fall in raleigh

we finally have some leaves on the ground and some weather that feels like fall. sort of… it’s still 70 degrees but at least it’s not raining. we’ve had about 2 weeks of rain so it’s nice to finally see the sun again! IMG_5585 edit 2

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halloween preview

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audrey decided early on that for halloween she wanted to be rainbow dash from my little pony. actually, she really wanted to be an equestria girl but we talked her out of it because i was pretty sure no one would get what she was, because it’s pretty much just a little girl with colorful clothes and brightly colored hair. so rainbow dash it is.

usually i like to try to make something at least semi-homemade but this year, with being pregnant and all, i didn’t have the energy and audrey fell in love with this costume we found at party city, so it’s all good. it’s pretty cute and it made her so happy to wear it, i couldn’t resist.

hopefully i can persuade her to choose a costume that can coordinate with her baby sister next year. i’m thinking wizard of oz. i’ll be glinda, audrey will be dorothy, baby sister will be the lion and alex would be the tin man. although, knowing her she’ll be pretty headstrong and determined to be something from disney jr. happy halloween!

our first trip to the north carolina state fair

wow. when the south does state fairs, they mean business. this fair is HUGE. our little arlington fair could fit in a small corner of the nc state fair. i was in heaven. i really do love fairs. my inner kid comes out and i get excited for audrey to experience it all. finallyshe is at an age where she can go on some rides by herself and she really got into it after some convincing to go alone. the wiggle wurm was her first ride alone and probably her favorite.IMG_4909 edit

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we also let her try a game! and she “won”!IMG_4937 edit

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after a couple rides it was quickly turning dark so we got some cotton candy and headed home. IMG_4961 edit
of course, one trip to the fair wasn’t enough. we had to go again over the weekend to get in a few more rides. even though we went early on sunday morning, it was still super crowded. i thought the crowd was going to be small because of church, but i was so wrong. luckily most of the lines moved quickly and audrey was very patient. our friends joined us so audrey had a friend to ride some rides with!
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audrey was so excited to get her face painted, as she always is. this beautiful butterfly was painted in about 2 minutes. i was amazed! it was well worth the $15 to see the smile on her face!
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popcorn and ice cream!IMG_5265 edit

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it’s time for a revival

i really can’t believe that it’s been 10 months since i last posted. i don’t have an explanation other than winter blahs ran into big changes in the panek household. and the craziness of it all made it hard to focus on this poor little blog. we made the big decision to move to raleigh, nc and made the big move on july 1st. we have been settling in and oh yeah, we found out that we’re expecting a baby girl in march! so much has happened in the past few months.

i’ve been working on my photography lately. i feel a new wave of inspiration since moving to our new surroundings. however, i do have to bribe audrey and/or the family to be my models on occasion. this was one of those times. i took a couple of pictures of audrey and cooper at a nearby park a few weeks ago. it was a hazy day so i hope to go back on a clear day to see the skyline better.



raleigh has a lot of beautiful parks and outdoor space that i’m loving exploring. there is also an awesome art museum called north carolina museum of art which has a beautiful park with a lake and a great walking path. it’s also a great place to have a picnic.

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and… here are the pictures of us announcing our pregnancy!
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we can’t wait to fill out house with more bows and tutus come march 2016!


audrey has been loving the book called “some bugs” for the past few months. the main character is a ladybug who meets a bunch of different bugs including a bee and a stink bug. audrey wanted to be a ladybug from the beginning and then it was decided pretty quickly that alex would be a stink bug. i made his costume out of duct tape and cardboard. at the last minute i decided to be a bee because my catepiller costume did not pan out. ugh. cooper was a bat. not quite a bug but close enough. we all had wings :) wings on a harness is the only kind of costume we can get him to wear!

even though audrey has been celebrating halloween for 3 weeks now with several parties, a trunk or treat, and a parade, she was still pumped to go knock on doors on actual halloween. she yelled very loudly “happy halloween!!” to everyone walking by. she was pretty helpful when handing out candy, as well. then when it was all over she said, “when we’re older we can be the incredibles for halloween!”

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little ladybug

took some pictures of this little ladybug after seeing a parade today. she loves wearing her costume so much! this was the third time already. she doesn’t want to ever take it off.

here’s your random dreeism for the day: this morning alex was running into 7/11 and audrey and i had this little exchange:

audrey- what’s he doing in there? getting a new apple juice?
me- no, we don’t need any apple juice.
audrey- is he getting a new smoothie?
me- no, we don’t need a smoothie.
audrey- is he getting a new dada?
me- do you think we need a new dada?
audrey- no, our dada is fixed.

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