Happy first day of fall! Slash happy official opening day of all things pumpkin popping up in your Instagram feed. Is what the day should really be called.
I think I’m probably the only person on Planet Portland that isn’t ecstatic about fall being here. I love fall, I really do. I love the changing colors and the flannels(!) and the pumpkin patches and I freaking adore Halloween. But. I also have a really hard time saying goodbye to summer. I reeeeally love summer. Even this past one, which for the most part resembled the surface of the mf-ing sun. Good gaw, it was hot. Even so, I loved it and didn’t want it to end. I think more so this year because I have a kid and being able to outside most of the day is the stuff mom dreams are made of. But whatever, we’ll have another summer next year, right? And so. I will embrace fall with the rest of the Basic B’s and unpack my sweaters and haul my sweet ass down to Starbucks for a PSL to officially ring in the season. Or a Toasted Graham Latte? Which is apparently the new drink of the season? Oh Starbucks, you naughty little siren.
Well so anyways. Now that it’s getting cooler and there is rain in our forecasts, I’ve been looking into indoor activities for the Cros and I to do during the days. We like to have at least 1 extracurricular activity per day, besides errands, to get us out of the house, talkin’ to the people (hallelujah!), gettin’ some of our wiggles out. I’m always really interested to hear about other families’ schedules and activities, so I thought I’d share what’s on our agendas these days, if you care to read/are really super bored.
I’ve talked about this over and over again, but we almost always start our day with a long walk with the pups. This helps to wear the dogs out as much as possible for the rest of the day so that they’re only moderately annoying instead of severely annoying. Also, the fresh air that early in the morning really kickstarts our day. Well, that and a vat of coffee.
We’ve signed up for music class again, which starts next week. We took an infant music class in the spring and other than the very first day when Crosby wailed the entire time, he loved it! Fun fact: Crosby actually crawled for the first time at music class. Onto another baby girl’s blanket. And then plopped down on his tush and reached out and rubbed her cheek. I have a feeling we’re in for some fun times with this baby man.
Our friend introduced us to an indoor park near our house that offers toddler open gym as well as “art parks” (TBD WTF that actually means) a couple of times a week. So we will most definitely be heading there more often than not.
We’ve just moved up from baby to toddler storytime at the library. Toddler storytime at a library is kind of an oxymoron, because it’s pretty much the loudest situation ever.
I typically take a barre class once a week that has a little childcare situation included, which is lovely for both of us. Speaking of which, I took a class on Monday morning and my legs are still slowly being murdered from the inside out. Halp.
We have a membership to the zoo so when it’s nice out we love to wander around there. It gets a little more fun each time we go because Crosby can actually SEE the animals these days. As opposed to the first few times I took him when he could barely see as far as his own hands. #noob
We usually try to head to the burbs to meet Casey for lunch once a week. And almost every time we get stuck in stupid traffic on the way back into Portland. Traffic with a baby is why Jesus invented happy hour. We all deserve a cocktail after surviving that shiz.
Every so often when we’re feeling lavi$h or if we can tag-along with our friends who have a guest pass, we like to go to the science museum (OMSI). They have an amazing space for littles to play. Just watch out for a little tyrant named Ziggy, he likes to dump sand on unsuspecting baby’s heads.
I have been wanting to try Hike it Baby, which is hikes… with your baby. Doi! Any fellow Portlanders done it? Or recommend an easy hike to get us started?
On top of that, we’re still in the phase where Crosby loves to be in carts… so trips to the grocery store or Costco or Target are great fun. I’m fully planning for this phase to pass once he starts to walk. So… maybe a couple more days? Gah!
So there you have it! I realize that to anyone who isn’t a mom, a nanny, a grandma or really sensitive father figure, this all probably sounds incredibly… unsubstantial? But! It’s my everyday and I love it heaps. So thanks for indulging. And hey! Maybe next time I’ll come up with a list of things I do at night, that will better serve the non-baby folks interests? Orrrr…. I could just tell you right now. Netflix and wine. The end.
These pictures have nothing to do with fall or daily activities but what’s a blog post without pictures? … A really… uhh.. plain-looking page with words on it?…. Is what.
Go get yo fall!