Last week Matt's company had a big fundraiser for Junior Achievement. This is a program where people from various business go into classrooms to teach elementary students about finances. Last spring, Matt taught a group of 2nd graders all about city organization, using a debit card, and other fun topics! As part of the fundraiser, each team was supposed to decorate a bowling pin. There were no guidelines as to how it should be decorated, so here is what we came up with for Matt's team:
Bowling Pin Before:
Bowling Pin After:
I helped with a little sewing, but it was Matt's idea & he did most of the work! I think it turned out pretty cute! They still haven't announced who won the competition, but I think his team has a good shot!
I can't believe October has already come & gone. Matt and I were very busy traveling last month, and I never posted (thanks for reminding me, Mom)!
At the first of October we spent 10 lovely days in Alabama. I have to say, when we moved there 5 years ago, I NEVER thought that I would miss it when we left. But, moving to California proved me wrong. I really miss all of our friends there & I miss living in our house! It's hard moving out of a house you own & into an apartment that costs 3 times your mortgage payment. All that said, I was not having the best attitude about living in California (no Mom, I'm not sad or depressed...please don't start worrying) and going back to 'Bama was just what I needed! What wonderful friends we have there! We got to stay in our house, since our friends Jordan & Shelly are renting it from us. We also had lots of lunches & dinners with friends, went to the Faulkner Benefit Dinner & saw Sarah Palin, attended Eric & Lauren's wedding, Matt played several rounds of golf, and I enjoyed an evening at the spa with the girls. Here are a few pics from the week of fun...
We spent almost 2 weeks at home, and then we were both on the road again. This time, Matt headed to Europe for 10 days on a business trip, and I headed down to LA to visit Regina, Chris, Caleb & Aidan! Matt spent the week in Belgium, and got to visit Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp & then headed to Amsterdam for the weekend. He had a great trip & took lots of pictures. Maybe I can convince him to write a post about his trip later...when he recovers from jet lag! My week in LA was a lot of fun as well. Caleb & Aidan are so sweet and funny & Gina and I got to have a little bit of girl time! We mainly just relaxed & followed their normal routine, but it was nice to spend time with them. Oh, and I made Caleb's Halloween costume: Mario! Aidan was a pumpkin, which was the costume I made for Caleb when he was 2. They were both adorable! Sadly, Caleb's costume had a major blow out when he wore it to school all day (we're talking a rip all the way down the front!), but I was able to fix it & from all reports trick-or-treating went much better! Since Matt had the camera in Europe, I didn't get too many pics, but here are some of the boys in their costume!