Category Archives: Fall

Puppy Love on Halloween


Pottery barn puppy

Rachel loves our dog, Zeus.  She loves to lay on him, pet him (which in all actuality is just her pulling his hair out ), and to chase him around the house.  She squirms when he comes in the room and let’s out a sound that Tim and I both agree sounds a whole heck of a lot like “Zeus.”  It would even be a safe bet to say that she started saying “Zeus” before she started saying Dada or Mama.  And if you ask her to say it when he’s not around, she won’t do it.  She only does it for him.  They are best buddies.  They nap together, play together and even eat together (as in, Rachel shares her food while he waits patiently by her high chair).  My girl loves dogs of all kinds–big, small, medium, hairy, hairless, black, brown, white–it doesn’t matter to her.  If it has four legs, a wet nose and barks on occasion she is all about it.  She’ll take a sloppy dog lick kiss over just about any toy you can give her.  If the dog is in the room, she is probably trying to get to it somehow.  So, it came as no surprise that she was going to be a puppy for Halloween this year.

On Halloween night we made our rounds to a few family members that live close by.  Rachel had a great time with her “treats” and by the end of the night she could be found digging diligently in her treat bag for her new apple cinnamon puffs. After we got home we passed out candy for a bit then snuggled our little one to sleep.  After Rachel was in bed, Tim and I watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on DVD.  I spent some time reflecting on the fact that we have watched that movie together every year for the past 9 years.  I had to count a few times to make sure that was right.  Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess!

Overall, our first Halloween together as our new little family was a success.  Next up is Thanksgiving, the last of the “first” holidays for this little one.  I can’t believe how fast this year is going!

Little Red Corvette!


My father-in-law loved Corvettes. My husband loves Corvettes. So it only makes sense that my daughter would love Corvettes too! From the time my husband was a little boy until the time my father-in-law passed away several years ago, they would spend their time taking care of “their” ’87 and ’69 Vettes.

My father-in-law with his first Corvette

Not only did they spend weekends driving them, or cleaning them (for fun, I might add…strange, I know!) they also would spend time together visiting Corvette shows around the area and even entering the cars into competitions. The ’87 Corvette was usually the car chosen to take to shows and enter in competitions as it was the easier of the two cars to maneuver and drive any significant distance.

My husband and father-in-law circa 2007

However, the ’69 with all it’s loud rumblings and nostalgic throwback feel to it has always been my favorite of the two. She (yes, I call her a “she” because she is so pretty in my eyes, it seems to flow better than “he” in conversation) is harder to start and more difficult to drive so it is always a treat when she makes an appearance. This past week she has been at our house for an extended stay in our garage while my mother-in-law’s garage was getting some new appliances put in. For as much of an inconvenience as it was to have my car moved out to the driveway, it was a pretty sight to see every morning in my garage.

Seeing that old Corvette always reminds me of my father-in-law and I smile to myself because I know how proud he would be of my husband and how happy he would be to see us now. I also think he would be pleased to see our ’04 Corvette sitting right beside it in the other garage bay! I can almost hear the chuckle now. I know he is still around us and it’s times like today when we have the Corvette out and are putting air in the tires and are revving that old engine that I can really feel him around.

I know my father-in-law would love everything about this little babe!

Some people are surprised to hear that we have three Corvettes. Two were inherited and one was purchased as a celebration for getting my first teaching job. Some people have dinner to celebrate, we buy a Corvette. That is what I signed up for, I guess. Corvettes. It runs in the family. It flows through the veins. And instead of tears, the sound of a loud rumble makes my baby girl’s arms start going and her voice start squealing! She is her Daddy’s girl through and through!

…And so the tradition lives on for at least another generation. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Happy Rachel Day!


Happy Rachel Day, everybody! We spent our afternoon taking advantage of the beautiful weather here today and took an impromptu trip to a local pumpkin patch that also has a petting zoo! Rachel had a nice time smiling at the animals and watching them with wonder as they came over to greet her.  We ended our visit with a walk through the pumpkin patch for a few more pumpkins for our front porch.  Have I mentioned that I love the coziness that fall has to offer? Seeing pumpkins and mums on the front porch gives my heart such a happy feeling. Pumpkin patches and petting zoos are so much sweeter this year now that I have Rachel to share it with.

I can’t believe that my girl is ten months old today.  She’s in the double digits already! Time needs to sloooooooooooow down! Unfortunately I’ve been told it just gets faster and faster as they grow up.  I can not believe how quickly Rach has gone from a smiley baby to a smiley toddler-like little person! In honor of her newly blossoming “older” personality this blog will be dedicated to some of her favorite things for this month. Who knows what they will be next month!

Rachel has discovered a LOVE for baby dolls! She loves to hold them, pretends to rock them and always gives them kisses over and over (gee, wonder where she learned that?! 😉 ) You can tell her to go “Find your baby” and she will crawl around on the floor and search until she finds her.

Gerber Graduates Arrowroot Cookies- The best shortbread cookie she has ever had (and also the only one!).  These things are  a great after dinner dessert.  Don’t go near her when she’s eating it though or she will literally turn away from you to be sure you don’t try and get her cookie.  A girl after my own heart…

The sound “sssssss.” It is especially funny if she says the sound and you repeat it back.

A game of chase! In the mornings we put her on the floor in our room and she crawls away from us giggling and laughing hysterically.  Then she will turn and look at you as if to say “You’re coming to get me, right?” and when you do, man, you will hear the laughter roar! Sweetest little thing EVER!

Reading stories before bedtime has become a nightly routine now! She even pats the pages as we go and loves to help turn the page.  “On The Night You Were Born” is an all-time favorite.  Most nights I can’t get through the story without getting a little teary eyed and/or choked up.

She loves going for a ride in her new wagon or for an evening run with Daddy in the jogging stroller.  She can often be seen leaning forward and holding on to the stroller tray with a huge smile on her face while they run down the street together.  It warms my heart every time.  When she’s in the wagon, her friend Minnie (a gift from her Nana from DisneyWorld) rides along on the opposite side.  🙂

Puppies! My girl loves to sit on the porch and any time someone walks their dog past our house you can almost guarantee Rachel will give some sort of squeal to try to get to the dog.  Not surprisingly, she will be a puppy for Halloween this year.


I can’t believe how fast these last 10 months have gone by! I am amazed at everything motherhood has to offer and am so thankful and blessed to have such a happy and sweet little babe.

Welcome Fall!


Fall is here! Mums, candy corn,  and pumpkin scented candles are in abundance at our house this time of year.  Summer is by far my favorite season, but I can not help be lured into the season of fall and all the coziness that it has to offer.  There is something about putting on that favorite cozy sweater and sipping on some hot apple cider that is just so….beautifully simple.

Rach is getting so big these days and she is definitely growing into her own little person! The battle of the headbands has begun, I had hoped we would be able to avoid it by all of my diligent efforts to make it seem customary for her to wear one.   …We’ll see who prevails in the end 🙂

This weekend we are going to the pumpkin patch with a very good friend of mine and her husband and also their adorable daughter who just happens to be Rachel’s best friend! 😉  I can’t wait to soak in all the sweetness that Fall has to offer and spend some quality time with a dear friend and our girls!

Happy Fall!!