Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Our favorite little energy-filled four-year-old boy heads back to preschool next week. I am so ready and not at all ready to get back to the daily grind.


One of the best perks of having a professor husband has to be spending Summer together as a family. Summer has flown by, but we have lived our school-free lives to the fullest. We’ve gone for walks around the neighborhood, watched the fireflies dance in our backyard, stargazed (D has been obsessed with stars and space recently), taken full advantage of our neighborhood pool, took an amazing road trip across the country to see friends and family, and consumed way too much ice cream.

Little Man Ice Cream

Wait…is there such a thing as too much ice cream?

The time has come to get back to backpacks, markers, construction paper, pick-ups and drop-offs, school friends, afterschool snacks, and a consistent bedtime again. We’ve got this! Wishing everyone lots of luck for a happy, safe school year full of memory making!

Five Friday Favorites

It has been a crazy week, but we finally got a sneak peak of Fall weather (at least Fall in the South) and I am loving it. I finally don’t have to feel like a crazy person only dreaming of Fall things and can drink my apple cider outside on the porch, rather than having to crank the AC.

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home with the family. Whatever you have planned, I hope you enjoy plenty of weekending.

Here are a five things that I’m loving this week:

one// Absolutely loving the cool weather that has finally arrived so that I have a reason to break out my new favorite shirt. Excited to rock the black and white to get into the Halloween spirit. Wore it while running errands with the little guy this morning and got so many compliments. Love when you find these affordable gems at Old Navy!

Could resist this “Scary But Cute” tee for my favorite Mickey-obsessed toddler. I have no choice but to support his Disney addiction at this point…since I started it…

Scary But Cute Mickey Shirt


two// How could I not include my favorite Fall candle? I know I’ve mentioned it before and Instagrammed it more than once, but it seriously is Fall in a jar and I look forward to it every year. If they ever retire this scent it will break my heart…just don’t even think about it Bath & Body Works!

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Candle


three// First batch of Pumpkin Brownies are in the oven right now and I can’t wait to devour them tonight after our weekly Friday pizza dinner. The house smells heavenly right now.


four// Totally sucked into the first couple of episodes of This Is Us. I was a die hard Parenthood fan and there’s been so much hype around this being the new Parenthood. It’s good, and I’ll probably keep watching it for awhile because I’m a sucker for good character development, but I don’t think it will end up coming close to the special place Parenthood has in my heart. Is anyone else watching? Do you have any other new show favs this season?


five// Pumpkins. Pumpkins everywhere!

Fall Pumpkins

The Quarantined Life

spiced cider and cookiesSickness has moved in with us for the better part of the past 2+ months. We just can’t seem to shake it no matter how hard we try. Our poor immune systems can’t even get decent recovery time in before they get hit all over again.

We’ve had:

  • 4 ear infections
  • 1 ear tube surgery
  • 2 pinkeye infections for Baby D
  • 1 pinkeye each for Mom & Dad
  • 1 case of hand foot and mouth disease each for Mom & Baby D
  • sinus infections all around
  • too many fevers to count

We’ve had a few bouts of 3-4 days of health here and there that were such a tease, but at least they allowed us the chance cross a few things off our Fall Bucket List.

I was so thankful for the Saturday a couple of weeks ago when the stars aligned and we all felt semi-well at the same time (on a weekend!) and were able to visit a local farm’s pumpkin patch and enjoy all of the Fall festivities. They had a corn maze, a barn full of animals that Baby D instantly fell in love with (especially the little ducklings), and a mule-pulled wagon ride out to a true pumpkin patch to pick out our very own pumpkin straight from the vine.

old baker farm

picking a pumpkin

This past weekend we had planned to host a pumpkin carving party with friends, but you guessed it, sickness struck again. This time the hubby came down with a nasty case of viral pinkeye. So instead of being party people, we stayed home, continued our Harry Potter marathon (we’re determined to get through all of them before Halloween), and finally put up this year’s monster window creation.

halloween monster window 2015

Happy Halloween Week!