Our September Saturdays were quite eventful, and I’ll get to posting about them soon (hopefully), but our October Saturdays were quite busy and productive as well. It was nice to have Jeff and his family join us for some of them, and here are the stories for those of you who couldn’t be there!

October 7 – Jonathan Dickinson State Park – The activity for this visit was to rent a canoe and spend some time on the river. We had a wonderful time – see here.

Columbus Day – Cypress Creek – Yes, October is still rainy season, but we thought this hike was far enough from water sources that we wouldn’t be sloshing through water. We thought wrong. Read all about it here. However, it was a fairly short hike, and it was a gorgeous day, so afterwards we spent time at our neighborhood pool, and then tried out a new restaurant at the mall – Joe and Ray’s Table. It was interesting, but we probably won’t go back.

I enjoyed the Lamb Gyro Plate, but Wayne’s Beef Burger was a bit undercooked. The traditional Egyptian cookies reminded me of Russian Teacakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowballs; they’re known by many different names.

October 14 – Stake Conference – Once again we were responsible for the stake choir and once again we were pleased with the results. We have awesome members in our stake who are willing to go the extra mile. And we enjoyed our traditional Panera dinner between sessions on Saturday.


October 21- Service Project – One last “Mormon Helping Hands” project to help with Hurricane Irma cleanup. Wayne was surprised to find one of his Boy Scouts from 25 years ago also helping with this “multi-ward across stake boundaries” service project. Grant and his growing family are doing great. What a small world!

October 28 – Rainy Day – It was supposed to be a rainy day, so we postponed our scheduled trip to Lantana Beach. However, after breakfast it wasn’t actually raining which meant we could work in the yard for a couple of hours. Thanks, Jeff, for helping us remove the stump! Once the rain came we moved indoors, trying a new recipe while watching BYU football on tv. It was nice that they decided to win that game!

Halloween – Celebrating our typical traditions meant we attended the ward Fall Festival and passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. You can read all about this year’s activities here.