Dear July 2019,
Besides the heat of the summer, we had a great month! With our last family trip to the mountains for the 4th, we shared the best red, white and blue family time together!
Back to school is no joke! Between meet the teachers (x2) , first days of school (x2), curriculum nights and back to school parties… We are back in the swing of it all. Paisley’s first day of second grade, Payton’s first day of pre-k and Kensie’s first day at home with me… Alone! Wow, all I can say is, time is flying! Haha! And just when I thought nothing else could change, my biggest girl turned 7! What a month July brought.
August, you are already proving to be busy… Here we go!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2019 ::
I have been on a reading kick and I LOVE IT!
I often get asked, “How do you find time to read in this stage of life with three littles at home?” The truth is… I usually give up my precious sleep. I know this might sound crazy to some of you, but for me it is almost therapeutic. I love nothing more than wrapping my kiddos in their beds and kissing them goodnight and then jumping into my bed to dive into a good read! There is something soothingly sweet about it! After a long day of giving everything I have to my 3 girls, it is almost like I am finally giving myself what I need and investing in myself. The concept sounds crazy to my husband (and for all that can relate, maybe yours too!?)… “You’re sacrificing your sleep for a book?” Yes. Yes I am. And I love it. No matter how many times I try, it just doesn’t add up to him. Staying up late and trading in zzz’s for page flips is all about getting some quiet & much needed ME time. In this season of life, I have to take it where I can get it, and right now, its 9pm until some time later than I’m willing to admit. = )
That being said, here are a few great books that I have read over the last few months!
Here they are, my 6 Recent Reads
Dear May 2019,
Not gonna lie, I LOVED this month! May, you surprised us with being extra awesome! Mother’s Day, Memorial Day Weekend, swim season starting up, end of the school year and all the parties and festivities that go along with it and surprising fabulous AZ weather made this month fabulous!
But, the best part of the month had to be our kid-free Cinco De Mayo weekend getaway in Santa Fe! Delicious food, great company, many margaritas and the traditions of a quaint town made our little trip so memorable! We were so grateful to sneak away, just the two of us!
The hardest part of our month, a teething 13 month old, but hey if that is the worst of it, we can deal with that!
June, you bring our first month of summer break and lots of water fun!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2019 ::
Dear April 2019,
April, oh April, you are my favorite month and you know why! You are filled with beautiful weather, my babies first birthday, and oh yeah… My 34th birthday this year. We had so much fun closing up spring soccer and taking a break from the busy spring sports season. BUT, most importantly April brought gratitude. We are so thankful for Easter – He has risen indeed!
May, I can already tell that you are going to fly by! Looking forward to the end of school and the beginning of summer break. NOT looking forward to the scorching heat around the corner, but oh well, bring on the summer!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – April 2019 ::
Dear March 2019,
Spring is in the air & we definitely had an extra SPRING in our step through spring-break! March brought on a month of adventures. From a trip to the mountains and throwing snowballs to a getaway in the Sedona red rocks. But, the true beauty of the month was being able to slow it down and sleep in without rushing off to school. Did I mention I love spring break??!! We spent most of the month focusing in on family, it was so refreshing. We also celebrated Payton’s 4th Birthday with an Elsa-themed Birthday party and we indulged on the most adorable cake ever!
April you are bringing another month of celebrations, so what are we waiting for… Let’s party!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2019 ::
Dear February 2019,
You were one for the books! We made some of our most cherished memories this month and it was everything we had hoped for and more! We took our first Disneyland family vacation and it was truly a magical trip! Our girls will never forget all of the fun! It was also the best weather ever in AZ, so all I can say is thank you God for the rain and chilly weather. And we can’t forget Valentine’s Day, the holiday I never knew I loved until having daughters! We have way too much fun celebrating all things love in this family! February, although you are a short month, you rocked!
March, we have more fun planned and we are looking forward to it all!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – February 2019 ::
Disneyland, Wow! Where do I begin? Everything about Disney is dreamy and we fell in love with the magic of it all.
We had been planning an all-out trip to Disney for years now and it did not disappoint! I wanted to share all of my favorite photos and ALL.THE.THINGS. we did, saw and ate because truth be told, we had the best time. And I also wanted to document it all for my forever memories, it was by far the best family trip to date.
We knew we wanted to visit Disneyland in February because LOVE is in the air at the park and this AZ girl loves cold weather! The weather was chilly and the crowds were smaller, both wins in my book!
Dear December 2018,
You were the best!!! Christmas time is always the best time, but now that we are a family of 5… Everything was better than ever! We filled the month with family holiday functions and made sure the girls knew the real reason for the season – Jesus – Love came down! From live nativities to Santa, we did it all and made so many wonderful memories along the way. The best part of the month had to be our first Christmas Vacation and it was one we will never forget. Getting away to cold weather and indulging in Christmas spirit made this Christmas season our best yet! And it was so much fun watching Kensie enjoy her first Christmas! Thank you December 2018 for a month we adored.
We are so excited for 2019 and a new January of family-fun!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2018 ::
Shutterfly outdid themselves this year with their amazing 2018 Christmas cards selection.
As you know, we are big Shutterfly fans in this house, and once again I was pleasantly surprised with their adorable cards. Now that we are a family of five, I found that I gravitated towards the card options with more than 4 photo slots, so that I could highlight each of the girls.
This year I found that they really up-ed their game on the total card package. Not only are their card options fabulous, but their envelope liners and pre-addressed envelopes are so creative and colorful! I am all about the feeling you get when you pick-up a card out of your mailbox; the happy mail experience starts with the envelope!