Our October

Our October was unique. Typically, it has been one "festive" event after another, trying to fit it all in. I love all that and I think the kids do too. But I found myself waking up and looking at the calendar more weekends than not, wondering "should we really do this or just play at home?" I notice that the kids don't actually care where we go, just that I am giving them some undivided attention. So, I tried to find some balance with staying in and going out with them. Intentional time.

I had photoshoots every weekend and have had so much fun with the new families I am meeting. I have learned that (though I was scared to work with them), seniors are much easier and more fun than I anticipated. Toddlers are adorable and always on the run, and dads blink a lot. I learned how to head swap and eye swap in Photoshop to make up for the blinking dads.

The time away from the kids during photoshoots is a challenge, but I know that not every month will be like October. I don't anticipate many people wanting to book outdoor photos in January. And the extra income is so welcome in a bit of an uncertain time with Matt's career path.

I stepped back from the blog partly out of necessity (editing photos takes a lot of time) and partly out of desire. I became obsessed with Sons of Anarchy, and it has given me something to look forward to at night (or while waiting for my mom in eye surgery, or during nap time...) and a story line to follow. I didn't know I missed that until I got hooked.

But I still wanted to catch up here and document our October days....

Out at pumpkin farm #2. Picking pumpkins we eventually would leave at the farm due to the insane line to pay for them. And picking up candy corn dropped in the pumpkin patch. 

We went to visit Matt's grandparents and family in the Cleveland area. I always love this trip, especially the incredible food his grandma makes for us. That was one of two apple pies she made from scratch, with 9 pounds of apples!

Mo and Declan came over to make Halloween puppy chow. We were missing several ingredients and saw the biggest spider in my house EVER, but man is that puppy chow the best.

This Fall, Homestead Park is home to a gorgeous field of cosmos. They go as far as you can see, and are so inviting for the kids to run through, tackle each other, etc. 

And pretend you didn't see these. They will probably be on our Christmas cards.

In the back of our neighborhood, we often take a trail. Each time, there is something new. This time, we found the perfect climbing tree, massive maple leaves, and a doe who stared at us until we left. 

One Sunday morning, I went on my third Columbus Food Adventures tour. This was the mother of all tours: Brunch!  We went to four restaurants, and I tried everything from Akoori (Indian scrambled eggs) to chiliquiles (breakfast nachos, kind of), a HUGE breakfast skillet, poutine, and of course, chicken and waffles. These tours continue to be my favorite adult indulgence, learning about the food, the businesses, and the history of our city on the way. 

Another adult moment: our first Buckeyes game together!  We bought the tickets on a whim and had the BEST weather of the whole season. Next time, we will spend more time walking around outside the stadium, but I was anxious to get to our awesome seats. 

The pumpkin she helped scoop and design...


My beautiful Alice in Wonderland!  She has loved this movie for years, and decided on this costume months ago. It might be my favorite one yet. 

It's a long story, but this guy wanted nothing to do with costumes. I finally found a shirt that was acceptable to him and attached a cape to the back without his knowledge. 

Off she goes! Rhys and I hung back in the stroller while she skipped to every door, knocked, waved, and was polite as could be. She lives for this night!! 

I am looking forward to my favorite month of the year. November brings our anniversary, anticipation for the holidays, and a little more calmness in my professional life. 

Homecoming 2016

It was January 2001 when I transferred from monstrous Ohio State to little Otterbein College after one disastrous quarter at OSU. I knew I needed the accountability of a smaller school, and I thrived there for the next 3.5 years. A huge part of this was due to pledging to Theta Nu.

I'll spare you all the details, but pretty much as soon as I started school, I went through rush and immediately had built-in friends. Some people laugh at the idea like it's "buying friends", but it was the perfect way for me to start fresh and join a group of girls who are still my friends.

Every fall, we try to go back to Homecoming, but I think this was Rhys' first time. They loved it!  Minus the confetti cannon blasting into power lines during the parade and me almost crying over the parking situation, it was the perfect morning with my sisters and our little Violets...

The theme was super heroes, so this guy was loving it. 

You ain't nothin, Spiderman...

Clapping along to the Theta Nu cheer

Candy thrown at you: Obviously the best part of parades. 

And active sisters who need to be added to my babysitting list...

Alumnae plus our spawn

Mommy, don't step on it. 

The line for the bouncy houses was out of control, so we walked uptown for Schneider's donuts, cookies, and a loaf of amazing pecan roll bread. 

Future cardinals??

Pumpkin time!

I have probably titled four posts with those same words: Pumpkin Time! What else is there to say other than the end of September is always "pumpkin time" for us. By the time Halloween actually arrives, we usually have about 10 of them, all shapes and sizes, inside and outside our house.

Last weekend, we took a road trip (because that's our Saturday morning thing, it seems) to Radnor. There, we found Lehner's pumpkin farm. It was so perfect for younger kids, with it's jumpy pad, barrel train, and tons of ride-on toys. The major attraction for me was the indoor playground with a full restaurant so parents can eat while the kids play!!

Rhys was all over the place this day, so no photos of anything that didn't include him in my line of sight. Too many state routes and cornfields for him to explore. His favorites? The mini donkey and tractors. Hers? Running amok with her BFF Declan and the giant bounce pad.

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