Fall Bucket List: Update

Another weekend has come and gone already…sigh.  But, we enjoyed it to the fullest and dropped a few more adventures in the fall bucket list 🙂  Sure, it was a bit cloudy and chilly…but that’s nothing a good bottle of wine, a 5th birthday party, pumpkin picking, apple picking, FaceTime with Auntie Wink, football, pulled pork and apple crisp didn’t fix!

Here’s what we’ve dropped in the bucket so far:

Pick out mums

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Pick a pumpkin

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Go apple picking

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Bake an apple pie apple crisp

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Stay tuned!  More fall bucket list adventures to come next weekend 🙂

Yours truly,

MomME

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Pumpkin pie, oh my!

Pumpkin pie, oh my!

It’s no secret that pumpkin pie is one of the best flavors of fall.  Not to get all mathematical on you, but its addition to the menu board is to the start of fall as “skirt day” is to the start of spring (if you went to BC, you get the reference.)  I mean, the debut of fall-flavored goodies at Starbucks is practically its own holiday, causing my Facebook feed to blow up with pictures and exclamations of joy.  So, when I was craving some homemade granola, I decided to put a fall twist on a classic Martha recipe.

Instead of using cinnamon, I used McCormick’s Pumpkin Pie Spice.  I also added raw pumpkin seeds instead of pecans, and dark chocolate chips instead of dried cherries 🙂  This is delicious as is, over yogurt, or in its own bowl with some cold milk.

As for the presentation, we’re heading to a friends this weekend so I decided to pretty-up the packaging and went with a clear treat-bag with its own heart tag.  I just cut out two hearts, adjoined at the top, and folded it over the top of the plastic bag, adhered with Zots.  I’m kind of obsessed with gold sharpies right now, thanks to my crafty sister…so, naturally, I wrote the tag with that!

Tastefully yours,

MomME

And with a wave it hit me…

On three separate occasions this week I’ve been reduced to tears and about to explode with love and pride over the magic that is growing, birthing, nurturing and witnessing the journey of this tiny human.  I’ve been overcome with the magic that is motherhood.  Either that, or I’m pregnant again…I have been craving Thai food and crafting…

Welp, let’s hope not quite yet…

But, I digress.  That’s not to say I don’t think W’s amazing all the time, obviously.  But, I think the crisp fall air has jerked me out of a humid summer haze and made me inhale deeply…made me aware and present in these moments.  It’s been reminding me to emotionally and mentally catalogue these far too fleeting firsts.

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One of these moments was when W waved for the first time.  The realization that your child understands what is happening in the world around them and then communicating with the world around them is…just…cray.  It’s crazy!  Theoretically I know that he already communicates in his own way when he’s tired, hungry or unhappy and theoretically I know he is very intuitive and gets what’s going on.  But, when he waved “goodbye” to Nana as she left after her usual afternoon visit, with a forlorn look and all, the magnitude of his sheer human-ness just hit me.  He’s growing up so quickly.  He’s so smart.  He gets what’s going on and he’s engaging with the world around him in a learned way.

IMG_1556Another was during our morning nursing session.  This is, quite possibly, my favorite time of the day.  It’s been a long (and amazing and hard-worked-for) 12 hours since I’ve seen my precious little W, and when I hear him chirping over the monitor (usually around 7am) I go in and find him sitting up, happily playing with his lovie in his crib.  The excitement in his eyes when he sees I’m there is (swoon) priceless.  But my favorite part is still yet to come…we head back to our bedroom and sleepily snuggle under the covers while he nurses.  Some mornings we fall asleep again and take our first nap all intertwined.  Other mornings he fills up and is ready to play…so he babbles on and on, stares at our ceiling fan and giggles while we play peekaboo.  This was when it hit me again.  I was peering down at him…babbling and smiling up at me, playing with my hand…and again I was overcome with awe at what a little human being he is – and that we created him.  That we were nurturing him to become this incredibly happy and joyous boy.  Ugh, I love our morning time together.  My second favorite moment of the day?  When we get out of bed and I make cup of coffee.  Ahhhh…perfection.

