Thursday, November 6, 2014

Life lately

The past month has felt busy with lots of random little things - nothing huge, but somehow I've blinked and we're almost a week into November. Life lately - via the iPhone...

There's a vacant lot in our neighbourhood where they set up a tiny pumpkin patch & jumping castles for the kiddos. My neighbour and I walked the boys down there one rainy afternoon - it was wet and kinda miserable but other than a couple of little mishaps on the slippery tarp, they had fun!

Our church had it's annual trunk or treat the weekend before Halloween. The boys got to wear their dinosaur costumes for the first time!

Baby Austin also wore his first real little man outfit to church that day. It was SUPER cute!

We've had a bit of sickness in the house - first Austin, then Mitch, followed by Ollie (thankfully this mama has stayed reasonably healthy!) so I had to get creative with things to do while we were housebound. I remembered the makeshift ball pit I made for Ollie during our first winter here, ordered some new balls, cleaned out the baby pool and voila - 2 happy boys!

Speaking of sickness, after months of research, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get started with Young Living Essential Oils. I'd heard so many good things about their 'thieves' concoction, I figured it was worth giving their starter kit a try - especially that Ollie is now in preschool during the sick season. I'll write more on this one after I've been using them for awhile longer.

I hosted a Noonday Collection trunk show the night before Halloween. Haven't heard of Noonday? It's a fantastic company that helps bring people in impoverished countries out of poverty. I love fun jewelry and it's a really good feeling to purchase with purpose and know that you are supporting these artisans. A good friend of mine is a Noonday ambassador and having been to a couple of shows previously, I decided it was time to host one myself.

I took a couple of photos of the setup before everyone arrived and then promptly forgot where I put my phone!

For Halloween this year, we had a few friends join us for an early pizza dinner before going trick or treating in our neighbourhood. With 11 toddlers + adults, it was kinda chaotic but lots of fun! Our neighbourhood really gets into the festive spirit and not only decorates, but puts on a block party with a band, games etc.

And somehow it was November...

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