Fun in the Fall: Our Weekend

Yesterday my husband and I got to go on a REAL DATE. The kids' old sitter, one of their very, very favorites, texted me Friday and said she'd be available if we wanted her. Since she's all grown up now and is a teacher herself, the kids have been been dying to see her...SO: HECK TO THE YES! was my response. It's not like we're deprived of time together, our kids go to bed around 8pm most nights, but getting out of the house and just spending a fun night together was sooo needed. We decided to knock out Christmas shopping and we actually got a TON done. Then we went to the mall and I was pretty obsessed with our dinner at California Pizza Kitchen. Yes to ALL the dumplings and Italian food, always. 

Anyway, this weekend has just been abundantly sweet and I wanted to share it here. It's hard to believe we've had five full days off from work and that tomorrow is Monday. But guess what? ONLY THREE MORE FULL WEEKS AND I AM DONE! 

This evening Asa went grocery shopping and the kids and I decided we needed some fresh air at the park. They put on their new Tsukihoshi tennis shoes (which are perfect for our outdoor adventures), grabbed their bikes, and we had some fun in the leaves. I love that it's not yet frigid; honestly, if it's not going to drop feet of snow onto the ground, I don't need it cold. The kids had so much fun collecting leaves and racing each other as they drove their "babies" (Lion and Baby) around. 

This weekend was packed with family and friends and amazing food and quality time. Moments like these have me so grateful that a.) I have a GREAT job in my teaching career, that allows for paid time off and b.) that I have a super supportive husband who dreams with me for the coming year. 

I wish I had better documented our Thanksgiving. I only snapped a few quick photos, but we hosted. The ENTIRE local Glass family, two of our best friends, another friend and his son; we had a FULL HOUSE, and VERY full stomachs. Perhaps this week I'll muster up the courage to revisit my old archenemy, the gym, and work some of that off. 

What has been some of the greatest joys from YOUR Thanksgiving week? Did you host, go somewhere else? Have more than ONE lunch or dinner? I'd love to hear from YOU! Drop me a comment below and tell me your story! 

Kid's tennis shoes: Tsukihoshi