They picked well this year! To be honest, they selected their costumes back in August because they were so excited. We have been counting down to this day! The big sisters also had the privilege of selecting Kensie and Kingston’s costumes, and we are obsessed! I am not sure Kingston loves his 1st Halloween costume… but he looks HOT! HAHA!
Dear October 2020,
Thank you for the cooler temps! We especially appreciated some of the 60 degree days and finally being able to wear long sleeves and coats! It’s about time!
With these Covid times we weren’t able to go far for fall break this year, so we went up north and soaked up laid back mountain living… Which is our absolute favorite! We love nothing more than a cozy getaway to a small town, filled with outdoor adventures, intentional family time and local restaurants. It was an absolute treat to getaway!
Soccer is in full swing and continues to be a weekly highlight for us! The girls are on great teams and we look forward to practices and games with our teams-turned good friends! Both girls have really excelled this season and it has been pure joy cheering them on and watching them thrive!
Trav and I make it a point to sneak in a couple creative date nights a month and this month we tried out a stand up comedy show. I absolutely recommend trying something new and stepping out of the typical, date-night-box… It was memorable and we laughed the night away!
Guess what… It’s time to say goodbye to candy corn and pumpkins, and hello to turkeys and the best meal of the year! November, we are already looking forward to our calendar full of fun moments ahead!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2020 ::
Dear September 2020,
You brought back in-person school and sports… Thank you! Yes, it is still 2020, but we are looking on the bright side and enjoying what is left of it. Even though everything looks and feels a little different in our face-masks… We are excited to be back to some normalcy.
We snuck away for a mountain getaway as an escape from the heat, which ended up being the highlight of the month! We can’t get enough of mountain living – It’s our favorite! On a personal note, I hit a big milestone on my Peloton and I am excitedly spinning to my next goal! Yay for little wins along the way!
October, we are looking forward to you, can you at least bring cooler weather?! Please and thank you. 🙂
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – September 2020 ::
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.
:: 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 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 ::
Dear May 2020,
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2020 ::
Dear April 2020,
April, You are usually a busy and event-filled month, but with quarantine in full swing it was not our usual April.
We filled the month with homeschooling, at home fun and soaking up as much outdoorsy time as possible. We loved being creative with painting and sidewalk chalk, long bike rides and splashing around on the backyard water slide. Honestly, it has been so much fun!!! We have embraced the quarantine lifestyle and besides missing our friends and family, we have enjoyed our new normal. Don’t get me wrong I am excited for the day that we can go on dates again and enjoy my girlfriend time!
Even though we were inside… we also enjoyed a simple yet perfect Easter and 2 BIG birthdays. Thank goodness for Target and Amazon, we were still able to throw amazing in-home shindigs. Quarantine birthdays are surprisingly GREAT! Kenise turned 2 and had the time of her life eating cake and playing with new toys. And 35 wasn’t spent exactly how I imagined, but I enjoyed eating and drinking the day away with my hubby while binging McMillions, Michael Jordan – The Last Dance & Tiger King. (PS- McMillions is by far one of the best documentaries we have watched – So good!)
BUT, the biggest and BEST part of April 2020 was welcoming Kingston Porter into our family. The sweetest little Schoodle has taken over our hearts and home. He has made every day exciting and honestly we couldn’t be happier with our 4lb little buddy!
So there you have it! We didn’t let quarantine ruin our month. Instead we embraced it and now looking back I couldn’t be more thankful for it! Some of my favorite memories to date, were made in April… In the comfort of our home! May, we are looking forward to what you have in store, with no expectations!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – April 2020 ::
Dear March 2020,
Where to begin… March 2020 you were completely unexpected. We started out the month with life as usual – busy sports schedule and school activities. We then jumped in the car on day 1 of spring break to enjoy snow and mountain weather with friends on a ski trip. Little did we know that when we got home, we were home for good.
This month has taken some crazy turns. But, after all that has gone on, we are just so grateful to be together and healthy. With Covid-19 wreaking havoc on the world, we have spent the rest of the month safe at home and soaking up family time.
With school now canceled for the rest of the year, April is looking to be a month of homeschooling, family bike rides and embracing more social distancing. BUT we are going into it with a smile and determination to look on the bright side and continue to be grateful! Grateful for health, love, family and thanks to technology we get to stay in touch with those we love. April is going to surprise us with some very special family time! Even though it isn’t at all what we expected, we are looking forward to it.