Introduction 

Hello! I’m Sidney. I’m a wife and mother to three brown eyed kiddos. My oldest son Jonathan is 7 years old, my middle son Jordan is 2 1/2 and our newest edition ( baby girl) Jasmine is 1 month old. My main purpose of this blog is to document my children’s childhoods. I have recently left the corporate workplace to fully dedicate myself as a  stay at home mom. I will be sharing the highs and lows of our journey and will welcome the input and advise of all the other amazing women who are on the same journey.

Changing Colors

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend was filled with blue skies, a lot of outside time, and decorating with pumpkins. It is the small things. The boys had distance learning all last week and we could only go outside for necessary activities because it was so smoky. So the minute we saw the smoke clear we put our shoes on and couldn’t get out the door quick enough. I can’t tell you how much we needed to get out of the house and take in the fresh air. Truly nothing better.

With Fall officially hitting the calendar this week I always feel Fall starts the minute I get my hands on a few pumpkins. Also, our mums are starting to bloom which makes me so happy. I’m just hoping they survive Jasmine. She loves to pick all the flowers off.

We packed our pool away this weekend and even though it is always sad to put it away the changing of seasons feels nice.

I hope you have a festive Fall week my friends! XO

Weekend Overview

The kiddos ended up having distance learning on Friday so our weekend kicked off slightly earlier than if they went in-person. The boys are both done with school around 2:30 when they have distance learning days (which has not gotten any easier on any of us so far). The smoke in our area has caused us to have to stay inside all weekend and is the reason why the kiddos are not able to go to school. Being stuck inside with three active kiddos gets challenging to say the least.

We decided to kick off our Fall baking season with some yummy cupcakes with sprinkles. The kiddos love to sneak sprinkles or swipe some frosting, hence their little hands in almost every picture!

We also decided it was time to gather all of our Fall books. We read books, ate cupcakes, and the kiddos puzzled with this creative shape puzzle that got delivered Saturday evening when we all needed a fresh activity. The kiddos sat at the kitchen table and played with this puzzle while we watched hockey for a few hours.

Fall Books

In the Middle of Fall / Pumpkin Pie / Because of an Acorn / How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? / Too Many Pumpkins

I hope you have a great week! XO

September, September

Happy September friends! I can’t believe we are in September to be completely honest. We have been navigating through the start of school and seasons changing. The kiddos completed their first full week of school last week. We have had unhealthy air quality on and off due to fires that are in our area so school has been canceled when the air quality is in the unhealthy range. When that occurs our district will make it a full distance learning day. Let me tell you this is not an easy thing to execute. Jonathan will be on several zoom calls throughout the day, Jordan’s teacher will send an assignment email with things for us to complete and then he will jump on a short zoom meeting in the afternoon to listen to a story read by his teacher, etc. I am running up and down the stairs helping Jonathan occasionally, assisting Jordan, and trying to take care of Jasmine and keep her somewhat quiet so the boys can complete their work. Overall it is a struggle, but we will make it through.

One thing that is so important for me when the boys have distance learning days is to have activities prepared for Jasmine. She loves to paint, glue, play with playdough, and sort noodles just to name a few of our go-to activities. With Fall approaching (which we had a high of 75 yesterday and felt all the Fall vibes) there are so many fun crafts to do. Collecting leaves, pine-cones, and painting them or placing the leaves into books so that you can make a pretty picture once they have been pressed. Also, Pinterest is a great resource to get activities.

