Pumpkin Patchin’

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One of the things we really wanted to do with Addison this fall was visit a pumpkin patch. We wanted to do it last year, but we just never got around to it. To be honest, I think it turned out perfectly, as she wouldn’t have enjoyed it nearly as much as she did this year.

We went to a local farm that also had a few animals available for petting, which Addy really enjoyed. They also had several games and “rides,” but those were not really age appropriate for her yet, so we enjoyed the animals and the pumpkins. Actually, Addy’s favorite thing seemed to be climbing on all of the hay bales in the “pick your pumpkin” area.

We were happy to spend a gorgeous Colorado fall day together and pick a couple of pumpkins to bring home and carve.

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A Day in Vail

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Though we have lived here almost a year and a half already, we are just beginning to check some places off of our Colorado To-See list. We spent a day in Vail with my sister and niece recently and we all really enjoyed ourselves.

We took the scenic route from Colorado Springs, which was so nice and relaxing and we were also rewarded with wonderful vistas and views. We arrived in Vail around lunch time, so we started our day there with a meal at Alpenrose Restaurant, a German-Austrian restaurant. Vail is so reminiscent of Germany, so it only made sense to enjoy a German meal there. Everything was delicious, but hands-down, everyone’s favorite thing was the Spätzel! It was cooked the way we like it, with just a bit of crunch. We dined al fresco and enjoyed people-watching and seeing the festive attire worn by skiers and snowboarders – most went all out, as it was the last ski weekend of the season.

After lunch, we spent time shopping in Vail Village and then walked from there to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, where we were rewarded with stunning views, peaceful streams, and once at the Gardens, the babies were able to enjoy some time on the lawn playing together.

I think our day in Vail was my favorite kind of day: no real plan, no time constraints – just exploring a new place with people I love. The kind of day that fills my soul and that I know I’ll always remember and cherish.

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A Sweet Brunch

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This year, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Addison was about two weeks old at the time and I was definitely running on next to no sleep, so I am so thankful for the photographs that provide visual documentation of the day. Jason prepared such a thoughtful and sweet brunch, that was absolutely delicious too! On the menu were lavender biscuits, cranberry scones, a fruit spread, lemon curd, fig jam (my absolute favorite!!), wild blueberry preserves from our favorite French jam and jelly company, and Mont Blanc tea brought back from Angelina in Paris.

The brunch spread was sweet, but being able to spend the day with my husband and the little girl who made me a Mama was definitely the sweetest thing of all.

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A Day In: Venice Beach

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Last week, Jason and I spent the day in Venice Beach. We’ve been to Santa Monica a couple of times and though the two beaches are side by side, they are quite different. Personally, I prefer the gritty, artsy feel in Venice Beach. The food and people watching weren’t lacking either. We spent some time just taking in the view from the sand, walked along the promenade and checked out some of the wares of all the folks set up there, and finished off our day with a stroll in the canals and coffee.

I was both intrigued and inspired by all the art on the buildings in Venice, as well as the canals. The canals in Venice were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his ‘Venice of America’ plan. Kinney wanted to recreate the canals that are characteristic of Venice, Italy in Southern California. While many of the canals gave way to automobile roads by 1929, there are still a few canals left and they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and have been since 1982.

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Even the coffee is a work of art in Venice

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