October 2019 Round-Up
Spiritual and Social Renewal
To start off the month of October, we as a family watched General Conference broadcasted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We listened to the encouraging words of our church leadership. It is uplifting to listen to the faith-building talks. As the president and prophet of our church announced that the April 2020 general conference would be a special conference due to the commencement of the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the gospel, I made the goal to start and finish the scriptural volume, the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, by the end of the year 2020, in conjunction with studying it along with the Come Follow Me Program.
Several days after conference, my husband and I were able to attend our local temple. We enjoyed our date night together!
A fun thing that happened for me this month was that I was able to get a piano in my front room. I love music and the sweet and happy spirit it brings into the home.
With the help of my neighbor, we started a monthly Moms Night Out for some ladies in our neighborhood. I’ve been in dire need of a scheduled girls night during the month to recharge my batteries.
My OBGYN recommended that I have a physical therapy session to help ensure I have a strong core and pelvic floor as I am in my third pregnancy. The therapy consult was so beneficial and lead me into learning more about prenatal yoga stretches and exercises.
Near the end of the month, I was able to see my baby in the womb at my prenatal targeted ultrasound. It was a bonding experience as I was able to see his/her bodily structures and see his/her strong movements as it danced around in my baby belly.
With each of my pregnancies, I have opted out of finding what the sex of the babies are until their delivery day. It has always been such a fun surprise to find out if the baby is a girl or boy in the delivery room! I already have a daughter and son, so it will be my little tie-breaker baby.
With my daughter and son, we visited a local corn maze and harvest festival planned by my daughter’s preschool. We picked out pumpkins in a patch to put on our front porch. My children enjoyed the hay slides and farm animals.
The following day, I met my family at Snowbird for the Oktoberfest. We enjoyed the lively crowd and the tram ride to the top of the mountain. We ate bratwursts, pork n’ sauerkraut, potatoes, and drank root beer. It was a blast!
The children and I attended another pumpkin fest with family and enjoyed the fun attractions and tasty carnival food like apple cider donuts, frosted apple cider, and kettle popcorn.
No October would be complete in my husband’s eyes without the annual deer hunt camp. It was a full week long of outdoor play and recreation. My children loved hunting on horseback with their daddy and I enjoyed getting away into the mountains to unplug. Our horses Bandit, Shotgun, and Claire did an excellent job on the mountain. My husband harvested a beautiful buck and I was so happy for him! On one of the days, my hubby took our daughter hunting and I went on a local hike with my son. It was a good bonding experience for us and we enjoyed picnicking after our hike.
As pictured below, my children at their family center preschool, colored with crayons on ghost pumpkins. I thought it was such a fun kid-friendly and mess-free way to decorate pumpkins!
My daughter and son enjoyed dressing up for my daughter’s preschool Halloween carnival. They enjoyed playing games and crafting.
To close up the month of October, we celebrated Halloween at my brother’s home. We enjoyed trick or treating, eating tasty food, and watching Toy Story 4.
As you can tell, October was cram-packed with activities. Therefore, I wanted to make sure we had breakfast sandwiches that we could grab on bustling days. These whole wheat english muffin breakfast sandwiches make a hearty and filling meal to start off the day. The sandwich consists of:
- Whole wheat english muffin
- Fried egg
- Slice of favorite cheese
- Sausage patty
I wrap the sandwiches in aluminum foil and place them back into the original bakery bag to put into the freezer. My husband will take one out of the freezer to thaw the night before work, and eat it for breakfast. The children and I are usually still resting when he leaves, so it’s nice that I can insure that he gets a tasty breakfast even when I am asleep!
Another food item I prepped this month was a cold veggie pizza to share with my family as we attended the Oktoberfest. I loved having a wholesome appetizer to munch on and eat with the German-themed food.