five on friday: 5 months, football, and fall

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Because it was such an eventual weekend/week for us, I wanted to do a good, solid Five on Friday post this week to recap all the amazing newness.


1. Michigan Football

After (what seems like) many long years, it is finally possible to watch our beloved Michigan Wolverines play on Saturdays and not feel anxious!  Granted, the season is young and they aren’t ranked consistently (yet). However, it’s just nice to enjoy games again!  It makes me nostalgic for my college days.

On another note, Jon is already singing the fight song with our little Wolverine.  Personally, Mommy is hoping she picks a school in New England…but that’s a ways out.  She’s still mastering how to roll over.

GK watching with Daddy.

2. Fall Fun

A classic fall tradition, Gracie and I took a trip with friends to Russell Orchard (our favorite on the North Shore) this weekend!  Apparently we weren’t the only ones who had this idea, because it was packed.  Like, a “45 minute wait for donuts” packed.  Not looking to wait, we scooped up some cider, bought some Honeycrisp, and picked a bushel of Gala.  I am not used to picking with a hungry baby attached to my front, and I kept finding the apple I was munching on in her mouth.  Sweet baby is just starting on solids, and loves puréed apples!  It seems that the real things are good for gumming.


We left exhausted, dirt-kissed, and full of apples.


3. First Cold

On Tuesday, I noticed my sweet baby was sniffling.  Jon and I had both had a cold early in the week, and although we tried not to pass it on, it looks like Gracie picked it up anyway.  However, I think her cold is bothering me more than its bothering her.  I’m all worried, taking her temp daily and googling remedies, new-mom style.  Our tough little bud is working to fight it off quickly!  A nasal aspirator, extra naps, feeding on demand, and extra snuggles have been our remedies of choice.


Don’t let the pic fool you though!  Despite a few extra tears, our girl is her smily self…with a running nose, and a few additional night wakings.

4. Life with a 5 Month Old

Besides coming down with her first running nose, Gracie Kate also turned 5 months old on Tuesday!  Seriously?  Where is the time going?


She is working so hard to master rolling over, and she has also started trying to sit up.  She has gotten to be a tummy-time pro, although she will not sleep on her tummy.  That wakes her up crying.  She loves to show off how awesome she is at grabbing stuff, and this has been an adjustment for mommy.  It is not as easy to sit with her at the dinner table, everything needs to be out of reach.


We love our silly, smiling “little big girl” so much!


5. Eggs & Quinoa 

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This week, I decided to start actually training for a race again.  In search of a warm, hearty lunch to support my increased effort, I decided to revisit my old protien-packed friend: the runny egg.  I modified an old favorite that turned out so delicious, it has to be shared.


  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

What I did:

  1. I prepared the Quinoa as instructed: in boiling water, 1 cup water to 1/4 cup quinoa.
  2. I fried up the 2 eggs with salt and pepper, cooking them just long enough to keep to yolks runny.
  3. After the quinoa was cooked and the eggs were done, I mixed the coconut oil in with the quinoa and topped with the 2 runny eggs.

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Simple and filling!

I am so excited for this upcoming week because it marks the beginning of the Topsfield Fair, our little town’s claim to fame!  It will be our first year attending as residents, and of course, with Gracie Kate.

Have a wonderful weekend!

This Friday, I linked up with:

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4 Replies to “five on friday: 5 months, football, and fall”

  1. Gracie is such a cutie! My 7 month old got her first cold last week too. It wasn’t fun but we all survived! I still haven’t jumped on the quinoa bandwagon. I really need to try it!

    1. Thank you so much! This cold has been tricky. Yesterday, I didn’t use the aspirator at all. Today, I needed it a ton. I just want my happy little bud back!

      Quinoa makes a perfect base where pasta would normally be! Definitely try it :)!

      Have a great week!

  2. Hi! I just have to comment on your beautiful front porch! I just moved into a new house and have no idea how I am going to decorate this year, but yours is just wonderful! You little girl is so cute! I love her head band in her 5 month photos! So Sweet!

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much! I found the headband at Definitely check them out!

      Thanks about our door! I wasn’t sure what to do, but it came together well. The silvery pumpkin is actually some kind of squash from Whole Foods. I am hoping the critters leave our pumpkins alone!

      Have a great week!

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