...in October.

The best part about October was going to our friends' home in PA. It was the perfect small town getaway weekend for Columbus day and we got some cute fall photos out of it, too. Playing in a backyard, picking pumpkins, apple cider doughnuts and car rides, s'mores in their fire pit, the boys (and Ryan and I) were in heaven. // And doesn't that picture of Ava and Henry make you swoon?!

Other highlights from October include finding this cute NY Giants beanie (we've already lost it, RIP and thank goodness for thrift store finds and cheap kids' hats), our first cold day of "winter" and Halloween, where, due to a kitchen fire alarm going off during our ward's party, the boys got to meet real firemen while in their firemen costumes. They were super friendly and obviously the parents thought it was much cooler than the boys. :)


Things that happened in September. And a little in October, too.

A little bit of everything here. Isn't it wonderful to compile a big group of happy pictures from you/your kids' lives into one little spot? It's also such a good reminder when things aren't so picture-worthy and these aren't even all the moments (that'd be a little overwhelming, right? if I could just screenshot with my eyes the million and one moments from my day that make me happy? wild).

This kid gets air! One of my favorite pictures of the summer. 

Things we do while waiting for Dad.

Lots of water balloons late in the summer. Lots.

Tourists in Morningside Heights.

Ryan's high school friend on the right plays in a fantastic bluegrass-ish band and we went to a show of theirs. It started at 10, so we were hip New Yorkers for a night.

Box robot!

Playing dress ups with our neighbors, the Wride's.

I just had to document their summer hair. Ode to summer, sun-bleached hair, right here.


A few of Henry's park buddies that we would play with whenever we saw them at the park. Henry actually learned a pretty foul word from the little kid on the left, but it was a good learning experience for me to deal with outside influences and simultaneously want to shelter Hank for the rest of his life. 

Butterflies at the AMNH. The boys were a little hesitant to go and were fairly quick to want to leave, but I could have stayed there for a long time looking at all these beauties and watching them flutter around the room.

Fall views from the Cloisters.

And lastly, we were reunited with McKay! Here Hank is intentionally falling of the bed just to make McKay laugh. 

We've had quite the warm weather this fall, a few colder days, but so many beautiful and sunny days, it's been such a good help to keep me getting out of the house. 


Ohio vacation 2015

Ever since law school we've made an annual non-holiday trip to Ohio. First it was for Ryan to study for exams, and now it's just because. I've mostly travelled with the boys as the only adult and I was a little nervous with how well Walter would sit in my lap since he was still free, but had all the energy of an almost two year old, but from what I remember (maybe I should always write about trips after a few months, my memory is so terrible if anything bad happened I forgot and only remember the good :) it went smoothly. Henry was also taking his sweet time becoming fully potty trained (and we were all trying to figure out how to help him best, poor kid) but I think everything went well there, too. Or really, I should say no comment because, like I said, my memory is pretty atrocious. So maybe I should blog about these things closer to the actual event so my kids know what happened, since my memory isn't the best to go on...

Anyway, we went to Ohio and had a blast! The nights are usually hard and long without Ryan, but the days are full of so many new and fun experiences that it's always worth it, and this trip was no exception. Photos!!

Walter was totally enthralled by watching all the airplanes taking off at LaGuardia. He'd yell "airplane!" in this high pitched crazy way.

And no stop to suburbia is complete without multiple trips to Chick fil a. All with exchanging the toy for some ice cream, naturally. 

My mom got a new car since we had been there last, and the boys look pretty good in the front seat. I'll be patiently waiting to buy this beauty when she's ready for something else :)

I think these may be the only pictures with my dad? And none of my mom? I should be better at getting people to stop and pose, but oh well. I love how much my parents love their grandkids and how much my boys love being with them as well. It's so amazing how much love (and a little FaceTime and looking at all the pictures) transcends distance.  

Cousins! I adore all these pictures, blurry/crazy faces/cute faces. I'm so grateful the boys have cousins, and cousins close to their age as well. 

My sister and her husband took a trip out to my parent's to see us while we were there, too and I'm sad this is the only picture I have of them with the boys, but I'm grateful I have it and that they were kind enough to hold the boys' things when they got tired of riding, silly boys.

Car naps! Oh cars, we've missed you.

The boys, my brother, in the back of a pickup cab, it's just all too cute.

This may be one of my favorite plane photos I've taken. Soothie and Woody wanted to see the view from the sky, too. 

We don't have any plans to go back to Ohio next year since we're doing a little destination family vacation in the fall, but I have a feeling we'll see Ohio sometime next year, regardless, we just can't stay away for too long before a pool and a car and CFA start calling our names :)