Well, hello there. It's been a little while since I last gave an update on our lives. So here is an overview on October in the Macey household.
On October 14, my little brother and his wife had a baby boy: Taj. Of course, that meant that my entire family either flew or drove into Utah from California. At one point, we had 7 extra people sleeping in our house: my parents, my little sister, my brother, his wife, and their 2 kids.
Family is the most important thing to me, and it kills me sometimes to know that I live so far from most of them. It is definitely a comfort to have family on Andrew's side close by, but sometimes you just need a mom hug...and that is difficult to do when you live hundreds of miles apart.
So having my family in town and celebrating a new baby was definitely a highlight of October.
But then poor Gracie got the worst case of diaper rash I've ever seen on her. Low moment. Poor thing would cry out every time we changed her diaper, and both Andrew and I were at a loss of what to do. But once again, family came through. Andrew's sister is a freaking miracle worker! She called us with a step-by-step plan of how to combat the diaper rash. I am sooo grateful that she shared her wealth of knowledge with us. In just a few days, the diaper rash was gone and my happy baby was her smiley self again.
In other news, we are still trying to get used to being a family of 3 +dog. Our puppy, Cali, is really sweet and well behaved. She is so smart (sometimes too smart), and it's fun trying to train her. She is scared of everything (but, seriously!) and wants to explore on her terms. In just the few weeks we've had her, she has already grown so much!
Cali and Grace are also starting to become better friends. I am watchful of their interactions since Cali still loves to nip at hands and feet, but I can tell that they are fond of one another. It's especially comical when Cali sits on Grace. Luckily, she doesn't weigh much. Cali hates to hear Gracie cry during tummy-time, so she usually tries to give Gracie puppy kisses to distract her.
And then who can talk about October without mentioning Halloween?! The week before Halloween, we had 3 parties 3 days in a row.
The first party was hosted by Andrew's work, Fidelity. We weren't expecting much, but it ended up being so much fun! There were games, music, face painters and balloon artists, magicians, pumpkin painting, a Scales-and-Tales show, and a ton of food trucks to choose from. We had an awesome time!
The next day we went to our church Fall Festival party, and the day after that we attended a family Halloween party. But my favorite part of all of it was dressing up with my family. We thought long and hard about what we wanted to be. In the end, we chose: Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, and Grandma. Everyone agreed: our costumes were a hit.
On Halloween, we spent the evening with our friends, Rachel and Shawn. We had dinner, made caramel apples, played games, and judged trick-or-treaters on their respect levels :) Haha. (PSA: Teach your children to say "Thank you!")
So that wraps up our October. It's pretty crazy how fast time flies; I can hardly believe it is the end of the year and we have Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner!
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