Weekend

Pumpkin Patch 2017

Hello Friends! Guess what we did over the weekend? We finally hit the pumpkin patch! Ya know…that fun October tradition where you take your family to a local farm (with 802738 of your closest friends). And you pick out a pumpkin and try to take a super adorable pumpkin patch photo of your kids?

You remember this gem from last year, right?

Well the sun was shining and the temps were in the mid 70s on Sunday. So we put on our shorts and t-shirts and hit Shenot Farm bright and early. I’ve mentioned Shenot’s before. I’m kind of obsessed with the place. It’s a smaller farm, right down the road from the Mega Farm, Soergel’s Orchards. I just can’t with Soergel’s anymore. Too many people…it’s miserable chaos. So we go to Shenot’s. They have the best corn in the summer and the best apples in the fall.

We were some of the first people in line at 10:55 and we got our hayride tickets right away. $2/pp and the kids were free. And you get a free apple!

My photo taking skills were on point for this trip, btw.

The kids loved the hayride. BUMPY!  And we could see all the pumpkins as we made our way to the top of the hill. PUMPKINS!

As soon as we got to the pumpkin patch, we tried for a photo. Better than last year!

I made them suffer through taking about 47 pictures. Bug just wasn’t having it.

These were the best!

They were so cute trying to lift all of the pumpkins. HEAVY!

Greyson lead us through the corn maze. THIS WAY GUYS!

It’s a pretty clichéd tradition.

But it’s a pretty fun one too.

And as these kids get older…

The better it gets!

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Weekend

Life Lately

Hi Friends! Happy October. Temps in Pittsburgh are supposed to be in the 80s today so it’s not too Fall-like at the moment. But I’m not complaining! I sent the kids to school in shorts, t-shirts and sandals today. Temps will be dipping soon enough.

So I thought I’d play catch up and tell yinz guys a little about what we’ve been up to lately. Let’s get started.

Nemacolin Woodlands

So if you’re not local, you may not know about this little gem in Western PA. Nemacolin Woodlands is an upscale resort in the Laurel Highlands. They have a championship golf course, a spa, a casino and some pretty high end restaurants.

Jerry had a work conference at the resort a couple of weekends ago and we thought it would be a great time to celebrate our 6 year anniversary!

So we left the kiddos with some very capable grandparents and headed to the mountains on Friday afternoon. Jerry told me that he would be working most of Friday and some of Saturday morning so I’d be on my own. And would that be OK? Um, really?

It was a beautiful day and I lounged around the (adult) pool, read a book and ate my weight in guacamole.

And went to sleep at 8:30. It was glorious.

He had to work a couple hours on Saturday and then he was free to take off. We had a lovely breakfast and then hiked around the property.

They have a piece of the Berlin Wall. Very cool.

Downtown Pittsburgh

We left Nemacolin and headed back to Pittsburgh. We were continuing our anniversary weekend with a night downtown! Considering we used to live in the city, this shouldn’t be so thrilling. But 3 years and two kids later, it was fun to explore our hometown with new eyes.

We finally got to eat at Tako! I’ve been wanting to check out this place forever (tacos are my love language) but every time we get a free night, the only reservations they have are for 10:30. Which is 2 hours past my bed time.

So these might be the worst pictures you’ll ever see on the blog. And will not do this place justice. The restaurant is really dark though (and loud!) so getting a good photo was pretty difficult.

They make their own tortillas right in front of you. Crazy good. And the queso fundido was off the charts. gooey cheese with house made chorizo sausage. Topped with scallions, cilantro and shishito peppers. oh em gee.

We had the Korean (short rib), Baja (crispy fish) and Al Pastor. There are two per order and I tried to shovel that last taco in, but I only had a bite. I was too full. The Korean was the standout for me. So much flavor!

Living Treasures

We continue to put our season pass to good use. I asked Fynn last weekend “Do you want to go to the pumpkin patch or to see the animals?” She didn’t hesitate. “AMOLES!” Girlfriend is obsessed with them now.

Greyson is also a fan but still prefers to push the stroller around.

It was a beautiful Sunday, on the cooler side and all of the animals were out.

