This week is proving to be a perfect storm of exciting events, which is both fantastic and a little exhausting.
Of course, the obvious start is Halloween, which the kids have been counting down to for the past month.
My dad told me over the weekend that, for the first time this year, he's seeing a lot more going on in the UK to celebrate Halloween, but I continue to be fascinated by the scale of the festivities over here.
For the first time, the kids are all about the spooky side of Halloween and insisted on more spooky decorations and scary costumes. So tonight I will take my turn staying at home while Hubby takes the kids out as an evil queen and a ninja (where did my Arial and Tigger go?).
Tomorrow is kind of a lull before the storm. Hopefully two sugar-high, super-tired kids won't crash too hard and we can have a steady day gearing up for a busy weekend.
Friday is Son's birthday so I'm very excited he's turning five, if a little stunned at how fast we seem to have arrived at this day. Suddenly my baby seems to be growing faster than ever and not only has Tigger transformed into a ninja, but the birthday gifts have gone from Fisher Price to Marvel.
And while Saturday might be his planned birthday party, Friday we will be partying hard at the Gaby Davis Foundation movie night, watching Tarzan with our jammies, pillows, popcorn and maybe some birthday cake.
This is another regular event on our calendar and a really fun way to spend some family time together while helping raise funds for families with a child going through cancer and, of course, remember the birthday of one very special little girl who lived in our community and has made an incredible and inspiring impact through the legacy she left us.
Sunday, I am rounding out a crazy week at the mominc-MOVEMENT trade show and conference.
Working full-time for the first five years of having kids, I know how stressful that can be. Now, by working at home, I can join my son for noisy reading, commit to monthly nature walks and pick my kids up after school every day.
I know I'm lucky, and that's why I'm keen to support the momincMOVEMENT and what it's trying to do to connect moms with opportunities to work from home or create a business that works for them and their family.
I'm off to make sure I'm ready for the workshop I'm involved in Sunday, then to wrap some presents and make sure my purple pyjamas are washed for Friday.