I love October. It's the beginning of all my favorite months strung together full of holidays and traditions. I love making these special memories with my family and am excited to see what this year brings!

October has been a good one, per usual (thaaaanks October) and here are a few things that made this month so great!

::I've been enjoying cooking this fall and these beauties
 inspire me to get my butt in the kitchen more often::

::sporting his pumpkin hat all over town, knitted by his great grandma for his first Halloween::

::Halloweenie crafts with the cute girl I nanny while Jace naps::

::At target on a mission for MINTS::

::Love this baby face keeping me company while I sort through clothes to giveaway::

::This carrot cake cost an arm and a leg from Whole Foods (dairy free, gluten free, organic, yadayadayada...) but was so worth it for this boy who is allergic to dairy and had been asking for carrot cake for the longest time and was so thrilled to find it in the bakery section all on his own::

::nursing his bunny::

::Love seeing communities come together to help out others::


::Lately he's obsessed with the excerpts of Cars on Netflix and MINTS. Tic-tacs are his favorite::

::It was a visit your favorite bagel cafe kinda morning::

::skeleton friends::

::Halloween at Disneyland is my favorite time to go::

::Evening walks are best this time of the year::

::Chalking it up with my monkey::

::Arts and crafts at the kids club! Jace's is on the right with the eyes bulging out::

::A moment of peace when the wild child naps::

::Little bookworm::


4th of July.

I realize that it's October and here I am posting about the 4th of July? (Am I really??) Oh yes, I am ;)

We did nothing fancy that day but it was such a memorable day because 1) I had a mini photo-shoot with my little guy by that cool flag wall I've been driving by for a year now and always think "this would be great on the 4th..." You mean you don't think of silly things like that and plan ahead a year in advance?

And 2) Jace saw his very first movie, Rio in the movie theater that day! His Grams, Poppy, and daddy were all there too. He did pretty well sitting through most of the movie until the screen suddenly cut out and went blank...ah well what do you expect from the 3 dollar theater haha. Jace was so confused and blurted out, "UH OH....it broke!" After our 15 min unexpected intermission he was much less inclined to sit in our laps and be bribed with fruit snacks but the movie itself was pretty engaging for a two year old with all the singing and colorful birds. Jace loved it! We all went out to dinner, meeting up with my sister and her boyfriend and then headed our separate ways because if you don't know my adorable parents have a strict bedtime at 9:30 PM. They are cute.

We ventured on over to the park in our neighborhood to watch the fireworks and I proceeded to take blurry crappy quality iphone photos, but hey I love them so and the adorable boys in them.


On June 21st we had ourselves a mickey mouse birthday party for our 2 year old Jacebear and it was a-w-e-s-o-m-e!

Family and friends came out on this beautiful (hot) sunny day and can I just say how beautiful it is to see your favorite people in one gathering celebrating your little child and seeing the relationships your child makes with their children? My mom's side of the family is HUGE and they will always take any chance for family gatherings and I kinda, sorta, A LOT love them for that. I want to shower and surround my son with the love and support from all these special people because well, I'm a mom and I just can't help but want to give my baby some extra lovin' on his birthday!

We did our best to keep things budget wise so insert d.i.y.'s!!!! Thanks to this lovely lady's blog Karas Party Ideas I was able to make all the fun ideas I had in my head come to life in a very affordable way because I already had more than half of the supplies. Her blog has so many wonderful ideas for themed parties and I'm so thankful for her helpful tutorials!

Jace had a blast and all he could talk about was his birthday party the week before and a week after. Running around and playing with all his buddies, hitting a pinata for the first time, eating mickey pops, and just in general having a very fun filled day.

Thanks to everyone who helped us make this party happen for our birthday boy! From cooking to baking and holding the fort down early in the morning so we wouldn't have to pay for registration (ahem, thanks dad!) and the hubs for helping me run all my silly errands to the dollar store and to everyone who came....thank you, we love you and Jace felt all the love. 

And to my two year old boy, mama and daddy love you so soo sooo much and are so thankful for the beautiful human being you are, full of so much life and love xoxo.