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!

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Scenes from Summer

Remember when I said in my last post…Summer’s not even half over!?

Well Summer is officially 1/2 over. Booooo… We’re doing our best to make the most of these hot and sunny days. Here are some snaps from the camera roll.

Fun at the children’s museum

Uncle Kevin’s and Grammys birthday celebration

(Girlfriend loves her cupcakes.)


Brunch at the Commoner

Taking in a ballgame

Hanging out on the deck

Stay tuned for a school dayz update tomorrow!

The Beans, Weekend

Summer lovin!

I know…there have been no school dayz or Weekend updates in forever! And that’s because we’ve been crazy busy. Work has been totally nutso for me, weekends have been jam packed with summer fun and evenings are spent picking up the pieces and going to bed at 9:30.

So here’s a quick catch up of our lives. We are definitely summer lovin around here!

Wedding at the West End Overlook. Crazy beautiful day and exceptional view of our incredible city.

He cleans up well.

Open Streets on the Northside.

So cool. They shut down the streets and open it to walkers and cyclists.

2 or 3 wheels are totally acceptable.

My big girl…always helping.

Playdate with the Hemmings boys.

She wants her own baby. She’ll have to settle for sweet little Ellis.

Visit to Reston, VA to see Aunt Steph.  She made her famous pizza.

We went to the pool.

Greyson is finally putting up with his puddle jumper.

The Reston Zoo.

Where they rode on a lion.

And fed baby goats.

And went on a safari ride!

Aunt Steph built this train in her house!

And we pushed our mowers all over the neighborhood.

We celebrated the 4th (and this is the only picture I took!) with a pool day and dinner at Grandma & Papas.


And we’ve had a blast at school. Here are some pics of all the fun the kids have been having.


So far, a great summer. And it’s not even half way over!!

Have a great weekend everybody.

 

Weekend

Weekend Update – Father’s Day edition

Happy Tuesday friends!! How was the weekend? Ours was jam packed with fun times. So little downtime and I’m happy to report that I’m getting used to the hustle. And actually enjoying it! I tend to thrive in an environment equally mixed with activity and relaxation. But summertime is my favorite time and ain’t nobody got time to be lazy! Too much fun to be had.

And Father’s Day weekend was no exception! We kicked off our weekend with a Pirate game.

Before we hit the ball park, we had dinner at Bettis Grill on the North Shore. I had the fish tacos, which were really good…but everyone else’s food was pretty disappointing. Especially our out of town guests who had to send their (ice cold) fish and chips back.  Pretty big bummer.

But how about our seats?? Pretty sweet.

Best ball park in the world!!

Grandpa Jim watched the kids and he had an hour + drive home so we left around 9:30. And missed most of the action of the game. But it was still a fun night.

Saturday morning had us up bright and early for Family Pictures!

We worked with a new photographer, Kate Miller at Captivating Imagery.  She was so lovely and wonderful to work with. And let me just gush about my amazing kids for a second…they were total rockstars! They were a little shy at first but quickly warmed up to Kate. She has two young kids and charmed them right away with a fun game of peekaboo. After that, they did whatever she said. I shot this horrible picture with my phone…I can’t wait to see what she was able to capture!

Pictures wrapped up by 8:30 (yes, we’re morning people) and we putzed around the house before heading over to Grandma & Papas for lunch. And bubbles!

Grandma found this bubble machine at my favorite store (Aldi) and the kiddos were obsessed.

Grandma made a delicious steak salad and we had a great time catching up with their friends, Roger & Dee who were visiting from Florida. The kids melted down around 1:00 and we high tailed it home for some much needed naps.

We wrapped up Saturday with a quick afternoon trip to the pool (4:30-6 is perfect pool time…lighter crowds and not as hot)…and everyone in the house was asleep by 9:30.

Sunday had the kids up early (what else is new) and we had a leisurely morning making breakfast for Daddy and hanging out with Mickey & Daniel. The weather looked like it was going to be pretty nice until around 2 so we decided to take a trip to Living Treasures.  You might remember we took a field trip to the park last Father’s Day. They were too little to really enjoy things…but not this year!!

We took the stroller but they didn’t spend much time in it.

Having walking toddlers made all the difference. We went through 3 bags of baby carrots (how do these animals not weigh 800 bazillion lbs???). Fynnlee was afraid of most of them at first. But she figured out that she could throw the carrot in the cage and they would eat it.

Then she had no fear.  (It should be noted that no fingers went near the animals after Daddy read this sign)

Greyson clearly takes after his mother because he wanted to feed ALL the animals ALL of the carrots.

He walked right into the petting zoo saying “Hi Goat” “Nice Goat”…like they were his best buddies.

Not tall enough to ride a camel.

Maybe next year.

But…I asked Fynnlee if she wanted to ride a pony, fulling expecting her to say NOOOOO….But my little Squish shocked the heck out of me with her enthusiastic YEP!

Big proud Mama moment.

I wasn’t shocked at all when Greyson shouted “NEIGHHHH” and jumped right in the saddle.

He was a big fan of Scooter (the pony).

Who wants to buy Greyson a pony?

Feeding the giraffes might have been their favorite part of the day.

