Cookie Bars

Yay! We have made it through another week of school and routine. I’m so happy it’s the weekend and a three day one at that! We don’t have any soccer this weekend so that is a nice break. We plan on hanging outside, swimming (since our days of fun in the sun are numbered), and grilling.

Jasmine and I whipped up some chocolate chip peanut butter cookie bars for the weekend. I used this recipe. I seriously love all of her recipes and can’t wait to try more! Anyway, these are sooooo good! I don’t think they are going to last through the weekend. I substituted the semi-sweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate. I am a sucker for peanut butter and dark chocolate. The kiddos loved them as well and requested I pack them in their lunches everyday! And below are a few pictures of Jasmine Eve.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Goodbye Summer and Hello New School Year (Preschool and 4th Grade)

Hello!!!! I have been absent for a while on here and decided to resurface. Sometimes breaks are just what we need to feel rejuvenated and inspired (insert pointing finger at me)! I wanted to enjoy this Summer with the kiddos because I knew things would change once the new school year started.

Let’s rewind to our Summer. We had the greatest, most relaxing, fun-filled Summer EVER! We loved the days of not having to get up until we woke up on our own, staying in our pajamas all day with no regrets, and hanging out in our backyard and swimming several times a day. We also adventured to Las Vegas and Canada to visit family that we hadn’t seen in WAY too long. We had the best time exploring Las Vegas and was surprised at how many kid-friendly activities Vegas has to offer. Canada was one for the books. Jordan and Jasmine got to meet their Grandpa, Grandma, Auntie, and cousins for the first time. Jonathan got to reunite with them and was so sad to have to come home. We took the kiddos to the parks and swimming pool that my husband grew up at. It was just a very special visit for us all (thank you Canada family for hosting us and creating life-lasting memories).

And here we are heading into week three of school for the year. Jonathan is in 4th grade this year which completely blows my mind. He likes his teacher and thinks this year will be fun, but challenging. Jordan started Preschool and I am still trying to come to grips with how this happened. He LOVES it and wants to go every day. For now, we are just sending him twice a week. We wanted to see how he adjusted being away from us and get him socializing with kids his age so that he will be ready for Kindergarten next year. It makes me so happy to see him enjoying his teacher, classroom and making new friends. He also is doing soccer this Fall and has had two games so far. We are completely back in the swing of things with school and soccer almost every night of the week, games on the weekends, and not much time to breathe in between.

So this is where we are at currently. Thank goodness Jasmine is still here at home with me all the time. She misses her brothers terribly but it’s nice to have the one on one time with her. She loves to tag along on all the car rides, soccer practices and it will only be a short time before she will be heading to preschool. I am truly cherishing all of these busy days and trying to make time to laugh and smile and appreciate the small things that occur throughout our days. It’s easy to get swept up into the bigger picture or think ahead about all of the daily tasks that need to be done, but taking a moment to stop and listen to the kids laughing hysterically about something, hearing Jonathan and Jordan talking before bed, and watching Jasmine dancing around the house and making us all laugh. These are the days, the BEST days!

Happy Hump Day!