Pumpkin Patch #3: Kelsey Farms

Our third and final pumpkin patch of the season was to Kelsay Farms.  We had never visited there before but since the weather was so lovely we decided we should give it a try.


The first order of business was to let Elin take a ride on the cow train.  She loved it!  We hit it up a the perfect  time where there was no line and she got right in with no wait.



There were so many photos ops that we had to stop and take pictures to as many as we could.




Elin was so excited to see Spookley the Square Pumpkin!  In fact they sold the dvd of the movie there so I went ahead and bought it since she loves it so much.   It really is a cute one if you have not had the chance to see it.


Elin’s favorite part by far was the sandboxes of corn to play in. She could have stayed in there for hours! We practically had to to dray her out of there because she loved it so much.


We didn’t get many pics of poor Grayson there because he was sleeping most of the time.  He was getting over a cough and runny nose.  Below is  the only two pics I got of him.  He is such a good baby to go along and be happy and content at all the places we drug him too.


Grayson picked out this little pumpkin to take home. I love this picture of him really checking it out.


We rode a hay ride and Elin got to check out some tractors, some baby cows and practice milking a cow on a cow machine.  Elin had a lot of fun bu the third pumpkin patch did us in.  We have had enough patch fun until next year.


Pumpkin Patch #2: Appleworks


A couple of weekends ago we made a last minute decision to go to another pumpkin patch since the weather was so beautiful! So after one of Elin’s T-ball games, we went Appleworks in Trafalgar. We had such a great time. The weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny with bright blue skies but crisp enough to wear long sleeves. The perfect fall weather!

Elin wanted to immediately start looking for the perfect pumpkin. I limited her to only once since we already had quite a few pumpkins from the last patch visit.

Grayson was all smiles and enjoying the bumpy ride in his stroller as we walked him along in the patch. He loves to be constantly moving!



After picking out the perfect pumpkin, we took non-hay filled wagon up to the kids area. We had to wait quite a long time to get on the wagon, but once we were on it, the ride was so nice because it was a little longer than your typical ride. Elin loved going around the large pond on the property.


Once we got up to the kids area, Elin quickly spotted a train and pony rides. I told her she could do both so we got in line for the ponies first.


Elin loves the ponies and I had a hard time getting her to hold on with two hands because she wanted to pet the pony with one hand the whole time. She could have ridden them all afternoon if they would have let her.


Then she eagerly waited for the train to come back and it never did! Apparently it ran out of gas and so they had to stop the train rides. What a bummer!


I just love this pic of Grayson smiling up at Elin. He loves it when she comes over to his stroller to be silly which she does a lot!  They had so much fun at the patch that we decided to hit up a different patch the next day. I’ll share those pics soon!



First Pumpkin Patch Visit

A couple of weekends ago we went and visited the first apple orchard/pumpkin patch of the season.  This was little Grayson’s first trip ever!  I am so glad I was able to capture him looking through the tree with Elin and Max.


We go to Anderson’s Orchard every year and the past couple years we have attended the kids day where they have train rides, a petting zoo and bounce house fun.

Elin loves having Max along to play with.  Little Grayson enjoyed watching all the fun from his stroller. It’s hard to believe that next year he will be running around there with them.



Every year we pick the first pumpkins of the season and Elin enjoys running around and checking them all out.  I don’t why but there was far less of them this year.



Grayson was unimpressed when I attempted to place him in the bin with mini pumpkins so he was just hovered over it for a photo.


I told Elin to just pick out 2 but she just kept bringing them to me as I attempted to pay. We walked out with several more than what I planned on but they have made nice additions to my sparse fall decor in the house.

The white mini’s are my absolute favorite.


After selecting pumpkins it was time to check out the little petting zoo.  Elin was fond of the bunny and cat but I thought the pig in the stroller was hilarious.  Elin had an apple in her hand when we walked up and they told us to make sure to have it out of sight of the pig.  I can only imagine how often they had to say that since the petting zoo was at an apple orchard.  Poor piggy!





Elin and Max had a wonderful time and I can’t wait for Grayson to get to join in the fun next year!

Angel’s 15th Birthday

The day has finally arrived! I have been thinking of Angel’s Quinceañera for a long time. We always used to think about throwing Angel and Fiona a big party for their 15th birthday. I made sure Angel still had a good day and lots of party treats but it just didn’t feel quite right for a huge celebration without her beloved sister with us or her cousin Daisy.


