The beginning of October (the 2nd) found us arriving home from our last tour of the year!
Morning sunrise of champions. So beautiful.
October started out green and gorgeous. It actually stayed beautiful all month long, even though the green began to fade as the grass grew brown and the corn turned golden.
We began clearing out the gardens...
As I mentioned, the weather in October was amazing. Our peppers produced so well this year! Some days it felt like we were never going to finish canning jalapenos. There were SO many.
Speaking of jalapenos? Try stuffing them with cream cheese + seasonings, wrapping them in bacon, and then throwing them on the grill. Oh MY...
Gluten-free, sugar-free dessert goodness right here.
Mother + daughter chicken cutting duo after getting a batch of butchered chickens from our Amish neighbors.
Carson designed new business cards for one of our family businesses.
Elizabeth is our up and coming decor queen. She and Rebecca and pinterest had a little meeting of the minds one sunny afternoon...
Finished product! Sweet!
We celebrated two birthdays in October-Moms + Hudsons!
Birthday Blitz, anyone?! Pretty sure the neighbors heard about it that night...literally. =)
Tractor rides with Josh, hauling grain!
A good morning out for Carson!
Never a dull moment spent with our beautiful cousin loves!
He decorated his own cake. True farmer style. And true Bontrager style with NO frosting. =)
Denver loading out hogs!
There are always those days when things just don't quite go as planned. As is our custom, names shall remain unspoken to protect the guilty. We shall just say that two certain middle brothers were the, er, first on the scene. Or that they WERE the scene. Or something of that nature.
Carson wielding something...and sparks flying.
October was full-blown harvest season! The combine started early in the mornings and ran til late at night. Denver + Carson both spent several days running the combine this year, in addition to Dad, who always does most of the harvesting. They loved it.
So these dear kiddos...their mother has been teaching them to call their babysitters/helpers,
"Miss ____". Well, naturally, Denver is the very wildest and most fun babysitter you could imagine. So you would probably call him "Miss Denver" too. =) =) =)
Moving equipment from one job site to the next...
Taylor, hard at work feeding those hungry babies!
The end of the month, Josh headed out to Indianapolis to attend the fall "Harvest Fest" at his college. He had a fabulous time connecting with old friends and making new ones. He especially loved spending time with his fellow student/amazing cousin, pictured above with him right after the 5K run.
Doesn't get much more precious than this. He's gonna make a great daddy someday!
Push ups happen everywhere. Thankful for this workout leader brother who keeps us all daily inspired to "in whatsoever state/place we find ourselves, stay fit!" =)
Mitchell singing in an ensemble with some of the other young people from our church.
Mom organized a homeschool history + music class that lasted for six weeks, several hours each week, taught by a friend of ours. The younger five participated along with a number of other homeschoolers. It was a great experience for them and they learned a lot!
Matching friends, working in the kitchen together!
Four-man pushups with workout friends. This goes along fine as long as you don't start laughing. Its also proven that it is harder to do if you have approximately ten sisters looking on and laughing while videoing. =)
Elizabeth is becoming quite the proficient chef. She helped out with a lot of the cooking while Allison was gone.
School continues for the littles. Taylor is in high school and works mostly on his own, but mom still has these three little chicks under her wing!
Carson got this picture out in the field one morning. So much to love about this view!
Love this shot one of the guys took from on top of one of our barns.
"Home is where love resides, laughter is plentiful,
friends always belong, memories are created,
and love never ends."