We took Hannah to Atlantic Farms on Saturday, just like last year, to get a pumpkin and visit the petting zoo. We stopped at Hinck’s next door for lunch first; it wasn’t as crowded as last year, and still insanely delicious. Confession: we may have gone at least once over the summer to get a turkey dinner fix. Who can just save it for the holidays?
Last Sunday Hannah and I headed up to NYC for a day out with Laura Ann. We met at her place in Astoria so I could see some redecorating she’d done (which looked fantastic, by the way). When I ran back out to the car for something, Laura Ann and Hannah posed.
I cannot overstate what a marvelous fall read-aloud Bob Raczka’s Fall Mixed Up is. I have read it to all of my 1st grade classes, my Multiply Disabled class, and I’m getting ready to read it to my kindergarten classes. I think this might even be my favorite read aloud of the year so far.
I bought this book last year hoping to get some use out of it, but I guess in my pregnant haze I decided it would be too confusing after all to read with classes. Not to mention the fact that I was furiously trying to squeeze in all of my Big Important Units with each grade before I went on maternity leave—we were kind of rushed last year. But this year I brought it out, and it was a huge hit.
The Reeve family definitely got their apple picking and pumpkin picking on this month. The first weekend of the month was apples at Battleview Orchards. I was very excited to introduce Adam to one of my favorite summer spots with Hannah. Seriously, the country store sells the best sugar cookies known to man. We went to the store first to get hot cider and supplies. Then it was out to the fields.
I’m pretty behind on all my fall adventure posts, but we’ve been having a mild baby crisis around here. Hannah’s been fighting a cold for most of October, it came back after her short-lived episode in September. Which meant sleepless nights and a wacky schedule. Then last night she was burning up and just a miserable, hot mess. So Adam and I both stayed home today to take her to the doctor. She has her first ear infection, not fun, so life has been interesting. And I was waiting for Adam to have a chance to give me some of the photos he’s been taking on all of our weekend excursions. Now I’m trying to catch up.
So a couple of weekends ago we had a great one for the Reeve clan. We celebrated Adam’s birthday by running around doing tons of classic fall things: ate at a turkey farm, went to an apple fritter stand, got mugged by a goat. You know, typical September stuff.
My favorite month is here!
We survived September, albeit with 2 sick days used for Hannah and myself. I made a weak attempt to take some self portrait shots again, but as you can see most of the time I just forgot. Or was busy getting my hair pulled out by a grabby baby (she loves the curls). It’s been an incredibly tough month adjusting to life as a working mom, and I’m still adjusting; maybe I will write about it at some point. But we’re doing okay, I’m thrilled with the things I have up my sleeve in the library this year, and I’m so excited that fall is really here now. I have a stack of posts to catch up on, so hopefully I’ll have a chance to sit down this week and do just that. Good stuff.
I’ve had a lot of adventures lately, but since I’ve been neglecting this blog a little in favor of sleep and school mania they have gone undocumented. So I’m starting with something from this past weekend, the Brooklyn Book Festival. Kathy and I went on Sunday, and it was quite cool.