Hello, November

Hello friends! I can hardly believe that we are almost in Mid November. October flew by which makes me sad because it is one of my favorite months of the year. The end of October and beginning of November are always so busy for us. Jordan turned six on October 29th and between his birthday and Halloween, we are always extremely busy.

First, I want to share with you guys Jordan’s birthday. The night before his birthday Jonathan and I stayed up late decorating so he would wake up to a nice surprise. I got up early and got us doughnuts, he opened his presents, we had pizza for lunch and his favorite a Happy meal for dinner. We sang him Happy Birthday and ate cake! We had a great day celebrating with our family and loved every minute. Jordan is growing into a very kind, funny, and thoughtful boy. He loves to play with his older brother and never leaves out his little sister. He has a heart of gold and we love him so much!

Halloween this year was much different. We ended up putting a small display in our front yard/driveway on Halloween for the trick-or-treaters. We were unsure if we would get anyone. We blocked off our front door so people would not come to do the door. We made individual candy bags for the kids to grab. For our kiddos, we decided that we would not go around trick-or-treating, but planned a super fun Halloween scavenger hunt around our house and neighborhood for the kids. The boys loved it and were completely satisfied when they found the big prize at the end of the hunt, a huge bowl of candy for them to share. Also, we had the most beautiful weather on Halloween which was so nice! I didn’t take many pictures on Halloween but a few are below.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! XO

October Days

The past week and a half have been filled with highs and lows. We received a call from the boys’ school stating that someone in one of the Kindergarten classes tested positive for Covid so for extra precautions all Kindergarteners needed to self isolate for fourteen days. So Jordan has been at home doing distance learning and Jonathan is still able to go to school if he is not sick etc. I knew this year would be challenging and it has yet to disappoint, but we are just taking it day by day and remembering to count our blessings.

So over the weekend, we made these fun spider cupcakes that the kiddos thought were so cool. Pinterest has so many cute ideas for fun ways to decorate cupcakes or other Halloween goodies. When in doubt just make cupcakes and things will start to feel better!

It was beautiful weather on Saturday so we put some more Halloween decorations out in our front yard. We normally do a haunted house on Halloween but have decided not to do it this year which we are all bummed about. We have made individual candy bags and plan on leaving them in our driveway for any trick-or-treaters that come by. Also, we plan on doing a fun scavenger hunt on Halloween day for the kiddos instead of trick or treating this year.

Sunday our nice weather came to a halt! It was so cold so we made Italian tortellini sausage soup and looked at pressed leaves that we picked earlier in the week. I think we will make bookmarks with the leaves, stay tuned, and will share later once they are complete.

We have a busy week ahead with Jordan at home doing school, Jonathan going to school, and Jordan is turning six this week! I am still in disbelief, but we have party planning to do (we are just having it at home), a scavenger hunt to make still, and last-minute Halloween decorating. All while enjoying the last week of our favorite month! I can’t believe how quickly this month went!

I hope you all are doing fun, festive things this last week of October! XO

Homemade Play Dough and Halloween Doodles

Fall break is over and the boys are back to school. We had a nice time with them being home for the week and made sure to make the last weekend count. Friday night the boys camped out in our backyard (which I am completely shocked they lasted all night). It was relatively warm throughout the night and they had a blast! They attempted to on Saturday night, but I had to be the bad guy and made them stay inside once they both came in sniffling asking for more blankets. Parenting is a roller coaster of highs and lows, but at the end of each decision love and caring are always our goals even if the kids don’t realize it.

Anyway, on Saturday, we made some homemade play dough and created Halloween inspired goodies. I always use this recipe and added a few drops of essential oils to make the dough smell delicious! Homemade playdough is one of our favorite activities. Even though the kitchen is lightly dusted with flour for days, the mess is worth the fun!

We had blustery weather on Sunday so we read Halloween books, colored Halloween doodles (I came across this free printable here ), and watched some movies. Seriously, my favorite kind of day.

Ghosts in the House / The Cat at Night / Little Owl’s Night / The Scariest Book Ever / Jasmine’s beanie / boy’s beanie / Jasmines Boots / Boo and Pumpkin luminars Old from Potterybarn Kids

I hope you have a great week ahead! XO

Fall Break

This week has been nice having the boys home from school. We have had lazy mornings, lots of pancakes, and plenty of time to enjoy the Fall weather. The leaves are starting to fall off the trees and turn crunchy and our mornings are nice and crisp.

Jonathan the other day brought out our Monopoly game and we have been bouncing from Monopoly to this Fall puzzle. Since the begin of quarantine we started puzzling and have had one active puzzle at our family table. It is nice to gather around it and just small talk several times throughout the day. Jordan is our littler puzzler and has a real knack for it.

