Despite what the calendar says, pumpkin has already taken over and summer is just about over. Let’s look back at all of the fun we had this summer as a family of 3, shall we?

This post is a big photo dump, and a lot of these you’ve probably seen before if you follow us on Facebook or instagram.

We went to the zoo…

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And the pool…2014-05-27 14.48.46

And to Sesame Place with our friends and family…2014-05-29 12.12.50-12014-06-06 12.47.33

I ran a half marathon with some running friends…2014-06-08 14.02.08

We finger painted…2014-06-09 16.27.132014-06-10 09.30.18

We went to the beach…2014-06-16 13.43.01-1

We packed and sold our first home…
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We celebrated Luca’s first birthday…2014-08-02 14.54.07DSC_0856

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And we went to a Phillies game or two!

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We had a great summer! Very looking forward to switching gears for the fall.

Lauren trekked to Atlantic City last weekend for a bachelorette party, leaving Luca and I to enjoy a fun-filled guys weekend at home. This was the first time she was away from him two full nights (and the first time I was alone with him!)

We had a blast…

We stayed up late on Friday watching ‘toons.



Then, after we woke up and ate breakfast, Luca sketched out his weekend plans… a trip to the Aquarium!



“Gotta fuel up,” I said. “Okay, if I have to,” Luca replied.



Then, Aunt Angie stopped by…



My mom decided to join us on our journey to Camden, NJ. When we got to the Adventure Aquarium, we realized we should have bought tickets in advance. The line was long, and it was very hot out. Luckily, we were able to purchase tickets on their mobile app, and bypass the lines completely. Genius.

We saw fish.



And sharks!



And sometimes we just pointed for the sake of pointing.



We saw penguins.



And hippos!



It was pretty cool.



Here’s a picture of us in front of a fountain.


Then we went home after a long day, and both conked out! In the morning, we waited patiently for Mommy to come home.


(In short, I survived!)

We’ve been pretty busy around these parts lately… all good things, though!

Knock on some wood, ya’ll- Luca is taking the cow’s milk like a champ! Since my last post about the topic, we held off for two weeks from introducing milk (as per pediatrician’s orders).  It’s been a few days now, and he hasn’t had any stomach issues.  Instead of the local dairy farm’s milk, I used regular old Horizon organic whole milk.  He doesn’t immediately devour it, as I was ‘warned’ he would, but I think that has something to do with the temperature- I give it to him cold, right out of the refrigerator.  (I don’t want to heat it and then have to wean him from warmed milk…. personal choice.)

I’m also giving it to him in a bottle. I know, I know, I’m not supposed to use a bottle after 1 year.  And he won’t use a bottle forever.  But, as a breast fed baby who rarely took a bottle, he’s still learning how to use a sippy cup.  My thought is to first get the milk down and then we will transition to the sippy cup.

I’m still currently nursing him in the morning and at bed time.  He gets cow’s milk before his morning and afternoon naps.  I don’t know if this is a normal “side-effect” from weaning, but Luca gets SO snuggly when I give him a bottle.  It is melting me from the inside out- I am soaking up every second of the hugs and cuddles I get from him.  (Luca has not been a really “snuggly” baby, so this is extra special to me.) Ahh, I get the chills just thinking about it.  I’m wondering if there’s some scientific reason for this- like, since I’m not nursing him and feeling that bond I typically would, he’s making up for it in snuggles?  I’m probably making something up. Or maybe not!


So, Friday afternoon I typed up a long update about how our house hunting has been progressing.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of an update- we hadn’t found anything that we wanted to pursue.

We found a listing online over the weekend and made arrangements to see it Sunday morning.  We had a really good feeling about the place, and decided to put an offer in.  After going back and forth (and back and forth), we were finally able to come to an agreement.  We’re scheduled to make settlement October 30.

We’re very excited, obviously! We’ve been actively looking at houses since about April and had only found one or two we really liked. I was getting a little worried that we wouldn’t find anything in our budget that met all of (my) / our needs. When we came across this place, we just knew it was a smart move for our family!

It needs a bit of cosmetic work, but I’m looking forward to that.  In our previous house, we didn’t change a thing.  I liked that at the time, but looking back I think it never felt like home because we didn’t do anything to it.  In this new house, we will likely paint every room and hopefully renovate the bathrooms and kitchen over time. (Friends, we apologize in advance for asking you to help us paint- we pay in beer though… )

We don’t really have any packing to do since we already moved all of our stuff, so I think I’m going to take the next 60 days planning color schemes for each room and looking for new furniture.  We’ll be on a budget (who isn’t?), but we’re going to need a LOT of furniture- remember we sold basically everything we owned?- like a bedroom set, mattress, 2-3 living spaces, and a kitchen set to start.  Does anyone have any recommendations where we can buy some reasonably priced furniture?