{ICE SKATING FOR THE FIRST TIME...}

i don't go out on sunday's. after church, we head off to pick up a few groceries and then head home to prepare dinner and spend the rest of the day getting ready for the week. at the most, we grab the kids pjs and head out to the grandparents house for dinner. this normally gives them a little time with their grands, we get a few moments to catch up and then back home, already in our pjs by now, to tuck everyone into their beds for the night. we don't go out on sundays. 

but, this particular sunday was a tiny bit different. i, reluctantly, said yes to our dear friends to help them celebrate a birthday and, although extremely tired, i wouldn't have had it any other way. 

we headed off to the city to walk, talk, grab some hot chocolate, apple cider and a candy apple in my case. then we found ourselves at an ice skating rink in the city's center square. my very first time... ice skating... with one of my favorite of friends. 

and, of course i bought my camera along! i, now, wish i had chosen to bring my big camera along. somehow, i always regret not bringing that camera of mine. i could have gotten some pretty incredible shots of the buildings, the rink, etc. oh well. for sure, next time. 

basically, i went out on a sunday. and, I'm so glad i did! happy birthday my beautiful friend. i love you two tons and 3 bunches girl!

from syrena, with love

{NATIONAL COUSIN DAY OUT... WELL KINDA}

it is a shame i am just getting around to posting these pics from thanksgiving. my babies had so much fun spending time with their cousins and love to see that so very much. i have been so consistent with my posts on my vlogging channel and even our homeschool channel, but i haven't done the best job keeping up here :( .

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thanksgiving weekend was so much fun. my babies got a chance to hang  out with their cousins and there is nothing like being with your family. we headed off to jumpology on our last day together for a fun filled early celebration of their cousins 4th birthday. 

^^^ this kid is so very special to me ^^^

i got to hang with my mommy, my bestie and my niecey-pooh (i just missed her birth by an hour) ...

afterwards, we headed to get pizza with all the kiddies. kendall bear got the chicken fingers and fries and had a blast listening to all his cousin's chatter.

I'm pretty sure we should just go ahead and call this day "national cousin day out" from now on. smells like a tradition to me. :)

from syreena, with love

{LIFE & LOVE THROUGH THE 4x5, 11.30.16...}

well, i haven't done a life & love post in a while and its well overdue. i ,actually, haven't been taking as many photos with my phone lately as it seems I've traded it in for  my "big" camera a lot these days. i still always end up with lots of gems that bring back such beautiful memories. memories of moments full of joy and laughter and even memories of all the "hot mess" moments that i am just glad i have picture proof that i made it through, lol.

tomorrow will officially be the first of december, the last month of 2016 and it seems so crazy to say. this year has FLOWN by and i must say that i am glad to see it go :) here are just a few things that i would like to remember from the last couple of months...

1. i decided to do a better job caring for my hair which has meant a couple of homeschool mornings at the salon with mommy. 

2. cams soccer season came and went and although i love to see my baby play, sunday afternoon travel soccer games are for the birds. after every game i would ask him if he did his best and if he had fun. the answers were always yes, yes and I'm grateful for that. he did tend to fall a lot on the field and it was so hilariously painful to watch. heading off to a game i heard his sister say to her big brother, "don't fall this time, ok"! that girl :))))

3. morning. snapchat. selfies. FAMILY FUN!

4. regular trips to the library to return mounds of books, such a fun walk just a few steps outside of our front door. 

5. date night selfies with my dear husband.

6. another year of walking for  a cure for juvenile diabetes with our dear christian.

just a little life & love through the 4x5...

from syreena, with love

{PERSPECTIVE, PROGRESS, PURPOSE & A SATURDAY OFF...}

tonight, we put up our christmas tree and i have to admit, I'm sad to feel fall pass by so quickly (sorry, no christmas pictures yet, I'm just not ready) !!! i am pretty sure that time is flying by and I'm having trouble figuring out how to slow things down a bit. my dear husband has been on a new job for three whole weeks now and i snapped a few photos for old time sake. it was his first saturday OFF in a VERY LONG time and we spent it doing "normal things" with BIG gratitude. 

the gratitude that I've felt since that first saturday OFF is most certainly a result of a change in perspective. he has had saturdays off on jobs in the past and i had no clue how much i took them for granted until they were taken away. i know that may sound bratty. i am aware that there are plenty of people that have to work long hours and through the weekends etc. but, its just not something that i want for my family. and, to have our weekends back again is pure GOLD in life right now. 

my perspective changes when i think of them... i often say to myself. what would i say to him/her if they were in our shoes...  experiencing the same challenges that life has thrown our way.... I've been thinking this way a TON lately. 

i want them to know that purpose is where the prize is and that perspective and progress mean so much during challenging times. this is random, i know. but, so key. troubles don't last forever. just keep moving forward, just keep walking, one day at a time. 

everything we did that saturday was so basic and i loved it! my dear husband washed the cars and the lady baby tagged along. 

she is getting so big so quickly and i don't have another baby to buffer the sadness of all my babies growing so very quickly. it sucks. 

there is a tree right outside of our front yard, that turns the most beautiful shades of fall and sheds all its leaves within a week. every year i get pictures of my babies jumping, laughing and playing underneath that beautiful tree!

every year this beautiful tree lets go of its gorgeous leaves with certainty that next year will bring new beauty. i want to do the same. i want to give out the best of me, all my love, all my gifts... with certainty that these beautiful parts of me will never dry up and always produce new and better each and every year. 

as hard as it is to watch them grow so quickly, i have to adjust my perspective, they are were my purpose lies and it is in them that i find my prize.  

