Our sweet Willow turned 5 on Halloween. Five. Hard to believe my sweet girl is five already, but so it goes. They grow so quickly. I have loved all of our Willow moments. She came into this world so peacefully, but howled like a storm for the first year of life. She has been just like that since then–peaceful one moment but tempestuous in the very next. Willow finds so much calming energy just by feeling within herself, which I find incredible (as I am in fact a people pleaser). I love her spirit. She is kind and gentle and forgiving. She is quick to give Mama her love. Continue reading »
All around there are great, safe opportunities for the kids to take part in for Halloween. Our library hosted a fun trick-or-treat night last week for the kids. Of course we are going out on Halloween as well, but that day is also Willow’s birthday. So there will be plenty to share about that day later on. Here is a little peek at our Halloween warm up, as we’ll call it.
It seems to me that since we’ve moved to Florida, the entire notion of getting and carving pumpkins almost completely slips my mind each year. In fact, if the kids hadn’t reminded me this year it probably would not have happened. And I know why. It’s the air. It doesn’t remind me that it’s time. And if you know the Northern air, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Toward the end of September you start to sense the change in the air, as the cool begins to make its way back (or Duchess Autumn as we call it around here). Then when October comes, the nip has arrived and you just know. You know it’s time to look for the nearest corn maze, hay ride, haunted house, apple orchard, and of course, pumpkin patch.
Grandparents’ Day is too often overlooked, in my opinion. Our kids receive so much love and adoring attention from their grandparents. They deserve so much in return. So today the kiddos and I put together these precious pictures featuring their sweet little hands and feet. I have been planning this one for a while. I was trying to figure out how to give them all a part in it. This picture is great for having several kids. Each one gets to take part in a piece of the picture. Together they make one beautiful work of art.
Scott and the older girls have gone to see the fireworks, while I stay at home with the little ones who have already made their way to Dreamland. And as the house has quieted I’m looking back on this day. These are the days that revolve around family and traditions and making forever memories for our family. I hope you enjoyed making memories with your family today.
A couple days ago we broke out our 4th of July decorations, which mainly consist of things that are handed to us at our town’s 4th of July parade. I hadn’t put much effort into this holiday, until now! Chloe insisted that we have something festive on our table and I agreed. So together we made this super easy table runner, which turned out pretty cute!
If you are looking for a way to show your man how much you appreciate him and also maybe keep things a little exciting, here is a great way to do that without spending a ton of dough. This is a fun printable that can be used to show the daddy of your sweet babies how much he means to you on a regular basis–and he can share in the fun too!
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Fun fact: Did you know that next year marks the 100th anniversary for Mother’s Day? I don’t know where I read this, but it’s apparently true. This week we’ve all been sick with fevers and colds, which has kept us inside a bit. We’ve worked on gifts for the mothers in our family, which has sparked a question, “When’s Children’s Day?” ”Well, Chloe,” I answered. ”Every day is Children’s Day.” She thought that was a crazy concept. Then we told her what makes every day children’s day and why days like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are so special. Continue reading »
This week, we’ve spent some time making gifts for my mother and for Scott’s. The girls helped me with cards and things. I spent some time with some canvas and paint, making a gift for Scott’s mama. Our mothers are so very special. They are both amazing grandmothers to our children and I’m so happy to have their influence in our children’s lives. The love that they share is unconditional and abundant. They make these kids feel so special each and every time they’re around them. Of course, the traditional spoiling does happen, but that’s what makes time with the grandmothers so unique. Continue reading »