Fall Colors

We’ve had some beautiful Fall-ish September days here so far. The weather has been a bit extreme with either an 89-degree day or a high of 56 with rain, but both have been pleasantly nice. September and October are two of my favorite months of the year. I am not one that craves everything pumpkin spice, but I am that one that has to have pumpkins immediately upon them hitting the stores. I love to put them inside, outside, and well let’s just say in every room is a safe description.

Another reason I am obsessed with fall is all the warm, cozy colors all around. The leaves are first and for most, but cozy flannels and blankets are a must. I am also loving all these fall nail polish colors for this season. I don’t normally keep my nails painted, but I just love these warm tones paired with a cozy sweater and boots, yes, please!

I have been drinking a cup of warm chai tea in the afternoon on the cooler days and scanning through my favorite month of the Living magazine of the year. Martha knows how to do Halloween and I am all in. I love to look through her older magazines for fall inspiration.

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We have soccer games this week, flu shots, and plan on draining our pool. Only five more days until fall officially, yay!!! Have a great Wednesday!

Fall is in the Air

This past weekend I completely felt fall all around us. So, of course, it prompted me to put a few fall decorations up. I love fall garlands and this one is seriously so cute and I always have to snag a few new fall scented candles. I also found these mini fabric pumpkins which have become Jasmine’s new favorite thing to take off the table and stuff in any bag that she can get her hands on and off and away they all go.

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It has been nice to have cooler mornings since we spent half the day on Saturday at the soccer fields for the boys. Jonathan’s team is doing very well and are undefeated so far this season. He had three goals and one assist. Jordan is still trying to get the feel for the soccer games since this is his first year. In his age division, they don’t have any goalies and they give the kids a lot of freedom if the ball goes out of play they will generally tell them to keep playing so that there aren’t a million stops throughout the game.

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Sunday was a rest day for us. We did take the kiddos to a local park to run around for a bit. When we came home I whipped up our favorite fall mix. We love popcorn around here and it’s fun to create a special mix with a few of our favorite treats. Jordan couldn’t keep his little hands out of the candy corn, which I can’t blame him! You can substitute and add additional items to your liking. This just happens to be a favorite for us!

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I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

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!

Fourth of July / 2019

Happy Fourth of July! I can’t believe that the Fourth has come and gone. This Summer is going by a bit too quickly, but we have travel plans to look forward to and still plenty of Summer days and nights to hang in the backyard.

Our Fourth was filled with hanging in our backyard, eating yummy foods, and playing baseball. I don’t know what it is about July 4th, but we always play hours of baseball. I think it is the movie Sandlot that inspires us. My husband had to work all day so it was just me and the kiddos. We are always so exhausted by the end of the night that we never get to make it to the fireworks. Plus the thought of packing up the kiddos and heading downtown, finding parking, and dealing with tired kiddos after a long day seems unthinkable, maybe next year we will brave it.

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I try to incorporate fun and festive activities around Holidays. Jazzy girl and I painted our toes red and she was so good about letting her toes dry. This was the first time I painted her toes, but I have the feeling it will not be the last. Once they dried she was eager to show her big brothers her toes. The boys were very interested and even requested that I paint theirs.

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We ate countless popsicles throughout the day, I grilled some hot links, made this corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad recipe. I am obsessed with her blog and Instagram account. If you are looking for inspiration in the kitchen she is your girl.  I can’t wait to try more of her recipes.

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We are so grateful for our freedom and truly are blessed, Happy Birthday America! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.

Easter Weekend 2019

Happy Easter!!! We had such a fun Easter weekend this year. It was filled with dyeing eggs, playing outside, soccer, and creating lasting memories. Each year the kids seem to love the traditions we have created more and more which makes my heart so full. They had so much fun dyeing the eggs. They took turns rotating the eggs in the dye and pouring in the water. Their little hands were covered in dye, but they didn’t care. Jonathan had a soccer game on Saturday which they won so that was a nice way to start the weekend. The weather was a little chilly on Saturday, but it is slowly starting to feel like Spring and we couldn’t be happier!

Sunday morning the kiddos were up bright and early and Jordan was so excited to see if the Easter bunny came. This year was bittersweet because we finally had “the talk” with Jonathan that the Easter bunny, tooth fairy, and Santa is Mom/Dad. He was getting way to curious and asking a lot of questions that we felt he was of age to know the truth. He has taken the responsibility of keeping the “traditions” alive for his little brother and sister very seriously. Motherhood is full of highs and lows and this was a tough one for me because it really brought to light how old Jonathan is and how much I miss him being a little toddler. However, he loves to give me input now as to what should go in their Easter baskets and what “Santa” should leave under the tree next year! He is so clever.

The kiddos got lots of candy, outdoor toys, puzzles, and hair clips for Jazzy in their baskets. They played all morning, afternoon, and into the evening with their goodies. We finished the weekend together eating a ham (which has become the boys’ favorite meal), potatoes, and carrots. We watched hockey and Game of Thrones (which we are loving the final season so far) and went to bed feeling so blessed.

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Xo

Happy 9th Birthday Jonathan

We celebrated Jonathan’s 9th Birthday a few weekends ago (insert all the tears here)!!! I seriously can’t believe he is nine! He is growing up to be such an amazing, kind young man. He is smart, funny, and energetic! He’s so fun at this age because he wants to be involved in all the “grown-up” talks and somewhat ready to move up from the “kid” table.  He loves soccer and hockey. He is the world’s greatest big brother. I am so blessed to be on this journey with him and can’t wait to see all he accomplishes.

For his party, he decided he wanted a few friends to come over and have it at home instead of at a place. We staged the backyard into a battle zone so they could have a nerf gun battle. Jonathan also painted some boxes prior to the party and used them for additional barriers outside. They looked really cool and I’m bummed that I didn’t get any pictures of them. My sister came up and stayed with us a few days before his party and created a scavenger hunt for Jonathan and his friends. They really enjoyed the hunt and were happy to find the treasure which was a few small nerf guns for our guests to take home as party favors. The boys played outside, we ate pizza, and finished up with birthday cake! It was such a fun day and we loved every minute getting to celebrate our sweet boy!

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Dream big Jonathan!!!

We love you so much!