Today is my favorite kind of fall day.  Driving to work it was overcast and the clouds had hints of not only grey, but bits of blue and gold.  That combined with falling leaves and muted Fall colors made the morning seem very dramatic. Perfect for curling up with a thrilling book… preferably in front of a window with a lakeside view – might as well go big since I’m imagining this entire scenario.

Rather than links, how about an awesome picture of Phoebe that wins?

Happy Friday!




I’ve seen other bloggers do a variation of what they are currently up to, so I thought I’d do the same thing since often it doesn’t fit anywhere else.



Slowly reading ‘Middlesex’ because it’s one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, but for some reason is not really grabbing my attention, so I may switch to something else.  I’ve actually been thinking of reading some old favorites like ‘The Hobbit’ and then maybe revisiting ‘The Dresden Files,’ which I had done before, but got sidetracked so never made it through all of them again.  Yeesh, my brain can’t focus on anything can it?


As far as television series go, we’re still watching ‘Fringe’ as well as a handful of other shows now that it’s fall.  We watched the first two episodes of ‘Gotham’ and are going to watch one more before we decide whether to continue or not.  We haven’t been super impressed with it so far… a lot of overacting (especially by Jada Pinkett Smith) and way too many characters were introduced in the first episode, and just… meh.  I’m watching ‘Parenthood’ and also have started watching my way through ‘Gilmore Girls’ since it’s finally on Netflix!  I used to watch it with my mom and now it feels super weird that I am currently the age that Lorelai (Lauren Graham) was in the beginning, which is really bizarre.  So now I’m watching it from an entirely different perspective…

We haven’t watched a lot of movies lately, but there have been a few. We watched ‘Pacific Rim’ and while the story wasn’t amazing and there was some definite cheesiness, the special effects were fantastic and worth watching. Then we watched a movie called ‘Clear History,’ which had some fairly funny moments and a surprising cast, but I probably wouldn’t buy it or anything.  It was an okay Friday night movie, though.


While I don’t like the fancy pumpkin drinks from coffee shops, we have enjoyed some Pumpkin beer, Pumpkin cider and pumpkin butter, which was really good on French toast when I made it.  I love me some pumpkin butter.


Fall.  It isn’t too cold yet, but I kind of like that crisp feeling in the air.  I like the colors, the falling leaves, the pumpkins and cider.  Maybe I should be spending more time in sweaters and slippers sipping apple cider and reading books while watching seasonally appropriate movies.  I also want to take the kids to at least one orchard before time runs out to do so!  Apple cider donuts are calling my name and you can’t beat a good hay ride, ride?

Thinking About

A lot.  At the moment I’m thinking about traveling with kids, but I’ve got a lot of other things on my mind as well… some of which I don’t really feel like sharing.  My brain has been a very busy place lately, though, and there is a lot I’m trying to figure out.

At Como

So far this Fall has seemed fairly mild, and I’m okay if that is a continuing trend.  It just gives us that much more time to get out and do things before the cold weather sets in and all I want to do is hibernate.


A few weeks ago we decided to go to the Como Zoo for a change of scenery, and managed to get there early enough so that while still busy, it was manageable.  We didn’t get many pictures of the day, however, and have kind of decided that Como would be better off charging a small admission rather than relying strictly on donations. It wasn’t terrible by any means, but it also could use work in areas.


The last time we went we were childless, so a lot of things we were kind of oblivious to.  This time around, though, we stumbled upon bathrooms with wonky changing tables that weren’t in very good shape. More importantly, though, some of the habitats just seemed too small and sad at times.  We also had a run-in with some hornets that swarmed us for whatever reason… this happens on a regular basis, and poor Enzo is terrified.  We were setting up lunch when suddenly Enzo started screaming and I saw several hornets flying around him and his sister and hanging out on their food.  The last thing we wanted was a kiddo being stung, so while Josh tried to grab everything, I quickly tried to shoo the hornets away from Phoebe’s food (which she was still trying to eat) and quickly lead Enzo away.  We finally found a table that seemed decent , but little man would have a meltdown whenever a hornet came to investigate. Considering I have my own phobias when it comes to wasps and hornets (I am okay with bees), it was incredibly hard to sit still and try to carefully guide the kids away from them or to cautiously shoo them away from us in a calm manner while comforting Ezno when inside I was having my own mini freak-out.


Seriously, though, what is it with hornets and us?  Are we just genetically more appealing or something because wherever we go they just hone in on us while other people are just happily eating or hanging out.  They must smell fear.


Anyhoo, the day wasn’t a complete bust… it was absolutely beautiful and the kids got to see a few different animals than usual.  We didn’t really stop in Como Town (the game area for kids) even though Enzo might have enjoyed it. At that point we decided a nap was probably in order for both kids, considering Phoebe fell asleep while strapped to my front in the Ergo and Enzo had only had a short nap in the car on the way there.  Will we be back?  I’ll think about it. I do like the conservatory, which we didn’t see and I think the kids would enjoy all of the flowers, but considering what a long drive it is we will most likely stay closer to home.


11 Months

As of yesterday, there is only a month to go until Miss Phoebe is a year old. I’m not entirely sure what to think of that except that this past year has gone by more quickly than any year previous.  I thought time flew when you just had one kiddo, but add another to the mix and somehow time still finds a way to fly by faster.


We are still waiting patiently for Phoebe’s first teeth to actually pop through all the way.  She has an upper and lower tooth peeking out, and the other two front teeth are right behind, but they are taking their sweet time.  She is constantly chewing on something and not surprisingly has been a bit fussy.



Like her brother, she has some of the best facial expressions and a wonderful sense of humor, even at a young age.  I think that’s to be expected if you spend enough time around all of us.  She’s a noisy gal and besides being rather talkative has quite the yell when she wants to be heard or simply surprise someone.


Now that she is pulling herself up on everything, she’s beginning to get more brave by letting go and balancing on her own.  I imagine in a week or two she’ll be ready to start investigating the “walker” and I wouldn’t be surprised if she took her first steps in the next month or two.  I think she’s got the right motivation (keeping up with her brother, which can be very frustrating), so it’s really just a matter of time.


As far as favorites go, right now she is loving all things musical.  She discovered the Xylophone and loves making music with that, and actually has a fairly delicate touch too unlike the piano which she still loves to pound.  She loves playing with cars, especially Enzo’s beloved Batmobile and she’s becoming more and more interested in building blocks and puzzles.  Phoebe is one smart gal and amazes us at how quickly she catches on to everything.


I think it’s safe to say that we’re all fairly smitten with her.  She has the most joyful personality and puts a smile on all of our faces.  I’m looking forward to what the next month brings for our little girl considering she can be full of surprises at times.

Friday Funday!

I’m really looking forward to the weekend (typical), but especially since the weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow. We’re probably going to try and go to an orchard/pumpkin patch/something seasonal.  The kids have never picked apples or anything, so that could be fun, right?

Some interesting facts about banned books in America.

Finding your Life Purpose.

Make an ordinary day happy!

Looking forward to this new Bill Murray movie!

And for you, Josh.