IMG_3193The third awe-inspiring moment was yesterday at the park.  It wasn’t awesome for any special reason – W didn’t have a “first” moment or anything.  It was amazing because it was just so simple and mundane.  It was a gorgeous fall day. The sky was blue, the grass was green and the wind was blowing in our faces.  Our Frenchie, Rex, was with us.  W was so content looking at the fountains, watching the birds flit around and chewing on his whisk.  Oh, the simple things.  I just felt downright lucky to be alive.  Lucky to be there with little W.  It was just an awesome day and I got to thinking I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way than with him.

Sigh.  And with that, our little love-bug is just shy of 8 months and he’s phenomenal.  Sleeping through the night, finally taking a bottle, eating some solid foods, sitting up on his own, crawling, pulling himself up on his knees, waving goodbye and mastering the b, d and m sounds…soon it will be talking and walking, oh my!

For now, though, I’m just enjoying the present.

Yours presently,

MomME

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

Today is exactly why I love Fall.  The sun is shining.  The air is brisk.  And a sweater and jeans feel just right.  So, with W down for nap number two it seemed the perfect time to finish up my latest DIY craft project.  Inspired by a fellow mommy-blogger, Modern Mama Loves, I set out to create a fall bucket list!  Though W is too young to appreciate this right now, I think this will be an awesome seasonal tradition that isn’t expensive to keep up with!  (There’s nothing worse than DIY “crafty” things that break the bank).

Right now an “outing” is often pretty overwhelming – between timing it with naps and the sheer amount of stuff that seems to accompany the little guy.  But, with the hubby home on weekends, I think this will make exploring the seasons and this beautiful state something we really look forward to showing W!

So, like any crafty biatch, I headed out to Michael’s and stocked up for only $15.99.

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1. Galvanized bucket 2. Jute rope 3. Scrapbook paper 4. Clothespins 5. Adhesive (I actually used scrapbook “dots”) 6. Chalkboard stickers 7. Paint pens

It was super easy to chalkboard paint fun excursions onto the chalkboard stickers, stick them onto fun paper, cut them out and stick to clothes pins.  They’re hanging right near our command center so we don’t forget…and they’re so darn cute!  Next up, taking the “bucket list items” off of the rope and putting them into the “bucket” once we’ve gotten off our butts and done them.  Here’s what one of the “bucket list” items looks like!

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I used the “Pink and Orange” mum design because it seemed appropriate!

Now that I have the bucket (the most expensive item ringing in at only $6.99), each season it should be easy enough to make new items on some seasonally appropriate scrapbook paper (I love alliteration) and save them for next year.  Each page of paper is only .59 cents and every once in a while we might need a few more clothespins, but those are super cheap, too.  After a year, we’ll have a set of bucket list items for each season, that, as W grows up and our family changes, we can add to!  I have to imagine, though, some of them will be pretty timeless – you can’t go wrong with apple picking in the fall 🙂

Other items that made our bucket list?  You’ll have to stay tuned and follow along as we check them off drop them in the bucket!

Yours truly,

MomME

PS – this is my first go at using Polyvore for collages!  With nap-time coming to an end, there wasn’t a ton of time to fiddle with it…but I’m pretty impressed with how easy it was.  Gotta love Google 🙂

 

It’s the first day of school…

It's the first day of school...

And for the first time in 25 fricken’ years, I’m not participating. From Kindergarten (ahem, twice) to college, to teaching my own classroom in Brooklyn, to recruiting college students for five years…I’ve been there, obnoxiously eager, relatively anxious, and with my new gear in hand.  The first day of school always marked the start to a new year.  To the start of sweater season. To turning over a new leaf. Today, though, I’m neither student, nor teacher, nor friendly recruiter. It’s just another day in the neighborhood, and W and I will carry on as usual.  But my wheels are, of course, turning…I see a fall bucket list on the horizon and possibly some baby sign language classes.

But until then…

In honor of the first day of school, of fall’s glorious approach and to turning over a new leaf…I decided to get a hair cut at my favorite salon 🙂  It seemed symbolically appropriate.  Frankly, I just really need one.  And, most importantly, I have a gift certificate.  The stars just seemed to align on this one…

Yours truly,

MomME

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