Our sweet Jordan turned three recently. We just celebrated at home and loved every minute! He kept reminding us that his Birthday was coming up a few days before his actual Birthday. He is the sweetest boy! He loves to play with his big brother and watch his baby sister do tummy time.
His favorite food is corn. His favorite color is green. His favorite movie is Boss Baby. His favorite toys to play with are his cars, Toy Story toys, and train set.
He says throughout the day, “Mom, I love you too much.” It is the best and I don’t ever want him or that love to EVER change. He is the best big brother to his little sister. He is very protective of her. When she cries he says, “Mom, crying baby!” It makes me laugh each time. He adores and wants to do everything his big brother does. They love to play with each other and with that comes the arguing, making up, ripping toys from each other’s hands, and loving one another to pieces!
We love you to pieces Jordan!!! I hope all your wishes and dreams always come true!
We have been enjoying all the October Vibes and especially the beautiful weather we have been having here lately. We are on our final push before Halloween to get everything set up for our Haunted House. We also will be celebrating our sweet Jordan’s 3rd Birthday. We are just having a party at the house this year, but he will wake up to a few balloons Jonathan and I hung up after he went to sleep. Jonathan insisted on throwing streamers on the balloons 😉
The boys had a great afternoon gathering leaves in our backyard and jumping and throwing them around. It truly is magical to hear children laugh and play! It’s the little things that I hope my kiddos will always enjoy!
We will be celebrating, decorating, and enjoying the last few days of October this weekend. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
October has us feeling all the Fall Vibes. The morning sunrises have been so beautiful here. I absolutely love our October skies and crisp mornings! The leaves are falling off the trees and are the most beautiful colors. The evenings are splendid as well.
With Halloween fast approaching we have a ton of work still to complete with finalizing our Haunted garage (Butcher Shop Theme) and still adding decorations outside. In the meantime though Jordan and I whipped up some cupcakes, AKA as Happy Cakes per Jordan.
Kitchen Linen and Small plate old from Crate & Barrel.
Also, our sweet little Jazzy girl is three months old today! I can’t get over how quickly the past three months have gone by. She is the sweetest baby ever! She smiles constantly, loves to watch her big brothers, and is very content. We are still up two-three times per night for feedings and changing of diapers. I can’t wait to introduce her to solid foods in the next month once we get the okay from her pediatrician. We love you to pieces sweet Jasmine!!
So I wanted to share a few pictures of our Halloween decorating so far this year. We are mostly done decorating the inside of our home, but will continue to put decorations outside until the night of Halloween when we put EVERYTHING out! I say everything because it literally takes us all day to stage, prep the Haunted garage, and make sure everything is turned on before the trick-or-treaters arrive. My husband will start putting decorations out October 1st and he tries to put one new decoration out per day. I will post an outdoor Halloween decor post later.
Growing up I remember a set of Halloween pumpkins my mother would put out each year and I looked forward to seeing them every year. I hope that our decorating and traditions will stick with our kiddos and they will share the same experiences with their future families.
Owl and Bat Luminary old from Pottery Barn Kids / Lights
Candles, Skull Luminay, Boo candy holders all old from Pottery Barn Kids
All Pumpkins and Candles old from Pottery Barn Kids/ Pom Pom Garland made by myself
Halloween Countdown Calendar and Placemats old from Pottery Barn Kids / Bats
Haunted Houses and Witch Garland old from Pottery Barn Kids
Happy Halloween Garland and Accordian Halloween Decor old from Pottery Barn Kids
I hope you have a wonderful Week and Happy decorating!!!
Jonathan had the past week off from school since it was his School’s Fall Break. We had such beautiful Fall weather! The boys helped their Dad decorate outside, we picked leaves, and picked up some more pumpkins for the front of the house. Jordan absolutely loves having his big brother around. They have been wearing their costumes all day and playing outside together.
