{fall fun} carnival day

This happened about three weeks ago and I thought it was a great way to start our Fall fun activities season. The weather that day was more Summer than Fall though. It was a great warm, sunny day, perfect to be outdoors. There were three days of Carnival fun organized by a local Ambulance corps at a nearby park and so we decided to stop by. It was small carnival with just a few rides and games but we had a fun time.
{small kid, big world}
 {"ahi mama". Pointing where he wanted to go next}
 {happy pilot}
{he loved the little wheel}
{L at the Balloon dart game. He got a few prices}
{G won a prize, too! with a little help from mama}
 {this was by far their favorite ride}
{M tried to knock down the clown with no luck. He needs to work on his pitching skills!
At least the money was going towards a good cause ;) }


october - octubre

Although I love Summer I always look forward to October. October means Fall, beautiful colored foliage, apple picking, pumpkins, Fall festivals, and of course Halloween. I love Halloween {it was not always the case, but now I do}. And I so look forward to decorating around the house a bit, making costumes and throwing a little Halloween party for the kids. 

Besides all the usual Fall fun, this month M and L will be advancing another degree in Tae Kwon Do. I'm really proud of both of them for all the work, consistency and discipline they have put into it.  They are a little nervous but I'm sure they'll be awesome in their final test. I'm delighted they will be adding another big achievement to their lists. 

About two weeks ago we finally moved G to his new big boy room. He was very excited and did so well. It's been great since then. So we were finally able to move my desk to the new guest bedroom/office room. I've been working on it whenever I have a chance. I painted the yellow walls {kept all chevron wall and all the other grey walls} and re-organized the closet system. It's great to have a dedicated space for work. But it's very far from finished and that drives me a little nuts. I tried to work with pieces of furniture we have already and not buy anything because this is supposedly a temporary office until we build the addition. But I still need more storage {although I purged!} so I'm trying to figure out what else to get to set a final layout.

Little has been done in G and L's room. And I' still working on our addition plans. I was able to do a second round of toys-purging and some general de-cluttering, though. Which means the house is now easier to maintain organized {an important thing for me since I work from home}. 

This past September I slacked a bit on all my personal projects. However I didn't stop adding to my list. Story of my life. But I'm determined to change that and live more intentionally. Little steps.

 Happy October! 
{images via smashing magazine}


{summer fun} a birthday weekend

We celebrated my birthday a couple of weeks ago. We had these big plans to go to the city and spend the day at Central Park. But then decided to just stayed local. We are always rushing places, even on the weekends {outings, classes, parties, Mass} so it was nice for a change to have a lazy morning just hanging out in our pajamas until noon without having anywhere to go. I needed that. And I think the boys needed it, too. We spent the morning just hanging out and skyping with my family in PerĂº. Then grabbed some of my favorite food for a late lunch at the park.

There we just relaxed, ran around, played tag and discovered a new favorite activity for the boys: throwing rocks. I know, all kids love to throw rocks but I didn't know they were going to be so entertainted. And when I say "they" I mean the three of them, daddy and sons. We walked around the park and found the perfect spot by the water. We spent a good amount of time just looking for rocks {they had to be the right size and shape you guys}, picking them up and throwing them.

At home we had a quick dinner and the boys sang me happy birthday on a donut. Yes, no cake and it was perfect. After the kids were in bed I spent a couple of hours doing my meal preparation for the week and then ended the night with a movie with M.  It was a very low key,  simple but lovely and productive! birthday. And I wouldn't have had it any other way. Happy weekend!