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TBB Asks–Fall Edition

Sunday, September 30, 2018


The first Monday of the month means it’s time to answer questions from The Blended Blog! I’m posting this a day early because tomorrow I’ll be offline celebrating the end of Sukkot. This month’s questions are all about Fall! Looks like I actually participated in TBB Asks last October in which they had a fall theme as well!

1. Favorite Fall Color?

I love the colors of the leaves. My favorite is probably that dark orange red color that some leaves turn. Like this one I found last year:


2. Apple Cider HOT or COLD?

Ooh, I like the frozen slush kind. I won’t turn down a hot apple cider on a cold day either!

3. Caramel Apple: Yes or No?

No, because they’re too hard to eat!

4. Pumpkin Doughnut or Apple Cider Doughnut?

Apple Cider! Yum!

5. Long or Short Cardigan?

Long. I was just thinking about a long teal cardigan I have and hoping to wear it soon!

6. Favorite Football or Fall Party Food?

Pizza, nachos, and basically any chips and dip.

7. Orange or White Pumpkins?

I love all the pumpkins! I even love the teal ones that are meant to show that you have allergy free Halloween treats. I am hoping to get some pumpkins today, but here’s another photo from last year:


8. Hayride or Bonfire?

Hmm, I enjoy both.

9. Favorite Fall Baked Good?

Apple pie.

10. Most anticipated Fall activity?

Our annual pumpkin patch visit where I take updated photos of my kids. Hopefully I’ll have new ones to share soon. Here they are last year:


Have a happy fall day!


Sunflower Fields Forever–Local Tourist Link Up

Friday, September 28, 2018


This is the first month in awhile that we didn’t actually go on any local adventures. School and the holidays have kept us busy! However, I do have photos I’ve been meaning to share from an evening in which I bribed the kids with ice cream to accompany me to a local sunflower patch. In the past, we have visited Grinter’s Farm in Lawrence, but we have not made it there in recent years. A friend of mine from my photography group happens to live in Kansas City and she told me about this patch located in Lee’s Summit, at the James A. Reed Wildlife Area. It blooms earlier than the one in Lawrence, is a bit closer, and it gets nowhere near as crowded!

At first, driving around the area, I missed the turn off for the sunflowers, but luckily some texting with my friend got us to the right place! I tried to make myself happy with photos of these flowers, but they aren’t sunflowers!


Gabbie also did some dance poses for me.


And now for the real attraction!


The sun was setting and it was really pretty! And yes, this was followed with a stop for ice cream!

Now, if you visited a local area this month, link up with Lauren and me here!

Feel free to save our image and share it in your blog post so others can find the link-up!


Do you love sunflowers as much as I do?


Yellowstone Day 2 and Grand Teton National Park

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Last week, I shared about our first day in Yellowstone in which we saw bison, the Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Norris Geyser Basin. After staying over in West Yellowstone, we returned to the park from the west and then headed south towards Old Faithful and towards the South Exit, from which we would continue on into Grand Teton National Park.

Before reaching Old Faithful, we stopped at some other geyser areas as well. Old Faithful is the only one that continually erupts though.


What’s Up Wednesday–September

Wednesday, September 26, 2018



It’s hard to believe it’s the end of September! September is always a busy month with back to school and the fall Jewish holidays. Here’s what we’ve been up to.

1. What We’re Eating This Month…

Well, I actually took some food photos while Dave and I were away in New Orleans. I will be posting about that trip eventually!


Such delicious coffee

Savory breakfast waffle


2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

Our Yellowstone trip! And on a less fun note, we were all talking about how last year on Rosh Hashanah, Simon fell on his face and broke his finger. Luckily this year on Rosh Hashanah all was well!

3. What I’m Loving…

Getting into the fall spirit, even though fall isn’t my favorite because I don’t like cold weather and fall means winter is next!

4. What We’ve Been Up To…

We started the month with our trip. The kids stayed home with Dave’s parents. Right after that, the holidays started with Rosh Hashanah. This week is the Sukkot holiday.

We participated in a walk for suicide awareness.

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The boys and I went to a Royals game.

My friends and I had a great time at a local Escape Room!

5. What I’m Dreading…

Probably just multiple days being offline due to holidays. It takes awhile to catch up afterwards!

6. What I’m Working On…

My latest 52 Frames photos:


[beautiful chaos]


[shoot from above]

7. What I’m Excited About…

Actual fall weather – as long as it’s not too cold!

8. What I’m Watching / Reading…

Still rewatching 90210. I started watching You – I read the book a long time ago and the show seems pretty true to it so far! This week lots of shows come back so I’ll be watching them too!

As usual, you can see my latest book reviews here.

9. What I’m Listening To…

I recently rediscovered 80s on 8 and added that into the stations I listen to.

10. What I’m Wearing…

Hopefully I won’t have to say shorts and t-shirts for too much longer!

11. What I’m Doing This Weekend…

Continuing our Sukkot holiday celebration.

12. What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month…

Maybe getting into a regular schedule without so many days off of school.

13. What Else Is New…

In case you missed it, check out my posts about our last day in Disney, an evening at the farm, glamping and the rodeo in Cody, WY, Facts and Fiction from National Geographic Kids, Yellowstone, and my fall bucket list!

What’s up with you lately?


Top Five Things I Love About Goldfish Swim School

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Top Five Things I Love About Goldfish Swim School

I am partnering with Goldfish Swim School for this post. All opinions are my own.

After another month of lessons, we are still loving Goldfish Swim School! Here are some reasons why.

The Staff

At the beginning of the school year, we changed Simon’s lesson time by a half an hour. He was sad to leave his former instructor, who he really liked, but his new instructor is great too! Plus, if there is a time when his instructor isn’t there, or we do a make-up class, the staff has notes about each child and what he or she is working on. This way the continuity is not effected.



Switching Simon’s swim time to a half hour later was as easy as could be. We are allowed 12 make-up classes per year and so far we have used 2! This past Wednesday was Yom Kippur, so we couldn’t attend our regular Wednesday class. The same class is offered multiple times per week which makes it easy for everyone to schedule when they need and we rescheduled our class for Thursday with no problem.

Fun Events

Besides regular swim lessons, there are social events at our school. While many are on Saturdays which we cannot attend, there was one on a Sunday. Simon was so excited to bring Zachary to swim in the pool with him and to meet his instructors!


Parent Viewing Area

Although Simon is no longer looking for my approval after every time he takes a turn, I think he is still comforted that I am nearby when he is swimming. I also really like watching his lessons! It is also fun to watch the kids at different levels, from the cute toddlers to the expert swimmers learning their strokes!



Simon is still loving picking out a prize from the basket every week! Each week the prizes are different and it gives him something to look forward to after his lessons!


Simon is still doing well with his lessons. This week, his teacher said he is doing much better with his back float. He is still working on turning over from his belly to back, which seems like a difficult move to me!


Isn’t he the cutest little swimmer ever?