Monthly Recap: October 2017

Happy Halloween!

Our October was kind of busy. We had fun going to different events and places, plus we started a home remodel project.

Early in the month, Gavin and I went to the Red River Revel with his Grandma and Grandpa. We had fun looking at the arts and crafts, and eating all the junk food.

Gavin with his Grandma and Grandpa at the Red River Revel | rainerlife.com

Also early in the month, we went to Dogtoberfest. The combination of animals, beer, and family fun was irresistible. Lots of places that have animals for adoption were set up, and had animals with them ready to adopt. We’re not looking for any new pets, we already have two crazy dogs, but it’s nice to look at the animals and talk to the different rescue groups. The beer portion of the event was pretty good. They sold tickets for entry and you got 10 beer samples. Most of the breweries represented were from Texas, and lots of good craft beer is available in Texas. We enjoy trying new beers, and like events that offer different things we can’t find in the stores. The family fun portion was great for Gavin. They had a fire truck and firefighters there, and Gavin was able to get in the truck and talk with the fireman. He loved that. They also had face painting, which we tried, but she ended up painting his arm instead of his face because it tickled.

Gavin on a firetruck | rainerlife.com

Gavin getting his face painted | rainerlife.com

Speaking of firefighters, the library had a firetruck and firemen there one day at storytime this month. The kids got to talk to the firefighters, see what they wear, and get on the firetruck. One fireman put on his firefighting gear, which was a great way to introduce kids to a fireman in gear in a safe and friendly environment. A fireman in full gear (boots, pants, coat, gloves, mask, helmet, and tank) could scare young children that don’t know that is what firefighters wear. The firefighters were great about talking with the kids and letting them touch the gear.

Gavin high-fiving a fireman | rainerlife.com

Gavin with a fireman | rainerlife.com

Gavin on a firetruck | rainerlife.com

Gavin went fishing for the first time. His Honey and Pappaw took him fishing, and I think they all had fun.

Gavin and his Pappaw going fishing | rainerlife.com

Gavin fishing with his Honey and Pappaw | rainerlife.com

The weather was nice in October, so we went to parks a little more than usual.

Gavin at a playground | rainerlife.com

Gavin at a playground | rainerlife.com

Gavin at a playground | rainerlife.com

One pretty day, Gavin and I went to the zoo. It had been a while since we went, and it was a fun outing. We walked around, looked at the animals, had lunch, shopped the gift shop (Gavin got binoculars), and played in the playground area.

Lions at the zoo | rainerlife.com

Giraffes at the zoo | rainerlife.com

Pink flamingos at the zoo | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the zoo playground | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the zoo playground | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the zoo | rainerlife.com

Our home remodel project is in our living room. We hired someone to remove the paneling and built-ins, and put up drywall. We did not have new built-ins installed. I’ll post photos of the finished room in a future blog post. For now, here’s what it looked like while under construction.

Living room remodel | rainerlife.com

Living room remodel | rainerlife.com

We celebrated Halloween a few times. Gavin dressed as an astronaut for the library Halloween storytime and we dressed as pirates for a Halloween event at a local brewery. For trick or treating, Gavin dressed as an astronaut and Michael and I were aliens.

Gavin as an astronaut | rainerlife.com

Darinda, Gavin, and Michael as pirates | rainerlife.com

Gavin as an astronaut, Michael and Darinda as aliens | rainerlife.com

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