Wednesday, October 15, 2014
With a 7 and 5 year old that like to hold onto just about every piece of paper that comes in the door from school, it's suffice to say we've accumulated a lot. They each had an under-the-bed box to collect their papers and just about anything that came in the house from school, went into their boxes. Just having begun 2nd grade and Kindergarten, those bins are way past capacity. The girls' suggestion was to get more bins, but mommy had another thing in mind.
We spent a couple hours on a Saturday morning in their room as a family and emptied the bins, took pictures of favorite crafts and projects, held voting for ones they wanted to keep and tossed out a whole lot. Having the girls do it with us was a huge help and it was nice to get their input rather than have me do it all on my own.
We let them have fun, make their mess, search through and rediscover old projects. We oohed and ahhed how far they've come in drawing and penmanship and at the end of it all, there were no tears that things were getting thrown away, both girls enjoyed looking through it all and deciding on their favorites and mommy was happy to not have to buy more bins for the school projects and crafts to come.
See that little hand? Mario had so much fun crawling around the room with the papers flying everywhere!
The girls actually took turns throwing out their old papers and projects.
We got hundreds of papers and crafts down to one under the bed box! Woohoo!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
We had the most wonderful day out of the house today exploring a new-to-the-family town. If you're ever up for a cute main street with tiny shops and restaurants, Doylestown, PA is your place to go. The perfect fall weather this morning only encouraged us more out of the house and into new surroundings. Leaves littered the sidewalks much to our 7 and 5 year old's delight as they crunched them on the walk. A used book store and a casual outdoor lunch topped off our morning adventure to a new town.
My little model. Olivia wanted to be in the picture a lot today.
A yummy lunch at Pag's Pub of brick-oven pizza put smiles on our faces! Olivia said sitting outside and eating pizza made her think of being in Italy. Love that she puts those two together!
And the baby...Well, he was awesome. Happily strolled along, taking it all in and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and fun sites as much as the rest of us.
Afterwards, we visited a couple markets. First stop was Sandy Ridge Farmer's Market. The girls played on their playground, we enjoyed some apple cider donuts and the fresh air.
Mario enjoyed the playground too!
Daddy and his son
Next stop was an awesome garden store that the girls loved! Mums, holiday decor and pumpkins - oh my! Perfect combo of Fall shopping!
While in the garden store, Sofia picked up a flier for a Fun Fall Day going on at the nearby Market at Delaware Valley College. Who can resist a flier that reads "Mazes, pumpkins and a farmer's market"??? Not us. Off we went on our final stop of our fun-filled fall day!
The girls posed with hay people...
and even a hay pig!
A great day spent with the family and enjoying the season. The chill in the air, pumpkins at every turn and plenty of fun sights for us to take in. Happy Fall!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Seems like we might just have another book lover in the family. Just like the girls, Mario loves to be read to. He also enjoys grabbing at the book and trying to eat it too. But that's ok. He's teething.
Ok, Daddy. Enough with the pictures, let Mommy read.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
No trip to Puglia is complete without our traditional visit to Porto Cesareo. Located about 30 minutes from Mesagne, Porto Cesareo sits right along the Ionian Sea and is the perfect little coastal town. Lots of little shops and restaurants, great views of the sea and just an overall feeling of calm. I love it here.
Mario enjoyed his first trip too!
The girls love peeking over the side looking for creatures, Sofia practices her ballet...
Olivia gets in my net shot
Love the shadow shots! My little dancers do too.
Had to snap a picture of this bar.
Big smiles for Olivia with that gigantic nutella crepe
Cotton candy for Sofia and Mommy gets a huge smile from her too!
I love mirrored doors! Perfect to capture us all!
Nonna is off buying some fish and the girls go peek at the ones still moving around...
My smiley baby boy!
Nonna Lisa and the grandkids! Love these trips to Porto Cesareo!
I love that the girls enjoy this place as much as I do.