Awesome Autumn Book / Pumpkin Garland old from target (similar here)

We are very excited for Fall and can’t wait to get to wear cozy sweatshirts, drink apple cider, pick out pumpkins to decorate our porch, and watch all the Fall/Halloween movies! I hope you have the best week! XO

Back to School

Back to school. First, let me backtrack a few months to when everyone was first in quarantine and Jonathan had to finish up his 4th-grade year doing distance learning. We didn’t know what to expect honestly when Jonathan had his first zoom meeting with his teacher and classmates. He was required to meet on zoom twice a week for about an hour. It was nice for Jonathan to see his classmates and teacher. The zoom meetings consisted of his teacher checking in on everyone and they did some fun activities (scavenger hunts around the house, science project with celery, egg drop from the highest point of your home were a few that I remembered). Also, our district sent out monthly homework packets that had assignments that the students were to complete each week. It was very standard work and it honestly did not challenge Jonathan enough. Overall Jonathan struggled with distance learning. It wasn’t the work, but just the distractions in our home (little siblings, etc.). I believe our teachers tried their best given the circumstances of switching to distance learning when they were not prepared at all to do so. It was a learning experience for all and we appreciate the dedication that the teachers put in during that challenging time.

So fast-forwarding to August we were updated with our district’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year and they planned to offer parents full distance learning, in-person learning, five days a week for Elementary students and hybrid models for Middle School and High School students. Knowing we would have two students in Elementary school this year and our experience with distance learning from the Spring as a family we felt comfortable with the requirements that our district put in place for in-person learning to send both our boys this year. It was not an easy decision and I can assure you I switched from the boys should go to school to let’s do distance learning more than a few times before school started. Just to give you some insight on what our district is implementing for in-person learning is all students and staff have to wear face masks (unless at lunchtime or you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering), social distancing is practiced (3 to 6 ft apart in the classroom at all time), and the kiddos can’t play on any school equipment at recess time. Washing hands often and sanitizing the classrooms thoroughly throughout the day. Lastly, all kids eat in their designated classrooms. They are trying to keep each class in cohorts so if any outbreaks do occur they can hopefully just have that class shut down instead of the entire school. Parents are also required to self screen their kiddos before sending them to school each day. So given all these things stated above I was unsure on how the kiddos felt about heading to school knowing they couldn’t play on the playground at recess, had to wear masks all day, but the first couple of days that I picked up the boys they were so happy to be around their friends, teachers, and back in the classroom. Jonathan came home so excited and full of enthusiasm for his new teacher. I knew right when I heard the excitement in his voice that we made the right decision for now. Jordan is also so excited to be in Kindergarten and he loves his teacher (which was Jonathan’s Kindergarten teacher that we loved). We are certainly taking it day by day and are prepared to switch to distance learning if necessary (fingers crossed that it doesn’t come to that).

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I would love to hear what your school plans are for this year, whatever that may look like for you and your family I am wishing you all the best! XO

Summer Days

The boys have officially gone back to school and our Summer days are wrapping up (updated post will be coming soon on back to school). With the kiddos being at home for almost six months straight it seems like we have been on Summer break since Spring break, but reflecting on the past six months it seems like it flew by. It is a strange concept of time to reflect upon. Anyways, we are savoring the last bit of Summer and hanging out in the backyard a little longer each evening before the warm evenings turn to cool, crisp fall nights (which I am secretly waiting for).

The kiddos jumped rope daily (which we still plan on learning to double-dutch), swam, rode bikes, made countless forts, built epic Lego battles, and ate tons of ice cream cones this summer. Even though we didn’t get to go on any awesome vacations we had a great time at home. I will cherish this time forever and the Summer of 2020 will be filed under the strangest Summer EVER!

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I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Weekend Overview

Hi friends! Our weekend was filled with good weather, yummy food, and lots of swimming. Even though Saturday morning we woke up to ants crawling by our front door and many on our rug. Jasmine spotted them and she was determined to squish them all. So it was operation spray, clean, and spray again to get rid of the ants. Also, that day my coffee maker decided it was done making me my coffee for good. So it started a little rocky, but we turned it around.

This fourth of July felt strange this year. Yes, we are living during a pandemic, but there are so many other really important issues happening. I am very thankful to those that have served in the military and fought for our freedom, but we have an extremely long way to go for everyone to feel the benefits of freedom.

