Greenwich Audubon Society

Since becoming a mom I've realized that there's nothing quite like being able to get together with other mothers. It's amazing what just a few hours of playgroup can do for the soul. 

This week we met at the Greenwich Audubon society, but really it could have been anywhere as we mostly just sat and chatted in the learning room! That said I'm sure we'll go back as there are some beautiful trails that I would love to explore. 

Pictures in the car while we were waiting for the group 

After the group left, we headed out to the trails with some new friends and found some chickens. This was a big attraction for the only toddler of the group. 

Playgroup is just what's needed when I'm feeling a little, well, cooped up. While I love having Tillie socialize with the other kids, there's no denying that really need to get out, be inspired, empathize, learn, and laugh with women who are also going through this amazing thing called motherhood. 

Island Beach

Am I the only one that gets winter anxiety? It seems like as soon as I can feel fall in the air I start to get a little lump in my chest knowing that winter is approaching. I've got to work on that (or move somewhere warmer with more sun during the day!). In the meantime I'll post about last week's beach trip and push winter back as far as I can. 

I think my idea of paradise is a little slice of beach, maybe one that looks exactly like Greenwich Island matter of fact. Add to that wonderful friends and sunshine and I don't think it gets better. It really was heaven sitting on top of the ferry, feeling the breeze and looking at the beautiful estates en route. 

 Tillie loved her time with her boyfriends, 

 and I loved my time with my girlfriends.

I think we could have spent all day there. Oh wait, we did. 

Labor Day Road Trippin'

First road trip with just the three of us. And for being only 6 months old, I was pretty proud of our little T. She took the longer drives and night of camping in stride. 

So just a disclaimer with the pictures (and the second sad, and potentially expensive, story of the week). So it turns out that iPhones really don't do well in water. Still keeping my fingers crossed that it can be revived, but as of right now my phone is dead. So I was going to wait to put up this post until I can get my pictures, but thought instead I'd do it from Dave's pictures and perspective, which goes something like this: Tillie, Tillie, Baseball Hall of Fame...everything else. Ok I was mixed in quite a bit as well but I had edited out more of those. Our itinerary was Cooperstown and a night of camping, Palmyra, Niagara Falls, Golfing, and back home again.

Case in point, this picture. Dave: "Hey I was at this Red Sox game where there was the bloody sock!"... and then he told me the whole story...which I can't remember...kind of gross...

So from Dave's perspective, our Labor Day road trip:

If Dave has anything to do with it Tillie will be a future Hall of Famer

 Tillie's ride most of the weekend

The only picture Dave had of the Church History sites-but what an incredible experience. We hit up the Peter Whitmer farm, the Joseph Smith Family farm and home, Hill Cumorah, Palmyra Temple, Sacred Grove, and Book of Mormon printing press.

Dave has been a few times, but this was my first time and hopefully won't be my last. It made the Church's history seem so much more real and tangible. The feeling in the Sacred Grove was just that, so sacred, and the whole experience made me ever more grateful for all the sacrifices made.

The craziest thing that happened there though, was that I ran into my cousin Ashley and her family! They were in the process of moving from Cleveland to Boston and decided to stop at the sites on the way. Pretty crazy to see them there, and we're excited that they're not too far away in Boston now!

Then on to Niagara Falls

I took this one. And think he looks so handsome  

On the Maid of the Mist

Big 6 month mark at the falls!

 I came out from getting ready for bed in the hotel, and walked right into this daddy-daughter photo shoot

 Never too many kisses

 Random stop in Clifton Springs to see this mosiac made of Tiffany glass, this needs to be moved to a museum

I love road trippin, especially with my favorites.

6 Months

Can I just say how grateful I am for my little girl today? We had a little scare outside our apartment that ended in calling the police and a broken window to unlock our car...with Tillie locked inside. Needless to say everyone is ok, and hopefully she never remembers the incident, but that was definitely the biggest scare yet of motherhood, and definitely made me say more than a few prayers of gratitude. 

On to the big milestone:

Sweet Tillie is 6 months old! What a fun and busy month this has been, with some of my favorite  milestones yet (do I say that every month?).

-I think my favorite milestone was when we realized that she had recognized her first word (at least that we know of), she now kicks on cue when we say "kick", I think as excited as we are the we are finally understanding each other.
- She has started to be a little more mobile, loves to stand as we hold her hands, push up on her belly, and has started to scoot a little backwards.
-She also ate solids this month for the first time. I don't feed her every night, but do let her suck on fruits and vegetables as I'm cooking. 
-Also one of my favorites is her new babbling-she is especially good at mama and baba, not with any associated meaning, but it is sure cute to hear.

And now for the good part: 

So many of the pictures end up with blurred hands and feet, she doesn't stop for long

How we love this little girl. What would we do without you?!
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