Including the new baby giraffe!! Calvin was just born on August 27th

We fed the Amoles…ahem Animals

And rode the ponies…

Big fans of the ponies.

We plan on trying out the other location next!

So far, Fall has been treating us pretty well. We still have a lot of activities to cross off our bucket list and I promise to document them on this little blog! Happy Fall, Y’all Yinz!

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2017 Mug Exchange

So let’s forget the fact that I’ve turned into an awful blogger over the last couple of months. I have good intentions but man, time gets away from me. But I’m determined to get back in the game and I’m letting Stephanie’s Mug Exchange give me the jump start I need.

To know me is to know that I LOVE coffee. When I saw this Mug Love Exchange pop up on Danielle’s blog, I knew I wanted in on it!

I was paired up with Bri from School in our Slippers. Bri is kind of like Superwoman. Not only does she have 4 beautiful kiddos…she’s homeschooling them too!  And I’m not gonna lie…her pics of sweet baby Rutley totally give me baby fever and now I want like 62 more kids. (Calm down, Jerry. I know…we’re done).

Bri sent me a list of some mugs that she liked and I immediately saw she had fabulous taste. It was just like mine!! And I am absolutely in love with the one she sent. It’s the perfect size (LARGE) and the design sets the mood for fall but will be fun to use all year long.

She also sent this adorable house for the kids to put together. The Beans love crafts so we’re super excited for this. Plus some coffee for me (yay!) and some candy corn for snacking.

This was such a fun blogger exchange and I just love “meeting” new friends. It looks like Bri got our care package so pop on over to her blog and check it out. And say Hi while you’re at it!

Thank you for my new favorite mug, Bri! It’s going to get a LOT of use! xo

The Beans

OCMD 2017

I don’t know about yinz guys but September has been a blur! I’m honestly not sure how this month slipped by but it’s been a pretty good one for our family.

We went to the beach!

This motley crew, plus Aunt Stephanie, took over the beaches of Ocean City, MD during the second week of September. And let me just say…it’s the way to do it! Crowds were sparse, the beach was empty, the ocean was warm(ish), and the cost was so much lower than peak season.

I thinks it’s safe to say…we have a new Soscia family tradition (at least until the kids are in school).

We booked our OCEAN FRONT condo with Coldwell Banker Vacations and they were so easy to work with. I found our condo right on their website and they made the process pretty seamless. Just how I like it.

So who was in attendance for this trip? Greyson & Fynnlee, obviously. Jarrad and I.

Grandma Anna

Grandpa Jim

Aunt Steph

And Grandma and Papa.

We had a full house. But the great thing about our condo (other than being RIGHT ON THE BEACH) was it had 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. So plenty of room to spread out.

Greyson and Fynnlee were so spoiled by tons of attention from their grandparents, plus Aunt Steph, plus their parents…so this vacation was awesome from the get go. But never mind that. These babes fell in love with the beach and the ocean! Oh my heart…I was hoping they would love it is as much as I do. Give them all the sand and all the salt water and they were happy as clams. As documented in the photos.

 

Greyson was afraid of the water at first…that fear was squashed by the end of the week. And Fynnlee didn’t love the sand at the beginning of the summer…and that fear was squashed the minute her feet touched the beach.

So what else did we do? A giant kitchen clambake (another Soscia family beach tradition)

Stephanie and I have this perfected!

A few days were spent on the boardwalk

But the best part of the trip, was soaking up the days with my sweet babes and my amazing husband (we celebrated 6 years together at on vacation).  Plus our fabulous families…b/c let’s face it. It takes a village to create a great vacation!

 

 

 

My goodness…I love this family of mine.

My happy place is by the ocean, with my feet in the sand. I’m so thrilled that our kiddos feel the same way. Till next year, OCMD!

 

Daily Life, Fynnlee, Greyson

Life lately

Well hello there! Long time, no posts. I have no excuse other than we’ve been soaking up the last days of summer and things have been crazy busy. Whatever…let’s catch up!

This week the Beans will be 28 months old. That’s 2 years and 4 months of life with these amazing little people. Yes, they are officially people …speaking in full sentences and everything. It’s pretty crazy, actually. I’m gonna give you a little run down on milestones and stuff.

