September, You Beautiful Thang You

What can I say? I’ve fallen in love with the month of September. Not only is it the perfect not too hot, not too cold weather; but it is the kick start of fun things like boots, sweaters, pumpkin everything, football, crockpot dinners and more. Speaking of kick start; we started this fall season right by going Apple picking at The Elegant Farmer! This is our second year going with Mia and Joa’s first. We all have so much fun each time we go not to mention get some delicious apples! Last year we barely made it going on the last day they were open and having barely any apples to pick from. They even had buckets of “fallen” apples that people were picking mostly from. This year we went the FIRST day they were open! Winning! They had a bunch of types of apples to choose from but I stuck to my favs Mcintosh and Gala.

apple picking hay ride Mia and me mike

Earlier that week Mia had a potty party at daycare for being officially potty trained!! Can I get a hallelujah? It has been the biggest blessing to our sanity and our bank account!

mia potty party

Ciao for now!

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend has come and gone but here are some highlights:

Saturday morning I went to meet my best friend/ex roomie Sarah and our other old roomie Molly at a bridal shop to see Sarah in her wedding dress!! My oh my did she look beautiful!! I cannot wait until next June to celebrate her and Derek on their big day! She was my MOH and it feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for my big day! Can’t wait to have moments like this below with her next summer!

sarah and me

It was so fun to see her in her dress on Saturday and watch her try on different veils, and sashs and all that fun bridey stuff. Molly was a pro, gosh, she should go into that business because man she knows what she’s doing! She suggested great ideas to Sarah to change up her dress an even caught a train malfunction that the shop agreed to fix for free!

Side note: Sarah and Molly were about 20 mins late to meet me but….did I mind? No way jose, I got to enjoy my Skinny vanilla latte in all its glory while listening to country music and surfing my fav blogs. Heaven! And a rare opportunity that was more than welcome.

The rest of Saturday was spent being a power house of laundry. No joke. We had not been caught up with laundry since before Joa was BORN. I was determined to use the long weekend to do a good fall cleaning of the house and man oh man did I succeed. Laundry was done, all of it (minus the clothes each of us were wearing, obvi), dishes were done, kitchen was cleaned, living room was cleaned, dusted and organized, linens were changed, kids were bathed, and all rooms were tided up. Mike said he hadn’t seen me work that hard in all the time we’ve been together. Ha.

Sunday we went to Mike’s parents for a BBQ! It was fun to get together with fam and eat some yummy ribs. Mia was excited to see Rhino (Ryan Mike’s cousin) there! We ate, drank and chatted and Mia enjoyed the luxury of cable and unlimited Sofia the First episodes.

Monday was just the four of us again. It started with me catching an oh so sweet moment of Mike in bed with the kiddos. I captured it and ordered a canvas print of it for Mike’s Birthday! I hope he likes it πŸ™‚

mike ands kids

Later that afternoon I suggested we go on a family hike (that never happens) at Sandy Knoll Park. Mike loved hiking and outdoorsy stuff and me….not so much, but I know my love enjoys it and he does so much for us! It was a beautiful day and we all really did enjoy getting some fresh air!

joa hike hike

That night we enjoyed a new stew recipe from my Fixate cookbook. It was delish and a great way to say hello to fall!

And that completes the Zahner’s Labor Day weekend 2015, the end!

Best Husband

Today started off great. I got a ton of cleaning and laundry done that had been sitting there for… Let’s just say way too long and was driving me bananas! Then all of a sudden Mia decided she was not going to listen to anything I said. At all. And Joa decided hey, this is the perfect time to cry all day long.

When I finally broke down in tears best Husband decided to take the kiddos on an adventure so I could do some yoga, shower and relax. Oh how he knows me ☺️ Just what I needed!