On your mark… Get set… GO!!!!

Ava had so much fun running

and jumping

and sharing the leaf pile with Dad 🙂


Breakin’ a Sweat?

The other day Kurt and I were chatting…

I think it all started with some reference to how neither of us have really worked out since Noelle was born.  We joke about it often but really, it’s just plain weird that we have both taken a break from one of the things that we know each other for.  Exercise is very important to us and has always been one of the things we discussed as being VERY important for us to take part in for and with our children.  It is so healthy to move and breath fresh air and work up a sweat!  In a flashbulb type moment Kurt said, “I don’t think Ava really ever breaks a sweat”… as we continued thinking about it it became very clear that our gal is so content to sit, play, craft, color and pretend that it hadn’t really occurred to me to make her MOVE!  I’m sure some of you out there never even realized that a day could exist without the sweet smell of fall sticking to those little ones who have been running around outside, digging in the dirt and bouncing on the furniture…gosh, we didn’t even know what we were missing! Well, we decided that enough was enough!!! Ava and I headed out to our favorite store (TJMaxx) and picked up the perfect ‘get-your-blood-pumping’ kit.  One box complete with a princess frisbee and a kickball!  Off to the park we went and what a fun morning we had (and what a wonderfully long afternoon nap!)!

After this work out, working-out is finding it’s way back into our hearts!  Thank God for the accountability we have found in our little girl!  Who would have thought?!?

Ava was just adorable running...

and stopping...

and kicking the ball!

I truly don't know who was the most out of breath...

though if I'm honest it was probably me 🙂

What a show we put on for our tiny one! She has the kicking down but I bet she can't wait to hop out of the stroller and chase after us!


Pumpkin Time!

It’s October!  That means Pumpkin Cookie/Muffin/Bread time around here!  Here’s our first batch of “Gluten Free” Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

In place of the flour in the recipe I substituted King Arthur Flour: gluten free multi-purpose flour, which I found right in the ‘baking needs’ aisle at the grocery store next the the regular flour!

I truly LIVE for these cookies so I knew I’d be a pretty tough critic of the GF version, but… they’re good!  For those of you who have done some experimenting with GF baking, you know that the texture just isn’t quite the same as the regular versions.  Mainly I’ve noticed that things tend to be a little more crumb-y.  I don’t mind this part too much as long as the flavor is still there and there isn’t any aftertaste… So though not quite as moist as the originals, I think these cookies are a fairly close substitute that I am sure I can put away at the rate of one batch per week for all of Fall 🙂

My little helper!

My little roly-poly giggle box!