In the afternoons we have been enjoying our apples, caramel + peanut butter mix, and chocolate chips to snack on. The apples are so delicious right now since they are in season and we love to try all the different varieties. Jordan recently learned about all the different types of apples at school and so he has been very excited to talk about apples while eating them with plenty of caramel and peanut butter dip.

Kids Pajamas (currently sold out, but the Adult Sizes are on super sale) / The Scariest Book Ever

Even though the kiddos are eager to get back to school we plan on enjoying the weekend by making chicken noodle soup, going to the soccer field, and maybe painting some pumpkins. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! XO

Pumpkin Patch

The boys are on Fall break all week so we decided to kick off their break by heading to our local Pumpkin Patch. The weather was really warm and it was just a beautiful Fall day. The kiddos got to explore the entire farm. They looked at all different types of pumpkins, seen chickens, pigs, and alpacas. They had a hayride and a barrel train. We ended our fun by completing a corn maze which was the boy’s favorite thing! They could have stayed hours walking around the maze if we let them.

Overall we had a fun-filled Fall day! The kids are already asking when we can go back. They offer a few other activities later in the month that were not available the day we went so we might just have to go back one more time!

Here are a few more things we plan to check off our Fall bucket list…
Paint pumpkins, jump in piles of leaves, drink hot cider outside one evening, and watch all the festive, classic Halloween movies. What’s on your Fall bucket list this year?

I hope you had a wonderful Fall weekend! XO

Weekend Overview

Happy Monday, friends! We had a quiet weekend filled with yummy food. We ate festive mini pumpkin waffles for breakfast, using this little mini waffle maker. We made an apple pie that we ate throughout the weekend and honestly just lounged around. It was smoky on Saturday but cleared by the evening.

Sunday, we did get outside and blow off some built-up energy. The weather is so beautiful right now. It was a bit cooler on Sunday giving, it a real Fall feeling with leaves starting to fall from our trees. It’s very nice to just sit outside when there is a slight cool breeze and listen to the leaves rustling, it’s so peaceful.

This week consists of getting flu shots for the kiddos, organizing a few areas of our house, and its the last week of school for the boys before Fall break next week. Hopefully, planning to take the kiddos to a pumpkin patch in our area over their Fall break (fingers crossed there is one that will be open).

Apple Pie Filling / Kitchen Towels / Jasmine’s Vest and Candy Corn long sleeve shirt

I hope you had a great weekend! XO

Fall Friday

Happy Friday friends! I hope you had a great week. Today marks the boys’ second full week of being able to go to school all five days without any air quality cancellations etc. We are so thankful and blessed that our skies are blue and clear. However, still praying for everyone who has been directly affected by the fires here on the West Coast. It has been truly devastating the amount of loss that has happened. We are very thankful for the hardworking firefighters during this time.

We are having the most amazing weather, every opportunity to be outside we take it. We have been going to the soccer field by our house and letting the kids run around in the evenings, walking the boys to school, and spending plenty of time in our backyard. This time of year is so nice to be out in. I hope it lasts all through the end of September and all of October. Also, how is it already October next week??!!!

Well, Jasmine and I have prepared a whole chicken for dinner this evening, possibly an apple pie (not homemade, but I think a close runner up, I will keep you posted on how it turns out and what filling I used). So we are ready for the weekend and plan on hanging outside as much as possible.

Jasmine’s Fall things Long Sleeve t-shirt / Apples, Hayrides, and Pumpkin Hanging Wall Sign

I hope you have an amazing weekend! XO

Fall in Love

Happy Fall friends! I received my favorite issue of Martha’s Living magazine a few days ago in the mail and have been flipping through her Fall inspirations over and over. Her magazines always are motivating to me to make yummy Fall recipes or try a new way to decorate with pumpkins. Also, before flipping through my favorite magazine I love to create a delicious Fall bomb scent to put in the diffuser and create the dreamiest Fall scents EVER. My favorite right now is cinnamon bark, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and orange. I put a few drops of each and enjoy!

I am currently reading Alice Hoffman’s The Rules of Magic. It has been on my reading list for a while and it has such a Fall vibe that I thought it was in order. I am almost done with it so will be looking for a few good Fall reads. What are your favorite books to read in the Fall? I think I might read a thriller next, maybe Ruth Ware’s newest.

Since today is officially Fall it was a must to do some crafting. Jasmine and I walked the boys to school today and strolled back home and got started. She loves to paint and is getting pretty good with her coloring. There is a nice breeze in the air today so we’re going to head outside and gather a few leaves for our next craft.

Cheers to it being officially Fall!!! XO

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