Angel is not the kind of dog to make friends easily. She is very fearful when she encounters other dogs and is very sassy with her loud barks. It also takes her awhile to warm up to humans as well. Once she gets to know you, she is friendly and sweet but she is very selective with her affection.

I am happy to report that she still has lots of energy and is in good health! She just had blood work done and luckily it all came back normal. It’s all evidenced by the way she can still tear all around the house and fly up and down the stairs numerous times a day.


Angel enjoyed a special dog cupcake from a dog bakery and got lots of treats and stuffed toys from us and her nanny and papa. I think she had a good day and felt extra special.

We love our little Angel baby so much and am so happy and grateful to still have her with us.

Here are some of my favorite pics of her.










Grayson’s First Experience with Gerber Cereal

Grayson has been working hard on sitting on his own. He is not quite there, but can sit very well supported with his Boppy pillow. He has also been practicing more sitting in grocery carts and his high chair at home. Now that he is in this phase, I thought it would be a great time to start some Gerber Cereal. I want to do everything I can to ensure good, healthy development.


So off to Walmart we went after Elin’s T-ball game last Saturday. As you can see from the pic, Grayson was pretty happy to see he was getting to start his foray into eating with Gerber Cereal. Just look at that big toothless grin.


Speaking of toothless, he is gnawing on everything right now and was eagerly trying to get into his Gerber Cereal.

Walmart had quite the selection of Gerber products to choose from. I choose the Gerber single grain Oatmeal Cereal. That’s exactly what we started Elin on four years ago and she loved it. I love that it provides Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and six B vitamins.

If you know me well at all, you know that I research everything and therefore have a hard time making decisions because I am always weighing the pros and cons of everything. I love that going with Gerber is one decision that I don’t have to think about. Elin did so well with all their products and still loves their toddler meals. In fact, she just ate a Gerber’s ravioli meal tonight for dinner.


When we got home, we were all excited to see Grayson take his first bite. I kept telling Elin the whole time that I could remember feeding her for the first time as well with Gerber Oatmeal Cereal.

Grayson was excited and ready to eat. I think he was little apprehensive about the spoon in his mouth each time, but he seemed to really enjoy his oatmeal and has continued to every day.





Now that he is getting his start on solids, I know he will start develop more and display more brain growth. It’s bittersweet because I am loving this current age with him, but I can’t wait to see him grow and evolve. Before long, we will be deciding which Gerber vegetables to start with, but for now I am not going to think to much about that and just enjoy watching him with his oatmeal.


Halloween Pajama & Costume Party

Halloween season is officially here!  I have never been a huge fan of the holiday but it’s so much better with kids! Elin is so excited to go to the pumpkin patch, jump in the leaves and of course dressing up and getting candy.  I can’t wait to experience all that with her and now Grayson.  Since it is so much to see all the little ones in their adorable costumes, Halloween themed pajamas and enjoying the Halloween festivities and parties; I have teamed up with some of my favorite blogger’s for a fun link up.   Take lots of your pictures of you little goblin’s and ghosts and linkup with us Oct 27-Nov 3rd.

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Elin’s Fall Tee-ball

I had every intention of getting Elin signed up for Tee-ball over the summer and a couple weeks after Grayson was born, I started looking and found out that most places by us that take 4 year olds only offer spring and fall Tee-ball. Unfortunately, we were too late for the spring session so I promised Elin that I would keep an eye out for the fall session and she seemed pretty excited about it. Fast forward to mid summer and I remembered and got her all signed up. I excitedly told her and she said, “Great, there will be princesses there, right?”


Apparently every time I was saying “Tee-ball” she was thinking “tea” and a “ball” as in a fancy party or dance. She attended a princess tea over the summer and was getting all of that confused. Luckily, she was not too disappointed after I explained the difference.



Elin was very lucky to have her uncle Mike and cousins Max and Ethan, who came over before practices even started to teach her some of the basic fundamentals of hitting, throwing and catching.





She has had three games so far and a couple that will have to be rescheduled due to rain outs. She can hit pretty well off a tee but not from being pitched to. She loves to race after the ball and tries really hard to catch it. She and most of the team just all dive after the ball and jump on each other like they are playing tackle football. Surprisingly, there have been no injuries from that or crying.





