Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Here are a few pictures of our halloween activities!
Jim and Isabelle carving a pumpkin.

Isabelle was really into the "gunk" on the inside and spreading the seeds everywhere

And here is our busy bee!

Now, I must get back to decorating the porch and getting the candy ready...last year we had 130 kids in 2 hours. We had to shut off all the lights because we ran out of candy. We will see how many we have this year!!!



Toddlers never cease to amaze me. Isabelle has learned the power of NO, as in NO I dont want juice, No I dont want to go to bed and the ever favorite, No I dont want a diaper change. She has learned to sing...we cant quite figure out what song we are singing...but she belts it out anyway. She has learned that if she wakes up sad at night, and cries Mama...mom will come running and rock us back to sleep. We had a particullary diffcult night a few nights ago (Usually she sleeps beautifully through the night, so when she does get up, I tend to go in and check). She would wake up sad, and I would go in and rock her and cover her (and her bears) back up and off to sleep she would go. Then it takes me 45 minutes to go back to sleep, only to soon to be called back into Isabelles room with tears and more snuggling. So morning finally comes, Isabelle is in a great mood and is singing in her room, playing with her bears in bed. I feel like I haven't slept...oh wait, I didnt sleep. I go to her room and what does she say...DADDA! pointing out the door. DADDA down! (she wants to go down stairs and see if Dad is still here). I ask, can I get a good morning kiss?...the answer, NO! She seems to forgotten her nightly saviour and is more interested in Dad this morning. I give up, what does Mom have to do to get alittle recognition around here.

A little tribute to the Red Soxs making it to the World Series....


This is a sign

So I woke up the other morning to find the temperature at a balmy 31.5 degrees. And then it struck me. My gosh we are done with summer and have moved straight onto winter. I had been enjoying the color of the leaves, the cheers of the soccer games and the lack of bugs. But all of these are signs. They are signs for the onset of snow, they are signs of cold, runny noses, buying oil, buying winter jackets and the need for cleaning out the gardens. There is quite a list of "to-do's" with the arrival of winter and with theses few signs and a toddler running around I have suddenly come to the realization that I am painfully behind. I need to get the house ready, I need to start christmas shopping, I need to be ready for ski pre-season with includes a 6 mile run (YIKES) ...sugarloaf has snow on it...... I need, I need, I need.... more time.

And what post wouldnt be complete with out alittle Isabelle..who is also enjoying the change in seasons. Isabelle is a going to start her own baby yoga class.


What the....?

So, I know you have all experienced it before. You buy toys from the small and zippy to the large and plastic, hoping that your child will love and cherish and hopefully spend a few blissful moments entertaining themselves. My child however (like many of yours, I'm sure) prefers milk jug caps, boxes and lately the dryer. Yep, thats right, the dryer. I was washing a few dishes at the sink and heard a strange noise. Like someone trying to blow into a screen. I peeked around the corner to see where it was coming from. I see no Isabelle, but I still hear the noise. Then as I walk past the dryer...there she is. Perched inside the drying blowing into the holes at the back of the dryer. What the heck! She grinned with her accomplishment of climbing into the drying and finding such exciting treasures at the back (apparently, I had been holding out on her!) and proceed to blow into the holes some more. Ahh, the adventures of a toddler.

Recently Pop-pop made us a new toy box. This was quickly emptied and replaced with "blankie, mick" and a few books to read. What pop-pop didnt know, was that he was making a new reading corner.

Why buy toys when you have a box of packing peanuts????

Is this normal? Do normal children really enjoy clear glass plates this much..no joke, this was entertaining for at least a half hour! Not only for her, but the faces were pretty funny for us too!


About Us

So here is a bit about us. Jim and I have been married 6 years. We are outdoor enthusiest, camping, hiking, climbing and kayaking. 2 years ago we decided to embark on the next greatest adventure...parenthood. Isabelle Rose was born in the middle of the night, January 31st, in the middle of a snowstorm. The last year and a half has been a whirlwind of of diapers, baby food and oversized plastic toys. Jim and I have traded in our lightweight camping gear for a 20 year old pop-up camper and an offroading stroller. We couldnt be more satisfied. This blog is a dedication to this crazy little adventure we have embarked on. So be prepared for a few good chuckles.



This is a classic case of..everyone else is doing it, so why don't I. In all seriousness, we have tons of family and friends that live everywhere but here. So we figured, what the heck, lets try this and see if we cant keep people posted on the little happenings of our household, which seem to range from the boring to the bazaar.

Ponder this....

You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. 
 Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000