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Waldo’s Pond

As we arrived Fynn tried to reiterate our destination. “We’re going to Waldo’s Pond! I’ll find Waldo!” it broke our hearts a tiny bit to tell him that it was actually Walden Pond, and we would  not be searching for a man wearing white and red stripes, or the tell tale beanie.

The chill in the air was perfect, invigorating and got us through a fairly lengthy hike around the pond (for toddler legs in any case…)

The last few November leaves set the mood, brilliant and in need of adoration.

The serenity was interrupted a few times with confused exclamations from Fynn… “I can’t find him! Where’s Waldo??”

But we kept on walking, moving to the side to let faster walkers pass, enjoying the view.

You could feel it in the air. See it in the oh so clear water. This area is safe from outside influences. You can just be, with your thoughts and the land. It’s no wonder it was full of inspiration for the likes of Emerson and Thoreau.

And lucky for us, it’s practically right in our backyard. Worth the 20 minute drive, the struggles over winter hats and the distraction of occasional crazies taking dips in the pond, coming out into the blissfully chilled November air.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

~Henry David Thoreau, from Walden

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November winds

After hopping out of bed this morning with a slight spring in my step, I vowed that things were going to change. Last week was a downer week, and this week, would not be.

The air was filled with warmth, so we sailed on the breezes. Over to a brand new park, where trains wooshed by and the older wooden playground still stood in the background.

This handsome guy might be the cutest little boy in the world (thankfully my second was a girl, so I can say those sorts of things without guilt).

The fresh air did wonders for all of us. The kids played together. Which anyone with multiple children will tell you…. is cause for celebration.

We of course ended up on the older playground. Plastic play structures will never be able to replace the simplicity of wooden jungle gyms and steel diggers.

This photo called out to for sepia tones. Behind the swings were tall trees, miles of harmless ivy wrapping around them, as well as hints of poison ivy. There were shiny new swings just a few feet away, but my little girl was drawn to the ones that showed their years.

A Monday filled with tire swings and sweater weather is a good start to the week. The rest of the day was spent smiling, playing, going on walks… and we hardly yelled at each other. The winds of November are bringing change. Peaceful days with a calmer spirit.

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November beauty

This week seemed like day after day of continual funk. I blame the time change, but in reality we might have been a little sad to see October go this year. It was beautiful – full of fun and sunshine. A few rainy days for good measure. We smiled in fall sunbeams and reveled in the colors of the season.

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Today was a reminder that November isn’t all that bad. Still sunshine, with a few leaves left on the trees. All is not lost in November. You might have to look a little closer, but it’s still there.

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We might be suspicious of this month, but I think it has potential. After all, warm mittens and hats look awfully cute on toddlers. Big fluffy coats too.

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And rosy Rudolph noses with chilled cheeks are oh so kissable. Mommy lips never miss them.

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November might not be all bad. We’ve got sunshine, empty parks, and warm hearts. Welcome November’s beauty.

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Happy Halloween!

From our ghoul & goblin to yours!

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Autumn leaves and chickadees

Early this week I had high hopes of getting out and taking some new pictures for this weeks You Capture challenge. Unfortunately… the kids had other plans. We’ve been stuck inside due to Paige being really under the weather since Monday. I didn’t want to miss out on the fun this week though, so I went through photos from last week and found one from our adventure up to New Hampshire. There were pictures of the kids playing in leaves, pictures of them playing with the sandbox, but this photo has really stuck with me. The birds payed little attention to the kids that day, they were more focused on stocking up for winter, on a beautiful fall day. So simple and peaceful. So autumn.

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This weeks You Capture challenge was to capture Autumn. Check out Beth’s site to see more fantastic captures!

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Hitting the historical paths…

This morning we spent some time wondering around the historic Minute Man trails. We had gone last year when the kids were smaller, and it was so gorgeous we wanted to try again this year. The leaves were breathtaking, and it was the perfect temperature to hit the trails.

As you can see… I’m not above looking like I have pj’s on while out of the house these days. To my credit, they’re yoga pants (wide leg ones, absolutely wonderful!), not pj bottoms. They’re meant for exercise. That’s what I tell myself. And that thing around my waist? The Ergo. It looks funny, but it’s easier to wrap it around than carry it by hand when it’s not in use, no matter how many funny looks I got. But Paige looks super cute, as always.

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Gorgeous gorgeous scenery. Don’t ask why we didn’t get any pictures of some of the remains of the old houses. It’s so amazing to think of all the history that surrounded us.

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Fynn was just enthralled with the map. The only problem he ran into was the map dropped into his daddy’s vision a few times… the boy was a wee bit tired…

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And what could possibly be more endearing than a kids pom pom topped hat sticking out of your husbands back pocket? Seriously. I love the man for little things like this.

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Does it get old?

As we drove through town after town to get to our destination, the leaves kept calling out to me. I’ve been posting fall pictures for weeks now, and really, I don’t think they get old. The leaves scream out with their yellows, oranges, and reds warning of the upcoming frigid months and snowfall. After being worn out from summer (as much as I love summer… the beach… sundresses on little girls…) I’ll take the warnings to slow down and enjoy this season. To get outside while we still can without freezing our buns off. To sip hot lattes and bask in the autumn sun. To watch as the kids run and jump in perfect fitting jeans and sweaters. It never gets old for me.

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Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, we headed to our orchard. It’s heaven. Gorgeous, full of character and colors, sandboxes and old trucks to play with. Animals galore, much to Paige’s amusement as she’s just learned a new vocabulary full of animal noises. We met up with friends who we need to see more often. It was one of those perfect days.

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We’ve had a lot of them recently. Perfect days. We’ve been so lucky this fall. Hardly any plans except ones to be outside and enjoy each other and good friends. Communing with nature. I like to think we’re nature people…

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… except when we come across an old tractor that needs some tinkering…

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But for the most part we’re nature people. Especially the kids. They love every minute of it. Being outside, running free. They can never get enough sunshine, enough fresh air. They’re at their best with it – who isn’t?

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Last fall we were hurried. I don’t really know why. Maybe it was all the mommy group activities we were involved in, maybe it was trying to rush around for naps and nursing, maybe it’s just where we live (don’t get me started on living in Eastern Mass… I kept thinking while driving around yesterday “would you follow your wife this closely???” Ugh…). I don’t do well with being rushed. I get agitated, cranky, frustrated. So this fall, it’s been especially nice to just be. With the kids, with good friends, with no agenda.

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Chatting, or being quiet. Being at peace with so much. All is right with the world when the cautionary leaves of autumn start dancing around us. I can’t help but stop, be thankful, and enjoy every minute of it. And of course keep posting the colorful photos…
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(and for those of you (aka MOM!) who have tried with no luck to click on photos to enlarge them…. try it again! Lucas, who has the patience of a saint, gave me a lesson tonight on html and all that good stuff. So you should be able to click on the photo and a new tab will open with the enlarged photo… I hope anyway…)

(and one last thing… I don’t normally dress the kids in black. Kids are supposed to wear colors and fun prints! But, I was taking some pumpkin pictures ~ wait ’til Halloween! They’re so cute! ~ and wanted their festive skeleton/candy corn shirts on. Hence the black!)

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