Saturday, September 30, 2017

fox hollow farm fall festival...

today is grandma and grandpas last full day here and i took them to a favorite of mine, fox hollow!  and jarad hasn't been yet, so i am excited to share this amazing spot with them all.

the farm was looking particularly beautiful on this fall day with the pumpkin patch, hay maze and all the friendly animals.  the pigs really took to jarad, who was rubbing their ears and giving them a massage.  then they would roll over for him to rub their bellies and these are some big pigs!  they had a fire pit going with s'more making and all the usual rides and corn pit!

i think my mom was especially impressed with just how beautiful this farm is.  everywhere you turn there is a beautifully manicured garden with sitting areas and the house and barn are beautiful.  it is so picturesque.  this is my new favorite spot to take guests!

if you want to check out there website click here

here are some of the many highlights from our day at fox hollow...

Friday, September 29, 2017

museum of flight...

we took my parents to the museum of flight as a belated birthday gift.  i love experience gifts!  i think they really enjoyed it.  the museum is so big and there are so many parts to it, we didn't get to spend as much time in the world war I & II section, but maybe next time? 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

before and after...

my parents are so kind to always help us with a house project when they visit.  this time we worked on the 4th bedroom, it has been a dumping ground for toys bowie has outgrown and baby stuff.  i cleaned it up and we stripped some hideous wallpaper (luckily only on 1 wall) and painted the lime green walls and ceiling a fresh coat of white paint!  it looks so nice now!  thank you mom and dad!!!

original wall paper

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

alpaca & state fair...

today was a fun and busy day!  we visited an open house for an alpaca farm down the street and then hit up the state fair in the afternoon!

Friday, September 22, 2017

arboretum with G&G...

grandma and grandpa arrived today and we are so excited to have them in town for the next 9 days!  our first stop was the arboretum for some rock hunting!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

18 months!!!

ugh, this post will be a combination of 17 & 18 months since i forgot to post last month.  well i didn't forget, but we had a busy summer and fun got in the way, so ooopppsss! i can't believe we have a one and a half year old on our hands now!  she is less like a baby and more like a little person every day.  she kills me with her spunk, silliness, kindness, sweetness and her big heart.  we have her doctors appointment coming up in a couple of weeks, so i will update on her growth then, but she is a sponge soaking it all in all the time!

bowie milestones...

~too many teeth to count.  she has more teeth than gaps in her mouth.  at this point she is only missing some molars.
~size 5 diapers (barely), size 2T pants, size 4T shirts, size 3T pajamas, size 5 shoes!
~dark green hazel eyes, light golden brown hair (and her hair is long and thick!)
~learning new words everyday.  her favorite word is "daddy" she says it ALL the time!  but she surprises me all the time with her vocabulary.  here are some of her everday words "binky, ba-ba (bottle), mommy, daddy, doggy (for wilfred, she can't say his name yet), socks, teeth, hair, nose, hummy (for hummus), cheese, fishy (for goldfish crackers), cookie, cracker
~she can say names like; grandma, grandpa, jamie, mimi, papa
~she can identify body parts
~she knows faces and names and can call them out
~loves puzzles, stacking cups, little people barn, felt board, her baby doll
~loves doing arts and crafts.  using crayons and markers and playing with play dough
~transitioning to 1 nap.  most days she takes one long nap, but if we are home and our schedule allows she will still take 2
~loves animals.
~loves music, but really is not into TV.  she may watch a cartoon for a few minutes at a time, but that is all, and i am OK with that!
~loves going into my bathroom and playing with my hair brushes and make up brushes
~likes going to toddler time and especially loves the snack room there
~still takes a bottle and drinks anywhere from 16-24 ounces of milk a day, depending on how well she eats
~she is an OK eater.  it goes in waves.  some weeks she eats well and other days she lives off of gold fish crackers, cheese and milk.  she likes most fruits and vegetables, but she still does not eat meat.
~interacts and shares well with others.
~loves being outside.  this girl likes to get dirty and as the cold weather and fall has arrived she has figured out how to open the doggy door and let herself outside to play (this has caused mom to keep the laundry room locked all the time now)
~she likes to help me clean
~loves books!!!  lately her fav is "piggy pie po"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

snow suit!

got this REI snow suit on varage sale for $4!!!!!!!  i practically stole it from her!  bowie is ready for winter now!

Saturday, September 16, 2017


this week we have had a doe and 2 fawns frequent our yard for some good eating.  these beauties make my day every time i see them.

Friday, September 15, 2017

feeling loved...

it's a rare occasion to get flowers, so i was very surprised to see them on my doorstep when i got home friday night from dinner at a friends house.  these beauties made my day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

pasta sauce...

i also came home to lots and lots of ripe tomatoes!  i have two different kinds growing and bowie is not a fan of the yellow pear shaped ones.  i picked them all and roasted them with some garlic, olive oil, italian seasoning and salt and them puree them with some fresh garden basil.  i made some delicious pasta sauce that we will use for a upcoming dinner party!  i also picked some and gave them to the neighbor, who was eating them out of the bag and said they were amazing!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

play room...

after vacation i felt super inspired to make the front room of our house into a play room for bowie.  this room has a great view, lots of light and was being unused.  i am so happy with the way it came out and to give this room some purpose and have all her toys in one area!  all it took was some storage bins, a slip cover and some time to organize!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

22 days later...

just got back from a ten day trip back east and i was so excited to come home to my dog!  then i couldn't wait to check out my kombucha.  22 days is too long, it was more acidic then i would have liked, it didn't taste bad, but almost like a mild apple cider vinegar.  i tried to do a 2nd ferment on it, but i was not prepared with air tight bottles, so it didn't come out as i had hoped.  i did drink some of my unflavored kombucha and while it was tangy, i still enjoyed it.  but i was excited to start a new batch that i can keep a closer eye on.  it was a good learning process and i also got "the big book of kombucha."  i am reading it and hopefully it will answer some of my questions.  what i did learn is this stuff is hard to mess up, as you can see i did get some bubbles from my 1st fermentation and i got a very healthy and large "baby" scoby out of it! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

corn maze with cousin...

we hit up a really cool farm and corn maze in massachusetts on one of our last few days of vacation.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

father and sons...

these guys make a killer spaghetti and meatball and chicken parm dinner!