O suns and skies and clouds of June,
And flowers of June together,
Ye cannot rival for one hour
October’s bright blue weather.

What an autumn the Johnson’s have had–cross-country moves, new sports activities, birthdays and holidays–”plenty of stuff to keep us busy. For those of you who like to cheat and read the last page of the book first, you can go straight to the pics (Eye Candy). You’ll get a nice treat (no tricks 🙂 )

For those of you who don’t like to know the ending first, here’s the rundown on our autumn activities:

Mom Moves to FLA

Zach and grandma make meatloafIt took two years, but mom finally made it to Florida. We’re thrilled she’s here, but it has definitely been a challenge. She hates the heat (we’ve had record highs this summer), she doesn’t drive (our public transportation sucks), she’s stuck in our back room (no comment needed), and Florida is not Denver (which she likes to remind me of). Hopefully the two reasons she moved will make up for it all!

On the upside, she was hired at the first place she went in for an interview. She’s working at a tractor rental/repair place. Long live John Deere! Now we’re on the lookout for a place for her to live. I think once she’s on her own she’ll see more of the postives of being out her. It’s gotta be hard going from leading a very solitary existence to being thrown into “insta-family” with no independence and even less privacy. As long as we all remember these are temporary inconveniences, we’ll be ok.

My Birthday

P1030199.JPGWell, I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30. You’d think that would be scary, but I really don’t look at it that way. It’s kind of a surreal concept for me. Once again we gathered at Kobe. This time it was the adults–Me and Chris, Dave and Ivonne, Ray and Kristen. Dinner was great as always, and Chris and I even got to go throw some darts and St. Andrews Tavern.

It was quite nice to go out since we don’t get that opportunity much anymore. My friends in Denver are gasping right now–they can’t imagine the Johnsons not being out–but alas, ’tis true.

Soccer

P1030369.JPGWe signed Zachary up for his first official sport in October and he loves it. He’s so cute in his little soccer (Puma, of course) getup. He’s on a 3-4 year old team, which is a mixed experience. On one hand, he’s one of the only 4-year olds on his team so he’s bigger, faster, and more coordinated than everyone else. In practice he does better at the drills and seems to have the ball more than the other kids. During the first game he scored all five of the team’s goals and kept the other team from scoring quite a few times. The green team won 5-3.

The downside is that the other kids don’t give him a challenge so when he does get to play with kids that are his size and at his level, he gets frustrated since he’s used to being the “star.” At four it’s difficult to explain good sportsmanship sometimes. He’s having fun though, and it totally wears him out so it’s easy to put him to bed early on Tuesdays and Sundays!

The Fall Festival

We visited Mary Magdalaine’s fall festival this year and had a blast. Little carnivals can be so much fun. What’s not to love about greasy, over-priced food, rickety rides, and lots of people? Zachary has definitely become a thrill-seeker. He rode every single ride he could, and wanted to on some again. P1030626I thought I was going to be sick after going on the spinning dragons with him and Chris. I lauged so hard I almost wet myself. Then Zach and grandma had fun on the ferris wheel. I was a little concerned that he would freak out once it got to the top—it was a big wheel! He did great, waving and yelling at us.

My favorite part, though, was the bumber cars. What a blast. We rammeed into each other with the single-mindedness of Earnhardt Sr.!

Halloween

Finally, Halloween arrived. It rained during the day, but as the sun went down, the weather became perfect—mid-70s and very low humidity—just right for trick-or-treating.

the ninja and the beeThis year Zachary was a ninja and Jonah was a bumblebee. We went trick-or-treating in Uncle Dave’s neighborhood. It’s like a block party every year. There are hordes of people out—kids, teens, adults. Everyone has fun, every other house is done up, and the candy is great! Zach now has enough candy to rot even George Washington’s teeth.

For the most recent pics, go to Eye Candy. With the blog design comes a newer and better way to give you slideshows. I signed up for Flickr (LOVE IT!!) and am able to show you our family in about a third of the time now. Woo hoo! I hope you all enjoy.

Happy November.

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