I've determined the only way to really get caught up on this thing is write a (semi)short, sweet and to-the-point tribute to each of the last several months.
This is a bit of a travesty, considering the months that make up autumn happen to be my favorite of the year, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?
The weather was, for the most part, absolutely perfect -- resulting in many a day spent outdoors.
We met up with Di and the kids for an afternoon at Wheeler Farm, where my son was nearly trampled by a hoard of rabid ducks.
Clearly, my children adore having their picture taken with their mother.
Also, I don't remember how James ended up pantsless, but I'm kind of obsessed with that picture.
James officially earned his walking stripes.
There had been plenty of toddling since his first birthday, but he finally mastered the art.
I've been exhausted ever since...
We took the kids for a walk around campus and picked up a copy of the good old Daily Universe -- BYU's endlessly hilarious student-run newspaper.
The Police Beat, as always, filled my soul with joy.
Lola seemed quite shocked at the front-page headline.
What is this world coming to, I ask?
We took our first fall drive up Provo Canyon one gorgeous Sunday and stopped to let the kids splash around the pools at Bridal Veil Falls.
Autumn is something Utah does flawlessly.
Nana and Lola cleansed their bodies and souls with weekly yoga sessions.
James is so very helpful.
We met up with the Wisemans for Chalk the Block at the Riverwoods, where our kids quickly became covered in chalk and somehow transported us into an episode of CSI Provo...
Lola officially introduced this season's newest and biggest trend: mismatched shoes.
I thought it would last a day, it ended up being her signature look for at least a month.
You pick your battles, I guess.
Plus, mismatched looks adorable on Lola girl.
Jimsie stayed busy chasing the big kids around, playing soccer, reading his books, begging to be let outside and perfecting his signature brand of tantrum.
Such a big boy.
We had our yearly fall portraits taken with the Ivins family, and while the kids weren't big on smiling for the camera, they definitely loved exploring Nana's garden.
Speaking of gardens, the Wheatley's hosted a beautiful dinner/bonfire in their picture-perfect yard.
It was so nice to be reunited with some of our dearest friends, especially since the reunion involved peanut butter cup s'mores.
I started going back into the newsroom every Monday for work.
It's good to be back into the swing of things, but the main reason I'm loving the Triad Center is its proximity to Crown Burger.
Phew, I think covers the highlights.
So much for being abbreviated, huh?