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5 on Friday

1. Tonight Mr. Barela and I are celebrating our 8th anniversary and going to our favorite restaurant in town, 5th Street Steak House. Yummy! Our anniversary was last week but seeing that Brian was out of the country not much celebrating was going on. Can’t wait for quality time with my husband while enjoying quality food! When we do get an evening out we find that we can get more talking in those 2 hours away than pretty much a whole week or more. Tonight I will soak up every minute of it!

2. A Ninja Turtle and 2 princesses/ballerinas have invaded our house for Halloween. Yesterday we had a party to go to and Mason didn’t understand why I wasn’t dressing up. After much insistence this is what I came up in the hour before the party.

And the kiddos… not the greatest pics but the best I could do with kids on extreme sugar highs!

3. We had a the best family night celebrating Fall on Tuesday. As Brian commented I was in my glory: we were together as a family, doing traditions and celebrating my favorite season.  loved it! We carved pumpkins, Brian made some amazing pumpkin seeds, we ate warm apple crisp and watched Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin. It’s an evening I will look back on for a long time. I love building these memories as a family.

4. My favorite picture of the week…oh I am in love with it! Mason is his Daddy’s boy through and through. He wants to be just like him, prefers to be right by his side, loves to show off everything to him, looks up to him, gains much confidence from Daddy’s words of encouragement. A daddy-son relationship is a special bond and I’m thankful for the one Brian and Mason have.

5. In school most weeks we’ve been doing a station I’ve dubbed the “letter workshop”. At this station we do anything we can think of to help the kids learn how to make their letters. Along with ding letter worksheets some fun things we’ve done are making letters with play dough, putting finger paint in a baggie and duct taped it up and had them trace letters in it. We also practiced tracing letters in rice on a cookie sheet or in pudding on a plate. They loved this of course because they could lick off their fingers! Always looking for more ideas, if you have any pass them along.

That’s it for this week, have a great weekend!

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I'm a wife to 1 amazing husband. A mom to 1 little dude and 2 girlie girls. A follower of the ONE who saved me. A daughter to 2 wonderful people. A sister to 1. A friend to many. A runner because that's what I do to keep from not going crazy. And the CEO of this little part of the world we call home.

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