Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Camden, Maine

Day two of our trip to Maine was already so much better than day one. It really helped that I started feeling better. We didn't get a ton of sleep, but at least it was gorgeous outside. We took advantage of the clear, warm weather with a drive up to Mount Battie overlooking Camden.

After viewing it from afar, we made our way down to Camden to explore on foot. This town is so cute! I'm glad we came in the off-season though. It must be so crowded in the summer. I loved the look of the old buildings right next to the clear water. There were even hidden waterfalls behind the storefronts. And Zahara had a great time playing with the ducks and collecting sea shells at the dock.

We stopped in Belfast (around 30 minutes away) on the way to our next house and had a fantastic meal at Chase's Daily, a farm-to-table vegetarian restaurant. And when the say farm-to-table, they mean it literally. We watched as the chef grabbed the cauliflower for our incredible pasta dish from the farmer's market inside the restaurant. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Too bad we didn't get any pictures.

After lunch we made our way to our house in Bar Harbor and were treated with this view along the way. Maine is so beautiful! Stay tuned for our time in Acacia National Park.

Read more about our trip to Maine:

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ogunquit, Maine

I can finally check off another state: Maine! For around ten years now I've been asking Dan to take me to Maine during "leafing season." He grew up in the Northeast where the change of seasons brings glorious colors to all the foliage. I, on the other hand, grew up in Texas where there barely is a change of season, much less any color associated.

I finally got my wish and it was worth the wait! We had gorgeous weather and the kids did great. Sidenote: I still can't get used to saying kids, as in I have more than one! This was Asher's first flight and he was a champ. Our flight was ridiculously early on the day after Rosh Hashanah and both Dan and I were sick. So, it wasn't the best start to the trip, but Z and A were amazing. Zahara loved going in the Uber in her pajamas.

It was before noon when we landed so we had plenty of time to drive the 45 minutes to Ogunquit for lunch. This small town is known for the gorgeous sea views and stunning Marginal Way trail. We had fish tacos and a fish sandwich at the Lobster Shack. The fish was really fresh and good, but the potato salad and coleslaw stole the show. The lobster looked amazing too, but what do I know?

After a brief walk on Marginal Way, we drove a couple of hours to Rockland for dinner and ice cream before heading to our cottage in Lincolnville. I am sure this cottage would be great in other circumstances, but it was a terrible night for everyone. We were all exhausted, and half of us were sick, and the place was freezing. Thankfully, the trip only got better from here.   

Monday, October 17, 2016

Honey Harvest Festival

Last month our neighborhood park put on a honey harvest festival. It was a fun day out filled with all sorts of hands-on demonstrations. Zahara really enjoyed planting her own flower, getting her hand painted, seeing the live bee-keepers, and tasting the honey. I liked that last part too!

We even got to meet up with some of our friends (hi Katie and Andy!). I love living so close to such fun activities.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Thoughts by Z

She's still keeping us on our toes. Here's what Z has been saying this month:

Thought 1:
Z: Why is that man drinking juice? Daddies don't drink juice. They drink beer.

Thought 2: 
Z: When I'm 14, I am going to be a boy.

Thought 3: 
Upon seeing a man in a bandanna and a goatee
Z: Is that man a pirate?

Thought 4: 
Dan: Singing Old MacDonald
Z: Daddy, that was great!

See previous Thoughts by Z:
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
May 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dear Asher: 2 Months

Dear Asher,

Today you are two months old! It seems like you've been a part of our family forever. It's amazing how well you fit in. Our lives have definitely changed since having you, but you've made it as seamless as possible. Thanks for that!

You are such a big, healthy boy! Still in the 95th percentile for height and weight. You're pretty long, but you've got such gorgeous rolls everywhere! People can't help but pinch your cheeks.

You are still in the sleepy newborn stage most of the time, but you're starting to stay awake for longer periods during the day and sleep longer at night. Last night you slept for 7 hours straight! That's the longest stretch so far. Generally you're asleep at 9:45 and wake a few times a night. You'll eat and then go right back to bed. It's made mummy feel pretty well-rested. When it's time to get up in the morning, you're all smiles. It's such a nice way to start the day.

Your sister loves you so much! Zahara can't get enough of you! She is such a big help and really wants to take care of you. She tells me when it's time to feed or change you, and will help gather the supplies. We have to be careful not to leave her alone with you though because she will grab you and try to pick you up.

The big milestones for this month are that you've found your hands and you give huge, wonderful smiles! You save most of your smiles for daddy, but you grace me with a few throughout the day. As soon as daddy holds you though you burst into giant gummy grins. You are also experimenting with your voice and will give him a few laughs. We love it!

You are such a wonderful, easy, loving baby. I can't get enough of your snuggles, and can't wait to see what the next month brings. Happy birthday, Ash! 

Read about Zahara at this age:
Dear Zahara: 2 Months

Friday, September 23, 2016

Things That Make Me Cry: New Mom Edition

Hormones. They are force to be reckoned with. I've always been a bit of a crier, but in my postpartum state it's even worse. Here are a few of the ridiculous things that are making me cry right now. Feel free to join in and tell me what's making you tear up!

This Quaker Oats Commercial:

The premise of this commercial is that Quaker Oats oatmeal is the right choice at any stage in life. But, (spoiler alert), it shows a little girl growing up to eventually feed the oatmeal to a child of her own. Thinking about my own kids growing up that quickly and having children of their own is a bit too much for me at the moment.

William Wants a Doll:

Again, continuing the theme of kids growing up too quickly, this song is about a little boy who wants to play with a doll. Everyone makes fun of him for it, but his grandmother says that it is good practice for when William grows up and has a baby of his own. I'm tearing up just writing this sentence. The whole CD is great, by the way. A real classic.

This is Us:

I just watched the pilot of this show and it had me in tears. I won't give anything away, but I'm very interested to see where the show goes from here.

So, that's what's new with me. Care to share?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Perfect Lunch Date

Last week we finally got a break from the heat and were treated to a glorious DC day. Asher and I took full advantage by meeting a friend for lunch in my old neighborhood--Dupont.

For months I have been hearing about a new place called Buredo that makes sushi burritos. SUSHI BURRITOS! I abstained while pregnant, but now I'm back to my sushi devouring ways. I was a little worried this place would disappoint after I've built it up in my head for so long, but I'm happy to report it is just as amazing as it sounds.

Buredo is kind of like Chipotle in that there is a line of ingredients and the burrito is made in front of you. Unlike Chipotle though, they have a set menu from which to choose. I ordered the Beatrix which includes yellowfin tuna and salmon sashimi, cucumber, pickled cabbage, green onion, tempura crunch, and unagi sauce. SO DELICIOUS! The fish was really fresh and the pickled cabbage added the perfect crunch and acidity. Can't recommend highly enough.

After our lunch in the park, we stopped by an adorable French bakery and had a life-changing pastry. I pride myself on my knowledge of sweets (see all of my Sweet Tooth Traveler posts), but I've never heard of merveilleux before. Have you? According to Wikipedia it "consists of a sandwich of two light meringues welded with whipped cream which has been covered with whipped cream and dusted with chocolate shavings." Un Je Ne Sais Quoi had several options, but I chose speculoos flavor. The whipped cream was mixed with the cookie butter and the merveilleux was dusted with crushed Biscoff cookies. It was topped with a tiny meringue. It was so good that I immediately went back inside and ordered a second one to take home to Dan.

Sushi, sunshine, and speculoos? I'd say that makes for a perfect day out.