Wow, it's finally the last week of summer before school officially begins over here!
Where did our summer go?! I didn't realize how busy we were until it was time to finally start buying school supplies this past weekend. I guess time sure flies by when you're having fun! Our family went on a road trip to California, where we spent a couple of weeks there with family. It was sure an adventure, especially traveling through the beauty that is Colorado (seriously I can not stop gushing about the Rocky Mountains), but a vacation for the books.
So many other fun memories were made this summer, but in general, it's been a relaxing one for all of us! But this mom is ready for three bored children to head back to school.. I *might* also be ready for the holidays already! ;)
Enjoy some photos from our trip!
Hope you all had a wonderful summer vacation!


Life has been a bit busy for us lately.
When I go back and think of the past month it seems as if we haven't been doing much, but somehow we have managed to stay extremely busy. . . Life with three little ones manages to do that I suppose.
After a rough few months, I've finally reached the end of the tunnel and feel more like myself as the days continue to pass. I know everyone always says it takes time to move on from pain and heartbreak, and at the time it always feels as if that person just doesn't understand.. But the truth is that it does take time. You just have to take it one day at a time and try your hardest to discover the love for the new you. Now that all the pain and anger have passed, I feel nothing but grateful for these last few months. I'm thankful that I can take all that my father's passing taught me and be a better version of who I was before, which brings me back to where we are in our lives now.
I've allowed myself to simplify a bit.


This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.



I've been a little busy lately, and I haven't been able to share these pictures from our trip to the zoo last month. We usually try to go to the zoo at least once a year because the kids love it so much.
We didn't make is last year though, so we all had fun going this year.
There were a lot of new additions, including penguins!
It was the perfect day - nice weather and just the right amount of people there for us to enjoy ourselves without having to rush or skip certain attractions.



Our town's fall festival was this past weekend.
We've gone every year since the kids were born.
It always becomes more fun as the kids grow older, they are able to enjoy more of the festival as the years go by. I always feel myself reflecting on our life when it comes to our family traditions, and this year wasn't any different. It's kind of crazy to think about how much we have grown as a family from only a year ago. I see how all 3 of my children are growing to become better than both me and my boyfriend. I've noticed how much my boyfriend and I have grown up together, since first being together in high school. I feel how much I've grown as an individual, and have become more of who I really am. All our hard times, all the trials we have gone through have made us better people.. and I am just grateful.

Here is to many more family traditions this holiday season.