Dear August 2020,
You were our first month of virtual learning and you have definitely been a month of ups and downs. But, we are troopers and we are hanging in there with all the continued changes. We decided to look on the bright side and enjoy the good moments and blessings that at home schooling has to offer. And guess what, we are still smiling!
To offset all the continued schooling at home we filled our weekends with as much adventure as possible in the heat of AZ. Lots of swimming is definitely the perfect recipe for weekend fun. We also sneak away to the mountains as much as possible, thank goodness cooler weather is only a few hours away.
September, we welcome you with the dream of cooler-ish temps and the return of sports! We shall see what another month of virtual learning has in store… Here we go!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – August 2020 ::
Dear July 2020,
You are always a hot one… and as usual you were extra toasty with the award for the hottest month in AZ history! We spent most of the month in a pool or indoors to stay cool, with the exception of our dreamy Colorado vacation! We were so blessed to have booked this trip a year ago, that still allowed us the opportunity to get out and explore in the middle of this pandemic. We soaked up cooler weather, incredible hikes with majestic water features, took in breathtaking mountain views and fished like it was going out of style. When the day came to pack up and drive home, we all wished that we didn’t have to leave! It truly was the highlight of the summer. We also had the pleasure of celebrating our oldest daughter’s 8th birthday, which doesn’t even seem possible. Where has the time gone?!
But July 2020, you have come to an end and here we are getting ready to start virtual kindergarten and third grade from home next week. So August, please provide us with patience and understanding as we start this new chapter. We’re all in this together!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2020 ::
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 ::
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 ::
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 ::
Dear June 2019,
June has been a perfect 1st full month of summer. The girls enjoyed a week of vacation bible school and a week of dance camp and adored both! I am so grateful for fun activities to keep them energized and happy and I love the opportunity to watch them grow in new endeavors.
We were able to sneak away to the mountains for Father’s Day weekend and soak up family time, outdoor adventures and cooler weather… And of course celebrate our favorite daddy!
With the girl’s sports and extra activities on hold for the summer months we have been able to catch up with friends on more double-dates and share in more creative date nights just the two of us. It has been so much fun! This month we snuck in pedicures and Top Golf, and we have enjoyed trying new local restaurants!
Meanwhile, Kensie took her first steps this month and hasn’t stopped walking since. She is a go-getter and wants to get her hands on everything. She is also starting to copy our words and tones and her favorite activity is giving kisses, which we all line up for!
With the month of July ahead, we are excited to celebrate the 4th, check out some fireworks and soak up the last bit of summer break before school starts. The back-to-school countdown is on.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2019 ::
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 ::