Boys shirts from Carters
We also made one of Jonathan’s favorite meals, Hoppin John. It is so simple and tasty! There are many recipes and ways to make your Hoppin John based upon your preferences. However, I rinse a bag of black eyed peas and put in the crockpot, adding about three cups of water. Then add about 5 beef bullion cubes. I let cook until black eyed peas are soft (also, I will add more water as needed). Then brown Italian sausage and add to crockpot. I make white rice in my rice cooker and serve the Hoppin John over white rice. It’s so yummy and a nice Fall meal. You can make with cornbread as well!
Kitchen linen old from Crate and Barrel / Soup Bowl
Well we are heading into Sunday trying to soak up Jonathan’s last day before he is heading back to school. We will be doing lots of lounging, laundry, and preparing for the busy week ahead. Here is a picture of our little Jazzy girl that we just can’t get enough of!
Headband / Booties from Carter’s
With October in full swing, we have put away our Fall Books and updated to our Fav Halloween Books. With each changing season and Holiday I try to update the kiddos books to keep them excited about what’s to come. Jonathan has required reading he has to complete for school each night so while he is doing his homework it is nice to grab a book and read to Jordan and Jasmine. Jonathan will always come and join in after he completes his work. These are currently what the boys have on their shelves.
Top Ledge Book 1/ Book 2/ Book 3
Bottom Ledge Book 1/ Book 2/ Book 3
Top Ledge Book 1/ Book 2/ Book 3
Bottom Ledge Book 1/ Book 2/ Book 3
We try to begin and end our day with a few stories. If we don’t start our day off we will definitely at some point of the day when I notice the boys need some down and quiet time read a few stories. Jordan is at a fun age where he has a few stories that he really enjoys and he will ask me to read them over and over. As much as I enjoy it, it is nice to ask him if he would like to hear a story from his shelf that we haven’t read in awhile by changing the book themes with the changing seasons and Holidays.
My overall hope is to instill a love for reading in my kiddos. What are your kiddos favorite Halloween books?
October is one of our favorite Months of the year! It is such a busy Month for us since we always have a themed Haunted House in our garage the night of Trick-or-Treat, decorate the inside and outside of our house, and most importantly our Jordan will be turning 3 at the end of the Month.
Last week I picked up some pumpkins and we will start our decorating right away! Jonathan is on Fall Break this week which allows us to plan a lot of fun and festive activities. We will be heading to the park a lot, gathering some of the beautiful changing leafs for a fun art project (still to be determined), and getting to sleep in spooky pajamas!
Jordan and Jonathan’s pajamas are from the Gap last year and Jasmine’s pajamas you can find here.
The boys are always so excited for October 1st because they know all the decorations will be coming out and they love to give their input on what should go where. They especially love to help their Dad decorate (which my husband is slightly obsessed with Halloween)! I will be posting a house tour of all the decorations (both inside and out) once we get everything finalized. Until then, we have a few decorations out!
Eat, Drink & Be Scary Candle / Paper Straws
I would love to hear how you and your kiddos like to decorate for Fall and Halloween. Have a great week!
Snacks and snack time is a must around our house. I am always trying to reinvent or put a spin on healthy, kid pleasing snacks. I do find as the Seasons change so will our snacks and meals. The boys are currently loving apples, graham crackers, peanut butter, and some caramel apple dip. Presentation is helping me have the most success while trying to get my almost three year old who has suddenly turned into a very particular eater to want to eat. If I put his snack in a cool little container opposed to a boring plate he is much more inticed to eat. Even Jonathan enjoys seeing his snacks displayed in an unique way. I will use a silicone tray that I bought at our local grocery store (similar here) or an egg crate. The dividers make it easy to put different snacks in while giving the food a fun presentation.
Another fun way to make sandwiches come alive is to use a sandwich cutter or a cookie cutter to make their favorite sandwiches even more fun to eat! Jordan is not a fan of sandwiches, but I can usually get him to eat a few bites if it is in a fun shape.
I would love to hear what are some of your kiddos favorite snacks. Hope you have a great weekend!