Feeling Festive

Until I moved to Vermont, I did not realize that one fall festival could be better than another.  To me, hay rides, pumpkin painting, and warm apple cider could be done anywhere with comparable success.  We had a fabulous time last year, and that was with a one-year-old; I figured this year would be even better.  So when my friends said they were going to the Keene Pumpkin Festival (which was featured on HGTV), I said I’d hit up a local one instead.  We had a lot of fun, but it wasn’t this!

Lesson learned: we’ll go next year.  But the kids still had a great time at our small town celebration, no matter how low key.

After all, it was my father-in-law’s birthday so we had family and hot chocolate.  Keys to success.

Add in some pumpkin and face painting plus a wagon ride, and who needs a towering wall of pumpkins and the hassle of parking?  We had everything we needed to celebrate the season.

A photo of beautiful Em getting her face painted was actually in The Vermont Standard!  That’s the second time she’s been in that newspaper, plus the magazine cover I took of her last year for Kid Stuff.  If crazy hair comes into fashion, I’ve got a model on my hands for sure!

My favorite part of the day was when a kid walked by and said to Jax, whose lightning on his cheek left a little to be desired, “Wow, you got bacon painted on your cheek?  Awesome!”  Yes, that would have been awesome, except it was supposed to be a lightning bolt.  I like bacon better.

And speaking of food, did I mention s’mores?

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

For all my jokes, it really was a fun time, although I generally like my festivity on a grander scale.  Next year I think we’ll brave the media circus and head to Keene, but that’ll be with a 7 month old in tow, so who knows?  Maybe a fall festival of this size will feel just right.

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Our Newest Little Love

I haven’t been around for a few days, but I had a very good reason!!  It weighs 8 lbs 15 oz and came in the form of my newest niece, the beautiful Miss Stella May!

I had neither my camera nor my computer–camera was left in my sister’s car, computer was forgotten in the excitement–so I only have a handful of cell phone photos to capture this momentous occasion.  But don’t you worry!  I’ll be seeing her again for Thanksgiving, and if you think there won’t be an official photo shoot, you’re crazy!  Have you seen that hair?  It’s dying for some accessories!

Welcome to the family, Stella!  We’re so glad you’ve come!

xoxo

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Stormy Night

Well JDubbs is in Washington, DC, the kids and I are in Massachusetts, there is a storm knocking on our doorstep and who knows if we’ll still have power by tonight?  My parents are very easy-going, and I think we will find that there will be an item or two that we are lacking–ahem, flashlights–but we don’t need much but each other to get through a stormy night.  Add the fact that my sister-in-law is due with her second baby tomorrow and may be popping him/her out at any moment–it makes for a dramatic visit to civilization, to be sure!

Be safe until my life resumes its normalcy!  Who knows when that will be.  Until then, enjoy this picture of Thing 1 and Thing 2, having breakfast together, one of their favorite times of day!

We’ll see you after the storm!  Let’s see what Hurricane Sandy will bring!

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It’s A Girl!

I am so unbelievably excited to announce that the baby in my belly is a…

GIRL!

It wasn’t until the sonogram technician announced we were going to have (another) daughter that I realized how much I had been hoping for this baby to be a girl.  I come from a family of three girls, and the older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to have two sisters.  I don’t think that there is any relationship in the world quite like sisterhood, and even though I was a very active member of my sorority, it isn’t exactly the same as your real sister.  I am so incredibly excited for Em, and Jax–who already has so many little guy friends and his little cousin Tommy for male bonding–is excited to be the only boy in the house with Daddy.

No name yet, but we’re working on it.  We have to find the perfect one to fit in with Jax and Em, and one that JDubbs and I agree on.  Wish us luck!  And thank heaven for little girls!

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Autumn Fun!

This has been a very rainy fall, and so the leaves never really had a good chance to change colors before they were knocked off the trees.  However the one benefit of that is that there have been plenty of opportunities for the kids to play in leaf piles while it’s still warm!  So although I’m sad about the lackluster foliage, I’ve enjoyed watching the kids revel in one of the best pastimes of fall.

The pictures speak for themselves.  New England is definitely a wonderful place to be a kid!

Happy fall!

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Castle Island

Can you believe that in all my years as a Bostonian, I had only been to Castle Island once until recently (and that once was a drunken episode in the wee hours of the morning with my future husband, so it doesn’t really count).  One of Jax and Em’s little buddies had a birthday party here in early September, and now I have a  new favorite place to take the kids when we’re in the city.

Because my friend Courtney, the hostess, is brilliant, there were games for adults and kids–which soon became games for just the kids. Nothing says summer fun like ladder ball, not matter what your age.

Jax is training for the Olympic Ladder Ball Team.  I think he’s going to be pretty popular in college.

Miss Em liked it, too, but she also just liked walking around and looking pretty.

She even indulged me in a five-minute photo shoot by the water, with Skittles as a bribe.

The wind off the water was “wicked strong,” as we say in Beantown.  There was actually a hurricane warning, but that doesn’t stop us New Englanders from having a good time.  Weather does not intimidate us.

Look at Em staring down the waves, as if daring them to splash her.  She is one tough cookie.

Some of our friends even joined in the photographic fun!

Yes, now we’ve moved on to Nerds.  Our dentist is going to love me.

And no party is complete without random street performer blowing an unbelievable amount of bubbles.  Really, we couldn’t have orchestrated that better.

The perfect way to say farewell to summer.  Next year I won’t wait so long before making a trip to Castle Island with great friends!  A day to remember!

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Five!

2 + 3 = FIVE!!!

Oh, so that’s what’s been going on around here!!   Days without posting, not as many crafts or photos, just getting by because I have been busy growing a human while caring for two other, very demanding humans!  Phew! I am absolutely exhausted!! I wish I could have spread the good news earlier, but I wanted to have an ultrasound first before I shared the love.  But now you know where I am if I am missing for a day or two–probably on the couch, trying to come up with as many games as I can play while being semi-conscious.

Big changes are coming, in our life and here at Rub Some Dirt On It.  Don’t worry; I won’t disappear and we’ll navigate it together.  But at least I have a VERY EXCITING reason!

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