Fall Love

Another weekend packed full of  (baby) friends, festivals, and gorgeous fall weather.

A few photos….

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READING:  Ha. I haven’t read a thing in over a year.  I used to read alllll the time, but haven’t had any of the time lately. Every time we go to Barnes and Noble (once a week now, for the train table, not the books anymore), I stroll past the current best sellers shelf, pick up and read the back of each book and make a mental note of all the catching up I’ll have to do in the next few years, assuming time allows it.  I have a stack of Real Simple, 12 issues to be exact, from the past year, which I figure I’ll read with the current months.  What could have possibly changed in a year?

ANTICIPATING:  Starting in October, I’ll be taking in another child to watch.  I’ve been out of the game for quite some time, so I’m starting slow, one full day a week.  Three one year old babes, holy moly.

WATCHING:  Ray Donovan (dvr’d on Monday nights at a much more decent hour than 9pm!), and my god-awful lifelong guilty pleasure, Teen Mom 2.  Both shows are amazing this season and I highly recommend.  Well, less the latter, but whatever.
THANKFUL FOR:  So, so much.  Two amazing babies, two amazing pups, one amazing husband, and a handful of amazing friends.  Thankful that I’m able to stay home and watch our two sweet babies grow up most of all, though, which again, made possible by aforementioned amazing husband who works like crazy to provide for all of us.
PLANNING FOR:  Autumn.  Hayrides.  Pumpkin picking.  Apple picking.  Backyard fires.  Chilly nights.  Halloween.  Sweaters.  Festivals.  All things fall.
LOVING:  All of the new interactions between the babies.  They now share everything (Scout willingly, Griffin, not so much) and spend much of their days talking to each other and the dogs.  Yesterday, I caught the two of them in the kitchen talking to each other with colanders on their heads.  I’m sure that’s completely normal, and they’re probably above average when it comes to intelligence.
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Weekly Portrait of My Children 39/52

a weekly portrait of my children, every week, in 2015.

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week thirty-nine// scout: loves green beans (sometimes directly out of bruiser’s bowl), is talking like crazy, and loves giving stella kisses (open mouth, obviously).

week thirty-nine// griffin: says ball and bye (which often sound exactly the same), is starting to stand on his own and take a few steps, and has started hugging/headlocking scout whenever he gets the chance.

 

Sourland Mountain Preserve

On Wednesday, Keith had off from work for the Jewish holiday- yay for us!

We went back and forth with what to do, and ultimately decided it was time for S + G to go on their first hike.

In the past, we would drive about an hour and a half to the Delaware Water Gap, hike for about 4 or 5 hours with Stella, and head home.  We decided to stay a little closer to home this time, and check out our options locally.

We landed on Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough.  It was perfect.  There were four different trails, ranging from 0.5 miles to 5 miles, and because we weren’t sure how the kids would do, we opted for an easy 2 mile trail.   It was awesome.  They were awesome.  Everything was awesome.

The trails were well maintained, but still super rocky.  Within our first half mile, we saw a giant snake (after a little research, we’ve concluded it was a western rat snake), which was fun for everyone.  Well, almost everyone.  Little known fact:  Keith is deathly afraid of snakes.  Like scream like a girl-jump-up-and-down-completely-spooked scared.   I’ve come to realize that the only reason he really loved bringing Stella on our hikes in the past, was so that she could lead and scare away any potential “visitors” that may be slithering their way into our path.  Some dog dad, huh?

It’s also worth mentioning that G started crying when Keith yelled because he was riding on his back during the hike.  When he develops a fear of snakes, I’ll be sure to remember this moment.

After the whole snake incident, the rest of the hike was a breeze.  We stopped and had a little lunch, sat in front of a few huge boulders, ate some fallen crunchy leaves (not me), took some photos, and called it a day.  I’d like to take this opportunity to again, profess my love for the bitybean carrier.  If you haven’t read our review and rushed out and bought one, you should.  These carriers are so lightweight, so compact, and so easy to use.  The kids didn’t make a peep the whole time, and G even fell asleep, despite the bumpy walk and rock-hopping that went on for a few hours.

We are thrilled to know that such amazing trails are just a few minutes from our house and can’t wait to get out there again with the whole family!

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Autumn Weekends

Fall is here!

Maybe not quite yet on the calendar, but mentally, we’re there.

We spent our first fall-ish weekend, doing one of our favorite fall things, festivals.  From now until November, it seems there is a festival of sorts going on every weekend, and we intend to hit them all.  Last weekend, we celebrated Irish heritage (mostly beer, celtic music, and deliciously terrible food), this weekend was the big Scarecrow Festival at Peddler’s Village.

Peddler’s Village, in the New Hope, PA area, is great by itself, but it was extra festive and busy during the Scarecrow Festival.  We arrived on Saturday afternoon and parked right in the middle of things.  All of the kid-friendly stuff was going on in a little field right off the main drag.

There was a giant tent set up for making your own scarecrow, surrounded by bails of hay and plenty of flannel to make your scarecrow look the part. All participants were itchy and sneezy as they stuffed denim and flannel with the hay.

There were your run-of-the-mill tents set up for making sand art, face painting, and pumpkin painting.  Unfortunately, they had just run out of pumpkins to paint, so we’ll have to do that at home instead.

But we were lucky enough to catch a great show by Lolly and Yo-Yo!  We’d never seen these two before, but we’re glad we did.  As you may know, we’re no strangers to music classes and sing-alongs, but these two put on a show that we won’t soon forget.  They had the crowd going right from the start.  Parents were watching from the outside, while their kids sang along with songs, played with props, and exhausted themselves completely.  Lolly and Yo-Yo had the kids (and parents) engaged the entire time.  Very impressive.

After the show ended, we walked through the narrow streets and settled down with soft pretzels and juice boxes to do some people-watching.  It really felt like fall, finally.  We found a nice place in the grass to spend the last hour or so and let the kids crawl around for a bit.  Scarecrow Festival was in the books.

 

** griffin insisted on wearing my sunglasses to dance during the whole show.  such a ham.

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Sunday was an equally nice day, so we packed up the family and headed to Washington Crossing to make the most of it.

Megg was feeling nostalgic and wanted to pick up a few slices of pizza from a place she used to frequent years ago, so we grabbed a few slices and found a shady spot along the tow path and canal.

Again, this weather was amazing.  We spread out our go-to picnic blanket under a maple tree with gigantic leaves and ate our amazing pizza.  S & G ate some pizza, string cheese, pretzels, and dried leaves and tried to crawl away from the blanket whenever they had the chance.  After relaxing for a bit, we took our new stroller for a spin on the tow path.

The tow path was mostly in the shade and it runs along a nice canal, which made for an awesome little stroll.  The new stroller was amazing and each baby took a turn riding in it.  I’m sure you’ll hear all about the stroller soon, whether it’s from us or the Internet, because it’s the lightest, most compact thing ever.  S & G give it four thumbs up.

We dodged cyclists and runners on the tow path for an hour, then packed everyone up to get home before the Eagles game.  If you can call it that.

Fall is here and hopefully for good!

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