Showing posts with label james robert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label james robert. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hutchinson Farm

Autumn puts on quite a show up here!  The colors have exploded in the past week and despite a cold snap, we endeavored to get out to enjoy them last weekend.  Head 30 minutes west from where we live and you're in beautiful rolling hills. There are numerous farms and pumpkin patches to visit; this year we explored Hutchinson Farm and it was such a treat.

What I loved most about this pumpkin patch was that we had it to ourselves.  It felt quintessentially festive!  We got there at just the right time;  we avoided crowds and the commercial feel.   It was one of those childhood moments that you can just see being etched into his memory.  James Robert ran through the field springing from pumpkin to pumpkin with total glee.

We also loved that Hutchinson Farm had so many varieties of pumpkins. We picked 3 different kinds of pumpkins and have grand plans for all types of pumpkin seed baking (mine with old bay seasoning and his with cinnamon and sugar).  We'll definitely be back next year!


Monday, September 21, 2015

10,000 Small Acts of Kindness

Untitled I caught myself dreading the park last week.  Just how much swinging, climbing, and pretend-dinner-out-of-woodchips-games does my toddler think I can take. Not to mention the inevitable resistance to leaving. Maybe we had gone to the park one too many times this summer.  Maybe I was burnt out. Maybe I selfishly wished I could fill the next hour with an activity that required less engagement from me.

But James Robert loves it.  So we went anyway.

The late-summer sun, still filled with warmth but reminding us that seasons change, peeked through the trees.  A stream of light illuminated his head into golden curls each time the swing came gliding back in my direction.  I must have pushed him in a swing more than 10,000 times this summer.  But this image of his golden curls flying about and his beaming smile in the park swing is the one that will stay with me.

He was literally gulping in the simple pleasures that this time of year brings. 

The little moments of motherhood that sneak up on you are the sweetest.  In the face of my resistance, I was met with a reminder that doing small things with great kindness, often over and over (and over!) again, is the greatest gift we can give our children--and perhaps, ultimately, ourselves.

Relishing the season past yet hopeful for all that autumn holds, I find late summer has a perpetual feeling of sweetness.  Routine and structure will be welcomed into our lives, but I am already nostalgic for this summer and the countless simple moments we shared at the park.

“Mama, did you see that leaf falling through the sky?”, James Robert brought me out of my peaceful reflection.

He is likely to ask me that question 10,000 more times in this season to come.   And I’m going to do my best to enjoy the sentiment each time. Because if falling leaves are anything like park swings, I’m sure to catch a golden glimpse of childhood if I look closely.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Toddler Boys Fall Clothes Roundup

I will always have a soft spot for smocked children's clothing.  It is just the cutest.  But now that James Robert is getting a bit older (2.5) I know I need to move on.  That and Canadians don't seem to understand the whole smocked/monogrammed clothing thing... I got some really funny comments last year when we arrived.

That being said, I still have a ball picking out little boys clothes! 

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This season:
-it's all about the neutrals for both myself and James Robert's clothes
-I'm drawn to a more simplified system of dressing.  Everything can mix and match allowing him the ability to help pick and dress himself.
-I'd like to add a few good quality items that allow layering into winter and add a timeless quality
-Shorts in substantial fabrics with knee socks and desert boots have to be one of the most adorable looks for boys