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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in June 2020.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – June 2020

Dear June 2020,

We are still in Covid times. Due to the AZ spike in positive corona virus numbers, we are still in quarantine. Our days have consisted of swimming, swimming and more swimming. We are definitely doing what we can to enjoy this strange and unexpected summer. But I must say, the best memories of the month were our two mountain getaways. Sneaking away for a family weekend in Prescott and running off to Flagstaff, (kid-free!) have really given us life this month. Just what our adventurous hearts needed. Cooler weather, the great outdoors and a social media break can really do good for the soul!

We also celebrated two special days this month. We spent our 12th wedding anniversary on the lake kayaking the day away! And we loved on our favorite daddy on Father’s Day! Even though we are in unchartered territory in this season of life, we are so grateful for the gift of family time.

July, you provide our last month of summer… give us eyes to see past the uneasiness of the world around us and let us center in on what’s important!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in June 2020.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in May 2020.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – May 2020

Dear May 2020,

You were a month of endings! We celebrated the last day of homeschool for both Preschool and Second Grade! Although we are so happy to see the school year come to an end, we are sad that it ended in such an unexpected way this year. In honor of Preschool Graduation we celebrated at a park, social distancing of course, to still honor our little graduates in their caps and gowns. It was too cute!
We also celebrated Mother’s Day with a special day at home. I was serenaded with darling planned surprises and homemade goodies. It really was a memorable Mother’s Day!
With the major swing of heat rolling into the valley we snuck away to both Prescott and Payson for cooler adventures, which really made the month! We were able to enjoy the outdoors and take a break from our new normal at home. Kingston also got to join in the road-trip’n fun and loved the change of scenery. Who would have thought he only joined our family 1 month ago!
Well June, please surprise us with cooler weather… Hey, a girl can dream!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in May 2020.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in February 2020.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – February 2020

Dear February 2020,

You have surprisingly become one of my favorite months of the year. You are a month filled with beautiful AZ weather that tends to be chilly, breezy and rainy… my kind of heaven. You are also a month filled with our favorite sports and activities, which are extra enjoyable due to the stunning weather. [Super Bowl festivities, The Phoenix Open, Soccer Saturday’s, golf and hiking… we kept busy! ] We spent a lot of time as a family outdoors this month and that gives us all a little extra skip in our steps.
I also adore February because as a girl-mom it is so much fun watching all of my lovely ladies date their daddy for Valentine’s. Getting each girl ready for their surprise date with their favorite Valentine melted my heart each time, they made special memories that they will never forget… and priceless moments for me as their mom.
Oh February, you were loved! As we march right into March, I am pumped for a new collection of firsts and I promise to slow down and continue to be intentional with my loved ones. Let’s do this, March!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – February 2020 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in February 2020.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in December 2019.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – December 2019

Dear December 2019,

December was just as great as we’d hoped it would be. With all the holiday festivities and Christmas functions, it is a month we will always cherish. We love filling the month with Santa, Christmas decorations, holiday lights and Christmas parties! But, I must say… The best part was our mountain getaway. We were able to sneak away and visit Santa at the North Pole, hung out with friends in the snow, and the girls got to ski for the first time! We are a winter-loving family, so December you are always our favorite!
This December was extra special because our girls are old enough to understand that Jesus’ birth is the true meaning of Christmas, and there is nothing more special than that!

As January brings a new year and a new decade, we are beyond excited to see where 2020 takes our family. We have so much to be thankful for and looking forward to a bright future as the Wodiske Party of 5!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2019 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in December 2019.

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I love sharing a good book. In my new book review series, Recent Reads, I review the books I have recently read and let you know my thoughts and opinions.
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Recent Reads – December 2019

I did it!…  I have officially joined the digital world of Amazon Kindle reading and I am a huge fan! Don’t get me wrong… I know there will be times that I miss actually flipping the pages and smelling the paper, but so far I am loving it. Go Team Kindle!  And ever since I bought a Kindle, I have been able to fly through Books! It goes everywhere with me and it is filled with all of my favorite titles. Thanks to the convenience of electronic reading, I have some great books to share… I enjoyed these titles and I think you will as well.

So here you go, a good round up of books that you can’t go wrong with!  In full disclosure, please know that I adore a Hallmark style love-story with a happy ending, but I am happy to say I branched out a little bit this time around. These books have some unexpected plot twists, surprise endings, in-depth storylines and historical connections… Which I found very intriguing as well.  I also read 2 great books that have a Christmas theme – just in time for the holidays!


My 12 Recent Reads

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Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come.
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2019 Christmas Traditions: Christmas Cards | Family Photos | Matching PJ’s | Santa Photos

These are a few of my favorite Christmas Traditions… Family Photos + Christmas Cards + The Santa Visit + Matching Holiday PJ’s!


SANTA is always a fun visit for us.  It is our chance to see who will smile and who will cry.  Is it bad that I always (secretly) wish for tears?? Sadly, my dream didn’t come true.  Kensie held it together and we are officially the ‘smiley-Santa-photos’ family.  Oh well, at least I am thankful for the joy.  Don’t get me wrong, Kensie is extremely skeptical of Old St. Nick, but I am sure next year she will be his biggest fan!  Payton and Paisley, on the other hand, never wanted to leave his side.  It is so sweet to watch their belief shine!  Enjoy our Santa visit!Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Christmas Traditions 2019 is a recap of a few of our favorite holiday activities. These are the moments that we will remember for years to come. Continue Reading

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2019.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – November 2019

Dear November 2019,

As always, you were a month filled with thankfulness! We celebrated daddy’s birthday and we soaked up all the fun turkey-day school festivities while preparing for the big family feast! We spent lots of quality family time together as we enjoyed riding bikes around in the amazing cooler and rainy weather that you brought us! We stood as a family and dedicated ourselves to raise Payton and Kensie in a Jesus loving home surrounded by encouragement and support. And we spent a maroon and gold filled day at ASU Homecoming, taking the girls back to where it all began for our family.  Wow, it was a special month!

December… we are so excited for you and the special memories you will bring us in this festive month!!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2019 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2019.

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Halloween Costumes 2019! Our trip down Halloween costume memory lane and good costume ideas for kids and babies! (Cop, Waitress + Pink Flamingo)
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Halloween Costumes 2019

They picked well this year!  We decided to let the girls select costumes that made them happy!  So we jumped on Amazon/Target online and let the girls browse and pick what stood out to them.  As an added bonus we let the big sisters select Kensie’s costume, and I am pretty sure she is not thrilled about the head piece.  HaHa – The life of the littlest sister!


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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2019.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – September 2019

Dear September 2019,

You were an unexpectedly delightful month filled with travel, sports and celebrated double-digit weather.

I loved jetting off on a magical NYC girls trip filled with glitz and glam and fabulous shows! Every-time I visit New York I fall in love with a new spot… You can’t go wrong in that city. It sure is something special!

Travis and I also snuck away for a quick 48 hour adventure to California, thanks to a fabulous family wedding. It was so nice to explore Newport Beach together and fulfill my need for a visit to the ocean.

And of course a big round of applause and thank you to AZ for dropping down out of the 100 degree weather, just in time for soccer season to begin! We are so grateful!

Time for some fall weather to match the fall season. We are looking forward to you, October, and we already have our costumes picked out! Let the fun begin!

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – September 2019 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2019.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in July 2019.
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Our Month In 9 Squares – July 2019

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 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in July 2019.

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