Greyson Paul

His speech  is off the charts good. He throws new words at me everyday. And I understand them! The other day we were watching Mickey Mouse and Toodles was flying around with sparkles all over it and he said “Whoa, that’s cool!” His favorite things to say are “Don’t want it“, “I do it“, “Help me” (which means I want to help you). Everything is located Right There! and he takes possession over all the things MY puppy, MY bink, MY Mommy...

He sees no reason to wear pants, ever. He takes his pants off the second we get home from school. And pretty much any other chance he gets.

He currently hates baths, his high chair, and food. Seriously, he’s existing on milk, cereal bars, yogurt and pouches. I’ve pretty much given up trying to get him to eat these days, after throwing away 90% of what I put in front of him. He will not eat in his high chair, or a booster chair. And bath time has become a battle.

Our days at the pool have become days in the sandbox. He doesn’t even want to go in the water. He does like playing with the shower they have to rinse the sand off of you. But other than that, the pool is “too cold”.

He’s gonna have a blast at the beach, though!

Right now, he’s really into MM Roadster Racers, cars, trucks & trains, jumping on the couch, being outside and playing with water. He also likes pushing stuff around (like his stroller) and he likes to color and paint.

We’ve gotten our money’s worth at Living Treasures (we bought a seasons pass) and his favorite thing in the whole park is the alligators.

He’s still in a big time Mommy phase…which I certainly don’t hate.  And he likes to be carried around a lot.

He still adores his big sister but we’re going through a bit of a hitting phase. He gets frustrated and just hauls off and whacks her periodically throughout the day. She often provokes him by taking his stuff or pushing him but still. Not acceptable.

Sleep is pretty solid for Greyson and 90% of the time we can count on 7:30 bedtime, 6:00 wake up. Now his sister, that’s a whole other story.

Stats on Greyson:

appx 28lbs, still fits in 18-24 month pants, 2T tops, size 6 shoe

Fynnlee Ann

Oh this child. She is hilarious. She’s a chatter box and while her enunciation isn’t as good as Greyson, she’s got a lot to say. She loves to sing and her newest trick is burping (gross) followed by an enthusiastic “I burped! (we’re working on Excuse Me, too). I did it! is her favorite expression and she’s very proud of herself when she accomplishes something.

Her meltdowns are epic. She is the typical toddler…she wants it, she doesn’t want it, she wants it, she doesn’t want it. She wants the blue cup..NOT THE BLUE CUP! Screaming, flailing, throwing herself on the floor. All of it. She’s definitely two.

She has a pretty good appetite. She loves snacks and asks for one 29074907 times a day. Pesto chicken, noodles, broccoli, yogurt, corn on the cob. All her favorites.

Girl friend is pickier than she used to be but she will always eat YOUR food.

We have made MAJOR progress in the icky sand situation. At the beginning of the summer, Fynnlee wouldn’t step foot in the sand pit.

Now there is hope for the beach! Fynnlee still LOVES to swim. LOVES it! She loves to jump off the side and pushes you away if you try to help. She’s fearless.

She’s also no longer afraid of the animals at Living Treasure. She used to be afraid to go near them and insisted on being held the whole time. That’s all changed. She asks every weekend to go see the Amoles (animals).

Fynnlee’s favorite things are Thomas & Friends, Mickey Mouse, cutting paper, coloring, jumping, swimming, anything to do with water and her Daddy.

She love me too.

Sleep for Fynnlee is Meh. Isn’t sleep always Meh for Fynnlee? Good days have her asleep by 7:30 up by 5:15. Bad days she’s up at 4:15 or earlier. Yes, she’s still waking up that early. Not as often as she used to, but we can count on it once or twice a week. She’s so stinking lovable at 4 am though…

Stats for Fynnlee:

31.5 lbs, 3t bottoms, 2t or 3t tops, size 7 shoe.

While there are tantrums now & then and boundaries that are pushed daily, things are more fun than ever!  Life is nutso right now and these two pretty much just go with the flow.

I love this age! And yes, we are losing the pacifier battle.

Oh and we leave for the beach in 12 days!  Yay!

 

 

Fynnlee, Greyson

School dayz catch up.

