Let's catch up...and WE'RE GOING TO STATE!!

Time to catch up & finally post about some things we've been up to! We've already had our ward Halloween party. Our kids scored at the Trunk or Treat. Hopefully Halloween night can be a little easier & SHORTER this year! Loren is a "Pirate Cutie" this year & loves to pose for us.
Jake couldn't decide, but then an hour before the party announced he was going to be a cowboy!

Allison is a "fairy princess". Wonderful to bring out those bags of dress ups & be set for the next few years! She's catching on REAL fast what Halloween is all about: chocolate!

Lindsey is a Jeannie. We finally had the perfect opportunity to use a birthday present from last year...her curly, braided hair extension. She was in heaven!

Had to throw this one in. This is one of Allison's favorite faces. She say's, "Look at my scary face! Ahhhhhhh!" Cracks us up! At the party she twirled & danced for everyone at the cosume parade. She's not afraid to perform. So cute.

All dressed up & HAPPY.

Few weeks ago Allie was on the kitchen table & rolled over thinking there was more of it and crashed to the floor on her face. This is a picture taken 3 days later. It was black & blue & swollen before. We weren't sure if she would lose a front baby tooth, which was bleeding & the gums all swollen & bruised. So far so good. All healed & still trying to get up on everything!

Nice cheeser Jake!

Thank you Chuck E Cheese!

We did have a fall break since I blogged last. We stayed local this year, no big trips. It was nice. A great highlight was taking the kids to the beach, just Mom's & kids. It's always a hit.

Big news...Lindsey qualified at an earlier "Prelim" meet for "Sectionals" in gymnastics. I never put on pics from prelim but this past weekend at Sectionals she qualified for State!!!! Yay! She has been working so hard. I attached video of her four events below. It was pretty nail biting exciting! Emotions were high for all the gymnasts. The pressure was on. We were more stressed & nervous than she was probably but it was a lot for her too. She got a personal best score on 3 of the 4 events. You need a 33.0 or higher to qualify for State. She got an 8.15 on floor, then an 8.7 on vault, then a 7.85 on bars (later that night Lindsey told us for the 1st time, getting teary, that she hadn't been using grips on the bar in practice but thought she had to at the meet...but they were too big! She had a hard time holding on to the bar! Wrong time to be using something you're not used too. We'll know better for State). Last event was the beam. Adding up her scores we knew she had to get an 8.3 or higher on the beam to qualify. She got an 8.3. We were screaming! She ended up getting a 6th place medal for her beam score. She was competing against other 6-7 yr olds. She is one determined & focused 7 yr old. State will be in Bakersfield the weekend before Thanksgiving. The next day, Sunday, was our primary program which for the first time I had the opportunity to write :) It was a BIG project. The kids did amazing. I probably teared up 3 or 4 times! Loren & I accompanied "I Love to See the Temple" with a duet. She was a brave girl! Pretty exciting weekend! Phew! :) Take care!
Lindsey and her buddy Carolina from team.