It’s very hard for her to pay attention and not be picking at the grass, talking to her friend Lydia, or just daydreaming. I have to remind myself that she is still on the younger end of the age division and I’m sure she will pay attention better in the future. Overall, I think she is enjoying it and she looks awfully cute playing.






Grayson 5 Month Update

Another month has gone by in the blink of an eye and Grayson is 5 months old! He remains such a sweet and happy baby!  He is always giving such sweet and adorable smiles to everyone he encounters. He is laughing more and more each day and will laugh a lot if you raise him in the air and then bring him back down quickly.


Weight: 16 lbs 8 oz
Height:  27.5 inches
Head Size:  16.5  inches
Clothes: 3-6
Diapers: size 2


Grayson is sleeping beautifully through the night and is taking good naps throughout the day.

He is still taking 5-6 ounces 5 times daily. This month we plan to start baby oatmeal.


Last month he had just started taking a pacifier and enjoyed it at first but he is using it less and less each week. He much prefers his thumb now.

Grayson really enjoys bearing weight on his feet while supported. This month he has started playing in his ExerSaucer and Jumperoo. He is not jumping yet in the Jumperoo, but likes the toys and standing on his feet with support.



He loves to hold his hands and cross his feet. He has already been grabbing and holding on to his feet as well.

He absolutely loves being outside and going for a walk. We try to take him on walks as often as we can.


He looks more and more like Elin each day and I think he looks a lot like I did as a baby as well. He is such a little bundle of love and sweetness that you can’t help but just smile at him when he looks up at you with his sweet smile. He will almost always smile a big smile back at you if you smile at him.


Birth Greeting for your baby from the White House

I was working on updating Grayson’s baby book and organizing his memory box this weekend and remembered that I had never shared his letter from the White House.

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When I was planning my wedding and perusing wedding planning websites, I found out that you could send in wedding announcements (as well as birth announcements)  to the White House and the president and first lady would send you a greeting back.   I didn’t really care to do it for our wedding but thought it was cool keepsake for a baby.  I completely forgot about it until Elin was well past newborn stage but did manage to remember in time for her and for Grayson I was on top of it and mailed in his birth announcement along with all the announcements for family and friends.

There is really not a point to do this other than it’s a unique keepsake to store in the baby box or in a memory box for your baby.



Here is the address to send off your birth announcement:

President Barack Obama
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C.

If you prefer to save some postage and an announcement you can just fill out this online form here.

You will also see that you can receive greetings for weddings, anniversaries, retirement, and birthdays.


Additionally, if you are interested you can also receive birth greetings for your new baby from Mickey Mouse or the Pope!

You can receive a post card signed my Mickey and some of his pals when you send an announcement to this address:

Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Walt Disney World
1675 N Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

And if you are interested in getting a letter back from the Pope you can send to this address:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City

Doc McStuffins Exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Elin has been anxious to visit the Doc McStuffins exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and luckily for us we got our chance to check it out during a family outing with my husband’s employer. It was so nice to get access to the museum when it was closed to the public.

The event started at 6pm on a Friday evening and went until 11:30pm. We obviously did not stay that late and got there when it started as to not be out too late and we only took Elin since it would have been to late of an evening for Grayson.

When we got in the doors, most everyone seemed to be heading to the dining area first so we had the plan to go to the Doc McStuffins exhibit first since it was new and sure to be the most popular. We were thrilled to have the place to ourselves for a long time before others trickled up there.


The set up was so cute and such a neat way to teach kids about healthcare and help make hospitals a little less scary.



They had several different areas including a veterinary area, a baby nursery, exam rooms, and surgical suites.



They had little areas set up with all the instruments and told about each one.




Elin loves this little X-ray machine. It would scan each stuffed animal and tell you what was wrong and how to fix it.



Since Elin loves animals, this was probably one of her favorite areas but she also loves the baby nursery. We spent quite a bit of time in there.

Totally saving this picture when she becomes a pediatrician someday.


Look at her checking the the little patient chart.


She loved feeding and rocking the babies.  She made sure each one was tucked into bed.




The surgical suite area was interesting, but she was not as into it as the other areas. It seemed a little geared for older kids. I did love that they had realistic looking sinks and talked all about the importance of washing hands before touching patients.




I highly recommend visiting the exhibit if you are in the area. I think most kids from preschool through third or fourth grade would really love it.

We did enjoy the rest of the museum as well and had such a great time.