Year twelve of blogging about the Ninja and the Gnome. We continue to laugh more than we cry.
Enjoy as the hilarity ensues.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Halloween 2014 finally arrived, and there were so many things that made it SPOOKtacular..
1. It was on a FRIDAY!
2. Mrs. Prose did not have students that day.
3. Grammy and Grandpy could both come celebrate.
4. Our friends came over, and even stayed over night.
4. Grampy "needed" to go to the store, and he took me with him.
The first born grandchild is all grown up. We were blessed to celebrate Lauren's confirmation, and during the service of 70 confirmants, I had some time to reflect on the little blond, round faced girl, who has grown into such a beautiful young woman.
Thank goodness for MEA break. It provides a perfict opportunity for a fall roadtrip. We were super bummed that Lola and T couldn't join us this year. I thought maybe this would be our first "family" excursion, but T had to work - so Harper had to pretend Lola was in the backseat the entire drive.
Let me take a moment and give some respect to the Mother (Nature, of course). The drive was incredible. It was breathtaking and stunning and nothing like I had ever seen. We gaped out the window, for a majority of the drive. It was a postcard, once we crossed the border.
As usual, we ate at great restaurants, Colie cooked some fantastic vegetables (did you know parsnips taste exactly like mashed potatoes??) and played games. We did have a Madcity first! It was our first visit to the theater. We purchased front row tickets to see the production of "James and the Giant Peach". We got dressed up (Nicole and Harper in tights) and went out to dinner. I was a bit nervous, because the play didn't begin until 7pm, which is a bit late for the ninja and gnome, but they were so excited and entertained, before we knew it, we were standing with applause.
October began with our annual trip to the Prose Pumpkin Patch. Papa's
pumpkin patch gets bigger and bigger each year - much to the delight of
the grand kids! I wouldn't say Andy and I are delighted by filling up
the truck with 40 pumpkins, but we are not one to buck tradition! So, we loaded up the truck with orange, pink, red, green, warty, carvers, spidery pumpkins. Rita was quite sure we could give some to the entire neighborhood.
And, Grandma is always right! During the following (beautiful) days, we did deliver pumpkins to the neighborhood. Orrin invented a pumpkin delivery truck - the drop offs began.
Our conference with Mr. Putz has been on the calendar since August. Bennett was so excited to hear all the feedback from his favorite teacher. I also was very excited. I know what a great kids we have, but it's always interesting to hear the teacher's perspective. And, being a teacher - I love to see how other schools operate and pray to NOT hear the word "interesting".
Mr. Putz gave a glowing report on the boy. He is smart, and hits the "exceeds" mark on most of the content areas. He preforms well on standardized tests, and turns in quality homework. But, more importantly (to Mr. Putz and Mom and Dad), Bennett is demonstrates high levels of character. He is a leader in class, and sets a good example to his peers. He is a good friend, and kind and helpful to his classmates. He makes his teacher - and Mom and Dad - incredibly proud.