I’m going to preface this by saying, this is not an advertisement for Chatbooks, nor am I getting paid by them, ha! I just had to share one of my favorite things from the past month. My sister started getting these several months ago, and after looking at all of her books, I was hooked. It’s going to take us forever to get caught up with my instagrams, but the boys were so excited when these came in the mail, it’s going to be such a fun surprise every month when they arrive.
It was also a great way to put all of our photos together from our recent Disney trip! It’s awesome to have actual photo books to look at, and the boys’ enjoyment over these shows me that our world has not gone completely digital. Love them!
This weekend we picked out a new Christmas tree, since ours was nine years old and the lights didn’t work in the middle…
After much deliberation we finally decided on the perfect one:
No, not that one…it was almost ten feet tall.
Then we headed to meet up with my sister, Mom, niece, and nephews to purchase items for shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child:
It was a little crazy with five kids, but we managed to get everything:
Then on Saturday I took A to march with the Cub Scouts in our local Veterans Day Parade:
Afterwards we ran by Starbucks:
And then headed to a birthday party:
On Sunday we took a lazy day, since J hasn’t quite gotten over his nighttime cough he’s been dealing with for a week:
And got ready for the up coming week! Happy Monday!
J wrapped up a great season of soccer this past week. He’s a champ player! He is always ready to go for games, wants to play the entire game, and is already looking forward to next season.
J and I watched Wall-E for the first time and he loved it:
But before that he was my wedding date, while A and B were at Cub Haunted:
A turned nine:
And went to The Phantom Tollbooth play with his class (and Granna!):
We graduated to full Monopoly:
And the boys hiked Monte Sano for Cub Scouts:
And that’s a little of our life lately!
Nine years ago, B and I began the biggest and best adventure of our lives…A. This boy made me a Mama, and we love him to the moon in back. A has always been our deep thinker. Funny and sincere, joyful and kind, I honestly cannot remember when he couldn’t talk, or sing, or ask all the questions. Here’s a trip down memory lane of our first nine with A:
Whether he’s writing a story, creating a short film, reading a book, or working on solving all the math problems, A’s mind is always on the go. He loves big, hugs tight, and constantly tells me that “I’m a great Mom and doing a good job”. My life long cheering section, he watches football with his Dad and Food Network with me with equal enthusiasm. He is the best big brother, I’m not sure many have the patience to hang out with their little brother as much as he does.
I cannot believe nine years has gone by! It seems like only yesterday I was standing up rocking him in the middle of the night. Happy Birthday A! We love you!
This is one of my current favorite meatless meals:
Trader Joe’s cooked harvest grains + diced tomato can + laughing cow herb & garlic cheese in a red pepper baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. So good!
That is J climbing a rock wall barefoot:
And this was the first time A whittled with a knife for Cub Scouts:
This week J started soccer (year 3), he is so pumped about this season!
We tested out campfire recipes, some that worked out (apples) and some that didn’t (hot dogs):
Sliced apples with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar, wrapped tightly with foil and roasted for 4-6 minutes:
That we snacked on while star gazing, after a little bit of basketball playing and bike riding:
School is back in session, but we are still relishing in the last of summer.
While we didn’t experience totality of the solar eclipse, 97% was pretty awesome. We checked the boys out early from school and watched the eclipse on tv and studied its movement outside with pin holes, a colander, and our eclipse glasses. The boys are already looking forward to the next eclipse in 2024!
The boys may be back in school, but we are still soaking up all the pool time we can get!
We’re jumping, floating, and just relaxing. Our pool is open until almost October, which is awesome because I can guarantee it’ll be hot until then or later.