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!

St. Patrick’s Day / 2019

I hope you had a festive St. Patrick’s Day! We had a pretty low key weekend. Everyone has a cold so we are trying to get ourselves healthy so we can enjoy the sun being out that we have been desperately waiting for!

Over the weekend we made some happy cakes (Jordan likes to refer to cupcakes as) and added a few marshmallows just for kicks! Earlier in the week, I made the littles a healthy, St. Patrick Day inspired snack. I find that they will eat healthier snacks without all the negotiating and I don’t want to eat that when I present it in a fun way for them. Something so easy as cutting the cucumbers into shamrocks (which was slightly challenging I found, but hey, A for effort right?!).

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Jonathan had a soccer free weekend which came at the right time since as I mentioned before we have all been coughing, running noses, and having sore throats. Having sick kiddos is the absolute worst! Jasmine was a mess, but she cleaned up nicely for a few pictures. I also, made corned beef, potatoes, and carrots to celebrate the luck of the Irish!

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Jordan and Jasmine’s shirt here/ Jasmines’s headband sold out from Target but similar here / Jonathan’s shirt here

I hope you are enjoying the warm sun and cheers to this week for officially being Spring!

St. Patrick’s Day Word Search & Crafts

Happy March and almost Spring! We’re looking forward to Spring so much this year. This Winter has been very long and cold. We can’t wait to be able to get some fresh air and play outdoors.

Being cooped up inside the house due to all the snow we have had in our region makes us especially thankful for resources like Education.com. They provided us with a fun and festive word search just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. You can print the word search here and the answer key here. Jonathan loves to do the word searches in his downtime. He has been very busy with school. We love how many printable worksheets they have available, their online games, and guided lessons.

Make spelling practice fun with this St.Patrick’s Day word search! Be sure to check out Education.com for more fun learning resources.

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While Jonathan was busy completing the fun word search I set up Jordan with a craft. We put noodles on a piece of string earlier that morning (which is such a great fine motor skill for toddlers to practice) and then set up paint so he could paint the noodles green and orange to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Jordan loves to paint and was especially excited to wear his noodle necklace.

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I hope you have a wonderful week!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hang a new garland, blow up some balloons, and get some festive crafts and snacks for the kiddos. February is one of my favorite months because it just has a feel-good vibe. I love to create heart-shaped goodies and make Valentine’s with the kiddos.

Jonathan will be having a small class party at school and the littles and I plan on baking some cookies and playing with the few ballons that haven’t popped yet. We are getting another rain/snow storm so we will be staying cozy and reading a few Valentine’s books.

Below are a few pictures I took over the past weekend!

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Be Mine Garland (old from Pottery Barn kids similar here) / Boys shirts here / Jasmine’s headband and dress / stickers

I hope you have a festive and fun Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! Xoxo

Valentine’s Week

Who is ready for Valentine’s Day this week?! I took some Valentine’s pictures of the kids this past weekend (that I will share later this week) when we were snowed in and Jordan was so funny because he kept saying, “this is the best Thanksgiving Ever!” After, I explained to him that Valentine’s Day is what is coming up and Thanksgiving had already passed he said, “mom, I just want to call it Thanksgiving ok.” I didn’t argue. So around here apparently Thanksgiving is this week. Kids really do say the darnedest things!

After dropping Jonathan off at school Jordan and Jasmine helped me make some yummy goodies. We melted white chocolate and dipped the pretzels in it. They ended up picking all the hearts off before the chocolate could even dry though.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday and Happy Thanksgiving!!! Xoxo