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01.14.2016

Christmas seemed to creep up in a weird way this year. I had all the time in the world to get ready, but no time at all. The thought of a green Christmas wasn’t encouraging and it took me forever to dig out the decorations. It felt like buy the time we got the decorations out, it was time to put them away. Just like that, Christmas was here and then gone again.  I find myself holding on to the thought of Christmas. Now that we have snow, I feel like I’m ready for it… But it is already long gone!  For now, I watch my little Vlog on repeat and pray that we have snow next year! (Refresh your
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11.09.2015
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A few weeks into September we packed the family into the car and headed to Wynn Farms to fill our basket full of apples. Last year was the first time both Olive and I had ever gone apple picking at an orchard. I had picked apples for many many years from the old apple tree that my grandparents planted, but had never adventured to an real orchard. As fall approached, I wanted to make sure we made it out as a family again. I am quickly realizing the importance of doing these things together – these little adventures that do not cost an arm and a leg… These little adventures that make true memories that last a life time.  Wynn
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11.04.2015
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The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping. I’m finding myself not looking forward to winter as I usually do. The thought of hibernating for the winter scares me. I’m trying to hang on to summer through my photo album! I have a confession. We are surrounded by strawberry fields in July, but I have never gone strawberry picking. Shocking, I know! I have wanted to for years, but just haven’t made the time to do so. This year I decided I wasn’t going to miss yet another opportunity, so Olive and I packed up and hit the road early one Friday in July. Olive’s number one food group is berries, and high at the top of that list are strawberries,
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10.26.2015
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A few weeks ago, we packed up the car and headed out to spend a morning at the pumpkin patch! We couldn’t have picked a better day to venture outside to spend hours picking out the perfect pumpkins. Olive ran from pumpkin to pumpkin, pointing and laughing. The odd time she had to sit down and take a rest on a big pumpkin. Other times she tried with all her might to pick them up, but they were just too heavy (until she found the pie pumpkins)! By noon, we picked 2 big perfect pumpkins and 4 tiny pie pumpkins. Olive was running around in circles, showing everyone her picks. The entire drive home we talked about the pumpkins. We
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10.23.2015
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Childbirth, like raising children, is one of those subjects on which nobody can resist sharing their opinions or imparting their wisdom upon you – regardless as to whether they have actually had children or not. If you read my post earlier in the week, you probably realized that I received a lot of negative comments and poor advice with respect to our decision to have Henry at home. For some, I was able to defend our decision, for others I just didn’t say anything at all because it wasn’t worth my effort. For a mother planning her first home birth, the comments and lack of support I felt was overwhelming. I understand that everyone has their right to share their opinion, but
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10.22.2015
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If you are planning a home birth, your midwife will likely give you list of things to collect over the course of your pregnancy to prepare for the arrival of your baby. Midwives will bring all the essential medical equipment, but there are a few things that you can get that will also help in different situations. Below is a list of the things I made sure to have on hand – some things are more valuable than others. Some things we never used but were happy we had just in case! Large Bowl (just in case you feel the need to throw up!) Large container with lid (or 2 large ziplock bags) for the placenta Tube of Lanolin or Nipple Cream Thermometer
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