So we’ve knocked out the first week in August and I’m two weeks behind in sharing school pics. I’m not really sure if anyone is actually reading along and enjoying these (besides those folks related to the Beans) but I’m gonna keep posting them anyway. I’d like to get back on a regular posting schedule but can’t seem to get my act together.

So let’s catch up, shall we? Last week was Bug week!

Monday started out with a hunt for bugs.

I’m pretty sure he’s the cutest little Bug you’ll ever see.

She’s pretty cute too.

The weather has been pretty nice (low humidity, mid 70s) recently and the days are spent on the playground.  So scooting around the turf was on the agenda.

As was mowing the astroturf.

Tuesday

The school arranged for a snow cone truck to come to the school and the Beans had their first “taste” of my favorite summer treat.

I use the word “taste” loosely.

Most of it got flung on the ground.  But they’ll come around eventually.

Water play day was on a Tuesday last week because the day was so nice.

Water bug! No fear of spiders, just like her Mama.

Wednesday – another fun day at the playground.

And dressing for the theme of the week!

Thursday

The kids floated around the play yard like butterflies

My favorite Lovebug mid-float.

Greyson is getting really good at going up the ladder. With a little help from his big sister.

She’s got it mastered!

Friday

The kids made “ants on a log” for the last day of bug week.

Cream cheese is a crowd pleaser.

And after they “cooked”, they cleaned.

Well done Bright Horizons! I like the cleaning lesson the most.

More fun on the playground.

Happy FriYAY!

Ice Cream week

Monday – the kids made ice cream sundaes from tissue paper.

Girlfriend is a big fan of the glue stick, apparently.

More scooting…

More mowing…

Tuesday

Ice cream flavor tasting. AKA…the best day EVER!

Yum-O.

Outside, outside, outside….

OUTSIDE!

Wednesday

They made bubbling ice cream cones. Baking soda is in the cone and the food coloring makes it bubble.

Great day for a white shirt, Mom

Thursday

It started with a dance party!

Hop, hop, hop!

And HOP!

But a fever of 102 cut this little dude’s day short. Quick trip to the docs indicated a stupid virus. Clear ears, clear throat. Prescription for extra snuggles.

Sister got to make homemade ice cream in the afternoon.

Friday – Greyson stayed home with Grandma & Papa and Fynnlee was NOT happy about it. She rallied once we got to school.

The morning started out with story time. Guess who loves story time???

And waterplay?

Nothing turns Fynnlee’s day around like splashing in the water!

So now you’re caught up! I’m hoping to get back to the Weekend updates soon. And more life lately posts too.

Have a great weekend!

Fynnlee, Greyson

School Dayz

Did you know there are only 6 weeks until Labor Day?? No no no no no no NO!!

We’re lucky that the nice weather holds out until end of October around here. And September brings our first family BEACH vacation (I’m so excited to get my toes in the sand, I could burst!). But I love summer so much and I’m bummed it’s 1/2 over. Oh well…there is still summer fun to be had!

So what have these Beans been doing at school? Playing outside, of course! The slide never gets old.

That face, Fynnlee. That face is gonna get you whatever you want, girlfriend.

The theme this week is camping and the teachers had a super fun activity that I’m totally going to steal. They laid aluminum foil in the bottom of a pizza box and layered graham crackers, chocolate and a marshmellow inside. Close the box for 20+ minutes and let the sun do its thing. Instant smores!

Both kids were big fans.

And ended up on a major sugar high!

All the zoomies.

Ladder

and slide. Forever.

The rain brought some indoor play…the yellow ball is back!

two days in a row.

And they played dress up with a police costume.

I was dying at this picture. “Oh hey Mom…Greyson is gonna take me to the movies. Don’t worry, he’s bringing his sister along to chaperone.”

“Hey Mom, can I bring my new boyfriend home for dinner?”  He’s a ladies man, for sure.

Splatter paint shirts…

For splatter paint pictures.

And water play day is the best day!

They could dump water in buckets for hours.

This day was a little cold and Greyson doesn’t do cold.

Fynnlee…could care less.

And that wraps up our School dayz for the week! We have a pretty low key weekend on tap and I’m hoping it doesn’t rain the whole time. Only 6 more weeks of the pool!

Have a great one!