Thursday, October 30, 2014

One too many rollovers

What happens to a piggy bank that's been steadily collecting coins for two years and regularly gets rolled on the ground by Addy trying to retrieve coins from the belly of the pig?

This happens:



On the bright side, we now have back the three magnetic letters she put in there two years ago! 

On the downside, we have an almost-four-year-old mourning the loss of her piggy, and a rather large pile of change that I foresee ending up in various places throughout the house! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Addy Hates Everything

My dad tells me that when I was a little girl, I went through a phase during which I would say I hated everything - even things I clearly loved. 

"I HATE my smurf hat!" (the hat that I refused to take off because I loved it so much)
"I HATE Kiki!" (our dog)
"I HATE my mom and dad!"

I would say I hated something, followed by my signature ornery smirk. Looks like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree:



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Totally Cute Tuesday


We checked out our new town library today. The children's floor is very nice! Unfortunately, there was nothing cute about Addy's attitude and behavior, so we didn't stay long. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Addy's new room

Tonight was a very exciting night, because we finally brought Addy's "new" bedroom furniture to the new house! Aside from her toddler bed, her room has been empty since we moved in a month ago. 

I am thrilled to be using the beautiful, solid wood bedroom set that Matt's late mother, Karen, had when she was a child. Looking in Addy's room, I feel like we have brought a piece of Karen into our new home and our family. It warms my heart, and I think that she would be happy too. 



A few weeks ago, Addy picked out her bedding for the upgrade to a full size bed. She picked the Pretty Horses pattern by Circo. 


Though I'm not necessarily wild about horses, I think it's a cute design, and I'm so happy that it works with the existing blue paint color. I really did not want to add this room to my painting list, and was surprised to see a girly pattern that coordinated with it!

With the bigger bed, I finally got to do one thing I have been looking forward to since I was pregnant - I got to crawl in bed with Addy to read her bedtime stories. And now she is sleeping, having no issues with the changes. Yay!




Friday, October 3, 2014

3rd Annual Apple Picking

It's the most wonderful time of the year...FALL!!! For our third year of apple picking, we once again decided to visit Bauman Orchard in Rittman. And once again, we were not disappointed. 




They even had a small petting zoo, which I had never noticed before. Addy was a big hit with the animals because of that apple she was carrying around with her...



I had promised Addy that when we returned home with our load of apples, we would make an apple pie together - a first for both of us! While perusing the market on-site, I picked up this apple machine. 


It peels, cores, and slices with just a few rotations of the handle. I am blown away with how easy to use it is! Addy even had a turn with it:


I also found this pie crust cutter in the market, which takes me back to fond memories of my own childhood:


My mom had this exact one. When she used it, she would sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the apple cutouts and bake them. It was an extra special treat for us, as our household was void of sugary snacks and treats. I had every intention of doing the same with my apple cutouts, but they made it to my mouth before cinnamon and sugar even came into the picture! 

I failed to take a picture of the apple pie itself. It was tasty, but the apples I used produced a little too much liquid. I used Jonagold, per the recommendation I received at the orchard. I really really enjoyed the taste of the apples baked. I have about 6 left, so I think I'll try an apple oatmeal in the crock pot next.

Next up on the Fall agenda: a repeat visit to Kingsway Pumpkin Farm, pumpkin carving, and crafts!