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Seasonal Books for Fall + Winter

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Let's try this again! Haha! This post went live yesterday but then was doing a funky thing and not actually showing up.. so here we go! :) 

Children's books are one of my absolute favorite things. I don't know if it's my education background, or the fact that reading has always been something I love.. but now as a mom buying great books for my babies is the best! Not all books are created equal, people, haha! Now that Beau is pushing two and a half (cue my broken heart) we have a pretty established overall library and I'm excited to grow our seasonal collections of books. I also want to figure out a great way to organize seasonal books and share that too, so expect that soon! Some of these books for fall and winter we have, some are just on our wishlist! I thought I'd share because I know I'm not the only mama wanting to stock up on some great seasonal books. I actually already ordered a few of the Christmas books.. too excited! Haha.

Looking back at that paragraph I'm literally just blabbering but whatever.. here's some seasonal books for ya! ;)

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt
The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever 
Baby Lit: Frankenstein

Some more Fall Books:


Winter/Christmas Books:



What are your favorite seasonal books? I'm always happy to add more to our wishlist! :) My absolute favorite of ours this season has been, "You're my Pumpkin Pie" by Natalie Marshal. 



Our Trip to Boston: Part One

Monday, October 8, 2018



Yay! I'm so excited to share our few days in Boston today. Before Sophie was born, we knew that it wasn't going to work out for us to take her abroad right away, but that we still wanted to do a trip of some kind. On our way back from Iceland last year we had a layover in Boston and added it to our mental bucket list. We had earned a ton of Southwest flyer miles, and when we saw we could fly to Boston, it was a no brainer! :) Another major selling point was the opportunity to add on my #1 US bucket list location, Nantucket. Ben's dad is a huge baseball fan, and so the second we mentioned going to Boston he said he wanted to come to a game at Fenway with us.. so his Father's Day present was our game tickets, and granny and Pops joined us for about 48 hours. It was SO special to have them with us and made the whole trip feel really restful. 

Ben's dad dropped us off at the airport and said "see y'all tomorrow!" This was when we realized WOW OKAY TWO KIDS HAVE A LOT OF LUGGAGE. Haha! We snapped this photo when I was in the middle of trying to remember how to tie on the solly baby wrap for the first time since wearing Beau as a tiny boy. It's clearly not done correctly, haha! Fixed it right after and baby wearing made this whole trip possible haha. We learned that paring down everything as much as possible, even if the bag is bigger is a better option. Keeping this in mind for our upcoming trips to Nashville, and Utah!

Hanging with my babies at the airport. It just felt so surreal to be doing our favorite thing as a family of four!


We chose to put Beau in his car seat for the flights and it was the best! He's not at a level of maturity that he could sit in a seat well. We had such a great experience with him sitting in the carseat. 

Out of order.. haha! But a pic from the airport with my cuddly girl! 

That magical moment when BOTH of our kids fell asleep before takeoff. WHAT?! Beau woke up for a little while when we took off because of the noise and motion but then did great for the rest of the flight. I also successfully tackled my first in public nursing in the airport and on the plane! Haha!

When we arrived in Boston, we had been delayed so it was already getting closer to dinnertime. We checked into our hotel and fed Sophie and were ready to go out to get a quick dinner and it was pouring rain. We decided to go ahead and abort mission, let Ben run and get us burgers at the nearby Shake Shack, and I stayed with the babes in the hotel room. 

The next morning we knew we had a few hours before Ben's parents arrived so we decided to head out to walk the Boston Public Garden and to get some breakfast!






We let Beau wear his jammies just because we were headed to a casual breakfast, and because I clearly wanted to get some photos of him in his duck jammies at the duck statue! Haha! We had read "Make way for Ducklings" leading up to our trip. 



Out and about with the double stroller! I truly could not survive without this thing. 

My girl in one of her first times to really wear shoes. Precious!!

So fun experiencing a new place for our first time traveling with our girl!








After breakfast we went back to the hotel to feed Sophie and wait for Ben's parents. We were SO excited for them to arrive. If you're wondering why they didn't just come at the same time as us, they had commitments at home on Monday night. We got lobster rolls for lunch and then set out to cross the river and check out MIT and Harvard.

Crossing the river!



We have so many photos of feeding Beau in different places so I loved snapping a photo of Sophie eating out and about!


