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Thursday Update: 11/6/08

Not even going to mention the election…except to quote my Dad and say that we are still very blessed to live in America and have the freedoms to choose our representatives. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

We’ve had another busy, busy week…and another one is looming in the horizon so I thought I’d take a few minutes to post this while I can. Halloween with the Kepler’s was just as much fun as I had hoped it would be. The kids were in fine form and happy to be out trick or treating. Hope and I took the kiddies around while Matt and Chad relaxed at home. Matthew wasn’t 100% sure he understood what he was supposed to do after ringing the doorbell, except to grab some candy and try to push past the homeowner and check out their house! We had to grab him more than once and pull him back outside! Stinker! Meghan was excited about the candy and surprised us all by offering to share her Reese’s peanut butter cups with her Uncle Matt (she only had 2 and gave one to him – which is a pretty big deal for a six year old!) Later after the kids went to bed we turned off the lights and watched a couple of scary movies together. It was just good to hang out and enjoy the night with Hope and Chad…and of course their adorable kids.

Saturday night we went up to Ames for dinner with Blake and Amy to celebrate Amy’s birthday. We went to one of their favorite places where they have the most delightful homemade mac and cheese – YUM! We had a great time laughing and laughing at how ‘clever’ we are. And by clever, of course, I mean stupid! We hadn’t had a night out with them in a while, so it was fun to just be with old friends doing what we do best…be stupid and laugh!

Sunday was a quiet day around the house. I worked on some fall cleaning and we spent most of the day relaxing. I had a very busy week at work this week, so we took the time to rest up before hitting the ground running Monday morning. Monday evening Matt’s Uncle Denny (from the Chicago area) was in town for a visit so we had his parents and grandparents over for a spaghetti dinner. It was so nice out that day, Matt and I were able to sit on the deck for a while catching up with Denny before the rest of the family arrived. It felt weird to be fixing such a cold weather meal when it was 70 something outside…but who can predict this crazy November weather!? We just cracked a few windows opened and enjoyed the homemade goodness anyway! It was another good time with family.

Next week we head to California where we’ll, I’m sure, see some interesting things! Sunday we’ll be on a whale watching excursion off Laguna Beach! I can’t wait!! While I’m NOT looking forward to the early morning flight, I am looking forward to some time away in a warmer climate…today it’s back down in the 40’s and tomorrow’s high is only 39!!!! YIKES!! Keep us in your thoughts this coming week that we would have safe travels, a good conference experience, and some good times together – just Matt and I.


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