Parenthood: This Season of Life

It was 8:30 pm and we were hopping into bed.  Zac said to me, "Kate, we are so boring.  It's Saturday night and we're going to bed already..."

And while I couldn't disagree with him, I kindly reminded him that this is just the season of life we're in right now.  We have an 18 month old, who generally turns into a pumpkin by 8:00 pm.  He wakes up before the sun though, and therefore we do, too.

In this season of life, our "dates" generally include Ellis.  They include being flexible to his needs, which means eating earlier, making sure it's a restaurant with something on the menu that he will eat, and us eating cold food while we try to keep his attention long enough to get through the meal without a royal mess on the floor.

In this season of life, we can't just pick up & go as easily as we once could.  Take for instance, a day at the beach.  Oh, it's going to be so fun!... is the expectation.  The reality:
No one can find the sunscreen; how is it not in the diaper bag?  "Is the stroller still in the car?"  Half way out the door... "Can you grab his sun hat.. not the green one, the blue one with the wider brim and chin strap."  "Where are his sun glasses... omg how are they broken already?!"  "Is 3 swim diapers enough for the day?"  ***Don't forget the snacks.  "Where are the beach towels?"... likely, still in the wash from last time.  "Does he need water shoes?"  Maybe we should grab an umbrella for the sun.  "Is the cooler packed?" "Did you stop & get ice?" "Is there plenty of water... what about his milk?" "Can you blow up his tube?" Don't forget the sand toys.
After 45 minutes of packing, we will get to the beach and it will rain.  The strap on the beach bag will break. We won't use 3/4 of the stuff we packed.  And it will not be relaxing, at least not for mom.   She will be busy running after baby (how did we forget the LIFE JACKET?!), sun screening, trying to get sand out of all the crevices, keeping baby from eating said sand, and praying to God he doesn't poop in the swim diaper.

BUT, I will post a photo of Ellis in his swim trunks on Instagram and everyone will think we had THE BEST DAY!

In this season of life, we waste a lot of food, too... Good for Grace though, as she gets a lot of table scraps now.   One day Ellis loves eggs, the next day he won't even try them. Same with zucchini & green beans.  One day he wrinkles his nose at them them, and then the next day he can't get enough of them.  By the third day he has the shits from all the green beans & zucchini he ate.

Speaking of shits, we talk about poop a lot.  I covered that in this post though, so I'll spare you the redundancy.

In this season of life, we visit the doctor monthly and our Health Savings Account is depleted.

In this season of life, there are spills on the carpet and toys every where.  Forget about cute home decor -- all of my favorite pieces are packed away; well more like stashed in the office, which "organize the office" has been on my To Do List for the last 14 months.

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I've come to realize that in this season of life, I just need to lower my expectations. The fun family days I have planned in my head won't go as planned...  And that's OK!  Not every day is going to be Instagram perfect.  If I've learned anything since becoming a parent, it's that every day is a gift.  Even in the most mundane moments.  Life is truly a series of a thousand miracles; we just have to notice them.

Family pic | My Darling Days


So our days start early, and they end early.  It's just the way it is right now.  I know that this season won't last forever, and I am really, truly trying to savor all it's goodness!


Read my other lessons of parenthood here & here.



How to Eat a Popsicle

It's been a hot second since Ellis shared a tutorial (his last being How to Eat Cake), so I'm handing my blog over to him today.

He'd like to share his most recent photo story: How to Eat a Popsicle.

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step one: wear swimmers, so your mom can hose you off after.

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step two: taste test the corner only.  Make sure it's yummy.

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step three: be outside. It's gonna get messy!

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step four: make sure you've got a good grip on it; she's slippery!

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step five: realllllllly sink your teeth in it.

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog

But be careful!  Brain freeze!!

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


Step six: ENJOY!

How to Eat a Popsicle | My Darling Days Blog


P.S.  We LOVE Chloe's Pops -- just fruit, water, and cane sugar.  We purchased ours at Costco.



The Farm in Door County

Before Cherry picking in Door County, we took Ellis up to The Farm... scratching another adventure off the Summer List.

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

We were already 100% sure that he'd love it, since he just adores animals.

And, sure as sugar, Ellis had the time of his life.

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

I like a lot of things about The Farm, but my two favorites are #1 how clean it is and #2 how you get to interact with the animals.

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

I'm fairly certain there are few things in life more precious than a baby feeding a baby goat.

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days


Look-out little kitty, Ellis is comin' in hot!

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days


If you know Ellis, you can hear his fake laugh in this next photo...

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

Truth be told, I think Zac enjoyed himself too...

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days


Also, shout out to whomever keeps up the flower garden... the blooms were on point!

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days

The Farm, Door County | My Darling Days


Definitely put The Farm in Door County on your To Do List... it's still summer, after all!


Cherry Picking in Door County

A couple weeks ago, both Ellis & I experienced one of our first "firsts" together... cherry picking!

Earlier in the day, we took Ellis to The Farm (pics to come soon!) and we weren't ready to call it a day yet, so Zac had the impromptu idea to go cherry picking.  Ellis was so good at apple picking in fall & strawberry picking in June, we thought hey... why not?

It was a great idea, butttttt it was also 90 degrees that Sunday, with like 85% humidity.  I legitimately sweated through my shirt, but by golly we had fun!

We went to Robertson's Orchards & picked 2 varieties of sweet cherries and raspberries...I highly recommend!   I typically don't really care for cherries, but these were good.

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County cherries | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days


You can't cherry pick & not taste test!

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days


Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

Door County, cherry picking | My Darling Days

A sweet, summer treat and an even sweeter memory. <3

The day Ellis turned into a strawberry.

You know that part in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory when Mrs. Beauregarde shouted, "Violet, you're turning Violet!" as her daughter was turning into a giant blueberry & they had to roll her away?

That is basically what happened to Ellis in the strawberry patch.  Every single time I looked at him, he was eating a strawberry.  The green stem & all...  I literally had to drag him out of the patch when we were done picking.

This here folks, is a real life kid turning into a strawberry...

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days


Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

Strawberry picking, 2018 | My Darling Days

I'm happy to report that it only took 2 days for the strawberry stains to go away on his chin & hands.  He is back to his normal self, but still lovvvveeessss strawberries!