Saturday, October 24, 2015

the state fair and the state of affairs

^^ state fair food! krispy kreme donut? corndog? lemonade? pineapple whip? yes yes yes yes.

^^ the bird flu made the chickens sick this year, and they couldn't attend the state fair. get well soon!

^^ acai bowls! we sampled the juice at costco and had to try it! and these were good. like, really good. plus, phil made some homemade granola (in the foreground) and it was the perfect topping.
^^ simon likes to set out his books and cars all in a row. 

^^ he is so wonderfully chubs.
^^ alpaca restaurant and it's delicious peruvian food! lomo saltado!

^^ hanging out and keeping each other warm.

Monday, October 12, 2015

one month - asher

this big boy is a month old! he is 14lbs of chunk and sweetness. we are amazed by how much he has grown, but since he demands meals every 2 - 3 hours, day and night, it's not too surprising. simon is still kind with him (kisses and gentle pokes), and asher enjoys a good nap just about anytime, anywhere, and in any position (swaddled, unswaddled, during tummy time, in arms, etc).

at the pumpkin patch

the four of us ventured out on saturday to a pumpkin farm in cary. it was a drizzly morning, but no spirits were dampened because PUMPKINS and HAY MAZES and CORN CRIBS. there were also some excellent steak nachos but that doesn't give off a very "harvest festival" vibe so that doesn't get to be capitalized. 

^^ I wanted a family photo, but asher slept for the near entirety of our visit and there was no way we were waking him up. so, voilà, our 3 out of 4.

^^ food truck provisions 

^^ simon may not have liked the corn crib (you should have seen the mega pout when we plopped him in there!), but this make-shift tube slide propped up by bales of hay was much beloved. by the way, who wears a skirt to going picking pumpkins and going down slides?!? I'm just glad I didn't flash anyone.

^^ so many beautiful gourds

^^ our big white beauty!

^^ I do like these pimply ones.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

two babies, a date, and a visit

a pictorial dash of our recent happenings:
^^ this boy may not be the best sleeper, but when he does, the little faces he makes are precious.
^^ playing at the park and we came upon some shel silverstein.
^^ the sky and the trees and the trees and the sky.
^^ my favorite napping partner.
^^ brothers!
^^ our family. and let's focus on the fact that simon is pushing asher off of him.
^^ milk coma
^^ and, boom, this just melted your heart.
^^ and this re-hardens that heart melting. the sweetest simon face you ever did see.
^^ and melting again. you guys, we made this. and sour watermelon slices helped too.
^^ this was, quite seriously, all I ate until dinnertime one day. 
healthy habits are important around here.
^^ a beautiful blanket for asher that our sister made us!
^^ date night at "vin rouge." phil's wonderful cohort all chipped in to get us a large sum of a gift certificate to this local french bistro, and we spent two hours there eating the most delicious, beautiful food. we had soups and salad and entrées and topped off our meal with a perfect, shared crème brulée.
^^ this handsome date with his gratin macaroni.
^^ salade niçoise.
^^ croque madame.
^^ soupe à l'oignon. 

^^ and, last but not least to share: our date and all that was good and delicious and wonderful last weekend was thanks to a visit from phil's mama. you guys! she is great. we gained weight because of her cinnamon rolls, bread pudding with caramel sauce, chicken parmesan, steak, and pasta with rosa sauce. we had naps and free time and inspector lewis watching at night and an extra set of hands. simon took long runs in the stroller with her in the mornings and asher was loved on by grandma. when she left we kept asking ourselves, "how are we going to survive without her?" of course, we are doing fine, but this past tuesday (when she left) proved to be a little hairy trying to habituate to life without her again. we felt lucky to have her here.