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Old 10-01-2018, 09:15 PM   #16
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My best friend's first (and probably only) grandchild is due any day now!!
I even have permission to leave work to be there for the birth.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:39 PM   #17
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October is packed with birthday in our family, most importantly is Luke's. There are also birthdays for Luke's brother, niece, and nephew as well as my brother-in-law.

We also have a WDW vacation coming up in a week.

Then we love Halloween and handing out candy. We always have chili on Halloween night.
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I'm hoping for some cooler weather (just the 80s would be great) so I can enjoy the outdoors more (and go to Disney without melting).
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My husband's birthday is on the 4th.
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DS Michael is getting married in the 5th and DGD Celia has a birthday on the 30th.
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Both grandsons have a birthday this month. Bowen turned 2 yesterday and Cade will be 4 on Halloween
We have a family wedding on Saturday
Going to WDW at the end of the month with the whole family- DH and me,DD and SIL, the 2 DGS, our son coming from Colorado and DD in-laws- staying off site in a 5 bedroom house-should be interesting!
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Just the usual fall activities, which are great. Visiting farms, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating with kiddos.
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Not really, but in fairness, we could do with some chill time, after having just come back from an amazing three week vacation!
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My Birthday was yesterday, so that was my big thing for the month of October.
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I love fall. We are super busy in the fall with all of the available seasonal activities available for kids. That is what most of my weekends entail. Last weekend it was opening day of the local pumpkin patch and the kids played for hours. This weekend is the first cub scout camping event for my little Kindergartner.

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DD has “Senior Day” for her HS field hockey team next week Heading to Tampa at the end of the month for a visit to DD’s top choice college. Then driving to WDW for the weekend before flying home
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My mother's birthday was Oct 3, bittersweet, as she has been gone since Jan 2017. My BIL, niece and great niece also have birthdays. The end of the month, DH and I are headed to WDW. Happily, our children (and their SO's) will be there at the same time.
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