Best Shot Monday ~ Cider Mill Fun

We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for our trip to Uncle John’s Cider Mill on Saturday.  It was great fall fun and it gave us a chance to hang out with our friends for a while too!

Driving a tractor…

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Cute tush crawling around!

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Cool fire truck…

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Future fire fighter?

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I love their goofy faces here!

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A sandbox…yippee!

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“I hold onto Calder…”

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Watching the horsies down by the orchard.

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“Mmmm….donuts are good!”

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Seneca sorta woke up, but didn’t seem too enthused about cider!

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Fun family shot (notice Calder can’t stop waving his arms for a second!)

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Finally, my Best Shot.  I don’t think there’s anything about this image I could love more!  He seems like such a big boy here! 

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Even though I’m late this week, I still wanted to play.  Head here to see other best shots!


They’re sleeping!  Both. of. them.  It’s been quiet in my house for nearly T-W-O hours!  And have I bothered to collect the foam numbers and rubber duckies strewn about the bathroom?  Or the random shoes Calder gathered into an interesting pile on the living room floor?  How about taking a quick minute to put dishes away or take the toilet paper dispenser off the bathroom counter (don’t ask!)? 

Nope!  I’ve spent the time reading, writing, making phone calls and otherwise enjoying a little bit of non-mommy-ness.  I’m sure I’ll soon start flitting about trying to make this place a little less atrocious for my dear hubby, and right about then, my angels will wake. 

But it’s Friday, so I’m fully steeped in the week’s insanity and I’m completely comfortable.  And what’s more, I just learned of a nifty contest sponsored by 5 minutes for mom.  Someday, he won’t fall asleep in his highchair.  Someday, she will sleep in something other than her swing.  And when that day comes, wouldn’t I love to be ready with this?

Please forgive me since I just posted this already this week, but I think she’s worth looking at again, don’t you?  Here’s my sweet submission of a sleeping face I can’t help but love!

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This contest is open through October 13th, so if you feel like playing and have a cute shot of your darling dreamers….join in the fun!

I have proof

I really can’t complain about sleep patterns around here.  For the most part things have gone remarkably well.  Seneca is actually a very good sleeper.  Sometimes she forgets that sleep happens at night time, but when I think back to how Calder slept at this age, let’s just say I’m happy with her habits (we’re talking 4-6 hour stretches, folks!)! 

Honestly, it’s most the big boy who is throwing me off kilter these days.  Perhaps it took him a while to fully realize that this new little being was here to stay or the monstrous teeth that are pushing their way through his tender little gums.  Or maybe it’s the incessant snot that’s making him persnickety. 

Whatever the case may be, I can’t seem to get a handle on his unpredictability.  And Garth is equally perplexed.  One night we’ll do bedtime and he’ll go down like a champ without making so much as a peep.  Other nights, he’s screeching off and on for 30+ minutes!  We’re second-guessing ourselves so much now, or trying to help him get back to the beautiful bedtimes we’d enjoyed for nearly 10 months now that we’re starting to muddle the routine.

I guess this is the first of many experiences that humbles me and softens my attitude towards my own parents.  As the oldest, I guess now I should cut my folks a little slack because clearly I can see that much of parenting is trial and error.  And believe me, I’m not above learning from others’ trials or errors.  So if there’s any advice to be had, please (PLEASE!) comment away!

Until then, I’ll meditate on these images, trusting that they both know how to sleep…we’ll just keep working to get it at the right time! 🙂 

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Sweet Dreams