Leading off with 2 photos this time, because I really wanted both kids, but Ryan was very grumpy in his Optimus Prime costume - unless he was collecting candy - so we'll make do with his medal efforts from his school sponsored run and Hannah proving we were right to hold onto the Tigger costume from way back when, and has there been a more merited costume than that for a little wubbah?? Nope!
As is usual Halloween was an enjoyable night out, with adults discussing matters of interest and vaguely wondering what candy they could steal later. We missed Sophia & Hayley though, but were compensated by the arrival of Jack, his sister Harper & Hannah's friend Harper (HJ) who formed a joint task operation to visit as many houses as possible.
Jessica put in many hours of effort for Halloween bingo, even inviting a quorum round on more than one occasion to stuff bags, discuss structure & schedule etc etc. As is usual in times like this you try to cover off all eventualities and the whole crew did an excellent job, much to the benefit of the school.
Had our first mishap in the new house as a sink gasket let by and in looking at taking it apart cos "it's just the gasket, that's easy to change" I ran into the problem of the O-Rings popping followed by some of the pipework, I swiftly ran out of talent, but not swearwords (high vocabulary in that context) so Jessica went out with the kids and said "Call a plumber!" Which I did. After all it's not like map reading, this is a skilled trade!
That provided us the impetus to also sign up with the inspection plan which helps on heating/AC... and that's necessary because that's our major outlay ahead. D'oh. When the inspection took place I listened intently to the information and then said "Yeah, I used to be in the heating business" so he wasn't pulling a swift one there. To be fair he was very professional and it's clear he was legit in his concerns at the age and condition of the heating unit.
Hannah has a cold... not easy to survive, plus some teething... and a fondness for singing "Daddy Finger" plus "Spider" (Itsy Bitsy Spider) when she goes to bed, that can become more of a singalong than X-Factor, probably with more tune too.
Ryan is back with his speech teacher as well, working on his reading comprehension, I'm sure it's working as he's closing the gap down step by step between where he needs to be and where he's at. We'll keep pounding away and he'll get there soon enough.
Ok, enough for now, till next time.
J, J, R & H.