Post Infrequency

This time of year is speeding up and getting a little crazy. There are so many things I need to do, want to do, etc. Unfortunately I have not had the time or motivation to keep up with this site. I have a slight problem with some post infrequency. I prefer to do at least two posts (preferably three) a week. However, with everything going on and coming up, this is probably not going to happen.

I am still here chugging along. No worries. I hope you’ll still continue to drop by and read posts when I can get them up. And here’s a little insight into what I have going on and coming up.

1. Halloween: I still have to finalize and create C’s Halloween costume. I’m a bit behind this year, even more so than I probably was last year. And I might also be blaming Matthew a little bit for flooding the area and giving us limited access to town.

2. NaNoWriMo: I have participated in two NaNoWriMos now and completed one. This year is round three. My book is created on the NaNo site and I have a basic idea in my head of what to do and what to write. NaNo is pretty writing intensive and even more so this year because I plan to write 25 thousand words more than last year.

3. Self-Publishing: This is happening. (Not under my own name. And no, I won’t tell you my pen name.) This is one of my side hustles to rack up some extra cash. Self-publishing takes a lot of time as well. Starting has probably been the hardest part followed closely by getting my second push of work out.

4. Diet Changes: I have started this one already. Sundays are now my shopping days as well as my huge prep days. I prep a large bag of chopped romaine lettuce, small bag of chopped tomatoes, cut up miscellaneous vegetables to easy grab and roast, hard-boiled eggs for salads, cutting and sectioning meat. Those are my basics to make cooking easier throughout the week.

5. Thirty Days of Thanks: One of my favorite things about November is the reminder to be thankful. I like to celebrate being thankful by giving thirty days of thanks. (Feel free to follow along on my Facebook page or Twitter page to see my Thirty Days of Thanks.)

6. Keeping This Site Alive: I love this site and I wish I had a little more time and motivation for it. But it will stay alive and I will keep pushing on. And I hope you continue to visit during this crazy and chaotic time of year.



Our Daily Routine – 52 Lists

I’m a little behind on my posting, oops! I just honestly haven’t felt like creating new posts lately and I’ve been enjoying just relaxing and taking care of other things. But no, I don’t want to quit this blog, I love it! And I truly love every one of you who come to visit my site, THANK YOU!

To play catch-up, I’ve decided to hit on the list I missed from last week: Our Daily Routine. Most of our days are fairly similar, although most of our day is not scheduled out for specific activities. I kind of enjoy the flexibility of just picking up and deciding what to play with or where to play as I see fit. So, if it says play time, it can mean anything from just sitting around the house and playing with toys to going out to the park to play outside around other kids.

Our Daily Routine


7 – 8 AM: C usually wakes up somewhere within this hour and gets a cup of milk to start his day. It takes me a bit longer to get going, so I take my time to finish waking up. I am not a morning person, so this extra half hour-ish while he drinks the milk is crucial to my day.

8 – 9 AM: Breakfast time. We make breakfast and sit and eat. Sometimes A lot of the time we watch a little TV while we eat breakfast. (Again, not a morning person and I need a little extra help with the ready to go toddler.)

9 AM – 12:30-ish PM: Play time. Anything from cars/trains to coloring to play-dough to outside time. This is usually where I like to sneak in park time if I feel up to going to the park. Also, on Mondays and Wednesdays this is when C goes to preschool and I continue with a slow morning for myself by lounging around with some computer time. (That much computer time? Yes. I have writing to do and other fun internet based projects like this one here.)

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Lunch time. We sit down and enjoy a simple lunch together. Usually a sandwich for C and salad for me.

1:30 – 3 PM: Quiet-ish time/Play time/Maybe Nap Time. We try to aim for quieter activities. Mommy is usually a little drained by this point and needs a breather to get through the rest of the day. For the most part, we are done with nap time. However, he’s only two and occasionally needs one (and I’m not going to deny him one on those days.) But mostly we do some reading or watch a movie. Something easy.

3 – 4:30-ish PM: Something active. This is another chance for outside time when it’s not summer and super crazy hot outside. Or we find some fun ways to climb and run the halls of the house (safely, of course.) Three is also a great time for a snack if I feel he needs one or he asks for one.

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Making dinner. I set up something fun on TV for C (though it doesn’t work so well anymore) and I get to making dinner. C has become very curious about the cooking and wants to help with everything. I try to let him help with as much as possible.

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner time. Simple… we sit down and eat dinner. Sometimes Mr. H joins us, sometimes he’s still busy doing his work things and can’t.

6:30 – 7 PM: Clean up time. Mommy starts cleaning up the bigger messes. And if she’s really lucky, C helps her out.

7 – 7:30 PM: Bed time routine. C gets a bath (though not always a soap wash because of the eczema.) We put all the toys away, dry off, clean out the ears, brush the hair, put on lotion and a diaper. We run down the hall and say goodnight to daddy and mommy tucks C in.

7:30 – Midnight: Mommy and daddy free time. Sometimes we watch TV or a movie together. Other times we play video games. Sometimes we just go our separate ways and enjoy the quiet. This is also a time when I like to get some reading or writing done.

