Tag Archives: the great outdoors

Autumn Serenade

30 Sep

What a poetic title! It’s the name of a classic song I listened to in the car today. I wanted to entitle this post “Fall Fell” but it sounded too tragic.

So it’s cold now. Which is appropriate because we had exactly one week of Fall which is our northeastern allotment.

Perhaps I am too quick to judge. We haven’t lived here in 3 years but I am rapidly recalling reluctance to wear winter warmies (AKA dress my kids in coats and scarves). We had a reminder yesterday of the wails of a toddler who is not ready to accept defeat (read: cover exposed skin to protect from frostbite).

We trudged ahead, though, and muffled him with his scarf so we could head out the door for Apple Picking. I always laugh *maniacally* when something we plan “for the kids” becomes something we force upon them — you know, for their memory’s sake. I prep myself for this to be the case and it’s such a relief when it’s not.

Thankfully, Alstede Farms in Chester NJ delivered and the kids were happy and the adults were less frazzled than usual and it was Fall for one beautiful evening on the farm.

And now we are enjoying apples 9 ways – everything tastes better when you pick it yourself (or when it’s free…am I right?)

Happy Snaps – Sprouting Up

9 Mar

It’s rainy & overcast but bright…the kind of sky that makes you squinty but not smiley.

The sunshine is like overhead fluorescent lighting casting its unnatural glow on an otherwise dismal day.

During the last of today’s showers I hopped outside with my iPhone and snapped some pics.

I needed to remind myself that the gloomy days bring the rain that bring the life into this world.

Side note: I announced that today would be pajama party day and my 4yo said, “yay, a pajama party with my pajama mama!” which obvs I loved.

He is clever, that one. He must take after his mum.

Happy Snaps – Relishing Life

1 Mar

jr the junkyard rescue dog - all smiles

today it was sunny and in the high 70s – a reminder that spring will be here soon & time outdoors will be longer and more frequent. junior enjoyed an apple (dipped in peanut butter because i’m an enabler) in the sun while the boys explored (aka collected rocks from our gravel and stone path) and i took some snapshots of new blooms and relished the springlike weather.

yellow blossom on creeping ivy

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