All the Pumpkins

Not sure if all parents are feeling this way, but I think we’ve accumulated about 20 pumpkins this year. That might be a bit of an exaggeration but we have a lot. We painted pumpkins, picked pumpkins, decorated pumpkins, and we will be carving pumpkins this weekend. Today was even pumpkin day at kid’s day out. Of course I used pumpkins when decorating our mantle for Halloween.


Here is Owen in his Spider-Man costume. He loves it, and I’m glad he has an excuse to wear it more than once. Happy Halloween!



Food and Good Reads

You would think that with being a stay at home parent I would have more time to bake and read but Owen’s schedule keeps me pretty busy. Everyday we have plans to see some of his friends or go to a playground. I swear that he has more of a social schedule than I do! This past weekend I tried to find some time to bake a few things things in advance because I knew that Tony would be out of town for a few days.

I made sure that I had some quick meals to make and some snacks as well. Although so far I think I’m enjoying them more than Owen is. He is soooo picky with food these days. I made apple muffins as well as mini taco hand pies. Owen took one bite of the apple muffins and said,”I don’t like”, and I think he liked dipping the hand pies last night more than actually eating them. At least I’m enjoying them.

I do occasionally have some time at night to read after Owen goes to sleep. Here are the books that I’ve read in the past few months if anyone is looking for something new to read.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi

I’m also going to pick up The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain at the library soon. Happy reading.

Fall Fun

I know that most of the retail stores pretty much pass over Halloween and Thanksgiving, but in our house we really enjoy the fall. It has been a tradition to go apple and pumpkin picking as a family. This year we went to Soergel’s Apple Orchard. They were having their Fall Festival when we went – so it was crazy crowded but worth it!

After being directed to a parking spot not very close to the orchard we hiked down the hill, only to catch a hay ride back up the other side to the orchard. Owen was pretty happy once we found a seat – he still loves anything with wheels. The ride went through some of the orchards and stopped by the pumpkin patch.

We got a bag and went to pick some apples. By then Owen was in a not-so-fun toddler mood and just wanted to kick the apples around. So Tony and I picked most of the apples to take home. Owen eventually got in a better mood when he found out that he could pick his own pumpkin to take home. After we found the best pumpkins we needed to figure out how to get the 3 pumpkins, large bag of apples, and a toddler back on the hay ride. Next year we may bring our own bag.


Quick trip to the shore

I’m counting down the minutes to Owen’s bed time. Today was a very whiny day for him. Everything I said was followed by whining. Ugh.

A few weeks ago we took a trip to Ocean City, MD for bike week. Yup we drove our Harley down with Owen on the back. Just kidding. I don’t think we’ll ever own a Harley. We tagged along with my biker parents for a few days. Since it was off season there weren’t many people at the hotel, and Owen pretty much had the baby pool to himself. He really enjoyed that as well as playing in the sand. Unlike last year he wasn’t a fan of the ocean.

It was really nice to get away for a few days and enjoy the ocean view. We went out to eat every night, and realized that there are very kid friendly places to enjoy. These kid friendly places have playgrounds close to the seating and bar areas. So once your kid is done eating he can enjoy the playground while the parents finish their dinner. I’m not sure why we don’t have places like that around here. Other than a McDonald’s play place I can’t think of any restaurant that kid friendly.

On another note we have been binkie free for  month :)! Now we just need to work on getting Owen potty trained.