Fall Family Photos

I love fall. It’s absolutely the best time of year. It comes a little late here in Northern California, especially where we live in the valley. It’s not as crisp and cool as I’d like, but at least it’s finally below 90s. The leaves are slowly changing, and I can finally wear my favorite boots.


It was the perfect day to load up Piglet and Monkey, and take a drive to the country for some family photos.

Does anyone know the trick to getting a kid to smile for a tripod? Seriously, these photos would have been amazing, except for Mr. Pouty Face.



At least he cooperated when one of us was behind the camera.


The day would not be complete without an awkward family photo. I tried to get Monkey in the picture, and well…there you go.



We also snagged a couple shots by ourselves, while Piglet attempted to knock over the tripod. I’m surprised these turned out as good as they did.


Note to self for next time: wear jeans that fit better. Those jeans gave me total mom butt. But I still love all the pictures. It was such a fun day with my family! PS: How ridiculously cute are those baby carharts? I couldn’t get enough!




Halloween Decor

Do you remember last year when Match got the awesome idea to hang cut out leaves for Thanksgiving? Then we followed that with snowflakes for Christmas? Well this year he suggested bats for Halloween. I love how the simplest of decorations can make the biggest impact.


On a walk recently, a neighbor of ours was cleaning out his garage and asked if we’d like an old kite he had. Not only is it an awesome kite, but it doubles as a great Halloween decoration! Piglet loves to point at it when we walk downstairs.



I got a little crafty and painted a spooky Halloween scene to hang up on the wall.


I also had Match and Piglet get in on the act, and we put up our ghostly footprints. Somehow the way Match put his foot down, it looks like his foot’s not that much bigger than mine. I assure you that I have very dainty little feet! If you look closely, I also added some Harry Potter potion labels, and a couple of book labels. Next year I’d like to go Harry Potter crazy!



The silhouettes are back up in the windows this year, and the signs are out front. I added a couple of gourds that Piglet loves to pick up and try to carry around on our walks.


I love decorating for the different holidays, don’t you?


Piglet’s Pumpkin


Last Monday we took Piglet to the pumpkin patch. It’s the patch we go to every year, and we were so excited to bring Piglet now that he’s mobile. Last year he was just a 5 month old little peanut and this year he’s a rambunctious toddler. He also decided he was anti-camera, even though he normally cheesey smiles every time he sees a camera like object. It might not look like it, but I swear he really was having fun!


We lucked out and had a relatively cool afternoon, though I wish it had been even colder. It was nice to finally wear jeans! I attempted to get a family photo. Anyone know a trick for getting a kiddo to smile for a camera set on timer? There’s no one to make goofy faces and get him to laugh!



We had a great time once again at the pumpkin patch. I’m hoping to bring him to a couple more before the end of the month. Don’t you just love this season?




Piglet’s First Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Last week we took Piglet to the pumpkin patch. Last year I had just found out I was pregnant with our little pumpkin.  This year we were so excited to finally be bringing our little baby to the patch.

ppatch1We had so much fun wandering around the patch. Piglet had so much fun spending time with Mommy and Daddy. I’m not sure if he even noticed the pumpkins, but we definitely got some big smiles out of him!


These last two pictures are my favorite. I think they capture the happiness we were all feeling. I love Fall, and our sweet lil pumpkin baby!



I love the magic of fall, as the leaves  change their color and the air grows cooler. I’m looking forward to snuggling up under blankies, to warm apple cider, and the holidays just around the corner. Piglet finally being here makes it all that much more special.




Talk to Us Tuesday-#6 Pumpkin Fest Fails and Moving Boxes

Um, could we go back to the haunted house? Cause, this is creeping me out.-Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s my fav bloggy day of the week, Talk to Us Tuesday with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

  • Last week I told ya we were heading to the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay with Sassy Family. Well, the problem is, so was the rest of the bay area apparently. It was a shoulder to shoulder crap fest. We tried to make the best of it, but it really was terrible. Here’s how much of the giant pumpkins I was able to see:

  • The highlight of the day was getting to take Sassy Daughter through the haunted house. No one else wanted to go so it was just her and me. How cute is she in her little Alice costume? She was so shy when the pirate talked to her.

She was totally freaked out, even by the decorations. She grabbed my hand and held on tight. When we walked through the haunted house, she actually jumped into my arms and hung on like a little spider monkey! It was the sweetest thing.

  • After the haunted house we parted ways with Sassy Fam. They were just as overwhelmed by the crowd as we were. So Match and I headed up to Marin and grabbed dinner at a pub. It was a nice evening and I was happy it was just the two of us.
  • In House news, we heard back about the appraisal. The great news is that it appraised for more than we’re paying for it, so we have instant equity. Woohoo! The not so great news is the super picky FHA people are requiring that a small part of the outside be repainted before they’ll approve the loan (lame). But that is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. I’m just so relieved they didn’t find any deal breakers. Next step is just to get the loan finalized!
  • I’m so excited to move for what should be a very, very long time. I counted it out and I’ve moved 14 times in the last 10 years. How ridiculous is that?
  • In  travel news, it will be just 11 days we’ll be leaving for Oregon to see my family!! I cannot wait.