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 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 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.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – March 2020 ::
We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… HELLO to a new decade – Hello 2020!
Take time today to thank God for the blessing of Day 1.Lamentations 3:23 – Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
￼Thank you for the beautiful photos La Brisa Photography.
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
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!
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 ::
Dear October 2019,
This month was filled with changing weather (It almost feels like fall here!) to school parties and costume events. It was a month filled with fun and, of course, … lots of candy! Did I mention soccer??? With two girls playing we are on the field a lot, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
As we prepare for November and the grateful-thankful month ahead, we look back with a smile and we look forward with excitement!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 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!