Happy Birthday to Me

I’m back. Yeah, I know, I’ve said that before, but this time it’s for real. The craziness of the summer is finally over. No more vacations. No more flights. No more weddings. No more funerals (we hope). It’s time to get back to some sort of routine around here. It’s time, and boy are we ready!

Tomorrow Cadence starts preschool. We’ve been talking to her about it for weeks now, trying to prepare her to begin this new chapter in her life. We can tell she’s excited. She talks about all the things she’s going to do in school–numbers, ABC’s, playing with kids, etc.–but I can also see her trepidation. Every time we mention school, her little brow furrows for a moment and she says, “I no cry” before going on to talk about all the fun things she’ll do there. Maybe she’s trying to reassure us. But I think maybe she’s trying to talk herself into being brave. Pretty mature thinking for a two-and-a-half year old if you ask me. But then again, I think we’ve all done some growing up this summer. It’s been a hard one around here.

So today, we spent celebrating my 32nd birthday, and enjoying a quiet day together as a family. It’s been waaaaaaay too long since we’ve had one of those, and boy did we have fun! My amazing husband surprised me with a sweet card and two tickets to see Chicago in October. A date night. I can’t wait! 🙂 Then, we spend our day together, enjoying the late summer sunshine at Martin’s Hillside Orchard picking apples. We had dinner at Lazlo’s in the Haymarket, then back home to spend a lazy evening watching movies while I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

All in all, I’d say it was a perfect day. 🙂

365 Project – Day 289 – Cinnamel Apple Pie

Love pie? If the answer is yes, you’ve gotta try this one. I made it tonight with some of the apples we picked on our excursion to Martin’s Hillside Orchard on Saturday…

Mmmmm….

Head over to my Lori Bites blog for the full recipe. You won’t be disappointed.

365 Project – Day 287 – Family Day at Martin’s Hillside Orchard

If you’re looking to spend a relaxing day in the country, I definitely recommend Martin’s Hillside Orchard, just 15 minutes north of Lincoln. We had so much fun today, I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves!

Tonight’s 365 Project is dedicated to the beginning of a new family tradition, and to Alex and Barb Martin, for creating such a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy! Tomorrow, it’s apple pie baking time!

365 Project – Day 286 – Are You Ready???

I am so excited!!! Here’s what’s on the agenda for tomorrow…


Brace yourselves. The Romanos are coming. So it is guaranteed to be a crazy day at Martin’s Hillside Orchard.

And for any of you that know my husband, take a close look at the website (click HERE for the link) and tell me why we chose this particular orchard and pumpkin patch out of the dozens we had to choose from. First person to guess correctly wins a Fall-themed prize.

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