i promise you, this average, basic, normal saturday... was the best thing that has happened to us in such a long time :) 

from syreena, with love

{COOKING W/ KENDALL & THE KIDS...}

our last school year was a difficult one for me as a homeschool mommy. a lot was happening in life (and still kinda is) and homeschool was becoming less and less fun and more and more stressful. that was when i knew that i had to start changing things a bit. i needed more of ME infused into our everyday school routine and i took to my pen and paper to get out some of the ideas i had and needed to so desperately incorporate into our "curriculum" for this coming school year. 

i/we decided that our homeschool youtube channel was the perfect place for me/us to release some of my creativity and grow some things in myself and the kiddies that would benefit us in so many ways. the idea of growing our little channel to become our very own homeschooling network of sorts seemed like such an exciting idea. we would go on to create different "shows" that each of us would host based on the things that we are most interested in/good at. the first show that we started with, hosted by my kendall bear, COOKING WITH KENDALL & THE KIDS!!! 

if you know anything about kendall it is that he is a foodie at heart. he would wear his chef hat and apron to bed if he could and he is constantly mapping out our family menu days ahead of time. i thought that a cooking show would be a perfect fit for my little bear. and, what better meal to start with than PIZZZZZZAAAAA!!!

we actually headed over to nana & pop-pops house to film this "episode" because our kitchen is so dark and difficult to film in. it was so my fun and the kids had such a good time. 

we are really excited about this channel of ours and crazy excited at the thought of all the memories it will house. you can watch our pizza episode below and be sure to subscribe if you want to follow along. what other things would you like to see us make on cooking with kendall & the kids? we would love to know.

from syreena, with love

{EASING BACK INTO HOMESCHOOL...}

we're backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. to school, that is. well, we are easing back into school a little bit at a time. i actually scheduled our first day for next monday but the kids said they couldn't wait any longer so i pretty much gave in and said we could start back up..... on a tuesday!!!! LOL. i started off by letting them have there hand at a little art in there notebooks while we listened to a little music. and then we moved on to a little reading scripture to start our day off right. 

i absolutely love how savannah blends her colors and rarely ever leaves any blank space. it makes me so happy to see her grow and develop in every area of life. 

yes kendall often wears his chef hat and apron to "class" and i love it!!! 

after about an hour or so  of tiny lessons, we headed out to the front yard, barefoot, to get a quick "first day of school" pic for the records. 

sometimes it is so hard to believe just how fast they are growing up. 

i think we will be easing back into our school routine over the next week or so. we will be back in the swing of things in no time. :)

from syreena, with love

{AWAY IN D.C. PART 11...}

we just finished our first round of pool fun for the day, taking a quick break for lunch, which gives me a few moments to post a few more pictures from our weekend away in D.C. a few weeks ago. we had so much fun and can not wait to get away again. on our second day out we decided to stop by a few museums and monuments. and while i wish i had called on a few of our favs from D.C. to show us around, we still had a good time getting "lost" in the city. 

we made our way through the butterfly garden after stopping by the peoples garden and taking pics to share with the babies when we get home. 

i happened to really enjoy visiting the Asian-American & African-American Museums while BDH was just happy to make it to the Air & Space Museum. 

i couldn't help but FaceTime the babies to show them how cool the museum was. The Lady Baby answered my FaceTime call while she was in the crib supposedly taking a "nap". LOL

we heading back to the hotel for a quick dip in the empty pool, which was nice. 

then we stopped by for dinner and that crab bisque tho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so so very good. 

we can't wait for more adventures alone this year (because every single married couple needs it so very much).

also, you can check out our vlog of day 2 HERE...

from syreena, with love

{AWAY IN D.C. PART 1...}

"living without limits comes from a person whose heart is more captivated by a vision than a problem ~ "

i love this quote so much and it applies to my whole entire life right now but in particular, my marriage. sometimes our circumstances make it hard to find time to connect with one another's hearts. its hard to see past the the challenges of each day. hard to rest in HIS promises. hard to constantly take the necessary moments to recharge and refuel. i have no idea what it would be like to live in this world and navigate through marriage without our foundations being rooting in HIM. i am so grateful to have someone who loves our God like i do. and evermore, someone who believes that HIS every promise for our lives are for NOW and for ALWAYS.

TheFALLCo. was birthed and is an ever revealing love letter/blueprint from my FATHER above. i know it just seems like a t-shirt company, but it really is so much more. the other day i read that God sometimes responds to our prayer with an answer, while other times HE responds to our prayers with a "journey" that reveals those answers along the way. YEP. PRETTY MUCH! in building this "business"  HE teaches me day by day, not to conform to the ways of this world, but rather to walk each one of our days out by faith and leaning on + resting in HIS love. i say all of this because it has everything to do with this little trip of ours. 

it has been well over a year now that we have been walking out a new level of our faith as we learn to truly trust in HIM as our healer, our teacher, our provider. gosh HE is so very good. good not because HE parts the sea and raises the dead in our lives everyday, but rather, like a good teacher... reveals to us the miracles that are, in fact, laced in every part of our EVERY DAY. 

we spent a few days in D.C. away with one another and it was so very special. we didn't do anything spectacular. we didn't travel anywhere exotic or grand. but we enjoyed being together so very much and couldn't help but smile at all of the adventures that our FATHER has in store for us both near and far. 

there was not one argument. there was not one single moment of confusion that wasn't nipped in the bud right away. there was not one single moment that was taken for granted.  after ten years of challenges and trying times growing + navigating through life together, i really can not express how simply wonderful it was. 

just believe that it will get better. believe that God works all things out for your good. beielve that HE is both, the author and the finisher of our faith. beielve that the vision in your heart for your marriage, your family, your business, your life.... is so much bigger than any problem you encounter. just believe that God is, in fact, GOD! 

just grateful.

also, you can check out our vlog of day 1 HERE...

from syreena, with love