This has been a very good, albeit busy week. The kids were on Fall Break, which means, a break from the usual grind, but utter chaos having six kids at home all week, trying to entertain them, and keep them busy (enough)!
Knowing myself, I took a break from my usual mid-week post to focus on the kiddos here and getting some more reading under my belt. I'm trying to read 60 books this year, and I'll be honest: it has been harder than anticipated..... basically, because I had a baby in May, and, this is the highest book goal I have ever made for myself! Having Fall Break this week, any extra time was spent reading-- another reason to shy away from blogging for a bit, and these littles and espesh the baby have definitely kept me on my toes.
I read 50 books last year. I have been reading some good stuff, though! I picked up quite a few YA on my last library run. (If you missed it, I decided to do a book spending freeze until January. I'm getting the rest of my book for the year's reading challenge at the library! #myresolution)
Books for the kids: Silverstein, and De la Cruz.
All the rest, yep! They're for me! :-D
YA fiction: We Were Liars, The Unexpected Everything,The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver (Middle Grade fiction)
Normal people books: Summer Island, Bridget Jones' Baby
Frances built a lego castle (belle's!) and I have to say, she did it totally on her own. I was around to make sure no pieces were lost and they sorted by colors as each new bag was opened. Otherwise, all her!
The kids had a blast watching/helping/playing with her! Surprisingly this was not the source of fights (that would be the paint that I bought for Fall Break... UGH)
Frances celebrating 7 Years Old! with some of her friends from church and school!
We went out for ice-cream and it was just the special treat we needed. Frances picked the place and friends showed up and made her so happy!
devil's food cake - with a 7 made out of M&M's -- hard to see but squint and you'll see it, promise
I made my amazing pumpkin spice syrup again this year. It is so easy!
Bring to a boil 1 c. water, 3 tbsp. pumpkin, 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves). Stir 3-4 min. until thickened. Add a shot to steamed milk and 1 shot espresso (or as many shots as you need/want! :)
#31daysofdrinks over on instagram if you so desire! :)
Kids keeping me running in all directions.... all the more coffee to keep me going!!
Conrad-- so much like Daddy's baby pictures. Here he is delivering on his epic belly laugh. Signature Conrad-- so happy, always smiling, loves cooing/babbling and always, always laughing out loud! (He loves to be tickled with our chin/hair-- and he always grabs on tight to our hair. It is super cute but it also hurts! :-0
The last day of Fall Break, we went wading in the creek.
Prayers for #peace. And I won't back down.