So I don't usually worry about "catch up" blogs, but since this is mostly for Morgan I'm going to do just that.
Since I last blogged, Big Worthy and I ran the Newspapers Rock! 10k in canyonlands. It was beautiful, cold and fun. Worthy and I both ran faster than we have before for sweet course PRs.
We spent most of the night hanging out at Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Winston's house. They get A LOT of Trick Or Treaters. The kids had fun manning the door, and Kate added to her already substantial haul by heading out and Trick Or Treating. I made pumpkin bread and we had an enjoyable time.
Kate has been ROCKING middle school. I'm so proud of that girl! She reminds me all the time that she is not a child any more, but a YOUNG WOMAN. And she is right. She is becoming so responsible and capable. She is really enjoying Young Women's on Wednesday nights. When she gets upset or aggitated, she will get into the fetal position and rock. This doesn't happen anymore nearly as much as it used to, but last Wednesday she was rocking like crazy. I said, "Kate, what's the matter? Are you feeling sick or stressed?" She looked at me seriously and said, "I just can't wait for Young Women's."
Little Worthy has had some rocky times at school. We have been getting reports from his teacher that he isn't doing his best, and is even flat out refusing to work at times. So we have come up with a system where his teacher will e-mail me every day after school. If he has done his best, he can have screen time. If he hasn't he is grounded from screens. And we all know how Worthy feels about his screen time! I've been proud of the way he has turned it around and worked at doing his best. Most days he is really, really trying. We had a setback when he had a sub this week, but he turned it right back around when his teacher returned.
He also made us proud during the Primary Program. It wasn't easy for him, and he even told his Dad, "I have stage fright!" But he mustered up the courage and rocked it. YAY Little Worthy! It's nice when my kids learn they can do HARD THINGS (That was for you, Miss Morgan).
Morgan is making us proud every day, too. If you haven't checked out her Belgium blog, and you would like to, here is the link: http://morgan-shae.blogspot.com/. She is smart, brave, articulate, and beautiful on the inside and out. And her experiences this year will change who she is, broadening her horizons and changing her perspective forever. We miss her, and our family is definitely missing some of her lively personality (it's so weird to be void of the blaring music coming from her bedroom when she isn't even home but has already gone to work), but we are happy for her. Love you Moog! Plus she's a nag and she makes me blog. :)
SO, pumpkins. Let's just say we have had our share of them this year! Grandma Kathy was nice enough to bring us some GORGEOUS ones from Green River, and I bought some from Bountiful Baskets (2 jack-o-lantern sized, 1 medium sized and 2 pie sized). Then Worthy's teacher sent him home with one.
And that brings us to today. It's one of those days that makes you want to do this:
7 miles later, we were back. I felt pretty good about our 7 miles, even thought is wasn't 11, because my hands were frozen solid and my sweat (and probably some snot) was frozen to my face by the time we got home. I'm SOOOOO glad Big Worthy is crazy (and lacking brain cells) too, so we have each other in our craziness. That would have been an impossible 7 miles without my own personal cheerleader.
And now we are home, warm and cozy.
So there is Glover Life in a nutshell. Moog, I'll try to do better!