No one’s favorite part was this horrible face I was making #faceblurforthewin. But Bug is so cute!

We finally took our two exhausted Beans home for a nap and I went to the grocery store. While I was shopping, I got a call from my Dad. My niece fell while hiking with my brother and his family and was being taken to the ER.  We were supposed to have a cookout at Kevin’s house that afternoon but we needed to make sure Kendall didn’t have a concussion.

Long story short, no concussion, a few stitches and the cookout was still on. She’s a trooper, I’ll tell ya!

We made a quick stop to say Happy Father’s Day to Papa (old pic)

And called Grandpa Carl (old pic)

And then headed over to Uncle Kevin’s where we grilled steaks, shrimp, salmon and had potatoes and salad…and celebrated Grandpa Jim.

And Uncle Kevin.  And Daddy!

Someone is a leeeetle obsessed with Cliffy, my brother’s cat.

And stealing Mommy’s phone.

We got home late for us (7:30) and the kids were asleep by 8. It was an awesome weekend filled with family & FUN! Hope all you great Dads out there had a fantastic Father’s Day!

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

School (and Memorial) dayz

Well hello there! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. I absolutely love this holiday because, in addition to paying tribute to the men and woman who lost their lives serving this country, it’s the official kickoff to summer! And you all know how I feel about summer #iloveloveloveloveloveLOVEsummer

I didn’t take too many pictures over the weekend…too busy making memories :). But I’m gonna do a quick recap for my own sake.

Saturday – went to yoga, got my haircut, swim class at Goldfish, naps and then we had a few friends over for a picnic. Chick-fil-a and DiBella’s handled the food and it was the best decision ever. I did make a quick & easy pasta salad that might be my new potluck dish this year. It turned out so well!

Sunday – we had our last class at Goldfish for the season.

It was a pretty lazy day filled with grocery shopping, a Costco run and pizza for dinner. Jerry and I started the 3rd season of Bloodline…holy geez. SO GOOD!

Monday – Our first POOL DAY!!!

We joined the Cranberry pool this year and I was hoping the kids would love it. Oh my. Our little fishes had a blast! They have zero fear of the water…which is a good thing. But they have zero fear of the water…which is not such a good thing. We have puddle jumpers but they didn’t wear them because the baby pool is pretty shallow

2 hours at the pool was followed by a 3 hour nap and then grilling some burgers and steaks with a couple of friends.

It was a good weekend! Yay summer.

Now a little catch up from their school week.

Monday – They spent the day in their new TWOs room. They officially move June 5th.

They had a great time playing with the big kids.

Tuesday – Just chillin on the lawn turf. They get their playground back next week too.

They also made scary lions out of paper plates and sponge painting

Painting is fun no matter what you use!

Wednesday – Greyson practicing his baby cuddling skills

 

He’s such a little lovebug

And break dancer….what he is doing in this picture I have no idea.

Thursday – It’s fun with animal prints!

And hula hoops

And yellow bouncy balls.


Friday – Don’t rock my boat!

Good gravy, she’s cute.

And speaking of cute…

BUBBLES!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous, short week.

Fynnlee, Greyson, Weekend

Life Lately – the awesome and the awful

Hello friends & neighbors! Happy Hump Day.

It’s been a beautiful week here in the ‘burgh. Blue skies and sunny days with temps in the 70s and 80s…today is supposed to be almost 90! #itsgettinghotinhere I just realized I didn’t do a weekend update so I thought I’d catch yinz up on what’s been going on in our life lately. Lots of awesome and a little bit of awful.

Mother’s Day celebrations

Saturday, we met up with my Mom and the Hurley clan at Pasqualino’s in Murrysville for some pizza and partying.

Awesome – the food was outstanding. We had a calzone the size of our car and Fynnlee ate most of it. Kidding. But she loves ricotta and meatballs. That’s my girl.
Awful – Seriously, the worst service I’ve had in a long time. Yes there were 10 of us. But the waitress took our order and then didn’t show up again until it was time for the check. Other staff brought our food but no one cleared the dirty salad plates from our table, refilled drinks or brought my Mom’s food. That’s right…they forgot my Mom’s pizza.

It was still a fun time.

Sunday, Grandma & I took the kids to swim class and Jerry & Papa made us brunch!

Omlets, fruit, cinnamon rolls, cheesy potatoes…and they did the dishes!

Awesome – the food was amazing & it was so nice to be pampered
Awful – Jerry caught the crud from me in Vegas and was down for the count the rest of the day. He had a major man cold (cough, sore throat, sneezing, headache).

2 year check ups

Awesome – we have super healthy babes. Fynnlee is 29.15 lbs and 33 inches tall and Greyson is 26.15 lbs and 33 inches tall. And no shots!

Awful – they both have ear infections!! We had no idea. Other than the daycare cold they’ve had for probably 6 months, they had no symptoms.

Transition to Twos

We have the oldest kids in the Toddler classroom. They are basically adults and love to boss the other little ones around.

Awesome – June 5th they transition to the Twos classroom
Awful – WHAAAAAAAAAAA! stop growing.

School dayz

These are all awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your week!