Monday

On All Hallows Eve

I just had to share a little part from my brother's email last week. I seriously got goosebumps from this picture. It is amazing how different holidays can be in other countries. Coming from America where Halloween is basically all commercial.. to Lithuania where it is all spiritual. Pretty amazing. I love hearing about Lithuania's culture!

"We carved pumpkins on Sunday, it was fun. The only pumpkin that I could find was greenish blue! They don't have the big round ones like back at home. It looked cool though and we did some traditional faces. I had to keep up the tradition of carving pumpkins! Yesterday we also went to a big graveyard here in Kaunas to see one of the holidays that they celebrate. November 1st is called All Saints Day. The legend goes: that on All Hollows Eve all the spirits rise from their graves. The day after, All Saint's Day, the souls return to their graves. But sometimes they lose their way and they need to be guided back. So the people in the city go and put candles on the graves so the souls can find their way back. The graveyards are COVERED in candles and it is so cool! It's totally something that you would never see in America."
 - Elder Leishman

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Ooo. A graveyard in the forest, totally creepy. I love this picture!

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