This past summer a sister in our ward gave swimming lessons to the kids, gratis. She was great. She had the non-swimmers swimming and the pseudo swimmers flourishing in no time. As a trade Marie offered, come Fall, to have us rake all their leaves (they have some good sized trees). Well, as it always does, Fall eventually arrived, and we all found ourselves over at the Davies's, cleaning up nature's mess. This year has the weather has dithered quite a bit so the trees have taken a while to moult. (Yes, I know only birds moult, but what would you have said if I had said, "Abscission has been somewhat spotty"?) Consequently it took a couple trips to finish the job.
Anyway, here's some photos of the kids dispersed amongst the morning's booty.
That's Porter peeking out from within.
Here we are after the raking, enjoying some awesome peanut butter/banana/cocoa smoothies, a recipe given to us by my sister, Maren, when we were visiting her in North Carolina. (More on that later.) The kids loved them. They are destined to become regulars around here.
And the obligatory costumery photos:
Joseph & Grace the Lion
Hannah Running Bear
Porter the gangster, I guess. We like our children to aspire.
Kerina the vampire with Joseph Smith looking on.
Andrea as. . . . I have no idea!
At the ward trunk-or-treat. (It was raining outside so they moved it inside.)
Joseph was going as Michael Jackson, unfortunately he wasn't too convincing, as his glove didn't shimmer, his derby was too tall, but mostly because his skin was too dark.