Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mommy Blogger Collective: HARVEST

One of the popular things to do in NoVA is to visit one of the many "pick-your-own" farms. There are farms with berries, apples, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, and when the time is right... Christmas trees! I can't wait for those. But right now, apples and peaches are starting to ripen for picking. Daniel and I took the kids to Hollins Farms in Delaplane last weekend. Eva had so much fun running around and picking apples (and whatever flowers she could find). It got me really excited for Fall, and all the festivals that will be happening very soon. Here's to more days like this...
And just to prove that Damian and I were there, too (LOL):

"Harvest" is the September writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Courteney of The Titled Blog.
A few words from Courteney --- Hello! I’m Courteney from “The Titled Blog” I live up in Canada (in Abbotsford, British Columbia - just East of Vancouver) with my husband, one year old daughter Lucy, a pug named Minnie and an angry flame point siamese cat named Bigsby. My blog has evolved over the last 7 years from random rants and social commentary to lifestyle and now most recently to being a mom. My daughter was born with a lot of health problems and I often write about the challenges that have come with having a baby that has spent a good chunk of her first year in and out of the hospital and how to deal with those challenges head on. When I’m not blogging, I work as a photographer with my own business (Courteney Rodda Photography) sing in my jazz band “Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys” and most recently I am sewing for an awesome local company making baby moccasins called “Minimoc” You can also find me on Instagram, where I post too many pictures of my daughter, dog and cat. 

 /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// 

Monday, September 15, 2014

37/52 {baby/toddler/life updates}

This was actually a pretty fun week for us. Eva turned 2 1/2. We visited the Botanical Gardens in Richmond and went apple picking at a farm. There was a blip of time where we were told it might be time for us to pack up and move again. It isn't going to end up happening after all, but it made me realize how much I still have left to do here. Yes, it's a drive to get anywhere around my area. Yes, I'll likely have to sit in gridlock forever. But I've decided I need to do these things before the cold weather gets here and/or it's time for us to move again. So at least once a week I will be doing something fun with the kids in either DC or Richmond until the snow comes. Here's what last week looked like...

I can't believe I have a 2.5 year old! We celebrated by making cupcakes. Eva picked the batter and icing, which was funfetti and hot pink. Her choice doesn't surprise me one bit. :)

Damian had his 4-month check-up on Monday. He weighed in at 17.5lbs! Yeay for a plump little baby. He was much happier this week than the last few weeks, because he's finally 100% over his illness. He is also becoming more and more independent as far as being able to entertain himself with toys and sort of moving around (scooting and rolling), so that's making things easier as well. He still has his moments where he just wants to be held for hours at a time, though, so I strap him in a baby carrier and get things done!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Yesterday morning I was thinking about what to do with Eva on her day off from pre-school. Since she is obsessed with flowers, the idea popped in my head that I should take her to a Botanical Garden. I quickly Googled it and saw that the closest ones were an hour in either direction-in either DC or Richmond. I clicked on the website for the Richmond one, since it was the one I hadn't been to yet, and I immediately saw an advertisement for the butterfly garden. I  didn't need to read any further. I closed the app, loaded up the kids in the car seats and took off. I didn't know anything else about the gardens, so I was surprised when I arrived and saw how huge it is. There are endless paths and trails that leave you lost in rose gardens and wildflowers and, my personal favorite, orchids...
There is a huge, amazing Children's Garden with various mini houses and the farm plants that would typically accompany those types of houses. There is a reading/learning area and a big treehouse. There's also a sand area and splash pad. I had no idea that it would be there, so I didn't bring Eva a swimsuit. Still, I did what any other good mama would do and let her play in her clothes. If I was in any other country I would have let her go naked, but people seem to be weird about that in the United States.
Finally we made it to what we had been waiting for... the butterfly garden. Eva loved looking at the butterflies, but she got a little nervous whenever they landed on her. She didn't want to leave, though. Hours after we left, when we were back at home, she'd ask, "Can we go to the butterfly garden, mama?"
Because I wasn't prepared for how big this place was, I didn't bring sunscreen and other necessities so I didn't want to stay too long. We didn't even get to see the whole place. I guess that's a reason to go back, though! :)
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