Elgin pumpkin festival

We went pumpkin hunting today in Elgin.  There were lots of pumpkins to choose from.

elgin pumpkin festival

elgin pumpkin festivalOur friend Dax hunted for a pumpkin too!

elgin pumpkin festival

We went for a hay ride, a train ride and did some swinging.

elgin pumpkin festivalDax swang too!

elgin pumpkin festival

Dax even rode a pony!

elgin pumpkin festival

Emmet liked playing with the pumpkins best.

elgin pumpkin festival

elgin pumpkin patch

I think Emmet and Dax are buds.  We can’t wait to hang with him again!

elgin pumpkin festival


Texas swimming holes – Krause Springs

Krause Springs

Last weekend we made the trip to Krause Springs to check out one of Central Texas’ top swimming holes.  You know you’re either a) old or b) a parent when steep rickety looking stairs scare you.  Turns out they were not rickety but they gave our blood pressure a good jump regardless.  Of course, after we scaled them we found a much easier path down to the spring…

Krause SpringsWhile it may not have been the best choice for a baby, it was quite beautiful.  We were surrounded by green plants, (which are hard to come by in Texas right now) moss covered rocks and some little falls.

Krause SpringsD and Emmet stretched out after our picnic lunch to enjoy the swimming hole sounds and take a rest.  Emmet is such an eager swimmer that he gets pretty tired.  Krause Springs is just under an hour drive from Austin; making for a nice short day trip.  What is your favorite swimming hole in Texas?


baby travelWe took a trip to Boston last week and stayed in Beacon Hill.  It was street after street of hundred year old cobblestone sidewalks and buildings.  I just loved the old architecture.

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On a playground right on the Charles river we had a few firsts…

baby travelbaby travelOur first time swinging.

kids travelkids travelOur first time climbing stairs.

baby travelkids travelIt was so much fun that we went back and did it all again the next day.

travel with kidstravel with kidsWe played in the grass at the Boston Common.

travel with a babytravel with a babyNo trip to Beantown is complete without a regular from Dunkin’.

travel with a baby

This sweet boy is cutting his first tooth!  At the same time, he’s decided he will not nap without me next to him.  I hope this is just a phase.  Come on through tooth!  Mommy does not need 3 naps a day…


We just spent a lovely 75 degree and family filled week in my beloved Northern Michigan. It was the first time my side of the family has been able to all get together since E joined us.

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Grandma Ann read Emmet one of his favorite books.  It’s filled with animals.  I suppose you don’t actually read it.  You just make the noises of all the animals on the pages.  Little did I know, I was in for a treat when it came to the turkey.  I was expecting to hear, “Gobble gobble,” when she came to that page.  Nope, not my mother.  She let out a real-deal bad ass turkey call!

baby travelGrandpa Denny organized a boys day complete with embroidered shirts.  Emmet didn’t get to go along with them this year, but he rocked his shirt while hanging out with Grandma and I.  This picture was taken in the morning before they took off on their day of adventures.   Do you see the smirks on their faces? Those are the devilish smirks of boys who are about to have some sick fun.  They are already planning for next year!

kids travel

kids travel

Beachin’ it! This was a game of softball in which one could choose to run or swim the bases.  Cousin Jack came up with that brilliant idea.

Emmet and I took lots of walks on the trails at Grandpa Denny’s.  It reminded me of playing in the forest growing up.  (Insert moment of sap here.)  We listened to all the yummy forest noises like birds singing and squirrels rustling in the leaves.  This was my favorite part of our trip.

What’s your favorite part of your last vacay?

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I love this guy!