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend! XO

Weekend Overview

Hello friends! I hope you all are enjoying the start of Summer, staying safe, and are in good health. We have had some fluctuating weather recently, but making sure to take advantage of the hot days when we can. We try to be outside as much as possible so any activity that we can do outside while the weather is nice we do! Jasmine loves to paint so she will paint for quite awhile outside. Jordan enjoys drawing pictures with outside chalk on the pavement so it’s a win for all! Jonathan recently had to get a silver crown on his back molar and it really took it out of him for a few days and then we ended up having to go get it redone because his bite was completely off. He was such a trooper and now back to his adventurous self.

Speaking of weather we are currently in fire season in our region and we had quite the scare the other day. There was a fire close to our house. We could see the smoke and at one point it was very frightening watching to see if we were going to start to see flames come over a mountain that is behind our house. We had a few bags packed and ready by the front door just in case. Thank goodness we didn’t end up needing to grab them. Praying fire season is very mild this Summer!

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I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Dodgeball

A fun evening tradition has begun, dodgeball! It started very nonchalant and has turned into a family favorite around here. We bought the kiddos giant bouncy balls from our local store and they have provided hours of entertainment. We pretty much make up our own dodgeball rules since we don’t have enough people and well Jasmine is two. However, it can get pretty competitive with the boys. It has been a great way to let the kids get their last energy out before bed. What are your evening traditions?

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I hope you have a safe and Happy 4th of July!! XO

A Taste of Summer

Hello Friends! I hope you all are doing well. I am not sure about you, but I feel so much better when the weather is warm, the days are long, and we get to be outside more than we are inside. We have had a bit of a heatwave the past few days which has been great for the kiddos getting to swim finally. Well, I should say the boys getting to swim, the water is still to cold for Jasmine. She went all-in on the first day and did a giant jump in the pool and popped up saying “too cold” and was out of the pool faster than she jumped in! She is perfectly content though wrapped in a towel and is the perfect ball girl. Anytime one of the boys throws a toy or beach ball out of the pool Jasmine is right there to toss it back to them.

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Kids Flamingo float / Jasmine’s Sun Hat (sold out but similar here )

We plan on doing lots of swimming this weekend and eating S’mores! I hope you all are staying safe and have a wonderful weekend! Xo

Summer Inspiration

We are getting ready to wrap up Jonathan’s school year, he only has two more weeks of distance learning and warm weather is upon us, 80 degrees by the end of this week so I feel that Summer is definitely in reach. Even in the midst of the “new normal”, I am still optimistic that we can create an amazing, fun-filled Summer here at home. The kiddos overall have been amazing during this time. They understand that we can’t go to places and have people over. They sure do amaze me with their resilience which I admire greatly. I know they are missing out on things that they enjoy (soccer camps, friends coming over, going to fun places around our city) so its operation, try to make it the best Summer possible! I hope the kid’s memory of this strange time will just be remembered of all the fun things we did together. No matter the location just being together, supporting one another, and what’s the saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade so lemonade we shall make!

One thing I love to do for inspiration is to look through saved magazines for new, refreshing meal ideas. Martha has always been my go-to. The theme for our Summer menu will be bbq everything! I also like Chrissy Teigen and got the mini pizza on English muffins from her. I added small tomatoes and Parmesan cheese on mine, but the kids love pizza so any new ways to present pizza to them is a total win! And her advice on toasting the English muffins before adding the toppings is a must! Game changer on the crispiness of the muffin.

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The kids love to paint and do crafts so there has been lots of art inspiration happening and we will continue the art projects outside throughout the Summer. When Jonathan is on his class zoom calls, Jasmine is normally painting at the table, and Jordan has been practicing his sight words and reading these Bob books! He is doing so well and we are so proud of him. I am currently reading The Scent Keeper and it is so good! What’s on your reading Summer list this year?

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Xo