Midnight-ish – 7 AM: Sleep time for mommy. (Mr. H’s sleep time is a little different. He likes to stay up much later than me and sleeps in until he gets bombarded with e-mails from work.

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Patterson Farm and Super 8 Stay

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This post is in continuation with my previous post about our Day out with Thomas (and Percy) trip. In booking our trip, I decided a three hour drive was a little too long to do Day out with Thomas as a single day trip. After all, that meant six hours in a car in one day plus all the time outside doing the Thomas activities. So I decided to book a motel for the night before and definitely for the day of Thomas.

C’s preschool schedule leaves us with a long weekend every weekend (Thursday to Sunday.) I decided to take advantage of this and also stay through Saturday and find something fun to do in the area.


To keep costs low, I did a lot of searching for hotels in the area around the NC Transportation Museum. Fortunately, I found the best deal at the Super 8 in Salisbury. It was a short drive to the museum. The cost difference was great and the reviews on Google and Yelp led me to believe it would be a decent enough place to stay.

The hotel was good. The room was cozy and easy to get in and out of. The beds were surprisingly comfortable and I slept just fine. My two year old decided to have a panic attack when it came to sleeping in his pack n play so he also ended up sleeping on a bed. (It was a room with two beds.) Fortunately, the pack n play made a perfect barrier on one side to keep him from rolling off and the spare pillows blocked him from rolling the other direction. He slept well too and I was impressed because he hadn’t slept in an open bed before.

Patterson Farm

We never had any issues with noise and no one complained about any noise my little guy made. (All of you toddler moms know that their noise levels are just a little hard to control!)


My only issue with the hotel was the free “breakfast.” Don’t expect to eat there, especially if you have a toddler in tow. They offered bananas, bread for toast, one cereal, a prepackaged sugary treat, and a waffle making station. Most mornings there wasn’t bread for us to make toast. The cereal wasn’t kid friendly. My toddler doesn’t like bananas. The prepackaged pastry was stale. And who has time to try and make a waffle while watching a toddler? So ya. Don’t expect breakfast from here. However, IHOP is just about next door and all your favorite fast food restaurants are just minutes away as well.


A couple weeks before our trip, I started doing research on other family friendly things to do in the area. I found a few potential things, including some bigger park type attractions and a couple of farmer’s market type places. One being Patterson Farm.

I had it on my Autumn Bucket List to get C out to pick pumpkins and go on a hay ride. Everything I saw about this place sounded perfect and a great way to cross some things off my list.

So we went for it. The farm was about a twenty minute drive from our hotel and was incredibly easy to find. For a Saturday, it wasn’t very crowded either, which made things more pleasant for me.


Patterson Farm

C had tons of fun playing on their wooden boats. We chose to go for the Farmer for a Day option for C which included a ride on the Cow Barrel Train, a pony ride, and a free small pumpkin. (Normally those cost extra.) C loved the Cow Barrel Train. He sat on my lap in one of the bigger cows and we were driven around a large portion of the property.

Patterson Farm

I was surprised he was ok with the pony ride as he’s never been near a live large animal like that before. He seemed to enjoy it. It was four ponies hooked up to a post that went in a small circle. I was able to stand in the turnstile and hold on to him so he wouldn’t fall or jump off without warning.

We also got to feed some of the animals in the barn: goats, chickens, ducks, etc. Fair warning, they are used to being fed and fight for the food. This can include trying to bite any fingers that go too close to the cage. (C got his finger nipped by one of the goats, but it wasn’t hard enough to cause any problems.)


Patterson Farm

I was able to encourage C to go through the corn maze with me. They give you options of clues to choose from to help make it through the maze. (I chose the Halloween trivia one which went really well. It happened to include a trivia piece about Morton, IL where they have a fantastic pumpkin festival every year! I was fortunate enough to attend while I was in college.) And for the kids, they get a little chart to fill out in the maze to figure out who stole an apple pie. There are stations set up near the clues for the adults to find the way through the maze that you use a crayon to etch a stamp onto the paper. It was pretty cool. C and I finished it and he got a sticker out of the deal.

Patterson Farm

In our last adventure, we went on a wagon ride (like a hay ride without the hay.) The wagon took us all over the property where we saw lots of different crops and some really cute hay animals. It ended with a trip to the pumpkin patch where C picked out his very first pumpkin.

Patterson Farm


Our last stop was the little store of goodies. I picked up some fresh apples, a toy for C, and a small bottle of apple juice for the car ride home. Let me preface this by saying I am not an apple juice fan, really don’t care for it at all. After pouring some into C’s cup, I tried a sip before giving it to him. Oh. My. Gosh. This was the best apple juice I have ever tasted. I almost pulled C out of the car to go back in and buy more, it was that good. But I didn’t feel like dealing with a whiny toddler, so I went without.

I highly recommend a trip to Patterson Farm. It’s great for the kids and there is plenty to do and see as well as some great produce and flowers to buy.

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