dr. frankenstein and his monster.

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Henry's hair was made to be a mad scientist. And Walter still has the monster/zombie walk going on. And a monster costume from Carter's was on super sale and an Amazon little lab coats for imaginative play.

Ryan and I have always been terrible at dressing up for Halloween and we've been ok at doing things for the boys, but this years duo is the best so far. Henry could finally say "trick or treat" this year and was actually pretty bummed that he had to sit through a whole hour and a half of dinner before he could get his candy. And then Ryan finally went with him around the halls of the church building for our ward Halloween party and Henry definitely skipped any room that was dark. 

There were a fair amount of not-so-dark-and-creepy rooms though and even an amazing room with a guy in our ward who had a Sesame Street-like puppet and was just letting the puppet chat with the kids and then inviting them over to grab some candy out of the bowl--the kids were all so entranced by the pupped they forgot all about the candy, it was fun to watch them be so focussed and it wasn't even a tv screen or movie!

This week there's been a playgroup party and there'll be a neighborhood trick or treating and Henry definitely doesn't need the candy, nor do I...but I wouldn't mind a few extra sour patch kids around here for the next week or two. ;)


my little new yorkers.

September and October and hardly a blog post? These boys are busy, wild, and adventurous, and we live in New York City. It feels like most New Yorkers have no idea that Manhattan even goes this north (we live north of the Washington Bridge), but we are loving where we are, the wonderful friends we've made so far and the fun adventures we get to have slowly but surely.

There are whirlwind days where we do a bajillion and one things and then there are days like today where we went to music class and a park in the morning, then another park in the afternoon before coming home and making breakfast for dinner, and I love it.

Here are a few snippets of our life these last few weeks:

This was from one of the first outings we went on with some moms from the neighborhood. There is definitely no shortage of good food around here and just about every adventure into another neighborhood means finding a fun treat to go with it.

Let it be said: we go to a lot of parks. There's something so fabulous about being in a city where the city is your backyard--and you can go into everyone's backyard whenever you want! It would be nice to have one of our own, but until then finding fun slides like this one in a Central Park playground make it a-ok to be without.

Play structures like dinos? We'll take it.

Aw, I already miss that shaggy hair. If I happen to lose Walt at a playground, it's almost guaranteed that he's playing at the end of a slide.

The face of a happy child, I tell ya. This is from another playground in Central Park and is pretty fun. The sandbox is huuuge, which is so fun, except for the whole sand everywhere thing.

This picture is from the medieval festival, in our neck of the woods. It was like Comic Con gone old school.

My little sister got married! And even though we love her and her new husband, it was all about the babies for me. Cousin time never looked so good with everyone looking all snazzy.

Lastly, fall. Oh, fall. If we ever move away from the East fall is something I will tenderly miss. They just do it right here.


Blueberry picking: my happy place.

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Since I'm writing this after we've already moved to the big city I can be all sappy.

The city is growing on me and I'm so excited to experience it in every season. I'm ready to love it.


I really miss our old stomping grounds.

I really. Miss. Boston.

Also, I really miss fruit picking. Blueberry picking was heavenly this year and I just can't get it out of my head. I'm thinking a trip up to Boston at the end of next summer is a total must. I went blueberry picking last year with Henry (seen in this post) while still growing Walter inside, and it was pretty fun, but this year we went as a whole family of four and it was absolutely amazing.

A quick tangent, but I'm feeling so torn these days between adding to our family and just keeping it as it is. It feels so complete these days, so wild with these two little boys, but then I think, oh one more, one more, and then I think that I'm really not mentally capable of more...and then I remind myself to live in the moment and all is calm again. I really do love this family of mine.

We went blueberry picking the week before we left and it was the perfect send-off. The blueberries were as big as grapes, there were so many of them, and it was so cute to hear Henry as he trounced around, sometimes yelling "I'm running away!" in a cute way, and having Ryan run after him, and Walter just hung out in the carrier gobbling up blueberry after blueberry. Fruit picking is definitely my happy place. Retirement must include great fruit.