We walked around the campuses, stopped at Mike's Pastry for a few treats, and Beau experienced his first bee sting outside a library at Harvard. So sad!! Haha! 

We went back to the room to change and freshen up and head to Fenway for the baseball game. I am not one to really enjoy sporting events but this was SO FUN! The atmosphere was absolutely unreal. I can't even describe it. It was so much smaller than you would think and felt so retro and fun. It was enough to make me a Red Sox fan! Haha! 




Clearly Beau was enjoying himself, haha! He didn't nap that afternoon and my child NEEDS to nap.. he fell asleep on Ben's shoulder after we walked around for a little bit. 

Ben's mom was so excited to get a photo of Beau in this glove! 

Told you Beau fell asleep. So sweet. 

I was loving holding my girl so close!

As soon as we got seated with our ball game food, Beau was awake and ready to watch some baseball. 

Our happy group!!

I love this photo because Beau isn't looking at the camera, but at the game! So stinking sweet. 

Stay tuned for the rest of our trip.. I didn't plan on splitting it up but it was just way too much, haha! :)


October Goals

Monday, October 1, 2018


Hi! Long time no talk. Popping in because I've been really missing blogging. So let's start off slow with an easy post, shall we? It's been a busy, busy time for our family. I owe y'all a major update but it's been a major season of change for us. Ben hung up his hat after 5 years of teaching and coaching middle school. We just completed a renovation on an investment property. Although I'm now very much settled into the management of two kids, someone is awake all the time right now, so that leaves me stretched pretty thin a lot of the time. Sophie will start having her second nap at the same time Beau does in November, so that will change that a little bit. But in general, I'm feeling a lot more "on" all the time than I was when I was pregnant with Soph. I was obviously very much taking care of Beau but when he would nap, I would rest and shut down. With how hard my pregnancy was physically, I needed it and I'm so glad that that worked out.. but then I jumped right in to a totally different situation when Sophie was born. I love it so much. To be honest, this year coming to a close makes me feel kind of nauseous because it's just been so great. I love seeing the changes in Sophie each month but I also love savoring the moments of her being so little. So here's a few things that I'm focusing on this month. Really hoping to start creating more space in my life to write this blog, because I love it and miss the connections that come from it. Thank you for reading and sticking with me as my life has ebbed and flowed in terms of how much I'm on here. Would love to hear what's new with y'all in the comments! :)

October Goals:
  • Photos of Sophie in a hollowed out pumpkin  (really important item, haha!) 
  • Fall Sensory bags- pumpkin seeds maybe? 
  • A visit to the pumpkin patch, or three or four!!
  • Make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins 
  • Finish details for our family Halloween costume! I'm 95% set, Beau is 90% set, Sophie is 100%, Ben is 0%!! Haha!
  • Finish planning our outfits for Sophie's 6 Month photos/our family session in Nashville with Meredith
  • share our trip from last month on here!
  • finish Sophie's 5 month update (these are really more for my record keeping than anything else!)

Sophie Charlotte: 4 Months

Thursday, September 6, 2018


4 Months as of 8/27/18

Beau's 4 month post!

Weight: 12 lb 15oz
Height: 25.2 inches tall

Clothes: Towards the end of the month we started wearing some more 6 month clothing. I've had a lot of fun looking at the fall styles for her and really anticipating the change of season.

Sleep: She's still sleeping from 7:30pm-7 am or a bit later consistently each night, with a nap at 8:30, 11:30, and 2:30! I'm starting to be able to tell that it's a bit harder for her to nap on the go.. sister just wants to be a part of what's going on.

Schedule: Same as last month!

Health: Nothing to report.. and no news is good news! :)

Crying: Our laid back girl has shown her voice a few more times this month.. but is still mostly super laid back! She doesn't love trying to nurse crammed into the back of a car, but she lets Beau lay on top of her and put his fingers in her mouth. Eeeek!!!

Likes: She's started sitting in the "sit me up floor seat" and that's been wonderful. She's also reaching and playing with little toys and will cuddle a stuffed toy. It's so precious to see! She's grabbing her feet and loves sticking her tongue out, too!

Dislikes: Honestly I can't think of anything. Our girl is so chill!

Milestones: Started rolling from back to belly!

Special Moments: Being on the slideshow at Celebration Service at church, first matching jammies with mama




























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