Happy Fall!

As Halloween is upon us, I feel like this fall flew by with hardly any recognition from me!  I love fall.  It’s starts off with a bang with one of my favorite days of the year (my birthday of course).  Add in college football, hoodies, PSL’s (pumpkin spice lattes for those who aren’t into acronyms), running in the crisp weather, Punkin’ Ale, and the crock pot, and you have yourself the best time of the year!

It has been a struggle to make sure that we fit in our fall activities and decorating.  I feel like I’m on teacher duty, then toddler duty, then house duty, and before you know it, i’ve collapsed and another day is gone.  Of course, Mr. C and I have definitely tried to make time to enjoy a Punkin’ Ale from Dogfish Head, just to make sure that we actually talk to each other a few nights a week 🙂 That being said, this past weekend, we were able to not only fit in a trip to the local pumpkin patch, but I was able to get crafty and change up our front door decor.

The supplies to this wreath have been sitting in my garage for the better part of 3 months now, so I decided to get to work.  I started by paining a wooden ‘S’ from Michael’s (where all of my supplies came from.  Gotta love the 15% teacher discount!).  I have a slight obsession with all things black/white polka dot, especially when you add in yellow accents.  As I didn’t have time to run out to the store, and our garage is extremely disorganized, I couldn’t find any of my little brushes.  Q-Tips made the best substitute and almost-perfect polkas.

Black with white polka dot ‘S’.

Back to the actual wreath.  I improvised with what I had and added some fall leaves, berries, and sunflowers.  I’m really anti-semetrical, but know that everything needs to be balanced in some way.  Since I only had the small window of Baby C’s nap time, I quickly glued the floral arrangement on.  It is minimal, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Wreath after arranging the flowers. I tried to keep the leaves in a circular pattern.

The finished product hung on the perfect, sunny Fall day.

And finally, here is a sneak peek from our trip to the pumpkin patch.  I’m so glad that Mr. C was able to put off his 10 page paper and be a part of this family outing.  Baby C’s first trip to the pumpkin patch was a day to remember!

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BabyCakes-a-Saurus

My toddler has a slight obsession sorry, an infatuation with anything dinosaur related.  It all started when he was given the book, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolan, for his 1st birthday.  This book is cute and fun to read.  So fun, in fact, that we read it every.single.night.  Mr. C and I have even been known to do a duet-recitation of the ever popular children’s book when dealing with a fussy toddler in the car.  The obsession, however, does not stop there.

Baby Cakes thinks that dinosaurs have a raspy, growly voice.  We’re not all that sure where this started, but you can ask him “how does a dinosaur say ______” and he will repeat whatever has been requested in his little growl.  It’s been an extremely fun party trick, especially when we decide to ask him how a dinosaur says random words such as “spatula” and “ladle”.  Our friends and family giggle when they get him to say their name in the famous dino voice.

We love our little dino so much, that we thought it appropriate to purchase a new winter hat, courtesy of the Etsy shop, Mrs. PTB Makes.  These hats are customizable by color, and she even has other animals to choose from.  Our little dino loves his hat, and loves seeing himself on video.  Here is his latest “flick”.  Enjoy!