Fun Patching Up a Pumpkin Tradition

Since my daughter was a toddler, we’ve been going to the pumpkin patch to get pumpkins. It’s something the entire family, including my mom (Quinn’s Nana) enjoys. All week, we’ve checked the weather and watched the chance of rain fluctuate from a 30 percent chance of rain to a 100 percent chance of rain. The question loomed over us: would we be keeping with tradition and going to the pumpkin patch the first weekend in October or postponing our plans.

Lucky us! There were clear skies for a brief “patch” of time, and we excitedly yet quickly picked out our pumpkins for Halloween decorating. Though we didn’t do the hayride or corn maze, it was still wonderful having that time together and keeping our tradition.

All the best,

Tanya

Summer in Review

Summer went by so quickly…maybe because it’s been almost three years since my family has had a schedule full of activities outside of the home due to the pandemic. While I happy that we had so much fun, I’ve been negligent in sharing my mommy’s baby steps journey. Though summer IS officially over, I just have to provide a recap on some of our favorite moments.

We went to the beach so much this summer and even took our little toy poodle to a dog beach as well. Something simple that brought back childhood memories for me was catching and releasing lightning bugs with my daughter. While I’m no longer a roller coaster enthusiast, Quinn had a ball getting on just about every ride at Six Flags Great Adventure and Hersheypark with family and friends.

She even enjoyed coming to strength training with me and cheering me on and occasionally jeering me on in a playful way to encourage me.

This was a wonderful summer, and I’m grateful for the moments we had this summer.

All the best,

Tanya

My Baby is Officially Gone! Last Tooth Cashed in by the Tooth Fairy

Yesterday, while eating dinner it happened. My daughter’s last baby tooth came out while she was eating a pineapple. She just turned nine in May and already a couple of years ahead of the average kid when it comes to losing teeth. Then again, she was ahead of the average kid with getting her first baby teeth.

I remember being so excited when I saw those two little teeth peeking through those baby gums. I was even joyful when Quinn lost her first tooth just about four years later.

But this milestone is much different. Yes, she’s still technically a child for nine more years, but her teeth confirm that adulthood will be here before I know it. With this in mind, I will continue to cherish the moments we have together and just watch in awe as she continues to mature and flourish into a young lady.

All the best,

Tanya

Daddy’s Girl Loves Celebrating Father’s Day

From the moment they locked eyes minutes after her birth, my daughter has always been a “daddy’s girl” and my husband has been wrapped around Quinn’s finger.

While there’s been a few moments when I must abashedly admit that I’ve been envious of their bond, my appreciation for their relationship far outweighs that. Not all little girls have a father they happily call “daddy,” and not all men are “happy” to be present fathers on their child’s life.

I don’t let Father’s Day dictate when to celebrate my husband for being a great father and try to make him feel loved and appreciated year round, but I do love using that as his extra special day to feel honored because there’s no way I would be able to have come this far taking “mommy” baby steps without him by my side helping to raise Quinn.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, fathers-to-be, like a father, uncles, pop-pops, etc. This is your special day!

All the best,

Thana

Mommy & Me Summer Break Spa Day

My nine year old had a wonderful school year and is officially on summer break! So I thought why not keep our tradition going by celebrating her hard work and accomplishments with a third annual spa day.

While I could have made arrangements for us to go to a pricey spa at an exclusive resort, she deserved the top of the line. She received the full pampering treatment from head to toe at the “Fabulous & Fancy Franklin Spa.”

Quinn had a foot soak, scrub, hydration, rub and pedicure as well as a manicure. She had a lavender face mask with rejuvenating eye gel pads and her hair washed and braided with the color of her choosing. Though the entire process took nearly seven hours, it was worth it to see that smile on her face and to receive a big hug and thank you demonstrating her gratitude. I want her to know that I’m proud of her and enjoy the time we spend together and hope she felt that today.

All the best,

Tanya

Last Day of Third Grade: Appreciation for an Awesome Teacher

When I picked Quinn up from school, she and her classmates were all crying as they came to the realization that their time with their teacher, Mrs. Smith, was ending 🥺. I’m going to miss her too and am appreciative of how awesome, caring and generous she was. These last few years have been overwhelming, to say the least, but she made Quinn’s third grade experience a memorable, wonderful one for which I’m grateful.

All the best,

Tanya