Monday, October 29, 2012

Burt's Pumpkin Patch

We took our monthly trip to Atlanta at the end of October and it was perfect timing to see peak fall foliage and experience my favorite season. My only request during our visit, aside from spending time with family, was to head a bit north to some sort of pumpkin patch or apple orchard. We selected Burt's Pumpkin Patch and it was a perfect fall day!

We arrived just before lunchtime and after initially peeking into the pumpkin patch and checking out the scene, we took our picnic lunch up a hill and quickly ate before really heading in. The boys loved weaving in and out the rows of orange, riding on the bigger gourds and "shopping" for the tinier ones.

Hattie bought us tickets for a hayride and after coaxing Carter into Kelly's lap (he was very against going), we all climbed aboard and took a ride around the entire farm. They had such a great setup and it was such a beautiful setting. The Georgia mountains are just so picturesque and I loved seeing all the different colored leaves.

We wrapped up the morning with more photos and running around the patch, letting the boys soak up quality time with their Hattie. It was so sweet to see them together and I just had a ball being there. We are definitely doing this again!

Monday, October 22, 2012


In honor of our fourth wedding anniversary, Ryan and I spent the weekend on a "staycation" here in town at the Ritz Carlton. It was the perfect night away and we took full advantage of the resort by lounging poolside on Saturday and treating each other to spa treatments on Sunday. We had a delicious dinner to celebrate on Saturday night and really enjoyed sleeping in the next morning while we were bubs-free for a night!

I am so thankful that we are able to get away and take time to celebrate one another through all our busyness! Here's to many, many more happy years together. xoxo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Festival

We recently started attending First United Methodist Church in Winter Park in hopes that N will go to school there next fall and in searching for a new church home. We've really enjoyed it so far and hope to continue to meet people and get N adjusted to the nursery.

The school put on a fall festival to help kick off the season so while Ryan was off at a football game, N and I met up with friends and checked out all there was to do. Parker and Nathan seemed to get a kick out of the firetruck and even took turns sitting inside.

They had train rides and face painting and all sorts of cute games for the kids to play. The highlight for the bubs, though, was definitely the petting zoo! This boy loves animals and kept marching back to the pen to visit with the goats, ducks and bunnies. I could barely tear him away when it was time to go! We had a lot of fun and hope to do it as a family again next year!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Fall is my absolute favorite season and I love to partake in all the festivities surrounding this time of year. As part of our annual fall traditions, we took Nathan to a pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect decor for our front porch. It wasn't as cool as last year, which made it a bit tough to truly feel the season, but we still had fun weaving in and out of the rows of pumpkins to find the best ones.

It's hard to believe last year at this time our little monkey couldn't even sit up by himself. We used the pumpkins to prop him up and carried him around in a wheelbarrow! This year he was running and jumping on the gourds and proudly pulled our wagon himself. What a difference a year makes!

Happy fall, y'all!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seventeen Months

Nathan, you are seventeen months old!

You are my crazy cuckoo boy. You go nonstop and get such a kick out of yourself! You've learned to step up your walk to a run and Daddy and I love hearing your feet pitter across the wood floors. You spin in circles till you are dizzy, you walk around on your tip toes, and you are just generally all over the place! After our trip to Hilton Head, we also realized you grew a bit because now you can climb onto the furniture and reach the counters. We're in trouble!

You're very good at identifying various body parts and have learned to show us your "muscles" by flexing your arms and shaking them. You're a pretty good mimic and are such a smart boy, amazing us all the time by what you understand and what you get from us. I have a really hard time understanding your ever growing vocabulary but I know you're trying. Some of my favorites: "uh-ooh", "baby", "tweet-tweet", "bock-bock."

You got your second haircut this month and it's turning blonder each week! All of your molars made it through so now you have twelve teeth. You constantly have nicks or bruises somewhere on your body from being so active, despite my trying to keep you out of harms way. You outgrow your shoes before you can even wear them out and you're on to size 7 now! Such big feet, you are going to be such a tall boy!

We turned your carseat around for our trip to Hilton Head and you seem to really enjoy facing forward. I love turning around and seeing your smiling face looking back at me. You grab my hand to lead me places, which melts my heart and is just so sweet. You're still totally and helplessly addicted to your pacifier. I'm trying to limit its use but it's really hard for both of us.

We try to color, mostly with crayons or chalk (both of which you call "boo"), but I think you're still a little young. Most of the time you have more fun taking the colors out of the box and putting them back in. You are quite the sorter!

Your endless energy never ceases to amaze me and you constantly have me on my toes but I love seeing your busy little body on the go. I love you so much little monkey!

Seventeen Month Stats:

Weight - around 27 pounds

Diapers - size 4

Clothes - 24m to 2T; shoes, size 6.5-7

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feeding the Ducks

Dana and I ventured to the "castle park" not too long ago and let the kids admire the ducks, much to our mutual anxiety. I was kind of relieved to find I am not the only one totally freaked out by birds in general - they are so dirty and aggressive! But we sucked it up because the little ones were in heaven and we decided to try again, next time armed with bread.

Nathan and Caroline marched right to the water's edge and greeted a small group of ducks with quiet wonder. As we stood there and started throwing out small pieces of bread, more and more ducks and birds joined the group and we were soon surrounded!

The kiddos got a kick out of it and I loved watching their reactions. I even gave N a few pieces of bread to share but the sneaky buddy decided he would rather snack on it himself. It made me laugh.

Once we ran out of food and our comfort level with the close proximity of the ducks ran out, we headed back over to the playground to hang out. Literally. It was a fun day and I'm so glad we have such great parks around us to experience new things like this!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Splash Pad Fun

With the sweltering heat this summer, we've found lots of relief at the splash pad with our buddies. Nathan went from being very timid, almost scared, to running right into the water with big smiles. It's been fun watching him warm up to it over the past few months! 

Our music class buddies are always a blast to hang out with and the kiddos all get along so well. It's welcome adult time when the mommies can stand around and chat while the babies wear themselves out.

We ventured out to the Dr. Phillips park a few weeks ago and had even more fun trying out new fountains. There was so much more space to run around and we spent a couple hours splashing in the water.

It may be fall around the rest of the country but it's still steamy here so we are still enjoying ourselves outside for as long as we can! I'm not sure how we will get the kids to use up so much energy once the weather does turn but for now I appreciate it making for a nice nap time!

We especially love our hang time with our buddies! Can't say enough how thankful I am that we have such good friends in our lives. It doesn't hurt that my cutie is so fun to watch when we go, too.