All the FALL things

We had such a fun time picking apples and pumpkins this year.  When we find a place we like we tend to stick with them year after year so it’s no surprise that we decided on Battleview Orchards in Freehold, NJ for our apples and Cheesequake Farms in Old Bridge, NJ for our pumpkins.

Peyton had so much fun picking apples this year.  She was running up and down the rows of trees and begging for another bite of apple.  She wasn’t the biggest fan of picking the apples herself but she most definitely enjoyed eating them!  Sloane fell asleep facing forward in the carrier just as we were paying, I couldn’t believe it but I guess when you’re tired, you’re tired! Forest made homemade apple cider later in the week with the apples we picked and it was absolutely delicious.  He did a great job!

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Easter 2017

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I don’t have any pictures of an easy breakfast with cute Easter jammies this year.  Our church moved their first service from 8:30 to 7:30 for Easter so we were all pretty rushed to get out the door on time.  But the service was good – I always love the songs we sing on Easter.  And then we came back home for Peyton to open her Easter basket (bath toys, bubbles, summer clothes, and 1 piece of chocolate) and do a quick Easter egg hunt before Aunt Amanda needed to get to the airport.

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Thoughts on Thursday | 3.16.2017

Welcome to Thursday, friends!  I hope your week has been wonderful and that you have awesome plans for the weekend.

Parenting memes.  #54 was me yesterday.

I did it.  I fell victim to fantasy sports.  Fantasy baseball to be exact.  We had our draft Sunday night and the regular season starts April 2.  I’m looking forward to winning, I’m very confident even though I know very little about most of my players.  :)

Just read this bit of news: “the producers behind the popular Serial podcast are releasing all seven episodes of S-Town, their new limited nonfiction series.”  March 28 is the date so I know what I’ll be starting during nap time!

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O Christmas Tree | 2016

We put our tree up on Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It’s always one of my favorite days, putting up the tree!  We had already decorated the den a little bit (because we did Johnson family pictures in front of the fireplace) but we worked on the tree and the outside lights on Sunday.

Peyton had a lot of fun bringing the ornaments that Forest gave her over to me at the tree and we would try to put them on together.  I’ve been a broken record since Sunday saying “no no.  We look but don’t touch.  Put that back on the tree please.”  The only thing low enough for her to grab is plastic candy canes but she gets them anytime I turn my back!

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

^Peyton was using a plastic toy Santa as a camera remote. :)

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

trimming the tree

Until next time — Cindy

Halloween 2016

Last year for Halloween Peyton was a Colt’s cheerleader for the parade at daycare and then we dressed her up as a Dalmatian to help us pass out candy.

This year, I made Peyton’s Halloween costume.  She was an adorable little strawberry (and the supplies to make it only cost $10 – a t-shirt, black and green felt, thread (I bought a new spool of black thread) and red tulle (I used a head band I already had for the elastic waist of the tutu) – all from Hobby Lobby!)  Here’s an in-progress shot – I had finished the tutu and her try that on while I cut out and pinned the seeds on her shirt.

Peyton's strawberry costume is coming along! Her tutu is done and I'll be spending  the rest of my evening sewing on these seeds. Next are a few leaves for around the neck of the shirt and we should be good to go! 10.26.2016 #Peyton #diystrawberrycostume

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Zoo trip

We took Peyton to the zoo for the first time over July 4th weekend.  We went to 1st service at church and headed straight to the zoo right after.  The weather was perfect – warm but not miserably hot and cloudy but not rain clouds threatening us constantly.  We saw the penguins and bison before we stopped at the picnic area for lunch.  Although Peyton was more interested in seeing everything around her than she was her chicken.  And then we wandered around to all the different exhibits.  Most of the big animals were sleeping so Peyton didn’t know what the heck we were pointing at when we told her “Look Peyton! Do you see the xyz [that’s just sitting there and blending into it’s surroundings]?!” She loved pointing at all the animals that were awake and active.  The bison weren’t active but I think they were big enough that she could see them and she kept moo-ing at them!  She now knows what sound a cow makes (mmmmmm!) and a horse (na ha ha ha).  The seal and sea lions were active and we arrived at their exhibit right as a show was starting.  Forest took Peyton up closer to the glass to watch but after a few minutes Peyton was over it, started crying and they made their way back to me.  Peyton was asleep in the car before we got out of the parking garage so I think it’s safe to say she had a really good time!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

Turtle Back Zoo - Peyton's first zoo!

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Father’s Day – 2016

We celebrated Forest’s second father’s day over the weekend!  I see how much he loves and cares for our family and I loved being able to celebrate him.  You are the best dada around, I mean it!

We kicked off the whole weekend by going to a concert on Friday night, just the two of us.  It was the first concert we’ve been to since before Peyton was born and Forest has been looking forward to it for moooooonths.  Dashboard Confessional was the headlining band.  If we were to pick a single band to highlight our high school days, they would be it.  At one point Forest leaned over and asked “Did I buy these tickets as my own Father’s Day gift?” I told him about the concert but he actually purchased the tickets so…. technically yes but whatevs. :)

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