#WW 40: Pumpkins, Planes, and Skies

HI everyone.  Thanks so much for tuning in for my Weekly Wrap Up.  Since Marc and I returned from Florida late last night, this is coming out a wee bit late — sorry!

WW #40: Pumpkins, Planes and Skies

Fall is clearly here now in NYC with a chill in the air and fall flowers and pumpkins decorating the streets.

We are pretty close to being ready with four out of five Halloween costumes.  Have to figure out Lachlan’s now … how are you guys doing on that front?

Have you figured out you’re children’s Halloween costumes yet? Let me know in the comments if they have decided what to be for Halloween!


On Friday, I headed to the airport solo!  It took most of the week to organize being away for two days.  With three boys on travel soccer teams, we are blessed to have met some amazing fellow soccer parents and a bunch of them guys picked up and drove the boys to their practices and games.  The girls were easier to figure out since they have fewer activities.  I left a packed refrigerator and crossed my fingers.

Homework help?  Well, that is another story.  I’ll see how everything shakes out this week.  Unfortunately, my parents could not come because my Mom is getting ready for a total hip surgery (more on that to come)…melissa

We arrived in Ft Lauderdale and my sweetie picked me up (he’d been at a conference) and we drove to Boca Raton where Marc’s best friend’s daughter was due to have her Bat Mitzvah.  We went to an old favorite place for dinner, just the two of us.


And the next day?  Beach time.  The beach in Florida is so gorgeous and I couldn’t stop looking at the clear blue skies and sprawling clouds.  We walked along the beach and had a yummy salad before getting ready to go to the Temple.


We also squeezed in an hour at the gym.

beach time

Oh, the joys of being just a regular couple for two days without the stress of kids. No matter where you are in your marriage, quality time together is a much-needed ingredient in the recipe of what makes a good relationship!

Thanks so much for reading this week’s Weekly Wrap Up and check back in this week for some fun new shows.  Stay warm and please comment below telling what your kids are going to be for Halloween!  xo Melissa

Halloween is the only time I can easily convince others that my children are monsters.

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  • Charlene Drake

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  • margaretsmith

    You’re so fortunate to have others to help drive you’re boys to their sports. A little help goes such a long way.

  • Tia Rambaran

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  • Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year.

  • Susan Smith

    My daughter is going as a Princess.

    • So cute! Definitely a favorite in our house too.

  • shellypeterson

    Our costume are picked out. We are excited to carve pumpkins. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kay Saunders

    I love fall and all that it brings!! I cant wait until i have kids old enough to take trick or treating 🙂

    • You have lots of fun to look forward to! Thanks for reading CloudMom 🙂

  • Dandi D

    Two of my favorite things about fall are pumpkins and mums!

  • cynthiac

    I need to buy candy to hand out to the trick-or-treaters. I love seeing the kids in their costumes.

  • Julie Wood

    I love this time of the year with Fall Pumpkins and Mums in bloom! I can not wait to go trick or treating with the kids! So much fun this time of year!

    • I am so happy the season is finally here! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Daniel M

    so tired of being hot all the time glad fall is finally here

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  • Elisabeth

    Sounds like a very busy week! That beach looks gorgeous!

  • inkchick

    Glad you were able to sort everything out so you had no worries while you were away.

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    *sigh* Beach time in Florida….a dream!

  • Cathy French

    So glad fall is here as I love the beautiful autumn colors and cooler temps

  • Jessica Menster

    How lucky you are to get away! Ah, dreams!!!!

  • dglitter

    Oh the beach-I miss the beach!

  • mommyto2girlz

    My youngest daughter is going to be a zombie I guess. I’m not too happy about it but it’s the first time she’s done something other than an angel or princess. She is still doing a princess but a zombie princess. Thank you!

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  • sksweeps

    My daughter is in college so no more halloween costumes here
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  • HS kraftmaking

    I love fall and pumpkins!

  • MelodyJ

    Fall has great produce.

  • rajee

    Love your pictures looks like you have so much fun

  • Natalie

    I love this time of year! I love to see the leaves change colors and I love Halloween!

  • Kaylin Bruce

    Wish we could have made a “parents only” trip to FL this past summer. We went with our 2 boys and although it was a great time…it’s nothing like “grown-up” time together. 🙂 We are still working on finding costumes for our boys, so don’t feel bad. lol

  • Kaylin Bruce

    P.S…Hope your mom’s surgery goes well.

  • Tammy Iler

    Thanks for the chance

  • vicki connor

    I really loved the pictures of the pumpkins. It feels so good now that fall is here. The mum plants remind me of the ones I used to plant in the front of my house and every year I could count on a rainbow of flowers just before winter hit. Thanks for the chance to win a gift card. Im sure it will come in handy for whoever wins it.

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  • Mimi G

    I love your photos. THank you for sharing them!

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  • steve weber

    Nice pumpkins 🙂

  • Christa Sunderland

    Thank you for this giveaway 🙂 I would use it for Christmas shopping if I win 🙂

  • Matthew Clarkson

    Thank you for the post!

  • Deborah Gardner

    Looks like you had a great time. Sometimes its nice to be away from the kids for a bit.

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    Great giveway, as always!

  • Richard Hicks

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  • Samantha

    I love your side braid in yyour pictures! It looks really nice on you!

  • Betsy R Barnes

    It looks like you had a nice, relaxing trip!

  • Monica Barnett

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. It’s so important to keep with vacations because your health depends on it.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Love Amazon. I believe you asked what our children were going to dress up as. My son is grown up & I’m not much of a Hallow-weenie these days. Even the Grandkids haven’t said anything about their costumes.

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  • Melody

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Altusbecky

    Looks like a fun trip…relaxing….and all.

  • Sharon Braswell

    SO happy to hear that you and your husband had a trip to your selves and it always helps the kids to appreciate you more, when Mom and Dad are gone for even a little while! <3 Thank you!

    • I agree, Sharon! Thanks so much for reading xo



  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the giveaway!